Railway modelling (UK, Australia and Ireland) or model railroading (US and Canada) is a hobby in which rail transport systems are modelled at a reduced scale.
The scale models include locomotives, rolling stock, streetcars, tracks, signalling and landscapes including: countryside, roads, buildings, vehicles, model figures, lights, and features such as rivers, hills, and canyons.
The earliest model railways were the 'carpet railways' in the 1840s. Electric trains appeared around the start of the 20th century, but these were crude likenesses. Model trains today are more realistic. Today modellers create model railway layouts, often recreating real locations and periods throughout history....LESS
The technology for 3D printing has been around for many years but only recently have 3D printing machines become affordable for individuals or modeling societies. This has led to a rapidly expanding market among hobbyists and home users, offering the opportunity to design and build bespoke models of all kinds. This book provides an introduction to the subject with special emphasis on model railways.
The authors take readers through the principles of 3D drawing and a review of some of the 3D software packages available free of charge on the internet. A series of step-by-step instructions then guide the reader through the construction of lineside structures, rolling stock and locomotives. A section on the technology of 3D printing and practical advice on using a 3D printer follows, highlighting the pitfalls and how to avoid them. The final section introduces laser cutting and etching/engraving for the modeller, again with step-by-step examples.
The book is illustrated with over 300 color photos and diagrams, showing the reader in detail how to master the techniques needed to create excellent 3D models.