About the Author
Peter Jones has been addicted to railways, and modelling them, for as long as he can remember. In 1949 he took his first hesitant steps in garden railways, in 16mm scale running on 0 gauge track. He began an apprenticeship in modelling that has led to his extensive work in the railway scene. Peter has written widely on the subject, including a long-running column in Garden Railway magazine. His previous book, Practical Garden Railways, was also published by Crowood in 2006. Peter has his own website at www.comptondown.co.uk.
Peter Jones built his first crude 16mm scale garden railway in 1949, the first manifestation of what was to become his famous Compton Down Railway. He wrote extensively about his hobby, including the world's longest running garden railway column in Garden Railways magazine, and was highly sought-after as a speaker and competition judge. He was also a conservation technician for museums and helped with the rescue of engineering items. He wrote two previous books for Crowood, Practical Garden Railways and Building Small Steam Locomotives. He sadly died before finishing this book, which has been completed by his daughter Kes Jones with the help of many of Peter's friends.