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Geoff Kent starts a useful guide to building, upgrading and detailing 4mm scale wagons for OO, EM and P4/S4 gauges.
This book covers open wagons, including traffic, mineral and hopper types to many different designs. Geoff demonstrates how to use and modify kits to create accurate models of wagons to slightly different designs or for special purposes. Prototype photographs are used to show how wagons really looked and most interestingly, just how small a 16-ton pile of iron ore really is.86 pages of useful project ideas and practical demonstrations described and illustrated.
This series is recommended for 4mm scale wagon builders, helping you build a distinctive and unique models from plastic and metal kits, progressing to 'kit bashing' and straightforward scratch building projects to model specific prototypes. The projects and techniques can easily be transferred into other scales, making the series a very useful reference for modellers working in other scales to create realistic wagons.
We regret that this book has been advised as temporarily out of print.
Barry Norman takes you to the very beginning of the layout building process in this book, written as a guide to the design of a sucessful and satisfying model railway layout. He discusses and explains the factors to be considered at each stage, from ideas and prototype choice to finalizing a track plan and scenic setting.
A comprehensive guide to replicating the effects of age, weather, wear and tear on railway rolling stock and buildings.Â Starting with a discussion ofÂ materials and techniques, chapters are included covering the weatheringÂ of steam and diesel locomotives, passenger coaches and goods wagons.Â Practical projects are described in the text with illustrations showing prototype and models being created usingÂ the techniques used.
126 pages. Soft cover.
Memories Of The Withered Arm by Peter Barnfield. Wild Swan Publications
Recollections and beautiful pictures of a lost railway network, the landscape it ran through and the people who used it. This is a new edition of a booklet Peter published 20 years ago, this book including Peter's own photographs from the period. Most of the images presented in this book are photographs that Peter took on the journeys described and relate directly to them, while others are from other visits made to the locations in the same period. It is a huge privilege to have been entrusted with publishing Peter's material, a lot of which hasn't been seen in print before, and it gives me great pleasure to see his wonderful images together in one book. The book also includes a chapter from Peter discussing the background to the story and his approach to photography, including details of the cameras used.
Author & Photographer Peter Barnfield. 96 pages, softback, 2016
A profile of the Stanier Princess Royal class by David Hunt, Bob Essery and Fred James. Between them these three authors have collated and interpreted thousands of records and documents to bring new light to the design, development, testing and modifications made to this class of pacifics throughout their working careers. A career which, for two of the class, will continue into the future.
Produced in association with the National Railway Museum whose archives contain many of the works drawings and official test documents used to refine the locomotives.
A refreshing look at layout design, concetrating on modestly-sized fully scenic projects. an experienced layout designer, Iain Rice addresses the factors of space, money, time and satisfaction to produce a layout designed for operational interest and scenic effect. The text is liberally sprinkled with photographs, sketches and layout designs to illustrate the points under discussion.
Written by Ian Pope and Paul Karau this two-volume series provides an excellent record of the Great Westerns' Forest of Dean branches.
Volume one covers in detail the route from the Gloucester-Newport line at Newnham, into the forest, past the well-known Eastern United colliery to Cinderford. Along the way each station and siding is described and illustrated. Information is provided not only on the railway but also the customers it served and their business.
The second part of Geoff Kent's useful guide to building, upgradingÂ and detailing 4mm scale wagons for OO, EM and P4/S4 gauges.
This book covers box vans, both general purpose and special traffic vehicles and tank wagons of many different types and designs. Over 160 pages of useful project ideas and practical demonstrations described and illustrated.
This series is recommended for 4mm scale wagon builders, helping you build a distinctive and unique model from a plastic kit, then progressing to kit bashing and straightforward scratch building projects to model specific prototypes.
Volume two covers the branches in the Forest of Dean, starting with the Churchway branch from Bilson on the Cinderford line. Next the Whimsey branch is covered, including the interesting goods yard at Whimsey, later the site of Berry Wiggins depot and the Admiratly use of the Hawthorns tunnel duringÂ WW2.
Following on from Geoff Kents' series, in this book John Hayes presents a modelling guide to the common coal wagon.
