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This is the one I have.  It is available in a digital version as well as hard copy.
It is very well written.

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Thanks for this thread, chaps. I've ordered the John Ahern book for future reference, as I've got a LOT of N scale steam locos to build if I hope to model the Southern accurately! :P



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Hi Guys :wave:



The book that Rod has, was the Ian Allen award-winner from a few years back.

The authors 2nd book, which I posted on the previous << page ...

... came out after the success of his first book.



I believe that the main difference is between tender & tank locos.

I think tenders are covered in Rods book.

Whereas tenders aren't in the tank loco book.



I'm sure the presentation & excellent construction ideas etc. are common to both books.

I just happen to have an interest in the smaller tank locos.

I think forming tanks around boilers etc. is covered well in the 2nd book.



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Description of Simon Boltons tank-loco book, by Amazon reviewer :-


" An excellent textbook on model locomotive construction.
The author builds two locomotives using different methods.
One uses Markits wheels, the other Gibson.
One uses a rigid chassis, the other is compensated.
This is illustrated by a large number of splendid colour photographs showing each step of scratch-building."



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'Miniature Locomotive Construction'

by John H. Ahern


On Amazon.Com


From $9.93c



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:old dude: An old-school classic sonny !



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Another old-school classic.


From the Oakwood Press.





A slim & to the point 36 pages on chassis building.



Some Amazon reviews :-


" Although written a few years ago the booklet has very clear explanations of many wheel arrangements and how the flexichas system works with each.
As an alternative way, compared to the more complex hornblock system, into a fine scale locomotive chassis it has a lot to commend it."


" A quite old publication but still excellent for something better than a rigid.
Recommended."


" An old book now in 2016, but the ideas described are most vivid today.
If you are in for building your own chassis - just buy it ! "


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Let's get crazy!  This article shows some serious suspension techniques.

http://www.clag.org.uk/41-0rev.html#section8.2

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I applaud the fellows who can (and will) build these finescale locos with equalized drivers/frames. Of course these are better for reliable running and another "look at what I did" kind of thing. BUT...the plan for equalized chassis is mostly to insure that all drivers are on the track at all times for maximum traction and RELIABLE PICKUP WITH DC/DCC POWER. Of course larger scale locos can benefit from equalization but a "small scale" loco which is set up to operate on BPR/C will run without problems on any track (provided it is laid properly) or across the floor, etc. And for tractive effort, the old "standby" traction tires or as I have-Pliobond on the treads-will negate the need for any special chassis work. OK, I wrote it. I am sure that many will be saying-"that guy is an idiot, who does he think he is?" but I have proved to myself and others that the "easy way" works.
I have no problem with a compensated/equalized chassis and whoever wants to invest the time and work to do this is to be rewarded with great operation and satisfaction of building something that the rest of us can only look at in awe!
I am not a locomotive scratchbuilder, just a butcher who whacks up commercially available models to do what I want them to do. My "thing" is building a place for my locos to operate in a more or less "realistic" fashion, I want to "do it all" but realize one thing-"A man has to know his limitations"...Harry Callahan's words.

Thank you for reading my drivel.
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Tell it like it is Woodie.

The naysayers can keep on thumping on their tables  and scrubbing on their track.

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Not being a machinist and lacking the patience to build a loco, I certainly agree with Woodie.  I'll continue modifying existing and sticking in batteries. 
Love your description Herb.  I have been run off after suggesting BPRC to table thumpers.



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Hi Guys :wave:



Not wanting to rattle on TOO much about the John H. Ahern book ...

... but.

The thing that really makes THIS book the No.1 absolute MUST have IMO ...

... are the descriptions of the general fabrication techniques for all the major loco parts.



When you look at a loco part, like a dome, tender flare & curve, cylinders etc. etc. etc. ...

... and think, how the hell do I make THAT part ??

He has ALWAYS got the answer, on how to do it in the most sensible & simplest way.



How to join several basic material sections together, to make a new shape/fabrication.

How to fit cylinders to frames & boilers in the best way.

Cab details & shape forming, the list goes on and on.



This is what makes the book so essential.

As his descriptions & EXCELLENT technical-style line drawings ...

... save you doing all the thinking about this yourself ...

... & with simple, not machine-tools, lets you get right down to actually making your parts.



Since steam locos are all more or less the same ...

... chimney, firebox door, domes, cylinders, valve gear & rods etc. ...

... It doesn't matter specifically what loco you wanna make parts for, his techniques are universal.



It is no wonder that this book sold by the truck load & was reprinted so many times.



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