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Book review – “Compact Layout Design – Iain Rice”


One of my favourite reads is an Iain Rice layout design book.  Hidden amongst the slightly bumptious and wordy – but always entertaining – text, there are always inspiring photographs, clever construction techniques, prototype information and neat track plans.  And the hand drawn and coloured plans are a pleasure to view in themselves.

I was therefore pleased to see Kalmbach had published his latest opus, “Compact Layout Design”, and I soon had a copy winging my way from SPV in Canterbury.


The book follows the usual Rice format of four chapters describing his philosophy of model railroad modelling and design, followed by eight designs presented as case studies.  I always enjoy these case studies, as they include a lot of prototype research and information.

Those first four chapters are pretty standard for a Rice book, but I am always happy to carry out some revision about the PRR (“patent Rice railroad).  The case studies are compact…

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