Many thousands of company and private owned wagons have served on Britains railways. Built by hundreds of builders and maintained by hundreds of repair depots their design, although laid down in specification by the RCH was almsot as varied as their liveries! John deals with structural and detail differences, showing how a more accurate model can be constructed of a specific wagon. He then provides an excellent guide to the lettering and weathering of your wagons, using transfers andÂ hand painting to create a realistic replica of a real wagon at work.
A comprehensive and detailed guide to the preparation, painting and lining of model locomotives and rolling stock.
Profusely illustrated in colour the methods, tools and 'tricks of the trade' used to recreate the most complex locomotive liveries are fully described. The book is completed withÂ chapters covering coach liveries, which often feature the most intricate lining on complex panelling. The LNER teak livery is demonstrated, with the creation of effective wood grain effect, along with detailing of coach interiors.
Ready-to-run models are not ignored, with many examples being painted into different liveries andÂ corrections to the factory finish.
An ideal guide to the creation and alteration and finishing of your models to be a specific fleet, uniquely completed by your own hand. 154 pages, US Letter size (11in x 8.5in) softback.
Locomotive Modelling From Scratch and Etched Kits Part One
Geoff Holt 108 pages Softback 2012
book, it seems to me, is both a practical guide to the business of
model locomotive construction and also an interesting account of how the
hobby has changed and developed since The Second World War. Geoff's own
model building "career" started with a chance friendship with a like
minded German prisoner of war and has since involved him since with many
of the leading names in the hobby. Very well illustrated throughout
with colour photography and numerous sketches and line drawings, the
book starts with a more or less general introduction to tools, materials
and techniques before embarking upon a "signature model", the Great
Central's "Immingham" class 4-6-0. Two of these are to be built in 7mm
scale, one from scratch and the other from a kit, and this first volume
will take us as far as the rolling chassis, with part two due next year
taking us to the completion of the job. Well written, informative and a
novel approach to its subject, all as well produced as you would expect
from Paul Karau and Wild Swan.
Locomotive Modelling From Scratch And Etched Kits Part Two
Geoff Holt 144 pages Softback 2013
second part of Geoff Holt's personal approach to locomotive building,
getting down to the "nitty gritty" of actual building from the running
plate and upwards, through to traction testing and painting, with a
final chapter covering the basic use of a lathe. Geoff sadly passed away
just after having completed the proofs for this second volume, but this
and the earlier volume on his art and craft form a very fine and
fitting tribute to the man and the beautiful railway models that he
created. As well produced as you would expect from Wild Swan, with more
colour than has been usual and all very clearly and informatively laid
A 158-page book covering the construction ofÂ 4mm scale locomotive chassis for many different types of locomotive. All parts of the chassis are dicussed and described with major pointsÂ illustrated with photographs and clear diagrams. Solid chassis designs start the book, then bogie and pony trucks are introduced, including tips of ensuring your model locomotive remains well balanced and able to negotiate changes of curve and grade. Iain then moves on to describe compensation methods before rounding out the book with a description of chassis deatiling, including cylinders and valve gear.
A locomotive profile of the well-known LMS 3F 0-6-0 tank engines, known to enthusiasts as Jintys.
These locomotives were very versatile. Designed as heavy shunting engines the 3F tank, like the GWRs panniers, were equally capable branch line engines and one group was actually built to replace former North London Railway locomotives, working busy commuter services.
This book provides an useful historical overview of the class, covering and illustrating developments, fittings and detail changes with photographs and extracts from works drawings.
Written by Ian Pope and Paul Karau this is the first in a series of books which document the history and lines of the Severn & Wye Railway in the Forest of Dean.This book is the first of a series sets out to cover not only the railway network itself, but to place it in its proper context against the transition of the area from a medieval Royal hunting ground, supplying timber for the great naval fleets in the days of sail, through to a centre of industrial activity based on the local coal and iron ore deposits. The history of the Severn & Wye and Severn Bridge Railway is traced in detail from its inception as a horse-drawn tramway, through its conversion into a fully-fledged railway network and the later takeover by the Great Western and Midland Railways.The southern section of the line from the junction with the Great Western at Lydney to the once great industrial centre of Parkend is then covered in great detail, with particular emphasis on the railway connected industries which were the lifeblood of the railway system.
