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Including management, policy and operation. Archive, Railway Archive and any other current journal formerly listed here are now in the new Journal section, the final section of New Books.
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Bibliography Of British And Irish Tramways. Ref: G2574  


Croft & Gordon.
Very large, 482 pages, soft back. **The latest version of Croft's bibliography, now in a single huge volume. Apart from bringing the listing of books and articles up-to-date the work now includes Gordon's listings of legislation, arbitration and accident reports. A magnificent tour de force, but next time could we please have page numbers on the Contents page?

Price: 35.00
 

Bradshaw's Continental Guide, For Travellers Through Europe, Ref: G3386  

with an epitomized description of each country, and maps of Europe, showing the lines of railways opened.
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Small, xvi + 1106 pages, plus 2 folding maps and a third loose in a pocket, heavy paper, silk headband and footband, bookmark with ribbon, paper-covered hard covers in facsimile to the original, in clear plastic jacket. **The title above is that given on the title page; the cover bears the title Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide And General Handbook Illustrated With Local And Other Maps Special Edition.
A reproduction of the European guide book used on Michael Portillo's BBC TV programmes. Bradshaw's Continental Guides were issued in two formats, plain and special. This handsome volume mimics the splendid red leather special edition, and although the cover is really paper-covered boards it looks pretty good and is fantastic value. Unlike the very rare British Tourist handbooks the Continental Guides are occasionally available in the original editions. They may have been more popular due to containing railway time tables for the whole continent, as well as tourist information, which was a secondary matter.

Price: 25.00
 

Bradshaw's Rail Times For Great Britain And Ireland December 1895. Ref: G2881  

A reprint of the classic timetable complete with period advertisements and shipping connections to all parts.
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Medium, xliv + 770 + 30 pages, map, soft back. **Compounding the reigning confusion over the nomenclature of Bradshaw's publications, the publishers of this reprint have improved on the original title. Many of us know this time table as Bradshaw's Guide, or, for more formal occasions, Bradshaw's General Railway And Steam Navigation Guide, For Great Britain And Ireland. It is, of course, a set of time tables covering the entire country, and thus an unrivalled reference for planning railway journeys through nineteenth century Britain. It is definitely not a tourist guide.

Price: 24.95
 

Bradshaw's Descriptive Railway Hand-Book Of Great Britain And Ireland. Ref: G3339  

Special Collector's Edition
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Small, 452 pages, plus 8 double-page maps in a final section, heavy paper, silk headband and marker ribbon, leather-covered hard back without jacket. **The title above is that given on the title page; the cover bears the title !!<<i>Bradshaw's Hand Book 1. 2. 3. 4.
This is the de luxe reprint of the actual book used on Michael Portillo's BBC TV programme containing four issues of Bradshaw's Descriptive Railway Handbook, bound especially for the series. Together the four parts of the book cover Great Britain plus all of Ireland and describe the main features and historic buildings of the principal towns. Here, then, is a reprint of Mr Portillo's own Bradshaw. It contains the indexes and descriptive text and most of the illustrations. The advertisements, all but one, are omitted. Eight of the town maps are included: Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Hull, Glasgow and Edinburgh. A high quality and very handsome production. The publishers describe the binding as leather, and it certainly resembles leather in every way except price and smell.
The book does not, of course, contain any time tables.

Price: 25.00
 

Britains Least Used Stations. Ref: G3481  


Brewer.
Very large, 240 pages, illustrated throughout with colour photos, four regional maps, soft back. **The author set himself the agreeable task of visiting and photographing every station in Great Britain, and from this enormous archive has selected views of the 217 least used stations in the country. With one station to a page, there are three or four pictures of each with brief notes on the location and train service. A table of data including date of building, original company, and passenger statistics for the years 2008 - 2014 is given for each station.

Price: 30.00
 

British Railways Operating History 6. Through The Links At Old Oak Common. Ref: G0957  


Abear.
Very large, 96 pages, glazed boards.

Price: 14.95
 

Changing Face Of Britain's Railways 1938-1953. Ref: G2106  

The railway companies bow out.
Hendry, R.
Very large, 192 pages, photo illustrations, hard back. **A detailed and serious study of this critical period, challenging some popular preconceptions. Covers all the UK but is unusually strong on N Ireland.

Price: 24.95
 

District Controller's View 6. The Peak District. Ref: G1231  

Manchester - Matlock - Derby; Manchester - Chinley - Sheffield.
Bentley.
Very large, 120 pages, soft back.

