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Recommended reading: wider modelling

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Narrow Gauge Modelling by Peter Kazer. Wild Swan Publications, 2001. ISBN 1 87410368 2 

The Bible for all NG modellers, even though directed at the indoor scales.

Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette, Benchmark  Publications Ltd, California

A bi-monthly magazine which is useful for techniques for weathering, and structure and stock building, in 'scale' wood and other materials.  It also carries prototype information but this is mainly about  American narrow gauge, and standard gauge industrial and short lines, and the associated industries that they served. There is an on line index for Plans, Drawings, and Construction Articles at http://www.urbaneagle.com/slim/NGSLGplanlist.html and another at http://index.mrmag.com/tm.exe?opt=M&proc=NGSL

Narrow Gauge and Industrial Railway Modelling Review, published by Roy C Link. ISSN 0958-0808 Benchmark  Publications

A quarterly magazine which carries useful prototype information and drawings relating to British narrow gauge and associated subjects. It also carries articles by some very good modellers of the narrow gauge in all scales, including 16mm on occasion. An index in PDF format, up to No 69, can be downloaded at http://www.narrowgaugeandindustrial.com/magazine.htm

Historical Railway Modelling, by David Jenkinson, Pendragon Books, 2001. ISBN 1 899816 10 0 

David Jenkinson was a highly-respected modeller in 4 and 7mm scales, and he later also became involved in G1 in the garden. This book has little of specific relevance to the NG modeller, or to garden railway in general, but it is certainly an informative and thought-provoking volume on the way in which real railways operated, and some of the dilemmas involved in translating them to model form.

Modern Practical Carpentry by George Ellis, Batsford, 1906 and later editions

Why here you may ask? A superb book about the use of wood in the construction of houses, public buildings, piers, churches, tunnels, bridges, stations, etc. with thousands of very detailed drawings of how it was done. If you want to make a barge board for your station or a canopy for an island platform, look no further. It also contains details of the timbers imported at the time and their standard sizes along with common uses. An absolute mine of information if you are prepared to search the secondhand shops and Internet listings.  

Timber Building in Britain by R.W.Brunskill (and Peter Crawley), Yale University Press, 2007 (earlier ed. 1985, 1999), ISBN 978 0 300 36665 1

The current standard work on timber buildings with numerous detailed drawings, photographs and including frames, flooring, roofing and partitions. Includes regional information to ensure that your model is in the right place! Considerable very useful prototype information.

The Living Model Railway, by Robert Powell Hendry, Silver Link Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1 85794 027 X . 

This is another book orientated towards the indoor scales, but the Hendry layout was very much of the old-school freelance network approach which bears more resemblance to present-day outdoor practice than in. To that extent, it is worth reading for its thoughts on how a plausible model railway can be developed and operated; it has much information on prototype railways, and includes a few thoughts on N.G.

A Railway Modeller's Picture Library, by Chris Leigh, Ian Allan Publishing, 1995, 256 pages, ISBN 0 7110 2392 1

A book that attempts to give examples from several eras of all the non-rolling stock items which make up a railway. Much can be adapted from here. Much has completely disappeared and unless you have copies of old magazines these items are harder to find information about - stations, signalling, signs, level crossings and even water troughs although not a common feature on the narrow gauge! Well worth a browse for 'era' information.

Railway Operation for the Modeller, by Bob Essery, Midland Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1 85780 168 7 

I find Bob Essery's style rather condescending, but there is no doubt he knows masses about the operation of real railways. Again, not NG orientated, but given the strides we arguably need to make in terms of authentic operation, worth persevering with. 



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