With its dramatic scenery and challenging operations, mountain railroading is an appealing theme that crosses many regions and all eras. Respected author Tony Koester offers insight into layout and track planning, and compares narrow gauge with standard gauge railroads. Essential advice on achieving realistic mountain operation is included, along with tips for working relevant scenery into the layout. Soft Cover; 8 1/4 x 10 3/4; 96 Pages; 150 Colour Photos Table of Contents Introduction: The Siren Song of Railroading in the Mountains Chapter 1: Mountain Railroading MagicChapter 2: Slim- vs. Standard-Gauge RailroadsChapter 3: Mountain Railroading Pros and ConsChapter 4: Signature CharacteristicsChapter 5: Motive Power Equal to the TaskChapter 6: Design Tips for a Mountain RailroadChapter 7: Operating a Mountain RailroadChapter 8: Mountain Railroading Sampler About the Author Tony Koester has written a half-dozen books focusing on his life-long hobby of model railroading. Tony is the editor of Model Railroad Planning, a special annual issue of Model Railroader magazine, as well as a contributing editor to MR. He writes MR.s popular Trains of Thought column and has written numerous feature articles for MR. He also served as the editor of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine until 1981. Tony spent a quarter of a century designing, building, and with his friends, operating a freelanced coal-hauling HO railroad, the Allegheny Midland (the Midland Road). More recently, he has been hard at work on a multi-deck HO layout that accurately depicts the Nickel Plate Road.s St. Louis Division as it appeared in 1954.