Price: 12.95
 

District Controller's View 7. York - Newcastle. Ref: G1563  


Millar, M.
Very large, 124 pages, soft back. * "Train and traffic operations over the North Eastern main line during the 1950s; working timetable (passenger and goods); engine workings: engine allocation and movements 1950-60."

Price: 13.95
 

District Controller's View 8. The Waverley Route. Ref: G1899  

Edinburgh - Hawick - Carlisle.
Hodge, J.
Very large, 80 pages, soft back. * "Train and traffic operations over the Waverley route during the 1950s; working timetable (passenger and goods; engine workings; engine allocation and movements 1950-60."

Price: 12.95
 

District Controller's View 9. The Kent Coast. Ref: G2092  

Victoria - Chatham - Ramsgate/Dover.
Becket & Bradshaw.
Very large, 132 pages, soft back. * "Train and traffic operations over the ex-LC&DR during the 1950s; working timetable (passenger and goods) including the London suburban area; engine workings including allocations and shed movements 1950-60."

Price: 13.95
 

District Controller's View 11. The Midland & South Western Junction Railway. Ref: G2320  

Cheltenham - Cirencester - Swindon - Marlborough - Savernake - Andover Junction.
Stephens.
Very large, 68 pages, photos, many diagrams, soft back. * "Train and traffic operations over the MSW during the 1950s; full working timetable (passenger and goods); engine diagrams and locomotive allocations 1950-60 Swindon & Gloucester MPDs."

Price: 11.95
 

District Controller's View 13. The North London Railway. Ref: G2887  

London (Broad Street) - Willesden - Richmond. All east-west cross London goods services.
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Very large, 104 pages, photos, many diagrams, soft back. * "Train and traffic operations over the North London Railway during the 1950s; full working timetable (passenger, goods and trip workings); engine diagrams, carriage workings and locomotive allocations 1950-60."

Price: 14.95
 

District Controller's View 14. North Devon. Ref: G2792  

Exeter - Yeoford - Barnstaple - Ilfracombe
Barnstaple - Bideford - Torrington
Torrington - Petrockstow - Halwill Junction
Barnstaple - Taunton.
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Very large, 80 pages, photos, many diagrams, soft back. * "Train and traffic operations on a 1961 Summer Saturday; full working timetable (passenger, goods and trip workings); engine and crews diagrams, carriage workings and locomotive allocations 1950-60."

Price: 14.95
 

District Controller's View 17. West London. Ref: G3078  

The West London Railway; Kensington Olympia; The West London Extension Railway; Willesden/Old Oak Common - Kensington Olympia - Clapham Junction.
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Very large, 80 pages, photos, many diagrams, soft back. * "Train and traffic operations in 1955; full working timetable (passenger, goods and trip workings) and engine diagrams. Full details of the summer Saturday holiday express workings."

Price: 14.95
 

Double Track. Ref: G2980  

The vision becomes reality.
Holley (ed).
Large, landscape, 50 pages, many photo illustrations, some colour, hard back without jacket. **The Main Line Steam Trust's line from Loughborough to Rothley, the first preserved railway to operate on double track. This book describes the project, including construction and signalling.

Price: 8.00
 

Dr Beeching's Remedy. Ref: G3186  

A cure for a century of the railway's ills.
Clough.
Large, 159 pages, photo illustrations, paper-covered boards. **Reconsiders The Reshaping Of British Railways in the historical context of a century of railway evolution. Includes new research from the official files now available at the National Archives.

Price: 22.50
 

Essential Guide To Austrian Railways And Tramways. Ref: G3388  

X89.
Jones, M.
Medium, 208 pages, small maps, colour photos, soft back. **A very useful guide to the rail and tram travel in Austria, with detailed notes on length, journey time, motive power, operating dates, tarriffs, contact details, and a fund of background information.

Price: 16.95
 

Essential Guide To French Heritage And Tourist Railways. Ref: G2123  

X83.
Jones, M.
Medium, 191 pages, map, colour photos, soft back. **A very useful guide to all the preserved railways in France, by département, with notes on access, length, journey time, motive power, operating dates, tarriffs etc.

