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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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Product details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844257150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844257157
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.6 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Hardcover
I pre-ordered this book before publication, and was looking forward to receiving it. However, I'm disappointed; this book is NOT what I expected it to be. From its title and description, I had assumed it would be another general how-to guide on garden railway building and operating, probably with the emphasis on live steam but with a bit of track-powered stuff in there too. Yes, there are several good books of that sort around already, and I think I've got almost all of them, but I'm a bit of a completist and thought this would make another nice addition to my bookshelf.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
I found this book a really good read!
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.
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Thought a Haynes manual would have been informative. Unfortunately this book is just a account of a collection of wooden buildings for outdoor use, and bears little resemblance to a maunal for Garden railways. Nice little project for the budding joiner, but not recommended for the serious garden railway builder, novice or expert. Really gives little information on actual building of a garden railway, the problems you will encounter and how to solve them.
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Format: Hardcover
I was disappointed with this book. It is mainly a collection of woodworking projects designed to enhance one person's garden railway. Even the track laying section shows only one system and gives few alternative ideas. To achieve even the most basic of the projects illustrated one would need a good wood work workshop. When it comes to constructing a roundhouse locomotive kit the illustarations are interesting but better descriptions appear in most of the specialsit magazines. The author keeps referring the reader to the manufacturers instructions and at the crucial point of setting up the timing he says that he sent his model back to the manufacturer so gives no insight into this. A real disappointment. The manual provided by the 16mm society contains far more useful material. If I you want a book of ideas for 16mm railway buildings made from wood I would recommend this book - if you want to learn about garden railways do not buy it!
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I was very disappointed with the content and the book's title is quite misleading.
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.
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From the review that one reviewer, Daniel, has done....it could easily be construed that he is related or a friend to the author or in some way connected to the publishing of the title.
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.
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