Last year we took a look at the book LEGO Eisenbahn – Konzepte und Techniken für realistische Modelle by Holger Matthes (HoMa here at Brickset), We enjoyed looking at the pictures and instructions but couldn’t really review it because the text is in German.
Since its publication Holger has been busy working on an English translation and the result is The LEGO Trains Book, published by No Starch Press.
Now we can actually understand it, we can review it properly…
Holger is one of the most respected builders of LEGO trains in the world. He was involved in the design of the Hobby Trains set 10183, and he and I participated in Power Functions train workshops in Billund in the late 2000s that resulted in the release of the Emerald Night, so you can be sure that he knows what he’s talking about.
The 230-page hardback book is divided into five sections that cover every aspect of LEGO trains:
A history of LEGO trains
Starting with the 1960s-1970s blue track era, right up to the current Power Functions era, Holger discusses every aspect of the different systems, the track, the power system, specialist elements such as wheels and couplings and also takes a look back at them from today’s perspective, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.