Price: 15.95
 

Essential Guide To Welsh Heritage And Scenic Railways. Ref: G2892  

X98
Jones, M.
Medium, 192 pages, map, colour photos, soft back. **A very useful guide to the railways in Wales, with detailed notes on access, length, journey time, motive power, operating dates, tarriffs, and a fund of local information.

Price: 16.95
 

The Fall Of The Tay Bridge. Ref: G3513  

Fully revised new edition.
Swinfen.
Medium, 170 pages, illustrated with photos, diagrams and drawings, bibliography, notes and sources, soft back. **An academic engineering study of the causes of the collapse of this infamous structure. The author recounts the background, describes the construction and analyses the principal theories - which divide the cause between the train and the storm - and arrives at what Prof Paxton considers "the last word on the subject". Eminently readable and convincing.

Price: 10.99
 

From Gridiron To Grassland : The Rise And Fall Of Britain's Railway Marshalling Yards. Ref: G3519  


Rhodes.
Very large, 288 pages, photo illustrations (much in colour), glazed boards. **The book opens with the development of the marshalling yard and British Railways' policy towards them. This is followed by detailed descriptions of individual yards, from the earliest (Edge Hill, 1882), to the first mechanised hump yards, the Modernisation Plan yards, and finally to Britain's last fully automated yards (Tinsley, Bescot and Scunthorpe West). There is also a section on marshalling yards overseas, with some huge examples (in the USA) and also (in China) some still under construction.

Price: 34.95
 

Gradients Of The British Main Line Railways. Ref: G3517  


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Very large, 95 map pages comprising 10 preliminary, 52 diagram pages + 32 page gazetteer / index, glazed boards. **First published in 1966, this useful reference has been out of print for some years. This edition is designed for ease of cross-reference and includes for the first time information on such items as water troughs; the index now includes names of tunnels, junctions and sidings, as well as stations.

Price: 15.00
 

GWR Goods Services. An Introduction. Ref: G1029  


Atkins, T & Hyde, D.
Very large, 142 pages, illustrated with photos, maps, tables etc. Soft back. **The introductory volume of a new series which will study all sides of the GW goods operation.

Price: 17.95
 

GWR Goods Services. Part 2A. Ref: G2439  

Goods depots and their operation.
Atkins.
Very large, 180 pages, illustrated with photos, site maps etc. Soft back. **Essential reference: Sets out those features common to all GWR depots, then covers the depots in the London area.

Price: 24.95
 

Hillhouse Immortals. Ref: G0479  


Fraser.
Medium, 112 pages. Soft back.

Price: 8.95
 

It's Quicker By Rail! Ref: G1408  

The history of LNER advertising.
Middleton, A.
Medium, 160 pages, photo illustrations including 16 pages of colour, soft back.

Price: 17.99
 

The King's Cross Fraudster. Ref: G3279  

Leopold Redpath, his life and times.
Hayes & Kamlish.
Large, 188 pages, illustrated, soft back. **Biographies of successful embezzlers make good reading because a competent fraudster needs a strong and bold personality to carry off his designs while retaining the confidence of his victims. The colourful character who lifted the equivalent of £20 million from his employers, the Great Northern Railway, was unintentionally betrayed by the mistake of a porter who delivered the deed box containing his ill-gotten gains to the wrong address at the critical moment of his flight abroad. Redpath ended his days as a transported convict in Australia, there is a good deal of interesting information about conditions there.

Price: 11.99
 

The Modernisation Plan. Ref: G3317  

British Railways blueprint for the future.
Clough, D N.
Medium, 174 pages + 24 pages of photo plates, glazed boards. **An authoritative history of the report Modernisation and Re-equipment of British Railways of 1955, with an analytical assessment of the long term effects of the Modernisation Plan on the railway network.

Price: 22.50
 

Moore's Monthly Magazine 1896. Ref: G0634  

(Forming Volume 1 of the Locomotive Magazine)
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Very large, 156 pages, green cloth, not issued with jacket. High quality reprint, limited to 250 copies. Hard back.

Price: 35.00
 

Named Trains On LNER Lines Part I. Ref: G1813  

The Scottish trains & the Pullman trains.
Yeadon, W B.
Large landscape, 154 pages, pictorial, hard back.

Price: 26.99
 

Named Trains On LNER Lines Part II. Ref: G1814  

Streamlined trains, boat trains, holiday trains, business trains, officially nameless trains & developments by British Railways.
Yeadon, W B.
Large landscape, 154 pages, pictorial, hard back.

