Tony Koester has written a half-dozen books focusing on his life-longhobby of model railroading. Tony is the editor of Model RailroadPlanning, a special annual issue of Model Railroader magazine, as wellas a contributing editor to Model Railroader. He writes ModelRailroader magazine's popular Trains of Thought column and has writtennumerous feature articles for Model Railroader. He also served as theeditor of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine until 1981. Tony spent aquarter of a century designing, building, and with his friends,operating a freelanced coal-hauling HO railroad, the Allegheny Midland(the Midland Road). More recently, he has been hard at work on amulti-deck HO layout that accurately depicts the Nickel Plate Road sSt. Louis Division as it appeared in 1954.