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All books catalogued since last December. Not all these are listed elsewhere in the on-line catalogue.
Latest update 21 September 2017.


Armoured Trains. Ref: A3550  

An illustrated encyclopedia 1825-2016.
Very large, squarish format, 527 pages, photos, author's clear drawings (in HO scale), comtemporary drawings and other illustrations, some colour, hard back. **This is a translation of Les Trains Blindés, originally published in 1989. The work has been revised, expanded and brought up to date for the English edition. The introduction outlines the history of the armoured train (with illustrations including some of imaginatively sabotaged track). It proceeds to cover in detail, country by country, the huge range of fighting equipment that rode the rails over nearly two centuries.

Price: £50.00

Berwick To Drem (Scottish Main Lines). Ref: A3542  

Including the Eyemouth and North Berwick branches.
Darsley & Lovett.
Medium, approximately 96 pages, album, photos, area map, large-scale maps of station areas, time table extracts, glazed boards.

Price: £18.95

Branch Line From Leek. Ref: A3538  

To the Manifold Valley.
Medium, 96-page album, photos, area map, large-scale maps of station areas, gradient diagram, time table extracts, glazed boards.

Price: £18.95

Branch Lines Around Swaffham. Ref: A3522  

From King's Lynn, Dereham and Bury St Edmunds.
Adderson & Kenworthy.
Medium, 96-page album, photos, area map, large-scale maps of station areas, glazed boards.

Price: £18.95

Branch Lines North Of Grimsby. Ref: A3581  

Including Immingham.
Mitchell & Smith.
Medium, 96-page album, photos, time table extracts, area map, large-scale maps of station areas, glazed boards. **An area rich in transport interest. The map and diagram of the Immingham dock railways is of a staggering complexity. There is also a section on the Grimsby and Immingham Electric Light Railway, the local tram operation.

Price: £18.95

Branch Lines To Maldon. Ref: A3525  

Very large, 256 pages, photo illustrations, maps, large diagrams of station areas and junctions, signalling diagrams, time table extracts, structure, rolling stock and locomotive drawings, appendices, glazed boards. ** Maldon was served by two branches, from Witham and from Woodham Ferrers. This is a particularly detailed history and description of both.

Price: £30.00

The Bridport Branch. Ref: A3540  

Very large, 154 pages, pictorial with many photos, maps, time table extracts, chronology, hardback. **Generously illustrated line history.

Price: £37.50

Miniature Railway Album. Ref: A3572  

England & Wales - one foot and above.
Large, square format, 112 page colour album, soft back. **This has been so popular I have been asked to return the cataloguing copy pronto as we are in danger of running out. First rate pictures of 30 of England and Wales's miniature lines from the 21" Blackpool Pleasure Beach Express (featuring 1933 diesel hydraulic locos masquerading as steam traction) to the delightful 12" Ruislip Lido Railway. Naturally the majority of lines are of the 15" gauge, and these include everyone's favourites - the majestic Romney Hythe & Dymchurch and the marvellously scenic Ravenglass & Eskdale (the Ratty to its friends).

Price: £14.95

British Rail Corporate Identity Manual. Ref: A3561  

Henning (editor).
Very large, 472 pages (some folding out), white cloth binding, hard back without jacket. ** This handsome and desirable book reproduces the pages contained in the four ring-binders of the BR Corporate Identity Manual. This stipulated the entire range of designs used in BR, from typeface to loco liveries, to staff uniforms, to layouts for correspondence and introduced the famous double arrow logo. A visual treat in full colour, and remarkable value for such a fine production.

Price: £45.00

British Rail Designed 1948-97. Ref: A3553  

Very large, 272 pages, many photo illustrations, some colour, glossary, colour glossary (colour patches), bibliography, glazed boards. **Across the board history of British Railway design : architecture, locomotives, publicity, carriage interiors, staff uniforms, corporate identity et cetera. Well laid out, beautifully illustrated and fascinating. Really fascinating.

Price: £35.00

Building London's Underground. Ref: A3529  

From cut-and-cover to Crossrail.
Large, 376 pages, illustrated with photos and maps, appendices, bibliography, hard back. **This is a first-rate study of the history and methods of construction of the various underground railways in London. It is full of technical detail, but not beyond the grasp of the interested layman. There are some fascinating illustrations and a detailed bibliography.

Price: £30.00

Coventry To Leicester. (Midland Main Lines). Ref: A3536  

Via Nuneaton and south to Rugby.
Mitchell & Smith.
Medium, 96-page album: photos, area map, large-scale maps of station areas, time table extracts, glazed boards.

Price: £18.95

Detailed History Of The Stanier Pacifics. Ref: A3584  

The Princess Royals, the "Turbomotive" and the Coronations.
Very large, 264 pages, illustrated with photos and drawings, 22 pages of (largely) period colour, extensive lists, glazed boards. **There is already a great deal of literature about these magnificent locomotives : to provide a fresh view the author has used contemporary material throughout the book, selecting only examples that are important in terms of the story of the pacifics. Alongside the narrative history there are comprehensive statistical, allocation, repair, livery etc etc data, mostly tabulated. The book provides a complete reference resource for these classes.

Price: £27.50

Directory Of The Railway Companies Of Great Britain. Ref: A3549  

Medium, 649 pages, glossary, bibliography, hardback. ** "The intention of this work is to assist the reader in identifying a railway, when it opened, where it went and what happened to it. It is not intended as a history of each company or a list of anecdotes". The directory includes lines:
  • Authorised by an Act of Parliament or a Light Railway Order (whether built or unbuilt)
  • Privately built but later incorporated into an authorised railway
  • Privately built but affected an authorised railway
It doesn't include unconnected industrial lines, miniature railways or street tramways (even those authorised by LRO). A useful reference tool, nicely laid out in clear type, it neatly summarises the origins of each railway and what, if anything became of it at the grouping. The entries for unbuilt railways are an interesting study in themselves. It's remarkably good value.

Price: £18.99

Eastleigh To Romsey And Salisbury. Ref: A3556  

Bray, N.
Very large, 114 pages, many photo illustrations, track and building plans, large area map, soft back. **A thorough line history and description of this important section of the railway network. The table showing the recent increase in passenger use is quite an eye-opener.

Price: £17.95

William Fairbairn The Experimental Engineer. Ref: A3583  

A study in mid 19th-century engineering.
Medium, 440 pages, photo and other illustrations from contemporary sources, chapter notes, appendices listing family, works, premises etc, exhaustive bibliography, hard back. **Fairbairn (1789-1874) was one of the greatest 19th century engineers, involved with the development of mills, waterwheels, steam engines, boilers, iron steamships, locomotives, iron bridges, cranes and elevators. This academic, but eminently readable, biography is the first produced of him for 140 years.

Price: £40.00

From Bridges To Big 'Uns. Ref: A3527  

A sort of West Side Story.
Very large, 176 pages, many photo illustrations with some period colour, glazed boards. **Engaging reminiscences of the author's career as a civil engineer with BR (LM), illustrated with his own photos which include many fine shots of steam workings as well as examples of civil engineering work.

Price: £27.95

George Carr Glyn : Railwayman And Banker. Ref: A3574  

Medium, 487 pages + frontispiece and 32 pages of plates (some photos, mostly contemporary portraits and other illustrations), soft back. **Glyn, 1797-1872, was a member of the Glyn's bank family and also concerned himself with the railways, in particular the London & Birmingham and LNWR of which he was a director. A scholarly biography.

Price: £25.00

Great Northern Railway Branches From Stamford. Ref: A3578  

Very large, 176 pages, photo illustrations, maps, large diagrams of station areas and junctions, signalling diagrams, time table extracts, structure, rolling stock and locomotive drawings, appendices, glazed boards. ** Detailed history of Stamford's branch lines to Essendine and Wansford, both long gone of course.

Price: £25.00

H C S Bullock His Life And Locomotives. Ref: A3569  

Medium, 128 pages, many photo illustrations (some colour), soft back. ** Updated and revised edition with many new and previously unpublished photographs. "Bullock is best known for building between 1931 and 1937 a series of twelve remarkable large passenger-hauling locomotives, later used on lines such as the Surrey Border & Camberley Railway. One reads with awe of running speeds of 40mph and 100-passenger loads - this on the 10¼" gauge."

Price: £11.95

The History And Development Of Railway Signalling In The British Isles. Volume 4. Ref: A3580  

Level crossings.
Pinkstone & Peart.
Very large, 218 pages, photo illustrations, several appendices including statistics, glossary, biographical notes, bibliography etc, hard back: *A very readable account of a key facet of railway safety. The history of level road / rail crossings goes back to the days of horse traffic, when little was required to keep crossing users safe. The development of the barriers, and the technology of operating them, and the signalling systems introduced to protect the traffic are all clearly described. A chapter is devoted to the most significant accidents on level crossings, and another to flat crossings, where one railway crosses another on the level. Highly recommended.

Price: £30.00

A History Of The East Coast Main Line. Ref: A3582  

Jones, R.
Large, 240 pages, photo illustrations, some colour, diagrammatic map, soft back. ** Takes the history of the line from the end of the coaching era to the present, it covers route and locomotive history and includes a chapter on the National Railway Museum. The book is generously and imaginatively illustrated - there are three photos of Stamford alone, despite not being on the route (they are of coaching inns). A good read.

Price: £25.00

Industrial Railways And Locomotives Of Kent. Ref: A3528  

Medium, 458 pages, maps and site plans (some colour), photo illustrations (some colour), additional booklet of maps loosely inserted, hardback. **The extra maps are due to three additional sites being discovered when the production of the book was well advanced.

Price: £35.00

Lincoln To Doncaster. (Eastern Main Lines). Ref: A3562  

Featuring Gainsborough.
Mitchell & Smith.
Medium, 96 pages, album : photos, area map, large-scale maps of station areas, time table extracts, glazed boards.

Price: £18.95

Lincoln. A Lincolnshire Railway Centre. Ref: A3563  

Medium, 48 pages, photo illustrations - some colour, maps, diagram, soft back. **One of a useful series of neat, well-illustrated local histories.

Price: £6.95

Lines Around Stamford. (Country Railway Routes). Ref: A3523  

including Peterborough, Sleaford, Spalding and Market Harborough.
Mitchell & Smith.
Medium, 96-page album, photos, area map, large-scale maps of station areas, glazed boards.

Price: £18.95

Great Western Small-Wheeled Double-Framed 4-4-0 Tender Locomotives. Ref: A3570  

Locomotive Portfolio series 2. Duke, Bulldog, Dukedog and 3521 Classes.
Very large square format, 256 pages, illustrated with photographs (some period colour), locomotive drawings and statistics, hard back. **The Dukes were designed by Dean to fill the motive power void left after re-gauging; later Churchward improved the design, to produce the Bulldog class. Finally in the 1930s the Duke boilers were matched with Bulldog frames, to produce the Dukedogs. This is a history of the design, construction, and operation of these engines, with a large and well-indexed photographic section.

Price: £30.00

Northamptonshire Steam. Ref: A3535  

Large squarish colour album, 96 pages, map, glazed boards. **The county's railways in the last ten years of steam, set out line by line. This is rather more than an album : true it is simply a book of captioned photographs, but the captions are extensive, in some instances being a short essay. The photos are clear, colourful and naturally nostalgic although it has to be said that they by no means all contain a locomotive : there are some nice pictures of stations etc.

Price: £19.95

Nuneaton To Loughborough. (Country Railway Routes). Ref: A3573  

and Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Derby.
Mitchell & Smith.
Medium, 96-page album, photos, area map, large-scale maps of station areas, glazed boards.

Price: £18.95

The Okehampton Line. Ref: A3526  

The Southern Railway route between Exeter, Okehampton, Tavistock and Plymouth, including the branch lines to Callington, Stonehouse Pool, Sutton Harbour, Cattewater and Turnchapel.
Nicholas & Reeve.
Very large, 428 pages, many illustrations: photos, signalling diagrams, station track plans, architectural drawings, glazed boards. **A comprehensive line history.