Price: 26.99
 

Operation Norfolk. Ref: G2389  

Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway passenger services: 1954. Peterborough - Kings Lynn - Yarmouth; Spalding, Cromer, Norwich and Lowestoft Branches.
Wilkinson.
Very large, 84 pages, some photos, soft back. **Carriage workings, time tables, train formations, marshalling arrangements, carriage diagrams etc.

Price: 13.95
 

Operation Torbay. Ref: G1859  

Summer weekday & Saturday passenger services: 1957 Newton Abbot - Torquay - Paignton - Goodrington - Kingswear.
Becket, W S.
Very large, 80 pages, a few photos, traffic graphs, soft back. **Carriage workings, working time tables, train formations, carriage siding arrangements etc.

Price: 13.95
 

Operation West Coast. Ref: G2972  

The West Coast main line passenger operations 1956. Euston - Crewe - Carlisle; Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Barrow, Whitehaven & Workington.
Becket and others.
Very large, 108 pages, some photos, soft back. **Carriage workings, time tables, train formations, marshalling arrangements, carriage diagrams, engine workings, ECS arrangements, etc.

Price: 15.95
 

Pullman Trains In Britain. Ref: G2025  

LP210.
Kidner, R W.
Medium, 112 pages, photos, carriage plans, soft back. **This is the second edition of Kidner's 1998 expansion of his 1987 book, Pullman Cars Of The Southern 1875-1972. The work is now a concise history of Pullman trains and vehicles in this country.

Price: 8.95
 

The Railway Dilemma. Ref: G3451  

The perpetual problems of ownership, costs and control.
Harris.
Large, 288 pages+ 8 pages of photo illustrations, other illustrations in text, glazed boards. **Sharp and readable analysis of the financial problems of the operators of Britain's railways.

Price: 20.00
 

The Railway Gazette Special War Transportation Number. Ref: G3185  


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Very large, 160 pages, illustrated with photos and drawings, soft back. **This is a reprint of the Railway Gazette Special Issue of 21 September 1920. The Gazette's current editor writes that it : "provides a fascinating insight into the work of the British Government's Directorate of Movement and Railways, bringing together 'the first connected account' of the role of railways and water transport during the Great War of 1914-18. It remains one of the few comprehensive studies of the colossal transport efforts that supported the British military campaign, both on the Western front and in other theatres of war." The hardback edition is now out of print.

Price: 14.95
 

Railway Passenger Stations In England, Scotland And Wales. A Chronology. Ref: G2664  

Fourth edition.
Quick.
Medium, 544 pages including 40-page map section with 134 diagrammatic maps, hard back. *List of all stations with dates of opening, closure etc. The author's object "is to show the outline history of all stations in England, Scotland and Wales, and to do so as accurately as the limitations of evidence allows" and to see this from the standpoint of the contemporary traveller, rather than from that of the railway companies. This new revised fourth edition is enlarged and re-set, and embellished with nineteenth century Punch cartoons.

Price: 49.50
 

Railway Records. Ref: G1928  

A guide to sources.
Edwards.
Large, 222 pages, a few illustrations, soft back. **A Public Record Office readers' guide.

Price: 14.99
 

The Railway. Ref: G3344  

British track since 1804.
Dow.
Very large, 458 pages, illustrated with good photographs and large, clear specially drawn diagrams, hard back. **Here is a hugely detailed treatise on the history of permanent way by an expert. It is erudite, lucidly written and a handsome production. Along with the examination of the many and complex developments which led from wooden rails to modern permanent way and mechanical track-laying, there are chapters devoted to third rail electrification, tramway track, narrow gauge lines and such peculiarities as portable railways, funiculars and rack railways. It will surely be a standard work of reference but also rather a good read, though at well over 2kg hardly suitable for reading on the train.

Price: 40.00
 

East Coast Main Line Disasters. Ref: G3067  

Railways In Retrospect 6
Gray.
Very large, 96 pages, photo illustrations, soft back. ** A well researched and thoughtful analysis of accidents on the line from early days to the present.

Price: 17.50
 

Railways North From Nottingham Part Two: Bulwell - Kirkby, Mansfield & Westhouses. Ref: G1920  

In the latter days of steam

Price: 19.99
 

Rainhill Trials. Ref: G3077  

The greatest contest of industrial Britain and the birth of commercial rail.
McGowan.
Medium, 379 pages, illustrations from contemporary sources, hard back.

