Book proofs are here!

There are several major landmarks on the path to holding a book in your hand. First you have to put together an outline and sell it to the book company. Next you have to get a signed contract from them—that really gets you rolling since it also includes your deadline dates. Then you start putting together your projects, models, scenery, etc, take step by step photos, and begin writing it all down in a logical manner. After months you hand in the text and photos to the editorial staff and wait for the proofs to come back. Once you read through those and make corrections, they will knock out a final version and send it off to a printer—many books now are printed in China. Finally you receive a handful of printed copies from the advance copies mailed back to the publishers. A couple weeks later the first batch of books arrive at the publisher and they go on sale. I just received the proofs for my new book so we are a few steps and several months removed from any of you seeing a copy.

That means I have a few days to give them a good read and get them back to Kalmbach. They did a great job on the layout and put it all together in a logical order, although a bit different from the way I originally planned it. But that is the way editors justify their existence. At any rate assuming everything else goes right the book will be shipped back from China by mid-summer.

Unlike my last book which covered a broad spectrum of wiring topics, this one covers a series of specific projects that range from installing light bulbs and LEDs to wiring up your own telephone system for operations. I show how to install a lift out bridge to span a doorway, working track scale, control panels, and a turntable. There also is one non-wiring project on building a magnetic dispatcher panel. The editor added a suggestion that you can install block occupancy lights and(or) toggles/pushbuttons for turnout control, as a way to justify keeping the project in a “wiring” book. It’s too neat a project not to include it. I’ll post a link in the right sidebar with the other book links when it is listed for sale on the Kalmbach website.


Update: I just happened to be scanning the books for sale on the Kalmbach website and was surprised to find my new one listed already! Just click the image in the sidebar to go there.


  • Bill Donaldson Sr.

    Nothing like a book in your hands to guide you through those brain dead times. Hahaha. Don’t forget illustration’s with installation tips.

  • I have avoided buying any model railroad electrical/electronic books because I own the original Wiring book that taught me basic electricity and the Peter Thorne books that taught me basic electronics. With the advent of the internet I have felt there is no need to buy any more books that immediately date themselves in the ever changing world of electronics. However, I am interested in the new book and will also pick up your wiring book to recommend to folks starting out. I had a look at the preview on Kalmbach’s website and it looks good. I’m going to suggest to you and your readers a free e-book from MERG’s website. The book is right there on the front page just click to download.

    • Greg—I too have Peter Thorne’s book as well as Andy Sperandeo’s. Unfortunately when it came time to update Andy’s book he was too sick to take on the project so they asked me to do it. So my wiring book is a follow on to Andy’s. We used a number of the old drawings and diagrams from his book, with appropriate updates. Of course my version has a lot more on DCC and a lot less on complicated cab control scenarios. Thanks for the link to the e-book—Larry

      • Oh I never read Andy’s book. Although I’m sure it was good. I meant the ORIGINAL How to Wire.. by Linn Westcott!

  • Thanks for the update. I am looking forward to getting my hands on the new book.

  • Don Arnoldus, The Netherlands

    What will be the title of your new book, Larry?

    • My working title was “Wiring Projects For Your Model Railroad”. However the publisher will decide the final title and cover so I won’t know myself until I see the first prints.

  • Looking forward to it!