Model Trains and Things Railway Bookshop

Looking for the best in model and prototype railway books?

Find them here at the Model Trains & Things Railway Bookshop … and they all come with FREE shipping!

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Welcome to the Model Trains and Things bookshop.

Here you will find books about the prototype and modelling that you won’t find in most bookstores and hobby shops here in Australia.

You will also find that every book listed here comes with free shipping to anywhere in the world from the warehouse in the UK.

Weathering for Railway Modellers

Weathering is one of the ways to turn your trains from toylike into realistic but you have to get it right.

This book is an essential guide to creating the most realistic locomotives and rolling stock in any scale.

Building Coaches

Learn the ways of building coaches from a master modeller who will guide you through the techniques and skills you'll need.

This book covers everything from kit building in a variety of materials right through to building from scratch.

Modelling Heavy Industry

Step out of the branchline box and into some heavy metal modelling with the help of this book.

This highly illustrated book gives you the inspiration to model heavy industry on your layout.

Modelling the Lineside

Learn how to build typical lineside scenes from the steam era to the present with this step-by-step guide that includes four easy layout projects.

Modelling Signal Boxes for Railway Layouts

Discover which signal box is right for your layout and learn how to build it and what tools, adhesives and materials to use.

Creating a Backscene

You don't need to be an artist to to create a realistic backscene.

If you have the skills to build a layout then you have the skills required to do this and this book will guide you from start to finish.

Modelling Branch Lines: a guide for railway modellers

Do you want to create a realistic model of a branch line? Then this book is for you.

It discusses in detail how to create scenic realism and an appropriate setting for the model, with reference to the landscape, the infrastructure, the line side and the use of authentic colour

Modelling Ports and Inland Waterways

Learn how to build authentic models of ports, canals, wharves and how to add the railway infrastructure.

The book includes projects and almost 400 colour photographs to guide you along the way.

Making Rural Buildings for Model Railways

Want to learn how to build your own model buildings for a country layout? This book will teach you the fundamental techniques, tools and materials to use when building any rural building

Scratchbuilding Model Railway Locomotives

Do you have a favourite locomotive that you would love to reproduce in model form?

This book will take you through the project from start to finish.

Garden Railway Basics

Just think of all that space you have out there in the garden for your railway.

This book will help you get started out there where space is not a problem.

Making Urban Buildings for Model Railways

This book covers the selection and the construction of a wide range of urban buildings, and how to model their architectural details.

Scratch-building techniques and materials, as well as ready-to-plant buildings and kits are covered in detail.

Modelling Railway Scenery: Volume 1

A book for all skill levels that will take you through the steps you need to follow to build cuttings, hills, mountains, streams and lakes

Scratch-Building Model Railway Tank Locomotives

Sooner or later most modellers want to take the challenge of building their own locomotives and this book will help you do just that.

Scenic Modelling : A Guide for Railway Modellers

This book will teach you how to construct a model railway in a convincing and pleasing landscape.

Designing and Building Multi-Deck Layouts 

Tony Koester shows you how to achieve more space and longer runs between towns.

101 More Track Plans 

Track plans for N, HO and O scale models – the follow-on to the classic that was published 50 years ago.

Modelling Narrow Gauge Railways in Small Scales 

This book is essential reading for all those who wish to build a small, narrow gauge model railway layout to a high standard.


Basic DCC Wiring – a Beginner’s Guide

This is an ideal book if you’re just getting started with DCC

Digital Command Control for Railway Modellers

This book offers a comprehensive introduction to Digital Command Control [DCC] for the beginner and experienced modeller alike.

3D Printing

3D Printing and Laser Cutting

A railway modelling companion for anyone who wants to start producing their own models.

3D Printing for Dummies

With 3D Printing For Dummies at the helm, you’ll find all the fast and easy-to-follow guidance you need to grasp the methods available to create 3D printable objects.

Laser Cutting and 3-D Printing for Railway Modellers 

This well-illustrated book describes in non-technical language how these machines work and how railway modellers can use them to produce remarkable models for their layouts.

Prototype Railway Books

Comeng : A History of Commonwealth Engineering, Volume I — 1921 to 1955

The start of the late John Dunn’s history of one of the most important manufacturers of railway equipment in Australia.

Copies of this book are hard to find and there aren’t too many left here either.

Early Japanese Railways 1853-1914 : Engineering Triumphs That Transformed Meiji-Era Japan

At the time when railroads were taming the wild west of the US, railways were also coming to Japan but Japan was looking to Europe, not the US, for the railway equipment they needed.

A Railway to Cudgewa

The Cudgewa branch was one of the toughest lines to operate in Victoria.

Scenically it was amazing but steep grades and tall wooden trestles made this line a challenge for train crews and management

Garratt Locomotives

A softbound reprinted catalogue that shows some of the locomotives that were delivered to countries around the world.

British Steam Locomotive Builders

For 170 years, 350 builders filled orders for large and small locomotives, narrow gauge to broad gauge, mammoth articulateds to diminutive 0-4-0T locomotives. This is the history of those builders.