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Garden Railway Manual

The complete step-by-step guide to building and running a narrow-gauge garden railway
February 2011
Richard Blizzard
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For Britain's growing band of model railway enthusiasts, a garden railway is the ultimate challenge. Now they can make that dream a reality with the help of Haynes' Garden Railway Manual - full of great ideas, useful tips and friendly encouragement.

Author Richard Blizzard guides readers through 19 garden railway projects, from laying the track and making simple trackside accessories such as coaling stages and signals through to constructing a 16mm-gauge live steam engine from a kit, various rolling stock, a locomotive roundhouse and turntable. One chapter even outlines how to build a working water tower.

The projects are presented using hundreds of step-by-step colour photographs, accompanied by full cutting lists and assembly drawings and helpful features on landscaping and structures to provide that added touch of realism.

In addition, the Garden Railway Manual includes a comprehensive overview of tools and a useful list of addresses for suppliers are provided for the benefit of those new to the hobby.

With hundreds of colour step-by-step photos to illustrate the projects, this inspirational book will appeal to expert modellers and dreamers alike.


Richard Blizzard is a writer and broadcaster who specialises in woodworking projects such as toys, furniture and garden schemes. Garden railways have always been a particular passion, and Richard has been enjoying his own for the past 25 years. He lives in Herefordshire.

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