Was this really published 30 years ago?
I still think this is the most influential book on railway modelling ever published. It introduced a string of new concepts into modelling – for example the ‘cameo’ layout, and ‘staged’ layouts with a proscenium arch – ideas that are now nearly universal. I still browse it for inspiration – completely recommended.
It introduced a string of buildable model railway designs, some quirky, many brilliant. I was always struck by ‘Cannonsgate Goods Depot.’ I tried to work our how to build this in a small space in ‘O’ gauge (this was pre-ESNG days), but failed (as is usually the case.) It was about the same time that ‘Lightermans Yard’ was started in 2mm Fine Scale to the same plan. Perhaps I should have done the same?
Meanwhile, here are a couple of lovely pictures of the Brighton main line in the 1920’s – at Earlswood, a stones throw from our present home. I wish these locos were still running!
And finally, at least one ESNG member is playing trains! Well done, Uncle Allan….