By Brian Wilson

One of the trends in model engineering in the past decade has been the rise in popularity of 16mm gauge garden railway layouts, at club sites as well as in private gardens. Now the definitive book on building locomotives and rolling stock for garden railways has been re-published by Camden Miniature Steam Services.

This is a complete ‘how to’ guide, with excellent CAD drawings, clear text and is well illustrated with photos and diagrams. The reader can choose between the model Eric, described in full detail, other prototypes and variations. That includes a slip eccentric valve gear version which would be the choice of many. Copies of full-size valve gear in these sizes comprise tiny components which can be fiddly to make and to operate. Similarly, you can choose authentic coal firing but gas is the practical option.

However, all the choices are for the reader. The book helps make the choices and turn them into working models.

Brian Wilson’s book is in three parts. Part 1 takes the reader, step by step, through construction of the locomotive, Eric, to final assembly, painting and finishing. Part 2 outlines alternative valve gears, design and components.

Also other prototypes to model plus instructions for building a coal fired boiler. It also includes details of running, firing and maintenance. The final part deals with building wagons and carriages to go with the locomotive.

The book is in hardback, and essential reading for any garden rail enthusiast, actual or going-to-be.

Steam Trains in Your Garden

By Brian Wilson

189 pages


Camden Miniature Steam Services