Written by Ian Pope and Paul Karau this is the first in a series of books which document the history and lines of the Severn & Wye Railway in the Forest of Dean.Volume 1 traces the history of the Severn & Wye and Severn Bridge Railway and illustrates the line from Lydney to Parkend.Volume 2 continues this coverage from Coleford Junction through the verdant heart of the Forest to Cinderford.The history of the railway is closely linked with that of the industries which it served, the extensive coverage of major collieries such as Cannop and Trafalgar providing a counterpoint to the timeless charm of Bicslade's tramroad and stoneworks. The story concludes with a detailed account of the S&W's last major undertaking, the opening of an extension to Cinderford, built after takeover by the Great Western and Midland Railways.Softback 174 pages
Written by Ian Pope and Paul Karau this is the first in a series of books which document the history and lines of the Severn & Wye Railway in the Forest of Dean.From the 1840s housecoal collieries were developing along the ridge to the west of Cinderford and by the 1860s were coming into full production. The Severn & Wye was losing a large quantities of this coal traffic to the Great Western's Forest of Dean Branch despite Bullo Dock being much smaller than Lydney Docks.The Severn & Wye was not well placed to serve such collieries as Lightmoor, Foxes Bridge and Crump Meadow, so sought powers for the construction of a line of railway to serve the centre of the Forest, penetrating into an area other concerns may have thought was theirs. Despite opposition from the Forest of Dean Central and Great Western Railways authorisation for the six mile Mineral Loop was gained in the 1869 Parliamentary session. Construction was complete by mid-1872 and it is the story of the Mineral Loop and the collieries it served that forms the subject of this fourth book in the series covering the Severn & Wye Railway.Softback 174 pages
This book is a photographic record of the "lesser man made features" of our environment that stand witness to and remind us of times not long past. For the most part they are everyday unremarkable things that were commonplace from Victorian times up until the second half of the last century, but which have since been largely swept away by the constant tide of modernisation. The author's fascination with these "unconsidered trifles" as he has named them (taking his cue from Autolycus in "The Winter's Tale") grew out of his hobby of building transport models of both road and railway subjects and his conviction that these models should reflect as accurately as possible the periods in which they are set.
Most of the pictures in this book have been taken in the last three or four years and show subjects which for the moment still exist and all of which are visible from public roads or footpaths. These images provide a rich visual source of these minor details, ideal for modellers and artists who wish to re-create scenes from our recent past.Softback - 64 pages
A much enlarged edition of the author's 1981 book describing and illustrating the roadside tramway that ran from the Great Western main line at Wantage Road to the town of the same name. Indisputably one the most idiosyncratic and delightful of Britain's diverse collection of light railways and tramways, this new edition contains a wonderful collection of images together with a surprisingly large number of recollections of both using and working on the line, collected over a period of years by the indomitable Chris Turner. Hopefully this will prove irresistible to followers of light railways and quaint English institutions alike! Author Nicholais de Courtais. 96 pages, softback, published 2017
Memories Of West Country Railway Journeys 1960-1962 by Peter Barnfield. Wild Swan Publishing
Railway journeys on ex GWR lines in the West Country, recalled from notes made at the time and profusely illustrated with the author's own photographs, taken on the journeys described but also on other dates too. Having said this is all ex GW, the book includes a particularly delightful journey from Evercreech to Burnham on Sea which takes us all the way from page 48 to page 73.Unlike Peter's earlier "Withered Arm" book covering the former Southern route to Plymouth and with which this volume is physically uniform, this book includes a number of views of diesels and multiple units, which had started to operate over Western lines by the time of these journeys.
Author & photographer Peter Barnfield. 120 pages, softback, 2017
An acomplished builder of model locomotives from kits, Iain Rice offers a guide, hints and tips on the buildong of whitemetalÂ locomotive kits. This is a book written for the begineer, providing an illustrated discussion ofÂ construction techniques designed to build your confidence to get started on your kit. The tips for success are well illustrated with photgraphs and diagrams, starting with a discussion of low-melt soldering techniques, favoured by many modellers to assemble the basic bodyshell.
Completing your model Iain Rice then moves on to painting and lining techniques, finishing with siple weathering ideas.
62 pages, softbound.