MÄRKLIN & RAILROADS
www.trains-and-trains.dk : A personal view by Christian Vinaa
Einführung in die Digitale Modellbahn
Grundlagen und Praxis Schritt für Schritt erklärt
Author : Tobias Pütz
The VGB ➚ has asked me to review this book.
These days the model railroad industry - at least in Germany - struggles hard. Who is interested in model railroads when everything else is plug-n-play and requires almost no work.
Going digital did save the model railroad around 1980 and the hope is that digital again in 2020 will be the saviour.
So making the digital model railroad easy and approachable is a major concern with everyone within the model railroad community; including publishers like VGB.
This book is mainly for "beginners" but actually also for those who have started with the products from only one single manufacturer and now would like to understand the basics behind the digital "stuff" and perhaps would like to branch out (pun intended) and include products from other manufacturers.
Some manufacturers have made the digital model railroad so easy that you dont really get to know, less understand, what lies beneath it all.
So if I should single out one thing that makes this book worth reading it is that it covers all digital systems and all gauges. You really get the BIG picture in this book.
So now with the details :
The book focusses on how to start with digital model railroad and explains in detail - but not too much detail - what digital model railroading involves.
Very early in the book the author recommends that a beginner should just buy a start set and start exploring. You really cannot do anything wrong. In digital all brands will basically work together, so your choice is which brand and which products you feel most comfortable with.
I believe this is sound advice. Just like buying a new car; you have to sit in the drivers seat and see how it feels. Do you feel at home in that car ? Exactly the same with the digital model railroad. You do not want something to spoil the fun you have playing with your trains. After all - if you just want a digital train there are several apps that let you run a cartoon train on your computer-screen.
So basically - off to the model railroad store or an up-coming model train fair and try out the different brands.
Spoiler alert :
But once you have sorted that out it is - so the author advocates - fairly easy.
The book is sufficiently illustrated - and with "analog" pictures. Only in the section about electronic components are digital schematics to be found.
And the pictures are especially usefull in the sections where the author explains the decoders and their functions.
Finally - I think that the author made the right decision to ALSO have sections about analog electricity and analog model railroading even though the book is about digital railroad.
No matter how digitalized you run your model railroad, it is wise to not forget how it all started. Like Einstein pointed out : Everything is relative to anything else. So having the analog model railroad as comparison will actually make it easier to really understand the digital model railroad.
B.A.-BA. du modélisme ferroviaire - Vol 1 - 14. ➚
From LR Presse ➚
4 photos © LR Presse
This is not one book, but 24 small leaflets each 28 pages - color printed with many photos - and in French.
The 24 leaflets - see the titles in the left box - are a wonderfull beginners guide to model railroading, and they have the older child / teenager as target, which is a novelty.
They in fact go very nicely with the Train n Box ➚ that "LR Presse" also offers.
All in all some very nice initiatives with the goal of getting children and teenagers interested with model railroading.
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.
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