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Garden Railway Manual: A step-by-step Guide to Narrow-gauge Garden Railway Projects Hardcover – 3 Feb 2011
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About the Author
Richard Blizzard is a writer and broadcaster who specialises in woodworking projects such as toys, furniture and garden schemes. Garden railways have always been a particular passion, and Richard has been enjoying his own for the past 25 years.
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That is not what this book is at all. It's actually a collection of plans and instructions for building a variety of garden railway structures, and even some rolling stock, primarily out of wood. It seems to be exclusively 16mm, mostly for the live steam fraternity with a token nod to battery electrics. The projects themselves are largely applicable to all garden gauges and scales, of course, being mainly lineside stuff - loco sheds, stations, bridges etc; there is also a good section on assembling a live steam loco kit (though this appears to be taken straight from a manufacturer's website), and a rather cursory chapter on tracklaying, but the wooden structure projects form the bulk of the book. I can't help feeling that the title (and Amazon's description of the book's contents) is more than a little misleading; if it had been called "building garden railway structures in wood", that would have been much more accurate - and I wouldn't have bought a copy!
Overall view? A nice book, well-produced with lots of colour, and if you are into 16mm, live steam and/or making your own buildings, a useful read. Not, however, of much more than passing interest if you're primarily into G scale and track power, or want a good how-to book on building a garden railway layout. Check it out carefully before you buy, to make sure you know what you're getting.
Reading the previous reviews, I wonder if they were general garden railwayer's or specifically narrowgauge? Me, I'm specifically narrow gauge and this book suited me perfectly.
The book has plenty of bright, large and colourful pictures to wet the pallet and give food for thought. The chapters are clear, consise and simple to follow. This book gives advice on how to do the basic tasks such as laying track but then goes onto describe different projects. These projects are mainly lineside buildings or accessories, mainly made out of wood but are waterproof if using marine plywood.
The projects are nicely rates by signals, the more signals highlighted, the more difficult the task at hand.
I regards to the proects, it has a table of items needed giving metric and imperial sizing aswell as the type of material (EG marine plywood, brass copper etc). The projects are nicely illustrated and each image is number and corrolates to the text nearby.
All in all an excelent book which will be a nice addition to your collection.
Concluding thoughts are that it may not be for every garden railway owner as it is specifically aimed at narrow gauge garden railway's and furthermore, those who want to embark on the wooden building frontier.
This is a book largely about how to make plywood buildings and a turntable for your layout. There is a little on laying track, not enough detail on building a model steam locomotive kit and some on track laying.
Even the finished plywood buildings and turntable are quite "toy like" and not at all realistic.
I could not advise a serious garden railway modeller to purchase this book.
This book is not a 'good read' and it certainly isn't a 'Garden Railway Manual'.
Even the extensive coverage of plywood buildings is not a good exposition of what can be done with wood for a garden railway.
All in all a poor book which is nothing to do with its title.
There are many other books out there that beat this hands down.
Try instead.....Garden Railways - An Essential Guide to Construction (quite old now but still a valuable source for construction and running ideas) ... or ...Garden Railways in Gocus (for excellent examples to inspire) .. or .. Garden Railroading (for a wide range of ideas and tips on the complete garden railway experience) .. or .. The Garden Railway Manual by CJ Freezer (a British-centric exposition but a wealth of good practical ideas and so much better than the book which is being commented on)
You have been warned.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
received the book finally, very much hate it. very disappointing because the book largely talks about how to chop and assemble wood kits. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Junxiong Li
This book did nothing to enhance my knowledge of garden railways ,from my limited experience very few people make garden rail buildings from timber and the other info was very... Read morePublished on 17 July 2014 by Mrs Rita King
THIS GARDEN RAILWAY MANUAL IS EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY AND AN INTERESTING SOURCE OF INFORMATION.CAN RECOMMEND TO OTHER MODEL RAILWAY ENTHUSIASTSPublished on 7 Nov. 2013 by MR MICHAEL ROBINSON
I did get one or two tips but glad I didnt pay full whack. A book for the novice making plywood buildings. no detailing sections. All seemed very amataurish. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2013 by Mr. K. johnson
A well written book which gives a good flavour of preparing the garden and building locomotives, rolling stock and various buildings. Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2012 by Mr G Walker