Price: 16.99
 

Return From Dunkirk. Ref: G2742  

Railways to the rescue. Operation Dynamo (1940).
Tatlow.
Medium, 184 pages + large folding plan of Dover Harbour tipped inside rear cover, other maps and track plans, many photos, soft back. **The author's father was one of the soldiers rescued in this famous wartime epic, possibly the greatest logistical operation ever carried out at such short notice. This is the railway side of the story. X96.

Price: 12.35
 

Rope & Chain Haulage. Ref: G3046  

The forgotten element of railway history.
Mountford.
Medium, 384 pages, illustrated: photos and contemporary illustrations (some colour) maps and plans, glazed boards. **Remarkably, in the whole history of railways, across now more than two hundred years, it would seem that there has never been a book devoted solely to rope haulage. This fascinating volume covers the field, at home and abroad, from the earliest days right up to the 21st century. A final chapter describes some preservation schemes. Now in print again.

Price: 29.95
 

Rose Grove Volume Two. Ref: G3268  

East Lancashire's great railway complex.
Coates.
Very large, 208 pages, photos, plans, tables, soft back. **Describes the working arrangements at Rose Grove throughout its history.

Price: 9.95
 

The Royal Arsenal Railways. Ref: G3467  

The rise and fall of a military railway network.
Smithers.
Very large, 214 pages, illustrated with good photographs and large, clear specially drawn diagrams, locomotive drawings, tabulated loco histories, hard back. **The railways of Woolwich Arsenal evolved into three separate systems serving the Gun Factory, Laboratory and the Carriage Department, each a different gauge with its own locomotives and rolling stock. The Arsenal and its railways continued to hold an important place in gun and propellant manufacture until the late 1950s, when the complex began gradually to be run down, finally closing in 1967. The story of the Arsenal is fraught with intererest for railway and military historians alike and this well-written and choicely illustrated chronicle is sure to please both. It is particularly strong on locomotive history and includes a survey of the remains still to be seen.

Price: 30.00
 

Signal Boxes On Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Lines : North And West Of Manchester. Part One. Ref: G3068  

L&YR Western District Lines, Salford to Wigan (No 1) via Atherton, Salford to Euxton via Bolton and branches.
Littleworth.
Very large, 114 pages, photo illustrations (some colour), map, many signalling diagrams, soft back. ** This work is in two parts. The present volume includes the introductory sections and covers lines 1 - 5A, which formed part of the L&Ys Western District. Part Two (see SS3304) covers lines 6 - 10, which formed part of the Central District. The information for each box includes location, details of the equipment, brief history and opening times. For many boxes there is also one or more signalling diagram.

Price: 15.00
 

Signal Boxes On Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Lines : North And West Of Manchester. Part Two. Ref: G3304  

L&YR Central District Lines, Clifton to Bacup and Castleton to Bolton via Bury, Manchester (Irk Valley) to Radcliffe, Rochdale to Bacup and branches.
Littleworth.
Very large, 148 pages, photo illustrations (some colour), map, many signalling diagrams, soft back. ** This work is in two parts. This second part covers lines 6 - 10, which formed part of the Central District. The information for each box includes location, details of the equipment, brief history and opening times. For many boxes there is also one or more signalling diagram. For Part 1 - which included the introductory sections and covered lines 1 - 5A, which formed part of the L&Ys Western District - see SS3068.

Price: 15.00
 

Square Deal Denied. Ref: G0653  


Gibbins.
Medium square, 202 pages. Soft back.

Price: 11.95
 

Starlight Specials. Ref: G3342  

The overnight Anglo-Scottish Express.
Peel.
Medium, 126 pages, photos, contemporary advertisements, time table extracts, soft back. ** In the 1950s and 1960s these cheap excursion trains ran overnight between London and both Glasgow and Edinburgh. Passengers would depart on Friday night and return on Saturday evening a week or fortnight later. The main purpose of these nocturnal trains was to compete with private coach services, in which they were successful, generating profitable long-distance traffic for BR. This book is a detailed examination of the operation of these trains, which continued for ten years at the twilight of steam haulage.

Price: 12.99
 

The Lost Railway : The Midlands. Ref: G3071  


Day.
Medium, 128-page album, soft back. **Not a record of closed lines but a study of aspects of the railway and its operation which have now changed so fundamentally that to the author it seems that the railway as it was is lost. It's hard not to share his view. Fortunately, while there was still time, and encouraged and informed by his railwayman father, he photographed threatened railway sites around the Midlands, particularly in Derbyshire where he lived.
The title reads as though this is the start of a new series, but although there is a hint that a similar book on North Wales may be forthcoming, there is no promise of further volumes in the same format, which is a pity.

Price: 18.00
 

The Railways. Ref: G3424  

Nation, network and people.
Bradley, S.
Medium, 645 pages + a 16 page section of nicely-chosen illustrations, mostly coloured, other illustrations in the text, bibliography and sources, hard back. ** "Using fresh research, keen observation and a wealth of cultural references, Bradley weaves a remarkable story of technological achievement, of architecture and engineering, of shifting social classes and gender relations, of safety and crime, of tourism and the changing world of work." To describe it as a new history of our railways would be very largely to miss the point of this book, described without exaggeration as magisterial. It is an exploration of the past and present worlds of Britain's railways which treats familiar topics from unfamiliar aspects and constantly surprises with facts and details which have escaped previous historians. Eminently readable and highly recommended.

Price: 25.00
 

The Steam And The Gaslight. Ref: G3076  

Travelling by train in late Victorian London 1871 - 1900.
Hodge.
Medium, 108 pages, illustrations from contemporary sources, map, soft back. **Metropolitan rail travel from the passenger's point of view.

Price: 9.99
 

Train Control And Passenger Workings On The L&YR. Ref: G2321  

LYR Focus 64.
Mills.
Very large, 114 pages, some photo illustrations, soft back. ** "The late Bob Mills actually worked for the L&Y Railway in the train control office at Manchester Victoria during the final years of its independent existence. During that period he made copious notes from primary documents of locomotive allocations and each individual locomotive duty roster. His records proved a unique insight into the daily workings of a major pre-grouping railway and are a major step forward in our understanding of how the L&Y operated."

Price: 9.95
 

Wartime LMS. Ref: G2976  


Warburton.
Very large, 184 pages + 4 large folding maps in rear pocket, photo and other illustrations (some colour), glazed boards. ** A very thorough examination of the effects of hostilities on all aspects of LMS operation from preparatory changes brought about in the prelude to the war right through to the company's post 1945 effort to restore its pre-war eminence. On the back cover, not a good place for a typo, this is described as a "no holes barred" account. Perhaps this is the publishers' joke, or maybe they just wish to find out out if we know of a better one ...

Price: 30.00
 

Britain's Lost Railways. Ref: G2856  

The twentieth-century destruction of our finest railway architecture.
Minnis.
Very large, 122 pages, pictorial, hard back. "Soaring viaducts, cathedral-like stations, monumental railway hotels, never mind Euston's famous arch - in the name of progress hundreds of buildings were knocked down or wiped from the landscape, too often to be replaced by a concrete bunker (as Birmingham New St) or a bus shelter as at so many wayside stations. Here the extent of the loss is revealed. Not one building illustrated in this book still exists. The illustrations are old photographs, often previously unpublished, and carefully captioned. The introductory essay is an illuminating analysis of the destruction and the consequent revolt, the conservation and the future of railway buildings. A magnificent work, sensibly priced - everyone interested in railways or buildings should own a copy.

Price: 25.00

Britain's Railway Liveries. Ref: G0937  

Colours, crests and linings, 1825 - 1948.
Carter, E F.
Medium, 350 pages, diagrams, colour chart, hard back. **Current (3rd) edition of a long established reference work; note, though, that the content of this edition is identical to that of the first two.

Price: 19.95

Britain's Railways 1997-2005. Ref: G2663  

Labour's strategic experiment.
Gourvish.
Medium, 309 pages, some illustrations, hard back. * "A critical examination of the Blair government's involvement in the rail industry from 1997 as they attempted to deal with the fragmented privatised railways".

Price: 30.00

British Rail Northern Scene. Ref: G2224  

A 1970s railway album
Sparks, A.
Large, 154-page album with brief essays, hard back. **The seventies in grimy monochrome, very nostalgic. Suddenly they seem a very long time ago.

Price: 19.99

British Railways Illustrated Summer Special Number 12. Ref: G1807  


Hawkins, C (Ed).
Large, 96 pages, pictorial. Glazed boards. **Rugby - Kings Cross - Motor cars to the South West - Polloc & Govan - Boston.

