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    I just saw a post by @danielb where he bought a book about scratch building and it got me to wondering.
    With the internet and the wealth of info on it like here books seem to have taken a back seat.
    I have purchased books magazines, etc and find a few that have useful info for me but most are 80% info I donít need so I donít purchase many anymore and rely on the internet or here if Ihsve a question.

    Stil Iím sure there are very good resource publications out there and would like to hear from you all here which of them you found most useful and still use for reference and which are a waste of $$

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    The Morning Sun "Colour Guide to RAILROAD XYZ's Freight and Passenger Equipment" are a massive help to me as reference material on rolling stock projects.

    As are their equivalent books for locomotives, now that I think about it.

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    There are a few books out there that I had to have in print form. "Track Planning for Realistic Operation" by John Armstrong comes to mind. I am assuming we are leaving out prototype research material as that is not always easy to find in electronic form, especially they older stuff. I subscribe to Model Railroader but in Electronic form. I am slowly dumping my back issues (recycling). The problem with books about model making is that sometimes techniques become outdated. Hopefully nobody out there is still using asbestos in their scenery materials but it was once widely used.
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    I have almost all the MR books , I know I can find the same topics on the internet , but I'd rather read a book in bed then read off my laptop, plus imho I remember things better read from a book then on the internet. Maybe I'm odd in this , but I also read Model Railroader and RMC the moment I get them in , where as I have hardly read any of the MRH digital magazines that I downloaded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    I have almost all the MR books , I know I can find the same topics on the internet , but I'd rather read a book in bed then read off my laptop, plus imho I remember things better read from a book then on the internet. Maybe I'm odd in this , but I also read Model Railroader and RMC the moment I get them in , where as I have hardly read any of the MRH digital magazines that I downloaded.
    I too had MRM in both print and archive subscription.
    Right I’m looking for some more scenery,structure tips and tricks.

    @Janbouli. Your not “odd”, well at least I don’t think so.

    I too would rather read a book or magazine just not at night in bed, I can't because at first I start reading the same line over and over and then I fall asleep.
    I used to read books a lot when I was younger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maurice View Post
    "Track Planning for Realistic Operation" by John Armstrong comes to mind.
    By far and away the most valuable model railroading book that I've ever seen, highly recommend this one for anyone who is building a layout or who needs inspiration.

    If you are interested in building bridges then IMO "Bridge and Trestle Handbook" by Paul Mallery is the best of the lot on this subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NtheBasement View Post
    By far and away the most valuable model railroading book that I've ever seen, highly recommend this one for anyone who is building a layout or who needs inspiration.
    So is Kalmbach's "Trackwork and Lineside Details for Your Model Railroad." One of their best how-to's along with just about any of their scenery books.
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    Kitbashing HO Structures by Art Curren.

    Though it's intended for HO, it works for any scale. A veritable treasure trove of ideas and methods.

    Any of the Kalmbach Industries Along the Tracks, as well as their Coal Railroads and Steel Mill books.

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    Oh! Another one!

    Miniature Locomotive Construction (Revised Edition) by John H Ahern

    Basically it's the bible of locomotive scratchbuilding from the ground up, using tools available when it was first published back in 1948. I.e. no fancy 3D printing or huge $$$$ shop tools.

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    And to top it all off, there just isn't a better smell than cracking open a newly unwrapped book! And when that blizzard knocks out the power, curled up with a good magazine is great!

    MRH published a magazine about track laying that has been a wonderful help! I don't get as much read online, a book or magazine is much more convenient.
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    My problem with "tips & techniques" books is that I usually forget whatever I've read shortly after I read it. So, amassing a big library of reference books would be pretty useless to me as I wouldn't have any idea what was inside of them, regardless of how interesting or helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    I have almost all the MR books , I know I can find the same topics on the internet , but I'd rather read a book in bed then read off my laptop, plus imho I remember things better read from a book then on the internet. Maybe I'm odd in this , but I also read Model Railroader and RMC the moment I get them in , where as I have hardly read any of the MRH digital magazines that I downloaded.
    I'm the same way,would much rather read from a book, and I find that it is easier to carry a book around with me to where I am working than a computer, even a notebook. I have downloaded a few 'books' from the web,but if I want to use them I generally print them out,or at least the sections I am interested in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielb View Post
    Oh! Another one!

    Miniature Locomotive Construction (Revised Edition) by John H Ahern

    Basically it's the bible of locomotive scratchbuilding from the ground up, using tools available when it was first published back in 1948. I.e. no fancy 3D printing or huge $$$$ shop tools.
    That was the one I was looking for!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    I'd rather read a book in bed then read off my laptop, plus imho I remember things better read from a book then on the internet.
    I feel the same way. Plus, I can usually remember what book I read some odd bit in, which makes it MUCH easier to find again when I realize I need the information later. Online I can just remember "I saw it SOMEWHERE...."

    You don't have to BUY all your books people, Inter-Library Loan still works very well.
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    for me anything by Linn Wescott or Dave Frary is a good read.
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