Track Construction an easy to use guide for all scales and gauges complete with CD rom to produce templates and layout plans
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This book explains model railway electronics and several projects for both the novice & expert. By Fred Martin
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Crowood Press Modelling Narrow Gauge Railways in Small Scales by Chris Ford 97682
Modelling Narrow Gauge Railways in Small Scales by Chris Ford

This invaluable book is essential reading for all those who wish to build a small, narrow gauge model railway layout to a high standard. Comprehensive in its coverage, the book begins with a useful summary of the history and development of narrow gauge railways in the British Isles, and this is followed by a detailed, but easily digestible, consideration of the complex and wide choice of scales available to the modeller.

In subsequent chapters, the author covers construction, including materials and tools, skills and techniques, layout design, laying the track, scenic modelling, painting, soldering and wiring, as well as the construction of narrow gauge stock and appropriate buildings. The author provides clear, step-by-step instructions and photographs to show the reader how to build a straightforward narrow gauge model of a fictitious late 19th to early 20th century light railway in 4mm scale on 9mm track.
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Crowood Press Modelling Railway Stations - A Practical Guide by Ian Lamb 97683
976-83 - Modelling Railway Stations - A Practical Guide
Have you ever dreamed of building a model of a favourite railway station for your layout, whether it be a modest branch line station, or a large town terminus? Have you ever wanted to re-create a beautiful station that you have seen at a railway modelling exhibition, or in a magazine, and felt that you needed a helping hand? If so, this is the book for you.

Ian Lamb, a modeller of enormous experience, demonstrates how anybody, regardless of their modelling skills, can construct a pleasing and presentable model railway station in a limited amount of space. Six specific UK stations, some real and some fictional, are selected as modelling case studies and the author provides detailed, practical information about different aspects of their construction. Throughout the book the author provides step-by-step guidance and illustrations and emphasizes how - with patience- modelling skills, confidence and ambition can all be improved over time. Moreover, he is ever mindful of how costs should be kept down to reasonable levels and reveals how materials and tools can often be the most simple and inexpensive of everyday household items.
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Ian Allan Publishing From Train Set To Model Railway 9780711033825
A guide to help those who have stared to collect models and track on their carpet to designing and building a full model railway.
Author: Chris Hatton
Publisher: Ian Allan
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Warners Group Publications Railway Modelling FAQs 9780955962653
A compendium of answers to the most frequent questions asked by railway modellers to the authors of the book. With headings that include track, narrow gauge modelling, o scale modelling, buildings and layout.
Authors: I Futers, P Marriott, C Nevard & P Soeborg.
Publisher: British Railway Modelling.
Paperback. 120pp. 18cm by 24cm.
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Building a Folding Model Railway Layout by Graham Goodchild 9781785001994
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Modelling Railways in O Gauge by John Emerson
976-91 Modelling Railways in O Gauge

O gauge (scale 7mm to the foot) is the 'senior scale' and it has existed for almost as long as the hobby of railway modelling itself. With the advent of high-quality ready-to-run O gauge locomotives and rolling stock, it is enjoying a huge surge in popularity. This fascinating book is an essential guide to O gauge modelling skills, techniques, modelling suppliers and services.

Considers the history and the benefits of O gauge
Discusses the various prototypical gauges that can be successfully modelled in O gauge
Examines making a start in this gauge and practical layout planning
Shows the modeller how to successfully create scenery and model buildings
Covers the choice of locomotives, coaches and wagons
Demonstrates how to achieve an authentic lineside look
Contains a wealth of information, advice and tips
Beautifully illustrated with colour images, including some of the author's own 0 gauge exhibition layout, Gifford Street , and a number of other layouts.
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Professional Approach To Model Railways 9781844256792
Written by a professional model maker who has worked on Thunderbirds and James Bond, this is a book for beginners and experts alike.
Author: John Wylie
Publisher: Haynes
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The landscape through which railways run is often the inspiration and reason why people choose to model a particular line. Therefore creating a realistric setting in which to operate a model railway is an essential aspect of modelling, yet is often overlooked.