Price: 14.95

British Railways Illustrated Summer Special Number 13. Ref: G2021  


Hawkins, C (Ed).
Large, 96 pages, pictorial. Glazed boards. **Water Troughs - Paddington, Nov 83 - Surbiton, Aug 64 - N7s - North Lincs 1960s - Gloucester Horton Rd - Roade Station 1950s - Auld Reekie - Bishops Stortford - Last 4-4-0 expresses - Home from Dunkirk - Railway Life.

Price: 15.95

Thomas Cook. Ref: G1908  

The holiday-maker.
Hamilton.
Medium, 280 pages + 16 pages of plates, hard back. **There have been many histories of the famous travel firm; here is the first full-length biography of Cook himself. He was from a humble background, a Baptist, a man of deep faith, who was determined to improve the lot of the working classes. As well as opening up travel to the masses, in his early years he started soup kitchens and led a campaign for the repeal of the Corn Laws; he was also a strong supporter of the temperance movement. A very readable book.

Price: 20.00

Death Rode The Rails. Ref: G2144  

American railroad accidents and safety 1828-1965.
Aldrich.
Large, 446 pages + 16 pages of photo illustrations, hardback. **Academic study of rail accidents in the USA, immensely interesting. Two statistical appendices, copious notes on sources etc.

Price: 40.00

Dictionary Of Railways. Ref: G0725  

An A - Z of railway terminology.
Jackson, A A.
Medium, 368 pages, some diagrams, hard back. **3rd edition of this authoritative and indispensable work, revised and extended.

Price: 25.00

Dow's Dictionary Of Railway Quotations. Ref: G2138  


Dow, A.
Medium, 354 pages, hardback. **Must be the best present ever for railway-minded people; just as well as we'll need to sell lots to justify the time it has taken me to catalogue it. Almost all the noteworthy quotations from Stephenson's "the time is coming when it will be cheaper for a working man to travel on a railway than to walk on foot" to "the wrong sort of snow". All the favourites (bar two) plus thousands of excellent ones previously unknown. But where is Sherlock Holmes's famous remark about Bradshaw? ("The vocabulary of Bradshaw is nervous and terse, but limited": The Valley Of Fear, Ch 1). Also absent is the Fat Controller's classic "What a nuisance passengers are!".

Price: 30.00

Early Railways 2. Ref: G1780  

Papers from the second International Early Railways Conference.
Lewis, M J T, (ed).
Medium, 360 pages, illustrated, glazed boards. *Nineteen papers from the second International Early Railways Conference. "The fruit of wide research, these authoritative studies embrace history and archaeology, locomotives and permanent way, financing and management. They shed new light and offer fresh perspectives on the formative years of railways. both in Britain and elsewhere."

Price: 31.50

Ferry Boat De Nuit 1936 - 1980 / Night Ferry 1936 - 1980. Ref: G2913  

A brief history of the train which carried you asleep from London to Paris and Brussels.
Elliott & Duvoskeldt.
Very large, 118 pages, photo illustrations, maps, other illustrations, dual French / English text and captions, soft back. **Une guide historique du train que vous avez emprunté endormi(e) de Paris et Bruxelles à Londres. Not sure about endormi(e). When we went there was a metal bucket rolling around on the train deck all night. Jolly good thorough history though, and thank you Mr Elliott for including our e-mail address with the bibliography.

Price: 17.99

Goods Traffic Of The LNER. Ref: G0851  


Goslin.
Very large, 112 pages, photo illustrations, soft back.

Price: 15.95

Great British Train Robbery, 1963. Ref: G1643  


Coates, T. (ed)
Medium, 178 pages, some photo illustrations, soft back. **This is an edited version of the report by HM Inspector of Constabulary on Buckinghamshire Constabulary's handling of the crime. It is actually very interesting and is enlivened by archival photographs. I'm not sure though, of the relevance of the photo of the Bulleid pacific leaving Waterloo, perhaps Ronnie Biggs is aboard, on his flight from England.

Price: 9.99

GWR Goods Services. Part 2B. Ref: G2707  

Goods depots and their operation.
Atkins.
Very large, 180 pages, illustrated with photos, site maps etc. Soft back. **Essential reference: covers Bristol, Birmingham and Cardiff areas. London is covered in part 2A. The next volume is to deal with GWR docks.

