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.
- 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)?
- 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?