Model landscape expert Tony Hill has been modelling railways for over thirty years. A carpenter by trade, he has been demonstrating and teaching his landscape modelling skills at model railways shows since the early 1980s. He has written numerous articles on the subject and undertakes commisioons for bespoke trees and dioramas. This is his second book on landscaping for model railways.

Softback, 160 pages, extensively illustrated.
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This invaluable, well-illustrated book, written by a professional modeller, describes landscape modelleing from a new perspective. It explains in detail how to design and construct a model railway in a convincing and pleasing landscape. The author has always considered that model railway dioramas are an art form and the aim of this book is to help the modeller create true-to-life landscapes.

Covers inportant aspects of all stages of construction, including building satisfactory baseboards, topography and ground cover, modelling lakes and waterfalls and making realistic trees.

Briming with helpful advice and tips

Written by an acknowledged expert who firmly believes that authentic scenic modelling is essential in creating the perfect backdrop, enabling model locomotives and rolling stock to be displayed convincingly.

Well illustrated with over 200 photographs in full colour.

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John Parkinson is a self-confessed scenery nut. While for many people the tracks and trains are the most important element of a model railway layout John revels in creating the scenic environment, which is complemented by the trains running through it. With all his layouts his aim is to make a scene that gels, that looks like a composite whole and is full of atmosphere.

In his entertaining narrative he describes how he has developed his modelling skills and shares the techniques he has used for almost 30 years for his many popular, compact, small scale exhibition layouts. Covering baseboard construction and creating the scenic 'hard shell', hints on representing natural terrain, foliage, water, buildings, bridges, tunnels and the like to detailing and finishing touches - all illustarted by more than 185 colour photographs - this book is sure to inspire and instruct in equal measure.

A5 128pp paperback

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Layout Designs for Operation 9781902827148
Twenty schemes with half exploring British themes plus ideas for a variety of settings in Europe and even North America, something for all tastes and motivations.
Author: Stephen Rabone & Trevor Ridley.
Publisher: Atlantic.
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Scenery Handbook 9781907292415
A complete full colour guide for those railway modellers wishing to start adding scenery to their layout and also to those who want to take their scenic modelling to the next level.
Author: Peter Marriott.
Publisher: British Railway Modelling.
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Paul Bason provides a practical guide to the construction of lineside buildings from many eras using popular ranges of kits. This includes card kits from Metcalfe and Superquick, plastic kits by Dapol, Ratio and Wills. Paul then moves on to the use of whitemetal and etched brass.

Simple techniques allow you to modify and finish readily available kits to a high standard.

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Making the best of ready-to-run models, Nigel Burkin looks at a cross-section of modern wagons currently available in OO gauge. He demonstrates how these can be improved by detailing and conversions using parts from specialist suppliers. Numerous projecst are covered which will allow you to build your own unique fleet.
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On this video we're going on a tour of Bruce Blocks three Great Layouts. The sixty minute journey will take us around the world, from Australia to England to Southern California.

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Peco Guide to N Gauge Railway Modelling PM-204
N gauge is popular amongst railway modellers second only to OO/HO scale. At roughly half the scale of OO/HO the opportunities offered to people with limited space are wide ranging.
Of course, to build a railway in a wider landscaped setting in N gauge does also offer an alternative approach. Whatever the choice, the scale is strongly supported by manufacturers, including PECO of course, and this new publication guides a new modeller into the miniature world of N scale, as well as informing and enlightening the seasoned modeller, who can always learn something new!
With 124 full colour pages, including perfect bound covers, the story of N gauge is told, starting with a history lesson, followed by chapters covering subjects such as inspirational layouts, layout design, track plans, and various project layouts, including Stenson, a new N gauge layout built for the PECO exhibition stand.
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Peco PM-206 Your Guide to OO Gauge Railway Modelling.
For beginners and experienced modellers alike, this inspiring new book from the experts at Railway Modeller is packed with invaluable advice for planning and building a OO gauge layout. The various chapters cover the processes from start to finish, from deciding the location through to adding the finishing touches. A selection of track plans are included, plus various modelling projects that can be undertaken.
Lavishly illustrated in 120 perfect bound pages (plus covers), this new publication is the latest addition to the growing PECO Modellers' Library collection.
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Hornby's new 'Step-By-Step Guide to Railway Modelling' CD-Rom is the perfect resource to establish, evolve and complement your hobby skills - whether you are starting out, an enthusiast or an experienced modeller. The CD-Rom includes chapters on 'Where Do I Start', 'Baseboards and Track', 'Buildings and Scenics', 'Wiring the Layout' and 'Taking Stock'. This innovative CD-Rom, produced by modelling experts, adopts a simple step-by-step approach, providing advice, explaining methods and demonstrating techniques by walking you logically through key tasks and activities.

