In The World of Model Trains, Guy R. Williams, investigates the psychology and skills of the modelmaker at length. He examines the thought and creativity behind the modelmaker’s creations and why they reproduce originals. Guy R. Williams background includes being engineering draftsman and teacher. He provides information useful to modelmakers of all degrees of competence, as indicated by such chapters as ‘Truth, Gauges, and Scale’, Making Model Locomotives’, ‘Coaches and Freight Cars,’ and many more.
The World of Model Trains points out that model railroad enthusiasts are three main types:
1. The craftsman who fashions miniature trains and track layouts.
2. The collectors who like to possess fine examples of models.
3. And those who are captured by the romance of railroads or modelmaking and are content to admire finely produced replicas.
Maybe the true enthusiast should be called an addict. The ultimate perfectionist creates track layouts on which trains run on scale timetables, with realistic scenery and an exact historic model of specific trains and cars that ran on the railroads.
He points out in The World of Model Trains that many of the devotes of the hobby are captured by their fascination for models as examples of fine craftmanship. The exception craftsman from the past, models are not revered as works of art. Even some of the cheap tinplate trains that flooded the toy markets in the early twentieth century are now collectors’ items. The author demonstrates through photographs and illustrations in color and black and white, why it is so easy to succumb to the lure of railroad miniaturization.
The book The World of Model Trains covers the history of model trains, the building of models, the building of layouts, building, engines, rolling stock kits, etc. The book covers these subjects through text, 39 full color pictures and 239 black and white pictures and illustrations. Even though some of the techniques and equipment available have progressed, it is a storehouse of knowledge on model railroading. This book will give you some understanding of why people become model train addicts.