Modern Railway Signalling – An Update

As you might be aware, I’m writing a book which intends to help railway modellers in place and using colour light signals on their layout.

I started the book back in August 2017 and although I didn’t write as fast as I could have done, work and college put pay to that, and a bout of personal illness meant that work on it stopped for a few weeks. However, in the recent couple of months I have been spurred on to get the ‘technical’ bits done.

By this I should explain that I’m writing the book in two halves, one which has all the technical content and signalling principles and the contains example layouts. At this point in time I have finished my first draft of the first half of the book. The idea is that I’ll send out the first half to friends and colleagues to have a technical, readability and grammer check as well as general feedback.

Whilst that is being carried out I plan to draw up the example layouts and write the second half of the book.

But, what have I written I hear you say? Well, this:


Completely unreadable I know, but it contains:

  • 49,819 words
  • 178 pages
  • 120 images and diagrams (all taken or drawn by me)
  • 10 tables
  • 2 flow charts

A lot of work still to do before it is anywhere near publishing of course (plus I need to approach a publisher yet!).

I do have two questions I would like to ponder at the end of this post.

  1. Should the layout examples be broken up into full layouts (i.e. a single layout showing stations, junctions, yards etc. that can be taken straight out and made into a model railway) or be broken up into different elements (i.e. separate diagrams for a station, yards, junctions etc. that the modeller can stitch together as required)?
  2. Whilst I have written a small section about creating interlockings and control panels, I have yet to go into great detail. I feel this is probably worth a book by itself, would this be something that people would be interested in?

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