I only got into O scale model trains in the last couple of years after years of admiring great train layouts and waiting until I had enough space in my house to create my dream train layout.
Having pursued many different hobbies in my 45 years I knew that I could save a lot of time and money if I did plenty of research before I started going wild building my layout.
At that time there wasn’t nearly the amount of information available online as there is now, and most of the books I found in stores only seemed to cover parts of what I really wanted to know.
Have you been through the same thing?
I had to keep buying more and more model train books, just to get everything I was looking for, because none of books I found were very complete. They always seemed to be missing some key bit of info.
Not Just For O Scale Model Trains
Most of the magazines and model railroading books assume that you know certain things, things that a beginner probably doesn’t know. I found this very frustrating. It was easy to find detailed solutions to complicated model railroading problems, but next to impossible to find out model train basics. Something I’ve seen in numerous hobbies.
It wasn’t until I spent hundreds of dollars and countless hours trying to get this basic model railroading info that I discovered two great sources right here on the Internet.
I’m not going to insult your intelligence by avoiding acknowledging the fact that I’m an affiliate for both of these E books, so if you want to buy them without giving me my commission, I don’t have a problem with that. But unless you’re sure you know about everything that you can potentially waste time and money on, you really should give both of these a look over.
I could have saved a lot of money had I bought either of these two books before starting my layouts. In spite of all the research I did up front I still found multiple items, some in each book that could have saved me hundreds of dollars in materials if I had known about them before. And they’re for all scales, not just O scale model trains.
And they’re not just for beginners or just for o scale model trains. I’ve easily gotten my investment in both of these model train books back multiple times, between the cost saving ideas and the mistake avoiding tips.
Should you by both? No. Either one of these is a great buy and they both have a 60 day money back guarantee, so you really have nothing to lose by trying either one. You get your money back in the next railroad layout project you undertake.