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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (20 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184797029X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847970299
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Jones has been addicted to railways, and modelling them, for as long as he can remember. In 1949 he took his first hesitant steps in garden railways, in 16mm scale running on 0 gauge track. He began an apprenticeship in modelling that has led to his extensive work in the railway scene. Peter has written widely on the subject, including a long-running column in Garden Railway magazine. His previous book, Practical Garden Railways, was also published by Crowood in 2006. Peter has his own website www.comptondown.co.uk Resident: Pembrokeshire, West Wales

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ian Turner on 24 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I very much enjoyed this book. It is not really designed to give an absolute blow-by-blow account of building a Live Steamer, but it does do a great deal to enthuse and encourage you to have a go! I have found myself returning to it several times since first reading it - always a good sign!

Peter looks at quite a few engines, ranging from converting a ready to run commercial loco (into some thing more interesting and proto-typical), through one of LBSC's simpler designs, some more unusual NG engines and he ends with a set of drawings and a description of a Gauge 1 scale LNWR engine.

I did not always agree with some of his ideas but he does proceed at a nice and easy to understand pace - and whilst there were no great suprises to me - I very much enjoyed this book. I like the excellent colour photos and Peter's relaxed approach to everything. If you are thinking of building a live steam engine in the Garden Scales - I think this book will provide you with a lot of encouragement and generally help to de-mystify the whole process.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Blowfield on 17 Feb. 2009
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I've dabbled with steam engines in the garden for a while, but building my own loco always seemed a bridge too far. This book is really useful in terms of helping you decide if you want to make that step, and if you do it holds your hand through the steps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Barry Nixon on 26 Nov. 2012
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The late Peter Jones is well known to many garden railway enthusiasts.

This book covers steam locomotive building for typical garden model railway gauges (mostly 32mm and 45mm gauge) in a range of scales (covering standard and narrow gauge prototypes).

This book gently introduces the reader to the techniques (and some of Peter Jones' "cheats") for customising a commerically bought live steam locomotive kit or building something from scratch.

Much of the book is presented as a series of well presented examples.

There are one or two places (notably boiler construction/testing ) where other well regarded modellers question some of Peter Jones' suggestions. I doubt anyone is going to tackle a project from scratch using this book alone and if you do get that far then it would be worth getting a second opinion. I can't claim to be expert enough to comment further.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DesmondW on 25 Aug. 2012
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Very well written and beautifully illustrated this book shows exactly what the title says, how to make live steam model locomotives. Aimed primarily at beginners, most examples are based on commercial components and require minimal specialist skills. Later chapters give an introduction into making models from scratch.
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By Keith Oxley on 13 Mar. 2015
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