Allen McClelland and his Virginian & Ohio

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Allen McClelland has made a profound impact on model railroading, and his Virginian & Ohio is one of the hobby’s best-known layouts of all time. It pioneered many concepts that later became standards in layout design.

Get this historical book on the late Allen McClelland and how his influence helped bring model railroading to where it is today.

Allen McClelland encouraged modelers to look at their layouts not as stand-alone entities, but as links in the North American rail system— looking beyond the basement. Take a look at Allen’s HO scale Virginian & Ohio layout, one of the best-known layouts of all time. This inspirational layout pioneered many concepts that later became standards in layout design.

Allen became well-known not just for his V&O’s realistic scenery, setting, and theme, but for showing us how to:

Use walkaround command control to take advantage of linear track plans
Choose a railroad name and theme that reflect prototype regions and railroads
Adopt operating procedures based on prototype practices
Find inspiration in how the Virginian & Ohio was conceived and developed, and get ideas for applying the same concepts to your own layout!

Author: Tony Koester
Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Pages: 112

True scale and true to life miniature model for adult collectors.
Not suitable for children under 14 years.