This is a little book I often turn to for modeling ideas. This book is a collection of the cartoons by Carl Fallberg. What makes this book so useful is the atmosphere created in the drawings. The author seems to have based the mythical Fiddletown & Copperopolis Railway on the Rio Grande Southern - at some of the scenes seem inspired by the RGS. Carl Fallberg's cartoons just have so much character to them - the caricature-like people populating the drawings are all figures I would love to try recreating in HO. The locomotives and rolling stock, while all caricaturized, just 'look right". The structures remind me of large scale models of weather-beaten, highly weathered structures - again, many of the buildings in the book look like something I should model someday.
If nothing else, this book is just "fun", an worth a look.