Price: £29.95

The Port Road. Ref: A3571  

The railway from Dumfries to Stranraer and Portpatrick and the branches to Kirkcudbright and Whithorn.
Very large, 320 pages, photo illustrations, maps, track plans, scale structure, rolling stock and locomotive drawings (some colour), glazed boards. ** "The jointest of all joint railways, this line, built through largely barren uplands to link the shortest sea route to Ireland with the main railway network, was owned by the MR, LNWR, G&SWR and the Caledonian. Here is an in-depth study of the line and its history, with a fund of useful information for historians and modellers alike.

Price: £30.00

Railway Guns. Ref: A3552  

British and German guns at war.
Large, 121 pages, many photos, diagrams, maps, bibliography, hard back. ** Railway guns were developed as a means of transporting massive long-range guns overland during the first world war. This books covers the guns, the locomotives that hauled them, the locations and targets and what it was like when firing took place.

Price: £19.99

Railway Track Diagrams 2. Eastern England. Ref: A3530  

Fourth Edition.
Very large, 50 map pages, coloured + about 18 pages index, bibliography etc, soft back. **Fourth edition.

Price: £15.95

Railways In The Landscape. Ref: A3551  

How they transformed the face of Britain.
Large, 215 pages, photo illustrations (much in colour), other images from contemporary sources, bibliography, hard back. ** W G Hoskins, eminent historian of the English landscape, observed that the railways "manipulated the landscape on a grand scale". This book is a long overdue study of this "manipulation" in its own right. Gordon Biddle examines the visual effect of the railways on towns and villages, coast and countryside : the extant lines and those disused or even long gone, and the places made by the railways themselves. It is hard to think of an author better suited to the task and Biddle's thorough but concise account will surely become a classic.

Price: £25.00

The Railways Of Montenegro. Ref: A3537  

The quest for a trans-Balkan railway.
Very large, 231 pages, photo illustrations (some colour), coloured maps, drawings, loco lists, hard back. **The 750mm gauge Antivari Railway served no apparent purpose for 50 years and was heavily subsidised. Steeply graded and sharply curved, it lay at the heart of bitter international rivalries. Only with the opening of the Belgrade - Bar Railway in 1976 was the ambition of a trans-Balkan railway achieved. It is one of the great train journeys in Europe today, but, asks the author, is it too late? A good history of the line.

Price: £35.00

The Saffron Walden Branch. Ref: A3554  

Medium, 232 pages, photos, area map, locomotive, rolling stock and structure drawings, track and signalling diagrams, time table extracts, tabulated bridge and motive power data, soft back. **Comprehensive reference and line history for this Essex railway, and notably the first Oakwood Press publication from the new regime, altogether in keeping with the previous house style.

Price: £18.95

Slot Machines. Ref: A3555  

The history of cable-hauled street tramways in the British Isles.
Large, 66 pages, photo illustrations, some drawings, maps and plans from contemporary sources, soft back. **There have been eight cable-hauled street tramways in the British Isles, two in London, and one each in Edinburgh, Birmingham, Douglas, Matlock, Swansea and Llandudno. This book gives a history and describes the working of each. Most operated from the 1880s or 1890s to the early years of the twentieth century and have long been closed. The Great Orme Railway at Llandudno, however, continues to run and is eminently worth a visit both from its scenic and its operational interest. This is the book to read before you go.

Price: £25.00

Southern Nouveau. Ref: A3557  

And the lineside.
Reeve & Tibble.
Very large, 392 pages, copiously illustrated with photos and drawings, glazed boards. **The Southern Railway inherited an incongruous set of buildings and other structures from its three consitituents and unsurprisingly decided to rationalise its house style. All replacements and new work, from signal boxes to fencing would be done using standard components produced by the company in reinforced and pre-stressed concrete. These were manufactured at the special concrete works at Exmouth Junction which provided not only components for larger structures but entire footbridges and huts. A wealth of illustration shows these buildings in great detail. Fascinating background for all interested in railway architecture and essential reference for modellers.

