My Library - Magazine Articles By Tony Koester

10 Tips of Staging Yards

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-07
Page:
78
Category:
Layout Design
Description:
The author provides some hints and tips for how he has dealt with designing and building a storage yard for his layout, covering benchwork, how to position turnouts, dealing with the height of switch motors and multi-deck set-ups, electrical connections, and occupancy detection.

A Beginner Again

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-09
Page:
108
Category:
Track
Description:
Photo of closure and wing rails with manganese-insert frog.

An Important Milestone

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-04
Page:
104
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
Important considerations for that moment when you reach the golden spike on your model railroad.

Automated Interchange

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-09
Page:
62
Category:
Operations
Description:
Using hidden staging to automatically move a train forward delivering new cars once a set number of cars have been removed from the interchange track. It magically appears like the real foreign railroad delivered new cars.

Bending the Iron

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-02
Page:
46
Category:
Track
Description:
This article describes some of the ways that people control turnouts. It includes how to model ground throws, various switch machines, and how to install Circuitron's Tortoise machines.

Build the Claremont & Concord in G Scale Part 4

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-11
Page:
78
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
G
Description:
The final installment discusses choosing the right rolling stock and setting up for operations.

Crossing the Line

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-11
Page:
131
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:
Thoughts about realizing that there's only a limited amount of time to accomplish the modeling work one can accomplish in life.

Introducing the Allegheny Midland Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-12
Page:
88
Category:
Layout Design
Scale:
HO
Description:
Tony describes his now famous AM, how he was inspired by Allen McClelland, the rational for the layout, and the track plan.

Introducing the Allegheny Midland Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-01
Page:
116
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this installment of the author's now-famous layout, he shows the trackplan, develops the reason for the layout's existence, describes the why behind the era and area, lists the trains to be operated, and develops plans for operating sessions.

Modeler's Guide to Passenger Diesels

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-11
Page:
70
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:
This article covers all the diesel locomotives used to pull passenger trains. In each section the available HO and N scale models are listed. It covers Alco's DL-109 and PA's, EMD's E-series, F-series, and Fairbanks-Morse's Erie-builts, Trainmasters, H-15-44, and General Electric's U-boats and Dash 8's. A handy diagram showing the time-line of when which model was active is included.

Modeler's Guide to Steel Boxcars

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-05
Page:
58
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Description:
This is a good article for learning how to differentiate steel box cars. It covers 40- and 50-foot cars. Includes a mix of prototype and model photos.

Modeler's Guide to Transition-era Tank Cars

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2008-12
Page:
42
Category:
Freight Cars - Tank Cars
Description:
Various tank car designs are described, many of which have an accompanying prototype or model photo with it. There is a chart on how a particular tank car can be modeled in either N-, HO-, or O-scale. A chart on the AAR tank car designations is also included.

Modeling Modern Short Line Boxcars

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1979-03
Page:
60
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Description:
The author describes how one could model the unique short line boxcars with custom decals. Includes scale drawings of a typical ACF Railbox car.

Modeltopia

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-09
Page:
110
Category:
Layout Design
Description:
What about modeling something that isn't possible in real life?

Rocks Aren't Hard

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-09
Page:
70
Category:
Scenery - Mountains
Description:
About attempting to match rock formations to the area we are modeling. Model and prototype photos. How did the Appalachian mountains form? How did the Rocky Mountains form? Includes a full geological map of the U.S. and Canada.

Starrucca Viaduct

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-10
Page:
37
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
Found in northeastern Pennsylvania, this 110-foot high, quarter mile long bridge has 17 stone arches. Includes a map of the area, several small and one centerfold photo of the structure.

The Models of Seattle

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-11
Page:
46
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
Covers the contest models of the 1972 NMRA annual meeting in Seattle, WA. Of particular interest is the Gil Freitag model of Carson City stamp mill that won first place. This structure is still prominently featured on his layout today, so it is over 35 years old.

The Pertinent Pieces

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-04
Page:
127
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
Doing research and keeping track of data you've collected may come in handy later with modeling.

Trains of Thought

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-12
Page:
98
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
Seeing a photo of a layout with a siren mounted in the town's water tower reminded Tony of his childhood.

Where's the Leading Edge?

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-12
Page:
147
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:
Of what would a layout consist to be considered to be on the leading edge of model railroad philosophy?