Building and Operating A Realistic Model Railway

A guide to running a layout like an actual railway

Building and Operating A Realistic Model Railway
Format: Paperback / softback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9781785001697
Buy from an Online Retailer


Some model railways are operated somewhat chaotically and are characterized by frequent derailments and locomotives that stop arbitrarily.  If you wish to move away from this kind of layout and construct a model railway that operates realistically and reflects more closely the way that railways actually work, then this is the book for you.  Whilst constantly emphasizing realistic operation, the book covers layout planning and construction, controllers, point motors, power supply, cables and connectors, ways of operating traffic flows, signalling, track droppers, control panels and wiring, control and interlocking, lighting, sequence and block bells, the use of closed circuit television, and much more.

The author

Allen Jackson has been fascinated by real and model railways since childhood and has an extensive garden railway called Brymbo East Junction that is run like a real railway.  This is Allen's fourth book for Crowood - his other three being the highly acclaimed A Contemporary Perspective on GWR Signalling - Semaphore Swansong (2015) and A Contemporary Perspective on LMS Railway Signalling - Semaphore Swansong Volumes 1 and 2 (2015).

Reader reviews


Format: Paperback / softback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9781785001697
Illustrations: 258 color photographs & diagrams
Size: 7.44 in x 9.68 in / 188.98 mm x 245.87 mm

You might also be interested in

Elements Of Composition
Learn the basics of composition with Drawing School: Fundamentals for the Beginner! The elements of composition are point, shape, mass, volume, texture, value, and color. Let’s talk about a few of them one by one. Point A point is a single mark on a page without depth, height, or length. A group of points in ...
Read More >
Celebrate Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we’re sharing fun activities and recipes to help mom celebrate! Now through May 13th, get 35% off your order with the code MOM18. Dream Big Dreams Get Inspired Try the Latest Craft Trend Make Time for Self-Care  Gather Together in the Kitchen   Get Zen with Paper Crafts ...
Read More >
Expressive Painting: Reflections
How do you make a watercolor stand out? Try adding reflections! In Expressive Painting we see how to make our paintings alive. Reflections add energy and color to a scene. They can suggest an afternoon rainstorm or help make the foreground interesting. Paint reflections at the same time you paint the object. If there is a ...
Read More >
See More Posts