Books for Beginners

This list is not absolute or complete but rather a good guide to get you started on the right track!

Instruction Books I Recommend for Beginners:
BASIC MODEL RAILROADING: GETTING STARTED IN THE HOBBY
BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO LARGE SCALE MODEL RAILROADING
N SCALE MODEL RAILROADING: GETTING STARTED IN THE HOBBY
THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO HO MODEL RAILROADING
YOUR FIRST O GAUGE LAYOUT

Track Plans and Layouts:
LAYOUT PLANS FOR TOY TRAINS
EASY LIONEL LAYOUTS YOU CAN BUILD
HOW TO BUILD YOUR FIRST LIONEL LAYOUT
HO RAILROAD FROM START TO FINISH
MODEL RAILROADING IN SMALL SPACES
N SCALE MODEL RAILROAD THAT GROWS
SMALL RAILROADS YOU CAN BUILD

Wiring:
BASIC WIRING FOR MODEL RAILROADERS

Scenery:
HOW TO BUILD REALISTIC MODEL RAILROAD SCENERY

Construction:
HOW TO BUILD MODEL RAILROAD BENCHWORK


BASIC HOW-TO BOOK LIST

Getting Started/General:
Basic Model Railroading, Getting Started in the Hobby - sku 040012197 --- $14.95

Planning:
Track Planning for Realistic Operation - $18.95
48 Top-Notch Track Plans - sku 040012229 --- $16.95
Walk-around Model Railroad Track Plans - $12.95
Small, Smart and Practical Track Plans - $18.95

Construction:
How to Build Model Railroad Benchwork - sku 040012175 --- $14.95
Trackwork Handbook for Model Railroads - sku 040012235 --- $12.27

Wiring/Electrical:
Easy Model Railroad Wiring - sku 040012207 --- $19.95
Basic Wiring for Model Railroaders - $16.95
Electrical Handbook for Model Railroads, Vol 1 - $8.76
Electrical Handbook for Model Railroads, Vol 2 - $13.15

Scenery:
How to Build Realistic Model Railroad Scenery - sku 040012144 --- $18.95
Scenery for Model Railroads, Dioramas and Miniatures --- $20.20
Scenery for Your Model Railroad, From Backdrop to Tabletop - sku 040012194 --- $17.95
The Clinic Video from Woodland Scenics --- $22.46
The Scenery Manual, from Woodland Scenics --- $8.98
Project Railroads You Can Build. From Benchwork to Finished Scenery --- sku 040012236

Painting:
Painting and Weathering Railroad Models - $14.95

N Scale:
An Introduction to North American N Scale - $15.80
N Scale Model Railroad That Grows - $15.95
N Scale Model Railroading, Getting Started in the Hobby - sku 040012205 --- $18.95
The Railmodel Journal of N Scale Modeling - $10.52

HO Scale:
The HO Model Railroading Handbook - $19.95
Practical Guide to HO Model Railroading - $10.95

G Scale:
The Large-Scale Handbook - $21.08
Beginners Guide to Large Scale Model Railroading - $19.95

DCC:
Digital Command Control, The Comprehensive Guide to DCC - $16.68
The Digitrax Big Book of DCC - $21.96

O Scale:
How to Build Your First Lionel Layout --- $16.95
Your First O Gauge Layout --- $19.95