Price: £29.95

Southern Steam Operations 1966-67. Ref: A3579  

Very large, 336 pages, photos, allocations, diagrams etc, glazed boards. ** The final months of steam on the Southern Region. Some terrific pictures. Robert, who knew every back way into Eastleigh shed, was in raptures.

Price: £27.95

The Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway Volume 1. Ref: A3577  

The years before the S&MJR - 1866 to 1909 : the constituent companies.
Very large, 208 pages, photo illustrations, maps, appendices, glazed boards. ** The SMJ only existed as an independent company for fourteen years (1909-1923), but it had a lot of pre-history. The Northampton & Banbury Junction Railway had been set up in 1866 to bring ore from the Northamptonshire ironfields to South Wales, as was the East & West Junction Railway, but both ran into financial difficulties, along with the Evesham, Redditch & Stratford Junction Railway and the Stratford upon Avon, Towcester & Midland Junction Railway. The author chronicles the relationships between these impecunious companies and describes their locomotives, rolling stock and liveries.

Price: £25.00

The Swansea Vale Railway. Ref: A3567  

A Midland Railway outpost.
Miles, Thomas & Watkins.
Very large, 264 pages, photo illustrations, maps, plans, glazed boards. ** The authors produced a brief pictorial history of this line in 2004 :<<i>Midland Railway. Swansea Vale & Branches</i>>!! and have now assembled material for a full history, generously illustrated. The line ran from Swansea to Brynammon with several branches.

Price: £30.00

The Taunton To Barnstaple Line. Volume 1 From Conception To Demise. Ref: A3524  

A history of the Devon & Somerset Railway.
Very large, 232 pages, photo illustrations, maps, large-scale maps of station areas, appendices, tabulated list of contractor's locomotives, bibliography, glazed boards. ** A broad gauge line, operated initially by the Bristol & Exeter Railway. This volume chronicles the line's construction and development and its decline and closure. Volume 2 will provide a description of the route and stations, locomotives, signalling, operation and notable events.

Price: £25.00

The Tredegar Company Ref: A3566  

One of the South Wales Coalfield's 'Big Three'.
Very large, 208 pages, photo illustrations, maps, glazed boards. ** The Tredegar Company earned its wealth from iron and coal. This detailed history of the concern and its industries from early nineteenth century beginnings to NCB ownership is a sequel to the author's Peerless Powell Duffryn (W3015).

Price: £25.00

Uttoxeter To Macclesfield. Ref: A3568  

Via Leek.
Medium, 96-page album, photos, area map, large-scale maps of station areas, gradient diagram, time table extracts, glazed boards. **Country Railway Routes series.

Price: £18.95

Vanished Railways Of West Lothian. Ref: A3539  

Very large, 256 pages, photo illustrations, maps, glazed boards. ** West Lothian (Linlithgowshire) was rich in minerals - oil-bearing shale, coal, limestone, fireclay and iron ore. By the early 1900s the county was criss-crossed by four main railway lines and a myriad of branch lines serving these industries, which of course also had their own network of private standard and narrow gauge railways. With three first-rate books on Scottish railway history under his belt* Harry Knox comes up with a detailed and absorbing study of the railways of one of Scotland's smallest counties.
*Scottish Shale Oil Industry & Mineral Railway Lines (SC3051) and the two Edinburgh MPD histories : Haymarket Motive Power Depot, (SC2863) and St Margaret's (SC3351).

Price: £25.00

The Wantage Tramway. Ref: A3576  

Very large, 94 pages, pictorial with many photos, maps, scale drawings, chronology, soft back. **The classic history of the well-loved Wantage Tramway was by S Pearce-Higgins and is long out of print. In 1981 Nicholas de Courtais produced a book he describes as a pictorial complement to the classic work; this is the second, enlarged, edition of de Courtais' book, incorporating fresh information and photographs.

Price: £18.95

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