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Publication Date: August 19, 2011
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As a long-time model railroader, I have mixed feelings about this book. I really does cover a lot of ground. Model railroading is a unique hobby because it involves such a wide variety of activities. Most of them are introduced in this book.Now for the bad news. The book reads like a rough draft. A good clean-up by an editor would help a lot. Corrections by someone with more knowledge of electricity and steam locomotives would bring those sections up to the rest. For instance: the word “circuit” DOES NOT refer to a lap around a loop of track. Rather it DOES refer to electricity traveling from one terminal of the power supply, through a wire to one rail, along that rail to the wheels of a locomotive, through the motor to the opposite wheels, along the second rail, and finally another wire to the other terminal of the power pack. This can take place on a straight piece of track not connected to any other track.Considerable text is devoted to the wiring for Dual Cab Control. Unfortunately, the description of the necessary electrical switches is incomplete. The DPDT switches must be CENTER OFF. If you buy switches without specifying center off, what you get will switch between left and right cabs, but without an off position in between.As to steam locomotives: the numerical classification system for wheels goes front to back. That is: a 4-8-2 has a four-wheel lead truck in front, eight drive wheels, and a two-wheel trailing truck at the rear. On the other hand, a 2-8-4 has a two-wheel truck in front, eight drivers, and a four-wheel trailing truck. Also, steam engines were usually positioned in a roundhouse with the front in first (toward the back wall) to open up more space around the parts needing the most maintenance.Please clean up this book. It would become a very useful primer for beginning model railroaders.
Enjoyed the straightforward introduction to model trains and the associated terminology. Nicely indexed, you can easily locate the chapters you are most interested in; for example, if you are interested in building a new board, adding landscape, design options using free CAD software, converting electrical to DCC, tips in using tools and getting the right accessories, etc. The early chapters provided a solid model train history and additional background, such scale definitions and differences among various standards.Would have rating the book a full five stars if it had some supplementary photos to accompany the text. Again though, the narrative was good enough in most cases.
The authors have a hip style of writing and undoubtedly know model railroading. I am new to the hobby and about to create my first layout with the O-Scale Bachman starter set that was delivered today. The book whetted my appetite to learn more about wiring. I gave the book 3 stars because I learned liitlte about the hands on technical aspects of model railroading. That's ok because the new starter train will keep me occupied for awhile before I expand the simple oval track. A book touted for beginners should have lavish detailed illustrations as few who have never wired or soldered could envision these or other described technical tasks in their heads. The book is a good quick free Prime read and the authors entertained me with their quips and wordplay.
A modern and punny read, filled with great tips and tricks for novice railroad modelers! Very friendly and easy to understand.
This book really helped me understand model railroading, I highly recommend buying it.
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