Collected from the pages of Railroad Model Craftsman, this book contains numerous track plans and design tips for model railroads large and small. The design and creation of a new model railroad layout requires lots of planning and dreaming. That dream railroad you want to build will be an expression of yourself. It will represent your idea of the ideal model railroad adapted to whatever restriction you may impose. You may opt for Lionel track, sectional track, flexible track, or even track spiked by hand to miniature wooden ties. You can model prairies, mountains, coastal areas, cities, industrial areas, or mining and logging operations. You can model any period in railroad history you like, from the pioneer days of the 1830s to heavy diesel freight operations of today, with Amtrak, VIA, and commuter operations thrown in as an extra. You can fill an entire basement or garage or you can restrict yourself to a narrow shelf in a bedroom. Model railroading has no limits!"