Miniature Railways

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  • Author: Michael Crofts
  • Series: Shire Library
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Shire (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747805296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747805298
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces


For over 125 years miniature railways have been a familiar feature of many seaside resorts, country estates and private gardens. This book looks at the myriad different types of miniature railways in Britain, ranging from simple tracks in suburban back gardens to extravagant layouts at stately homes and the 133/4 mile express passenger route on Romney Marsh in Kent. Track construction, locomotives, rolling stock and operating systems are described, with examples from the past and the present day. Often eccentric, usually a little whimsical and always small enough for children to relate to them, miniature railways are an expression of the playful instinct in mankind. This little book conveys a sense of fun that the author has enjoyed when building, operating and riding on miniature railways.

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