PC Specification Minimum Pentium 2 600MHz, 64Mb RAM (128Mb with Windows XP) 20Mb disk space, 16Mb graphics card, SoundBlaster 128 compatible sound card, 16x CD-Rom drive, Windows 98 or later.
MAC specification Minimum G3 700MHz, 128Mb RAM, 20Mb disk space, 16Mb graphics card, 16x CD-Rom drive, OS 9 or OS X.

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The Wills Craftsman series kits have been available for many years and offer an attractive and adaptable range of building models to create realistic scenes for layouts.
The embossed plastic sheets supplied in the kits are not pre-cut, but often have outline markings showing where doors and windows can be created and the builder needs to cut these sheets to match the building plans. This represents a little more work than a standard plastic kit, but the investment of time and effort is rewarded with a characterful building which can easily be customised during building, rather than only being able to construct the model the kits is designed to recreate.

This 'Shows You How' booklet focuses on the techniques required to successfully achieve a model to be proud of. It discusses methods used to cut and shape the plastic parts, guides the reader through the stages of construction and offers advice on how to paint and finish-off the model, turning it into a building of distinction.

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Pecos' 'Shows You How To' booklets provide a useful guide to model railway topics written by the team of modellers and engineers who engineer Pecos' product ranges and the Pecorama display layouts.
 
Written as a primer for modellers taking the first steps in Digital Command Control this booklet provides a brief guide and overview of DCC, from its' objectives and technology to systems available and practical installation.
Many of the common question are answered, illustrated with diagrams of wiring and completed with a glossary of terms.

A companion 'Shows You How To' guide covers Decoder Installation, illustrated with examples of several  common OO locomotive chassis designs and photographs showing how to convert them for DCC operation.
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Peco DCC Decoder Installation Booklet - Shows You How SYH20
The Peco Shows You How range of booklets are written by experienced modellers and the Peco staff, from the design engineers to the team building and maintaining the Pecorama demonstration layouts.

This booklet provides an illustrated guide to the fitting of DCC decoders to a range of different OO locomotives, covering the different chassis and motor designs and space constraints encountered. Popular models from Lima, Hornby and Bachmann are used to illustrate the fitting of decoders to both new design models and older models with no design provision for DCC. Some are surprisingly easy!

This booklet is highly recommended as a workbench how-to guide.
Fit decoders to older models with confidence!
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Building and Operating a Realistic Model Railway by Allen Jackson 9781785001697
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Layout building is perhaps the most exciting, rewarding and challengine aspect of creating a model railway. Making the right design decisions and choosing good construction techniques are vital to ensure success.

Superbly illustrated with step-by-step photographs this book takes you through the basic baseboard construction, shelf layout themes and how to link multi-deck desigs together, enabling you to make the most of a given space. With different concepts covered, from simple portable layouts to helix construction techniques, Nigel Burkin mixes the best of British layouts with techniques used routinely overseas and shows you how you to can achieve success and satisfaction in executing your layout design.

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The airbrush is an essential tool for modellers striving for professional-looking results. It can greatly enhance the quality of modelling output. Whether applying a full livery scheme or simply blending in areas of new paintwork, a good airbrush will offer unparalleled levels of finish and consistency, as well as the chance to create unique effects such as weathering and stencilling.

