As a keen railway modeller, I often sit down with a railway related book or magazine.
Model Rail is clearly presented in a fresh, modern style which is a pleasure to read. Model Rail 179, hot off the press, is a special issue for me. I am proud to say that the March 2013 issue of Model Rail features Levenbridge, an N gauge model railway layout which I built for a client during 2009 to 2011 and which has been expertly photographed by Martyn Barnwell.
I normally create minimum space model railways or micro layouts but there is often a limit to the size and nature of features which can be convincingly represented on such baseboards. Levenbridge presented opportunity to create an arrangement of imposing features which complement and enhance one another and enabled me to try out construction techniques which I had never attempted before. I hope that model railway enthusiasts enjoy reading about Levenbridge whilst enjoying the many articles throughout Model Rail 179.
Model Rail is a very inclusive magazine. Individuals new to the hobby of model railways will find simple projects which will help to build confidence. The more advanced projects with good quality photographs and a clear explanation at each stage can enable those with moderate skills to develop their abilities substantially. There are also more challenging projects aimed at enabling the more experienced modeller to hone their talents in pursuit of excellence.
I like the way Model Rail interacts with the railway modelling community. Reader polls to assess which items of rolling stock model railway enthusiasts would like to see manufactured, along with informative product reviews and regular competitions are very engaging.
Importantly, many model railway enthusiasts have never worked on the real railways. The articles which describe aspects of prototypical railway operation and practice can be of great assistance to those who wish to model the railways accurately.
Of course most model railway enthusiasts could not fail to be inspired by the layout plans and features on home and club layouts. If a person is trying to decide which type of model railway layout to construct, the diverse range of models featured in Model Rail, covering different scale, era, region and theme provide a wealth of ideas to feed creativity.
If you are thinking about buying a copy of Model Rail visit the website, www.model-rail.co.uk for more information.