A Garden Railway Adventure - Building and Operating the Southern Cross by Nicolas Trudgian.
Author Nicolas Trudgian’s professional artistic skills, his acquired expertise in garden scale civil engineering, his love of landscape and innate feel for things mechanical, has driven the construction of this expansive garden railway tour de force over a number of years. The Southern Cross Railway draws inspiration from many different steam powered railways across the world where the author has not only travelled on the trains, but has driven and fired the locomotives as well. The building of this impressive garden line, which employs both live steam and electric motive power, is fully documented within these pages, supported not only by the author’s accessible and enjoyable writing style and the many photographs of the railway as it neared completion, but also by the author’s superbly drafted design and constructional artwork. Within these pages are sections on layout design, permanent way construction, track laying, landscaping, tunnels, bridges, water features and planting. The combination of sound construction and an eye for railways in the landscape has produced a fully believable railway landscape that melds, as you will see from the photographs, imperceptibly into the surrounding Gloucestershire countryside. The resulting garden railway is therefore a credible combination of art, engineering and experience that all of us, whatever our preferred garden scale, can draw on when turning the pages of this thoroughly engaging, imaginative and instructive book.