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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing (5 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711033439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711033436
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 0.5 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Jan 2010
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Electrics for model railways is one of those subjects that can make grown men gibber and start frothing at the knees, but once said men get their heads around the basics they then wonder what all the fuss is about.

I fall into the above category - despite having two degrees in Physics, the very thought of wiring up a layout filled me with bowel-clenching trepidation but now, having done three layouts (the latter two with the aid of this book) everything is just that little bit clearer and therefore less terrifying.

The meat of the book deals with things like wiring up point motors (both the 'usual' twin-solenoid Peco-style motors as well as the more exotic 'Tortoise' slow-action motors), multi-aspect signals, control panels and the like although there are also introductory sections on choice of wire and a beginner's guide to soldering - if you already have the know-how, these can be skipped. There's also a guide to LEDs and lighting, but beware of the inconsistencies highlighted by the previous reviewer with reference to anodes and cathodes. There's also a useful section on pointwork which covers the relative merits of dead-frog and live-frog points whilst conveying useful information on the additional wiring which may be required for the latter in certain situations - wiring live-frog pointwork is potentially a book in its own right, but is treated in a bit more depth than you'd find on a Peco instruction sheet.

It should be noted that DCC (digital command control) is not covered, largely because any such information would be redundant but also because including such information would be straying beyond the focus of the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. R. Atkins on 6 Dec 2010
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I had read some previous reviews and been put off because of comments about editing, typos and diagrams. However, I eventually decided to purchase and was not disappointed. It is a good all round electrics book for those either new to the hobby, having got past the train set stage, or those returning to the hobby in later life, picking up from where they left off. It gives simple guidance to those who find the subject daunting. It is not a complex book on electronic control systems or developing hybrid control panels. So, not for the electrics wizard maybe.
BUT, just so you are aware, some of the text, concepts and diagrams have appeared previously in the model railway press so, in some instances the read leaves one with a feeling of deja vu rather than anything new. After researching this topic for several months and purchased most of the books on the subject, there are only a few ways of describing the same principles. If you are at all in doubt after reading this book don't buy any more - join your nearest model railway club or visit an exhibition and talk to someone who has done it before many times.
Note, it doesn't cover DCC and clearly states that it doesn't so that's fair enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Expat in OZ on 3 Nov 2010
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Really glad I got this book, I am a beginner with railway modelling and this is a must for someone like me or in fact anyone who needs to brush up on the subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ana María Hita Sanchez on 20 Feb 2010
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This publication highligts the main tools that modellers must manage in order to develop a layout. I think that this book is a good complement to other books in DCC control in order to understand digital layouts and locomotives.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Brown on 27 Dec 2009
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A Nice Book for the beginner with some easy to follow electric diagrams, I have found some inaccuracies especially one in the LED section - someone doesn't know their Anode from their Cathode on one of the LED illustrations, though the others seem to be correct, so I would say to the outright beginner tread carefully. Other than that it is worth the money and definitely worth the read for anyone who models Railways of any gauge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ERIC HOLLAND on 25 Aug 2013
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A good introduction to the subject. It shows the value of informative drawings. The text is comprehensive without being too wordy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 9 Aug 2013
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Hoping to expand on these books as i'm slowly building my layout and is great and fairly easy to read concerning wiring my layout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BARNA on 22 Oct 2012
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this book made very interesting reading.i did have a basic knowledge of wiring trackwork but as to wiring points etc no knowledge what so ever.the information gained from this book certainly put me on the right track.
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