One of the pleasures of blogging is that you have side conversations with people who share similar interests.
Roger Sisley and I share a common enthusiasm for books on narrow gauge and miniature railways. He often tells me about the books he’s brought that might interest me.
Roger suggested ‘The Crowsnest Tramway’ by Roy C Link. I got a copy and I have to say it was a top recommendation. Thanks Roger!
Roy spent over 40 years making small layouts representing a fictitious narrow gauge railway, The Crowsnest Tramway, in a range of scales from O to 16mm. The book is beautifully produced, with high quality images and it is written in an enaging, easy to read style.
The quality of the model making is superb. The finished locomotives are beautiful, but it is the photos of them before painting that really impressed me. The locos are made of brass or nickel silver and before they’re painted you get a clear view of how they were constructed. The quality of the workmanship just jumps off the page.
Roy was obviously a true model engineer. He will drill a 2.95mm diameter hole and then ream it out to the required size of 3mm. I love that precision. His description of machining masters for curved spoked wheels, getting them cast, making the castings run true, machining the finished wheels and mounting them on the axles is a pleasure to read. It’s skilled work, very modestly described.
It’s clear Roy had a passion for detail and was prepared to invest his time in getting things to look just right. He created a door latch in 16mm scale that is wonderfully realistic, and he machined a beautifully ornate weighing machine in brass only to positioned it inside a building where it was partially hidden from view (!)
Sadly, Roy passed away recently. I never met him but from the various obituaries I’ve read he was a very inspiring modeller, happy to share his knowledge to help others. That enthusiasm shines through in this book. It’s a great read and I thoroughly recommend it.