Book Lists

Book Lists

Note: More book lists will be added as we go along. In the meantime, here are some that may be of interest. (01/03/2000)

Books which may be of interest to the hobbiest. You can try to find these books through eBay, your local hobby shops, or various swap meets. Some may no longer be in print.

Electronics, General

Basic Electricity and Electronics for Model Railroaders
- - Don Fiehmann, Kalmbach Publishing, 1988

The Complete Atlas Wiring Book
- - Atlas Model Railroad Co., 1992

Easy Model Railroad Wiring (2nd Edition)
- - Andy Sperandeo, Kalmbach Publishing, 1999

Easy-to-Build Electronic Projects for Model Railroaders
- - Peter J. Thorne, Kalmbach Publishing, 1988

Electric Handbook for Model Railroads (Vols. 1 & 2)
- - Paul Mallery, Carstens Publications

Model Railroad Electronics Vol. 1 Basic Projects for Beginners
- - Rutger Friberg, Alt-om-Hobby, 1997 (five volume series)

1. Basics
2. Digital Trains + connecting your computer to your railroad
3. Sounds, Lights, & movement
4 & 5: DCC, sound and computer projects including building your own decoders.

Your Guide to Easy Model Railroad Wiring
- - Andy Sperandeo, Kalmbach Publishing, 1990

Electronics, DCC

Digital Command Control: The Comprehensive Guide to DCC
- - Ames, Friberg, Loizeaux, Alt-om-Hobby and NMRA, 1998

The Digitrax Big Book of DCC
- - Digitrax, 1999

General Modeling or History of Model Railroading

Model Railroad Resources
- - Allan W. Miller, Krause Publications, 2000
(This book lists manufacturers, suppliers, publishers, etc. for model railroaders.)

The ABC's of Model Railroading
- - Kalmbach Publishing, 1992

Basic Model Railroading: Getting Started in the Hobby
- - Kalmbach Publishing, 1999

The Complete Book of Model Railroading
- - David Sutton, Castle Books, 1964

The Encyclopedia of Model Railroads
- - Terry Allen, Crescent, 1987

The HO Model Railroading Handbook Revised Edition
- - Robert Schleicher, Chilton Books, 1992

The Large-Scale Model Railroading Handbook
- - Robert Schleicher, Krause Publications, 2000

The Model Railroading Handbook Vols. 1-3
- - Robert Schleicher, Chilton Books

Model Railroading in Small Spaces
- - Mat Chibbaro, Kalmbach Publishing, 1998

N Scale Model Railroading
- - Marty McGuirk, Kalmbach Publishing, 2000

N Scale Model Railroading
- - Robert Schleicher, Krause Publications, 2000

The O Gauge Railroading Primer
- - George A. McKelvy, Myron J. Biggar Group, 1995

Scenery Books

Building City Scenery for Your Model Railroad
--Pryke, Kalmbach, 2000

How to Build Realistic Model Railroad Scenery
--Frary, Kalmbach, 1982

Scenery for Your Model Railroad From Backdrop to Tabletop
--Danneman, Kalmbach, 2001

Scenery for Model Railroads, Dioramas, & Miniatures (3rd Ed.)
--Schleicher, Krause Publications, 1999

Scenery Tips and Techniques
--Kalmbach Books, 1989

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