A Railway Modeller does not go far today in the hobby without encountering
electronics. The versatility, wide spread availability, and cheapness
of electronics has broadened the possibilities of the hobby to an
incredible extent. Detail and realism can be added to many facets of
the craft. However, many modellers who started out to model trains,
not to do electronics, find this bewildering and frustrating.
I have been making electronic kits for model railways for several years,
and showing them at various railway exhibitions. At these exhibitions,
I am frequently asked questions at a basic level by experienced modellers
who have no electronics knowledge. This is not a criticism of such
people – merely an observation that their knowledge lies in another direction.
This book is for railway modellers who have little or no knowledge of
electronics. It assumes no background knowledge of electronics or
electricity. It seeks to set out the basics in a simple and readable
form, so that modellers may use the electronics available to them in
an informed and intelligent way.
Chapters deal with different aspects of electronics by starting with
the simple background theory, and progressing to the way it is applied
in particular in model railways. Examples given are biased to railway
Of course, different modellers will bring different levels of expertise
to this, while some will have previous knowledge in one area, and
some another. Different modellers will therefore find different parts of the
book more helpful than others.
It is not necessary to comprehend all of the material presented in order
to be able to use electronics in the hobby. Two practices have been used
to present some of the more in-depth material. Firstly, material
printed against a darker background may be skipped over, without loss
of sense. However, if there is interest in going a little deeper, this
material will flesh out some of the details.
Secondly, three later chapters give more detail of the theory behind
topics which were introduced in earlier chapters of the book. These
chapters may be tackled when the modeller feels thay have the confidence,
and the need to use them.
There is of necessity some mathematical formulae – it is necessary to be
able to calculate some of the electronic quantities from other data. In
these cases, examples are given which should help the modeller to
apply the formulae in other situations.
The book has been well reviewed.
All kits available from :
Aztronics Pty Ltd       Phone 8212 6212
170 Sturt St,                     Fax 8212 4212
Adelaide, SA, 5000.