Digital mit Märklin
Schritt für Schritt
Der einstieg in die digitale Modellbahn
Author : Thorsten Mumm
The VGB ➚ has asked me to review this book. It has a nice size - 23,5x26,5 cm - and there are many color-fotos. More about the fotos later.
The book is in German, but there are not many long technical words, so if you can read a German newspaper you'll have no problem reading this book. In fact - the book seems easier to read than many German newspapers.
The book only deals with Märklin digital. The digital solutions, that other manufacturers ( Roco Fleischmann - ESU ) have, are not mentioned at all.
The title "Digital mitt Märklin - Schritt für Schritt" is not really the best title. The secondary title "Der Einstieg in die digitale Modellbahn" actually says much more what this book is about.
Why ? - Because this book is an introduction to digital model railroading as we know it in 2015/2016.
The "Schritt für Schritt" title could be misconstrued as also being about more advanced digital stuff, which it really doesn't cover. However - the book explains the digital history, which is very nice especially for those of us who can remember Märklin's "Delta" and the "6021".
The main good thing about the book is the way it guides the complete newcomer into the magical world of digital model railroading in a way that does not intimidate or scare anyone.
When you begin with something new you want so much at the same time. You want to "get on" - you have specific questions that, if not answered immideately, will stop your understanding - and you also need to know "the bigger picture".
The book really takes care of all three things and this is where the many photos will help the reader. Just reading a discription about a "red wire" doesnt really help the complete beginner, but seeing a a photo of the "red wire" explains so much more than 100 words.
The book starts with the InfraRed (IR) system and ends with the "CS2" and "WinTrack" - "Win-Digipet".
Unfortunately the brand-new "CS3" and "CS3+" are not covered ( because they appeared after the deadline ), but a whole chapter is devoted to the "Soft-CS2" which you can use on your computer.
The main object of this book, and something the book does very well, is to introduce to a person, who hasn't any, or very little, knowledge about digital model railroading, the various options a buyer has, and especially why you shouldn't be afraid of the digital "stuff".
The book also explains the compability between the various digital items that Märklin has and/or still sells - something that is REALLY useful especially if you are going to buy second-hand items.
The author always keeps in mind that model railroading is all about getting the trains to run, and it is pointed out - again and again - that the digital option is more play-friendly and children-friendly, because you with the digital option quicker and simpler can build a layout than you can in analog mode.
Analog mode requires a lot of wiring and although digital mode still requires a little wiring it is much easier to construct a temporary layout in digital mode.
All in all : This book makes you want to start play with model trains in a digital mode.
It really is a book that Märklin should offer for free as an e-book or pdf-file in order to get parents and children interested in running model trains.
You actually need this book BEFORE you start buying a train set, because the book will make you want to have a digital model railroad and last but not least the book will help you to decide at which level you will want to start with digital model railroading.