Beginner needs help

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Parker44, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. Parker44

    Parker44 New Member


    Some real nice models! I am just getting into HO scale, could anyone recommend a book for a newbie. Anyhelp would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Canopus

    Canopus Member

    Woodland scenics do a range of great books on how to do scenery properly. Regardless of scale it's a good investment.

    Although I don't know any titles, I'd say you'll want a book on weathering. Some really great effects can be produced with a minimum of skill if you just know the techniques.
  3. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    Your local Hobby shop should have a couple beginers books available. Model railroader has several books geared towards people just getting into the hobby
  4. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Hi Parker, and Welcome to The-Gauge!:wave:

    Atlas have several inexpensive books on layouts and wiring which
    would give you a good start on reading up. You can find them at
    most hobby shops, I think!

    or at

    9 Beginner's Guide to HO Model Railroading 3.99
    11 HO Layouts for Every Space 4.50
    12 The Complete Atlas Wiring Book* 4.50

    13 Seven Step-By-Step HO Railroads 4.50
    14 HO King-Size Plan Book 7.95
  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Before you get a book, take a look around here...! ;) There's a search tool (or you can use google) to search for just about anything you'd like to know about - chances are, someone's covered it at some point. :)

    Tell us a bit more about what you have in mind, or at least what got you interested, and some more specific recommendations will undoubtedly surface. :D

    Welcome to The Gauge!

  6. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Hi Parker44
    Welcome to model trains and the guage!

    Try these books from Kalmbach:
    Basic Model Railroad Benchwork
    Realistic Model Railroad Design
    Small, smart and Practicle track plans
  7. announce1 hi parker44 - welcome to The Guage! :wave:
    Atlas and woodland scenics have good beginner books (will have titles tomorrow). I am also new. Keep an eye out for train shows with seminars. I went to the Springfield, MA train show that had excellent seminars from doing scenary to building models and back drops.

    More importantly, the people on this site, "The Guage", are the greatest :thumb: with a wealth of experience and knowledge. They are always ready to lend a comment and helping hand.
  8. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    Hi Parker44,

    Welcome to a great site full of some great people. It's a good resource for anyone... just browse around and you'll see lots of good stuff.

    A good place to start online is the NMRA (National Model Railroad Association). They have a fair chunk of stuff devoted to beginners.

    Model Railroader magazine's website also has a section called The ABC's of Model Railroading that has some useful stuff.

    Kalmbach has some good intro books too. Basic Model Railroading, HO Scale Model Railroading, and All Aboard: The practical guide to HO model railroading.

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