This book reveals how anyone can use an airbrush effectively, provided that a few basic rules are followed. All of the necessary techniques are described, along with a wealth of practical guidance and detailed advice on choosing a spraying set-up to match your own needs and budget.

This volume will be an essential one-stop reference sourrce for all airbrush users, from the complete novice to the experienced model painter.
Softback, 224 pages, extensively illustrated.
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Written as a follow-on from First Steps in Railway Modelling this book covers further and more advanced techniques for model railway construction. Including a multitude of topics from baseboards to electronics, detailing, weathering and successful kit building. More examples of prototype railways are included with tips for realistic scenes, details and operating practices. Paperback, 282mmx213mm, 96 pages.
See also First Steps in Railway Modelling
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Crowood Press A Practical Introduction to Digital Command Control for Railway Modellers by Nigel Burkin 978-1-8797-020-6
Nigel Burkin offers a comprehensive introduction to Digital Command Control for the beginner and experienced modeller alike.
From background information on the technology itself to layout wiring; taking in decoders, hand and wireless controllers, with many practical modelling projects on the way. This book is a comprehensive guide to making a start with DCC and how to gain all of the benefits that the control system has to offer.
Softback, 190 pages, extensively illustrated.
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Building Modern 4mm Scale Wagons 9781907292118
The author reveals the secrets of wagon kit construction and scratch building in a clear and concise way. Illustrated with hundreds of colour photographs that show the various techniques, together with pictures of the full-size wagons.
Author: Nigel Burkin.
Publisher: British Railway Modelling.
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Railway Modeller Special 2018

A very interesting special this year containing several interesting layouts with freight themes covering china clay and quarry traffic which show a number of good ideas for modelling scenes and industries along with background information and photographs. Prototype articles cover the InterCity 125 train which after 40 years will soon be displaced from the Great Western mainlines for the first time, but still with many years of service ahead on cross-country and ScotRail express services.

The model railway industry is represented with a review of 2017 products plus interviews with Rapido Trains and Simon Kohler.

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976-57 Making Rural Buildings for Model Railways

This invaluable, well-illustrated book is essential reading for all those who are interested in developing their modelling skills and creating realistic models of country houses, cottages and farm buildings for their railway layouts. The author encourages and inspires the reader and, moreover, emphasizes that railway modellers can achieve their objectives without purchasing expensive materials. Indeed, all the materials recommended in the book are either recycled or can be obtained quite cheaply.

Topics covered include: 

  • The materials and equipment required to build models
  • Modelling methods and construction techniques
  • Painting, weathering and finishing
  • Creating a sympathetic setting for your models
  • Improving kits and 'off-the-shelf' models

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    Information on road vehicles can be difficult to obtain, in this book Ian Morton describes the ranges which are available in scales suited to model railway use, before moving on to more advanced projects. The detailing of road scense is covered, including road signage and registration areas. Next the modification and detailing of vehicles is covered, making unique models from readily available stock, before the powered and guided roadway systems are described, making model vehicles move!

    80 pages, softback.

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    Model locomotive and layout maintenance is an essential aspect of railway modelling, but one that is little understood by modellers, especially those new to the hobby.

    Fine Tuning and Maintaining OO Gauge Models shows all of the techniques required to introduce new models to a layout, run them in, fit all of the optional detail parts and undertake repairs when necessary. It includes advice on how to carry out routine maintenance, shows the reader techniques for fine tuning of performance and dicusses the important issues surrounding conversion to finer scale.
    Supported by superb step-by-step photographs and detailed instructions, this essential book will enable you to ensure your models are fine-tunes and running ta top perfonamnce.

    Nigel Burkin is a lifeliong modeller with interestys in British and North American prototypes. A published author with hundreds of magazine  articles to his name.
    Softback, 190 pages, extensively illustrated.
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    Want to know how to create a model railway from scratch?
    This DVD has all the answers, in an easy to follow format which will guide you through everything from track laying to scenics, wiring to detailing. You will discover that hte only limitation is your imagination, and the layout will grow and develop with the guidance of experts.
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