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How To Build A Model Railway, By Multiple Authors Review
« on: October 27, 2017, 03:24:20 AM »
How To Build A Model Railway, By Multiple Authors

Book Review: Once again, not a book, but a "How to" manual, put out by Model Rail magazine.

Sticking me head into my local newsagent here in Oz the other day (as you do), this caught my eye. There is not a single reference to N gauge in the whole thing, so why, you may wonder, did I buy it at the price of A$13.95 (six quid)?

Several reasons. Firstly, the title is literally correct - it really does cover just about everything you need to know to build a model railway, from how to cut wood (yes, there is a chapter called that) up to trackwork, scenery, buildings and even DCC.

Secondly, it was compiled by some pretty high-powered names in the hobby, such as Dave Lowery, George Dent, and Peter Marriott. The project railway running throughout the publication is by Chris Leigh himself.

The third thing that struck me was that this project railway is of a coastal location - in this case a beach village based on an amalgamation of several Cornish sea villages. Pretty unusual, I thought.

To introduce the theme there is an excellent chapter on Britain's coastal railways, full of great historical photographs. This to me, justified the purchase of the book/mag. Locations such as St Ives, Barmouth, Dawlish, Whitby, Kyle of Lochalsh and even my beloved Northumberland coast are featured.

Ok, the book is entirely about 00 gauge, but it all applies equally to N gauge. There are some really excellent chapters on wiring electrofrog points, isolation, cab control and, of course DCC. All things which can cause confusion for beginners.

In terms of scenery, there is a chapter on how to build a beach - a fairly unusual feature, I feel. The whole book/mag culminates in a very impressive model of a seaside railway.

As I said earlier, no N gauge, but a mine of excellent and valid techniques applicable to our favourite scale. To be recommended, for the prototype photos alone!

Sample chapters: How to make baseboards, how to build a lattice girder bridge, how to build a cassette fiddle yard, how to model cliffs, how to model a whole village, how to build a platform.... the list goes on.

Definitely worth a look!



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Re: How To Build A Model Railway, By Multiple Authors Review
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2017, 09:45:16 AM »
Many thanks, George, for this excellent review.

It certainly sounds like the book is well worth a look.

Best wishes.

John
'Why does the Disney Castle work so well?  Because it borrows from reality without ever slipping into it.'

(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)

The Table-Top Railway is an attempt to create, in British 'N' gauge,  a 'semi-scenic' railway in the old-fashioned style, reminiscent of the layouts of the 1930s to the 1950s.

For the made-up background to the railway and list of characters, please see here: https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38281.msg607991#msg607991

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Re: How To Build A Model Railway, By Multiple Authors Review
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2017, 12:09:22 AM »
Having just digested the above tome from cover to cover, I  really can't rate it highly enough. For DC dinosaurs like NPN and myself, the electrical chapters are excellent. In fact, a problem that Mick has been discussing recently on this forum is addressed in the mag/book.

And I told a slight fib.... there is an N gauge content. There's a photo on page 80 of an N gauge Scottish layout which has featured in the magazines, but I can't recall it's name  :-[
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Re: How To Build A Model Railway, By Multiple Authors Review
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2017, 09:23:15 AM »
If it all applies to N equally isnít it scale agnostic, rather than not containing any N gauge?

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Re: How To Build A Model Railway, By Multiple Authors Review
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2017, 10:18:22 AM »
I'm responding to this even though for the life of me, I don't know why. :beers:

Let's hear a review from you, mate.  :beers:
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