Price: 25.95

George Hudson. Ref: G1356  

The rise and fall of the Railway King.
Bailey.
Medium, 186 pages, illustrated, hard back. **This, the earlier of the two current books with the same title and very similar subtitles, concentrates on the character of the man, what drove him to rise from farmer's lad to great entrepreneur and MP, and what led him to sink into disgrace.

Price: 16.99

George Hudson. Ref: G1991  

The rise and fall of the Railway King: a study in Victorian entrepreneurship.
Arnold & McCartney.
Medium, 317 pages + 8 pages of illustrations, hard back. **This is the more recent of the two current books with the same title and very similar subtitles. It describes how Hudson used his enormous energy and flair for publicity to draw the investing public into his visionary schemes, and how his name came to be synonymous with fraudulent capitalism at its most brazen. The story of his dramatic career tells us a great deal about the times in which he lived.

Price: 20.00

Private Owner Wagons In Colour. Ref: G2613  

For the modeller and historian.
Ratcliffe.
Very large, 96 page album, soft back. **Tells the background to the revival of private-owner wagons in the last quarter of the twentieth century and examines in detail the wagon types, the traffic carried and the customers served.

Price: 14.99

Railfreight In Colour. Ref: G2572  

For the modeller and historian.
Cable.
Very large, 96 page album, soft back. **Covers the years 1983 - 1996; describes the classes of locomotives used, showing a wide range of rolling stock at locations ranging from the north of Scotland to Cornwall.

Price: 14.99

Railway Bylines Collection 2006-2007. Ref: G2186  

All new articles and photographs to complement your magazine collection...
Smith, M (ed).
Very large, 96 pages, glazed boards. **Articles include Backworth Colliery railways; Westward TV train; GE J65 0-6-0Ts; Quakers Yard (S Wales valley junction); Marks Tey brickworks, a cornucopia of gauges etc.

Price: 15.95

Railway Conversion - The Impractical Dream. Ref: G2271  


Gibbins.
Medium, 220 pages, soft back. **The first comprehensive review and analysis of claims made for the conversion of railways into roads.

Price: 13.95

Railways Of Scotland. Ref: G1887  

In the latter days of steam.
Castledine.
Large landscape, 94 page album, hard back.

Price: 19.99

Railways To Victory (Great Railway Eras). Ref: G1958  

British recollections Normandy to Germany 1944-46.
Mitchell.
Medium, 96 pages, many photos. Glazed boards. ** Out of print - last copy.

Price: 18.95

Royal Visit To Crewe Works. Ref: G2072  

An album of photographs edited by Edward Talbot.
Talbot.
Large, 48 pages, splendid photos, soft back. **A lucky survival of a souvenir album from a royal visit in 1913. The author notes: The photographs give a glimpse of life in England before the Great War; of the respect accorded to the royal family and of the enormous effort expended to make the visit a great success; of the working conditions of industry; of the interior of steel works, foundries, forges and machine shops; of the organisation of the works of a great railway and of engineering in the age of coal.

Price: 9.90

Signal Failure. Ref: G0012  

Politics & Britain's railways.
Wragg, D.
Medium, 202 pages + 16 pages of plates: photo illustrations, maps etc, hard back. **A history of the relationship between railways and government in the United Kingdom; looks at the effect of political intervention and its impact on the service (or lack of it) given to the long-suffering customer (or passenger).

Price: 25.00

Sutton Scotney. Ref: G2164  

Life at a country station.
Robertson
Very large, 56 pages, photo illustrations, soft back. **Great Western Aspects No 3.

Price: 7.95

Transport In Britain 1750 - 2000. Ref: G1197  

From canal lock to gridlock.
Bagwell & Lyth.
Medium, 272 pages, hard back.

Price: 25.00

Victorian Railway. Ref: G2585  


Simmons, J.
Medium, 416 pages, 32 pages of photo plates, soft back. **First published 1991, this is a reprint of the corrected 1995 edition. Prof Simmons' classic book studies the railways from their origins and construction to the spreading impact on the nation, from engineers and financiers to the effect on leisure and the environment.

Price: 9.95

Willing Servant. A History Of The Steam Locomotive. Ref: G0026  


Ross, D.
Medium, 352 pages + 32 pages of photo plates, hard back. **The first history of the world-wide development (and ultimate preservation) of the steam locomotive; traces the history of design, construction and use and also of the intriguing story of human involvement with the steam locomotive and of its powerful symbolic value.

Price: 25.00

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