For a long time now I’ve been collecting narrow gauge related books on a variety of subjects. I don’t just buy books on Scottish narrow gauge (and I’d have a very small bookshelf if I did!), but books on whatever takes my interest.
Recently I’ve started looking back at books I bought some years ago to see what subjects I’ve got in the library now (for library read ‘grandly titled Ikea bookshelf) to see if there are any themes. Essentially they are as follows:
- Common carriers be they in England, Wales, Ireland or elsewhere
- Colonial narrow gauge
- Westcountry narrow gauge
- Irish narrow gauge
- Welsh narrow gauge (obviously)
- Scottish narrow gauge
- Manufacturers catalogues
To better show what takes up what space on my bookshelf I thought I’d experiment with a wordcloud…
It’s been interesting looking back at my books as its made me realise that I have comparatively few books on modelling. I tend to get modelling information from magazines, DVDs or the internet. I also have very little in the way of books on the railways of ‘mainland’ Europe (that may get rectified following a developing interest in the Harz lines of Germany), or America.
Looking at what I’ve collected over the years I can see why I’ve been inspired to model a common carrier sprawled over a remote hilly area. Its interesting how these things influence what we do…