Paper, 96 pp., $19.95
This wonderfully comprehensive guide represents revised and updated material, which Kevin Strong has put together from his "Garden Railway Basics" column in Garden Railways magazine. He takes the reader through the basic concepts, power systems, control systems, planning a layout, the necessary tools and finally, maintaining trains and track. Strong shares his knowledge gained over the years from the age of nine when he first laid tracks on his dad's railway. Even the most complex instructions are broken down into easily understood steps. Strong writes in a very down-to-earth style with a little humor added. This book will encourage both children and adults to become involved in this hobby that may provide pleasure in your garden and will also introduce you to the world of fellow enthusiasts. —Joan Richards, library volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden.