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Early Railways (Hardback)

A Guide for the Modeller

Transport Modelling Trains and Railways

By Peter Chatham, Stephen Weston
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 118
ISBN: 9781526700162
Published: 6th March 2019
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Early Railways, A Guide for the Modeller will encourage and support the modelling of the earliest period of railway history, from the very beginnings of steam traction at the start of the nineteenth century, up to about 1880; a period which for British modellers has scarcely been covered in book form. Over these few decades the railways evolved from something which at the start was markedly different, into a scene that any present-day railwayman would recognise.

It is a time with much to commend it from a modellers point of view. The trains were much shorter and therefore easier to fit into the limited space most of us have available as, correspondingly, were the station layouts, especially at the beginning of the period. Modelled at 7mm to the foot scale a modern steam express would need at least 12 or 13 feet in length and a minimum curve radius of 6 feet, whereas an 1840 express of a loco and a dozen carriages might be no more than about 6 feet long and, behind the scenes at least, able to take curves of no more than 2 or 3 feet radius, as well as being able to instantly catch the eye of the viewer.

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About Peter Chatham

After working as a metallurgist, Peter Chatham went into model railways, manufacturing a range of kits, parts and transfers. He was production manager for the London & North Western Railway Society's Journal and contributed many articles. He is now researcher and kit designer for Parliamentary Trains' Ltd.

About Stephen Weston

After working as a geologist, Stephen Weston went on to develop his own company, which specialises in the stabilisation of old shallow mine workings and mineshafts. He joined the London & North Western Railway Society and for three years was the Journal Editor. His interest in the London & Birmingham Railway and 0 Gauge modelling resulted in the formation of Parliamentary Trains Ltd., where Stephen is responsible for kit production and marketing.

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