Model Railways 1838 - 1939 By Hamilton Ellis Dust Jacket 1962 139 Pages
Model Railways 1838 - 1939 By Hamilton Ellis Dust Jacket 1962 139 Pages
Model Railways 1838 - 1939 By Hamilton Ellis Dust Jacket 1962 139 Pages
Model Railways 1838 - 1939 By Hamilton Ellis Dust Jacket 1962 139 Pages
Model Railways 1838 - 1939 By Hamilton Ellis Dust Jacket 1962 139 Pages
Model Railways 1838 - 1939 By Hamilton Ellis Dust Jacket 1962 139 Pages
Model Railways 1838 - 1939 By Hamilton Ellis Dust Jacket 1962 139 Pages
Model Railways 1838 - 1939 By Hamilton Ellis Dust Jacket 1962 139 Pages
Model Railways 1838 - 1939 By Hamilton Ellis Dust Jacket 1962 139 Pages
Model Railways 1838 - 1939 By Hamilton Ellis Dust Jacket 1962 139 Pages
Model Railways 1838 - 1939 By Hamilton Ellis Dust Jacket 1962 139 Pages
Model Railways 1838 - 1939 By Hamilton Ellis Dust Jacket 1962 139 Pages

Model Railways 1838 - 1939 By Hamilton Ellis Dust Jacket 1962 139 Pages

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Model Railways 1838 - 1939 By Hamilton Ellis Dust Jacket 1962 139 Pages
 
Model Railways 1838 to 1939 By Hamilton Ellis
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket (has minor damage)
Copyright 1962  
139 Pages
CONTENTS
I    Brazen Prodigies page 13
II   Three Victorian Model Railways 28
III   Rise of the German Industry 36
IV   American Beginnings 54
V    The Triumph of Small Scale 59
VI   Commercial Modelling in the Nineteen-Twenties 100
VII   Prelude to Modern Modelling 121
INDEX 137

Model railways are very nearly as old as railways themselves and, as Hamilton Ellis recalls, there is a story that an English friend sent Goethe a miniature version of Stephenson's Rocket, with carriages and rails, and that the poet gave this to his grandchildren. But this book is primarily concerned with the many beautiful steam working models that were made in Victorian days, and the huge variety of those that were produced for the entertainment of the young and the not so young. How many of us have seen the like of Grace, a spring-driven engine built by a well-known clock-maker in 1867? The really lifelike and complete sort of railway, whether advanced or nursery, became common in the early years of this century, and for it we have to thank such people as the Marklin Brothers, Georges Carette, W. J. Bassett-Lowke and Henry Greenly. There are few men now in middle age who cannot recall the splendid engineering jobs that many of these so-called toys were, all dressed up in the authentic liveries of the multitude of railways that were then running in Britain.
This book closes its chronicle of commercial modelling with the nineteen thirties, but among some beautiful examples of amateur work there are certain recent ones, which show what a long way such things have come from simple beginnings.

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