The G1MRA Bookshop

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A Pictorial History of G1MRA 1947 – 2022

A hardcover, 163 page, celebration of G1MRA’s 75th Anniversary. An amazing selection of photographs from the G1MRA archives, showing garden get-togethers and exhibitions between 1947 and 2022.

The Multipurpose Model Steam Turbine a guide to successful scratch building

Thinking about building a model turbine?  Werner Jeggli, a member of the Swiss Group, has built 4 G1 turbine locos.  This book tells you how to build yours. It is spiral bound with 66 pages.

Scratchbuilding the GWR ‘Bulldog’ No. 3343 ‘Camelot’

A new book demonstrates how to build from scratch an electric version of the GWR ‘Bulldog. 92 pages with many coloured photographs and lots of detail. Spiral bound to lie flat in your workshop.

The Project Book

Beginners starting from scratch can opt for the original meths-fired ‘Project’ for which some parts are available from G1MRA suppliers. 84 pages including full drawings and instructions to build a live-steam, single cylinder LMS ‘4F’ 0-6-0 tender engine.

The Dee Book

Members who already have constructional skills can move on to the ‘Dee’. 96 pages including full drawings and instructions to build a live-steam SR ‘D’ class twin inside cylinder tender engine.

The ARM1G Book

If you don’t have the time to scratchbuild you can choose the gas-fired ARM1G, for which most parts are available off the shelf. A live-steam working model that involves very little engineering and is simple to run. 70 pages including full drawings and instructions to build a twin cylinder 0-4-4T.

Modelling in Gauge 1

Book 2 – JVR’s Contribution to Gauge 1 Articles and letters by the legendary John van Riemsdijk from more than 200 Newsletters, over 50 years. Many know of his design input to many Aster locomotives. 100 pages including photos and drawings

Modelling in Gauge 1 – Book 3 – Freight Stock

Compilation of articles on freight stock building from NL&Js since 1963. 96 pages.

Modelling in Gauge 1 – Book 4 – Coaching Stock

Compilation of articles on coaching stock construction from NL&Js since 1963. 102 pages.

Modelling in Gauge 1 – Book 5 – Coal Firing

Notes on coal-firing and 14 articles based on practical experiences. Many chapters inspired by the GIMRA Swiss Group, and Charles Simon, with contributions from other GIMRA members. 82 pages with colour photos.


Price per Item incl P&P Members in UK Members Outside UK Non Members in UK Non Members Outside UK
A New Pictorial History £35.00 £36.00 £38.00 £39.00
Steam Turbine £12.00 £13.00 £15.00 £16.00
Bulldog £15.00 £16.00 £18.00 £19.00
Dee £8.00 £9.00 £11.00 £12.00
Project or ARMIG £13.00 £14.00 £16.00 £17.00
Coal Firing £14.00 £15.00 £17.00 £18.00
JVR or Freight or Coach £8.50 £9.50 £11.50 £12.50
Dee Metrics Drawings £4.50 £5.00 £6.50 £7.00

All books are available from: Adrian Johnstone, 65 Wolsey Road, Ashford, Surrey, TW15 2RA or email:

When ordering please quote membership number. Cheques made payable to Gauge One Model Railway Association Ltd.

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The U.S. G1MRA Bookshop Prices are shown below.

U.S. $ Price per item including p & p Members Non-members


Price per Item incl P&P Members Non Members
A New Pictorial History POA POA
Steam Turbine $18.50 $22.50
Bulldog $22.50 $26.75
Dee $12.75 $17.00
Project or ARMIG $19.75 $24.00
Coal Firing $21.00 $25.25
JVR or Freight or Coach $13.50 $17.50
Dee Metrics Drawings $7.00 $10.00

US books available from Ernie Noa, 4009, Freedom Blvd, Champaign IL 61822


A guide to successful scratch-building by Werner Jeggli

Thinking about building a model turbine? Well, the idea of directing a jet of liquid or gas onto a bladed wheel and then using the resulting torque to do work – this idea is simple, elegant and old. A search in the hobby press and in the internet with its various forums reveal that quite a number of attempts have been – or are being made to tackle this issue. But nearly all of the contributions peter out without any tangible results, indicating that the builders never came to a satisfactory end and gave up. This indicates that this seemingly easy task is far from being that simple. There is a notable exception – Werner Jeggli of our Swiss group. In the course of the past 18 years he has designed and scratch-built 4 steam turbine driven gauge 1 locomotives, “Der Mathematiker” and “Dampfsprinter” with turbine-electrical drive, both freelance, as well as “LMS Turbomotive” and the “Pennsy PRR-S2”, both historical models and turbine-mechanically driven. They all run quite satisfactorily. They can be seen in action – video clips are to be found on YouTube. In Werner’s own words “At the time of writing, I’m 84 and I have decided not to build locomotives any more. My present ambition is to sum up my experience gained in the course of the years on construction and operation of model steam turbines and make it available to interested model engineers. The goal is to develop a multipurpose model steam turbine which, by just changing nozzle and steam exit inserts, can be adapted to a variety of applications such as railways, boats or whatever. Additionally, I intend to help in sourcing the critical turbine parts such as rotors and nozzles. Anybody deciding to take on such a project would have my support as long as it is done in a methodical and properly managed way.”


In this new G1MRA book, Tony White explains the way he translates his research on full-size build variations into a finely detailed scratch-built 1/32 scale electric model of a GWR ‘Bulldog’ 4-4-0 named Camelot. He decided that Gauge 1 lent itself to finescale models that could run alone without the need to build matching finescale countryside, and combined all that he had learned about model engineering and making detailed fittings. His young grandson used to watch as he started building the ‘Bulldog’, and Tony realised that when he inherited it, he would never remember how they made it if it went wrong. So, he made copious notes, took many photographs and wrote a leaflet on taking it apart. This developed into a new 92-page G1MRA book. G1MRA Vice-President Martin Hulse and Committee member David Halfpenny have worked with Tony in editing and producing the book. Martin comments “Editing these books always gives me an ‘ahah’ moment when I suddenly realise why something so simple works, Tony provided one with the three-point suspension diagram which reminded me of JvR’s Type J bogie which also uses a three-point geometry approach to avoid springing individual axleboxes.” If you are inspired by this book to try Gauge 1 scratchbuilding, you will find a wide group of G1MRA friends and suppliers to help you solve any problems that arise.


Keep your Newsletters safe and in pristine condition by using the G1MRA Binder. “G1MRA JOURNAL” is printed down the spine and the G1MRA logo on the front cover, both in yellow with the binder in green.

Each binder holds six Newsletters.

Please send your order to, Adrian Johnstone, 65 Wolsey Road, Ashford, Surrey, TW15 2RA or email:

Increased costs have meant revised prices of £12 each to UK members, £13 each to European members, and £14 each to members outside Europe. All prices include P&P.

Overseas payments preferred by PayPal (add £2 PayPal handling charge) or in £UK drawn on a UK bank (add £8 handling charge).

When ordering please quote membership number. Cheques made payable to Gauge One Model Railway Association Ltd.