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Build a Better Toy Train Layout (Classic Toy Trains Books) Paperback – November 1, 2004

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Grams as a journalist has been interested in toy trains as a part of American pop culture and has written papers on the subject. He is a professor of broadcast communications at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
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Product Details

  • Series: Classic Toy Trains Books
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Publishing Company (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897784790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897784795
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,724,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I agree with Jon Lamkin's review in that this book: (a) "covers" all the bases; (b) doesn't really go into great detail on any one topic; and (c) gives you a overview and a list of other books to read/buy. But Mr. Lamkin is being very generous. Presumably, anyone buying a "build a better" type book already knows the basics of the subject and is looking to this type of book to enhance knowledge beyond the basics. This book does nothing of the sort.

This book simply introduces the absolute basics (not even in detail) and then poses a bunch of questions back at the reader - almost always offering zero insight as to what choices he prefers or why. For instance, the book informs you that there are various types of 3-rail track (GarGraves, Atlas O, etc.). At that point, building a "better" layout would suggest the author discuss things like: (a) what track he recommends for superior conductivity or ease of use, (b) what flex track is easiest to bend, or flextrack tips to ensure smooth flowing curves, (c) how to make track look more prototypical; etc. This book offers nothing along these lines. Regarding switch machines, he let's you know they exist and that more than one entity manufactures them (similar to his "insight" on track, trackbed, etc.). But there is no comment at all on which he has found to offer superior reliability, mating considerations for smooth transitions, the various wiring considerations to ensure reliability and motor intergrity, etc. He doesn't even comment on where he thinks switch placement could help enhance a layout.
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As advertised, the authors give you lots of tips and techniques for your model train layout, garnered from their years of experience.

While the book covers all the bases, it doesn't really go into great detail on anyone. Rather it gives you a overview and a list of other books to read/buy. In this aspect, there may be better, more detailed books that a beginning model train enthusiast should spend their money on.
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This book is basically the accounting of building a major toy train layout. It goes over the basic ideas and what problems and mistakes where made in the contruction. The "gems" of the book are all the helpful hints and tips offered. You may never do a layout as large as the one in the book but you will find something that will help you out or make you think differently. The two gentlemen that wrote the book are both "legends" in the toy train world. Good stuff for the expert and the beginner.
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I thought that the book was well written and provides a broad overview of the subject without getting involved in all the details. The author recommends other publications to get down to the nitty-gritty. An excellent book for those wanting a broad overview on how to proceed to build a toy train layout.
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Very helpful and a great deal of information. Has a gret deal of information for the novice who is beginning to build his layout.
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