Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

Further reading


Continuing the theme of weighty volumes, another one I’ve used to hold things down and flat is the Machinery’s Handbook. 

If you only ever have one engineering volume in your library, this is the one to have. My copy is the 1928 third edition. It covers pretty much everything, except perhaps how to get to the moon since they hadn’t achieved it back then (in fact if you think about it, the frontline fighter planes of developed countries were biplanes back then). 

It also is well presented with finger hole bookmarks and coloured edge paper.   

It also is weighty and hold things flat. What a book! 


Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

3 thoughts on “Further reading

  1. My father-in-law had the 13th edition, and built an engineering company based more or less entirely on the information in it. He sat down with me not long before he passed away and went through the relevant sections. By that date, according to the book aircraft could be monoplanes, but locomotives were still invariably steam.

    • To give further background to this copy, pre-university I went to the local model engineering club with my Dad who is into that sort of thing. Every so often they’d have an auction where you could bring things you didn’t want for other members to buy. One member had just got a more modern copy of Machinery’s Handbook (late 30s IIRC) and so put this one in the auction. Everyone there knew I was going to university to do engineering shortly so when I bid they all held off bidding so that I could get it. Community in action!

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