Model and Miniature Locomotive Construction
The Inspection copy of this book. Contents pages 'as new' but the dust jacket is marked by old sellotape in one place and slightly torn at the top.
A DIGITAL EDITION of this book is always available HERE.
We published this book back in 2003, and whilst we always knew it was good, the fact that nothing else has appeared since tends to confirm this.
Written by well known author and contributor to the model engineering press Stan Bray, it covers the construction of model and miniature locomotives from Gauge 1 to 71⁄4” gauge, with the accent on the passenger hauling gauges.
The bulk of the book is Stan passing on hints, tips, ideas and practices he has picked up over fifty years as a model engineer, and he covers the subject with chapters on each major part, such as frames, axleboxes, valve gear, cylinders, boiler, platework etc. He also covers electric and I.C. powered locomotives, a subject not covered before in a book on this modelling minaiture locomotives.
Each chapter is illustrated with drawings and photographs of the relevant parts of the locomotive, (the photographs covering boiler construction are in colour for extra clarity), and there are eight pages of Appendices of useful charts.
Throughout the book there are also photographs of model and miniature locomotives from around the world, reflecting Stan’s pioneering of overseas visits, with models, from the early 1970s on, and his subsequent involvement with the rapid growth of the model engineering hobby in Europe and world wide.
Written in Stan’s inimitable style, there are numerous asides, often humourous, so this book is a good read, as well as containing a huge amount of practical and useful information and ideas. Whilst especially useful for the beginner, the ideas, hints and tips in this book make it one every model or miniature locomotive builder should have on their bookshelves.
208 pages. 158 drawings. 300 B & W, and 32 colour photographs. 12 charts.
“..... destined to become the standard reference work in its category. .... I thoroughly commend this book to anyone who has an interest in building miniature locomotives” Review by David Proctor (Editor) in Australian Model Engineering
This book may have been written in the days before laser cut frames and other parts became common, and the regulations regarding making boilers tightened, but the information in its pages remain relevant to anyone building a model or miniature locomotive today.