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LOTS Reference Book Library

 The LOTS reference library is provided as a service to LOTS members, designed to assist them in the many operating and collecting aspects of Lionel trains. It has books and references to help with the design and construction of home layouts, on such topics as wiring, scenery, benchwork, track plans, and bridges. Also included are some classic and modern volumes on repairing and maintaining Lionel's engines, rolling stock, and accessories. Once up and going, your layout will be brought to life with the super tips and tricks divulged by the authors of our operating guides. Collectors even have access here to the most recent Greenberg Guides for all of Lionel's products from 1900 on till today the books considered the 'encyclopedias" of Lionel trains. All available just for the shipping price!

 The books are available on loan (you must be a LOTS Member to request them!) at no charge to the member except the shipping cost when returning them. 


 How to Build Model Railroad Benchwork, by Linn H. Westcott, 1979. 56 pages.


 Model Railroad Bridges and Trestles, a compilation from Model Railroader, 1993. 152 pages.


 Beginner's Guide to Toy Train Collecting & Operating, by John Grams, 1991. 96 pages

 Greenberg's Guide to Lionel Paper and Collectibles, by Robert J. Osterhoff, 1990. 182 pages.

Greenberg's Guide to Lionel Trains, 1987-1995, the Richard Kughn era, by Mike Solly. 2002. 248 pages. All the details on the trains from the era that saved Lionel.

Greenberg's Guide to Lionel Trains, 1970-1991, Vol I: Motive Power & Rolling Stock, by Roland LaVoie & Mike Solly. 1991. 336 pages. The encyclopedia of modern Lionel production.

 Greenberg's Guide to Lionel Trains, 1970-1991, Vol II, 1991. 192 pages. Sets & special production. Companion to Vol I.

 Greenberg's Guide to Lionel Trains, 1970-1997, Vol. III: Accessories. By Roland LaVoie, 1997. 156 pages.

The postwar and prewar Greenberg's Guides to Lionel Trains:

Greenberg's Guide to Lionel Trains, 1945-1969, Vol I: Motive Power & Rolling Stock.1990 and 1991 editions, 271 pages.

Greenberg's Guide to Lionel Trains, 1945-1969, Vol II: Special topics, 1988, 153 pages

Greenberg's Guide to Lionel Trains, 1945-1969, Vol III: Sets, by Paul Ambrose, 1990 ed, 200 pages

Greenberg's Guide to Lionel Trains, 1945-1969, Vol V: Rare & Unusual, by Paul Ambrose, 1993 ed, 128 pages

Greenberg's Guide to MTH Trains, 1993-1999, pub 2000. By Dick Christianson, 144 pages.


 All Aboard! By Ron Hollander. The story of the Lionel Train Company. 1981. 254 pages.

 World's Greatest Toy Train Maker: Insiders Remember Lionel, by Roger Carp, 1998. 112 pages.


 How To Build Your First Lionel Layout, by Stan Trzoniec. 1994. 96 pages.

 Great Toy Train Layouts of America, by McComas & Tuohy, 1987, 141 pages.

 The Lionel Train Book, by Schleicher & Brady, Lionel, 1986, 131 pages


Complete Service Manual for Lionel Trains, by Aurotech, 1978. 732 pages. Compiled from the original Lionel Service Manuals from the 1940s-1960s.


 Greenberg's Model Railroading with Lionel Trains, by Roland E. LaVoie, 1991. 143 pages.

 Greenberg's Model Railroading with Lionel Trains, Volume II: An Advanced Layout, by John Kouba, 1993. 144 pages.

 How To Operate Your Model Railroad, by Bruce Chubb, Kalmbach, 1977, 184 pages. Ideas for all scales.

 Tips and Tricks for Toy Train Operators, by Peter H. Riddle, 2000, 96 pages.


Detailing Tips and Techniques from Model Railroader, 1994. 104 pages. Scenery articles compiled from Model Railroader magazine.

 How to Build Realistic Model Railroad Scenery, by David Frary, 1991. 132 pages.

 Scenery for Model Railroads, by Bill McClanahan and Linn Westcott. 1990 ed. 104 pages.


 Creative Model Railroad Design, by John Armstrong. Kalmbach. 1990 ed. 123 pages. Multiple scales.

 Greenberg's Layout Plans for Lionel Trains, by Cliff Lang, 1988. 32 pages.

 Track Plans for Sectional Track, by Linn Westcott. 1991 ed, 40 pages.

 Walkaround Model Railroad Track Plans, by Don Mitchell. 1991. 72 pages.


 Greenberg's Wiring Your Lionel Layout a Primer, by Peter H. Riddle, 1991. 80 pages.

 Greenberg's Wiring Your Lionel Layout, Vol. 2: Intermediate Techniques, by Peter H. Riddle, 1993. 80 pages.

 Greenberg's Wiring Your Lionel Layout, Vol. 3: Advanced Techniques Made Easy, by Peter H. Riddle, 1995. 96 pages.

 Members interested in obtaining LOTS Reference Library books should write to the LOTS Librarian to determine availability.

No deposits are currently required to borrow these books. Members will be expected to return them in good condition. Postage to the borrower is paid by LOTS and the borrower will pay postage back to the LOTS library. Members should use UPS or registered mail when returning in order to assure traceability in the event of loss. Books should be returned within 30 days of borrowing.

 For more details, contact the LOTS Librarian:

Michael A. Solly, RM-1332
LOTS Librarian
2312 Snowflake Dr.
Odenton, MD 21113
e-mail: msolly2@verizon.net