Howard Zane
My Life with Model Trains

by Howard Zane
Columbia, MD

© 2006 Howard Zane
300 pages

ISBN 0-9779834-0-4 (hard cover)

Price is $69.95

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From the Back Cover --

Many years have passed since Howard Zane and I first met. During that time, in addition to sharing Old Time Music, we discussed many aspects of model railroading and how to promote and share the enjoyment of the hobby. In an effort to further promote the hobby Howard and his partner Ken Young started The Great Scale Model Train Show (tm) in 1982, now expanded to include “The All American High Rail and Collector’s Show.”At the same time, a 26’ X 26’ basement saw the beginning of an HO scale model railroad empire. Then a new addition, and then another addition saw the expansion of the creation of a world in miniature. As the layout took form, Howard incorporated concepts and techniques learned from his Dad, own experience in trying new avenues of construction, and from reading, talking, and viewing layouts built by other model railroaders. Allen Keller video production numbers 12 and 44 and several hobby-magazine feature articles chronicle the progress of his model railroad over the years. You will find many tips and learn many of Howard’s techniques, but this is not really a how-to-do-it book. However, this book is a “Howard” as he allows the reader into his life by opening a window into his early years with his model railroader Dad and his involvement in the hobby to the present day. As you turn the pages, you can read and view the unique world he has created. You will note the delicate balance required to construct a miniature world of track, rolling stock, scenery, figures, and the blending of color and form that frame the action of trains moving within the many and varied landscapes. Sit back and enjoy your trip.

-- Bob Hess
York, PA

Howard Zane with Sandy


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