Written by RichardV88 December 30, 2008
Only for the Expert
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This book is a useful contribution to any model railroader's library but it should be noted that the 2002 update (the last one) was a bit before the huge influx of DCC and the newer sound modules (DCC and DC) were commonly available. There are a number of sections on lighting and signalling that I found useful, particulary in understanding the logistics of the new Atlas signal systems and the older circuitron systems. Keep in mind, however, that the lighting techniques described (including high frequency) focus on incandescent lighting. The sketchy treatment of LEDs shows you just how far the hobby has gone in the last few years.
I think only electrical engineers or individuals with intense interest in transistors, diodes, semi conductors and transistor logic would be interested in the last third of the book. Reverse looping and block controls are so much more commercially available today that only the dedicated afficianado would be into constructing their own, but the information and schematics are there.
Most of the detailed information is naturally directed toward the UK reader and the author certainly promotes the UK electronics dealer, Maplin. Unless the USA reader is an expert with the Radio Shack catalog, you're looking at exorbitant shipping costs for the specified electrical components.
While this is a useful and interesting addition to the model railroader's library, I don't believe it justifies the $30.00 price. It is available for considerable less on Amazon, from time to time. I'm not big into the "star" rating system since every text has different value to different people. Suffice it to say that at $10 (including shipping) this book is good to have. The majority of it is too outdated for the suggested retail.