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We distribute a wide range of high quality railway books, from those covering the main lines of Britains railway network to highly detailed locomotive histories. We have a growing list of industrial railway books and a popular series of colour books which have recently been expanded to include buses. In addition to our range of railway books we also publish two railway magazines, British Railways Illustrated and Railway Bylines. As well as the latest issue you can also find back issues of these magazines and a comprehensive index. If you cannot find the book or magazine your are looking for then you can check our forthcoming books section, or alternatively give us a call on 01525 861 888 and we will be happy to help.

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This months news

This months news

Well it's been some time since we updated the web site - unfortunate technical problems prevailed but crucially you havent missed anything. We have six new books coming in the next few weeks including four books on the GWR Big tanks, a paperback on the Locomotives and Railways of the Mersey Docks & Harbour Board and finally another book to add to our growing 'Book of' series. This time it's the first volume of two on the CRAB 2-6-0s. It's getting horribly near Christmas and we have several books in preparation for you but more on that next month. It's good to be back and apologies for such a long time away.<

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New Books and Magazines

The Book of the CRABS The LMS Hughes-Fowler 2-6-0s Part One 42700-42809

The Book of the CRABS The LMS Hughes-Fowler 2-6-0s Part One 42700-42809

28.95

Due end September/ October

By Ian Sixsmith

Approx. 280 pages,hardback

ISBN 978-1-911262-11-4

Latest in the longstanding ‘Book Of’ series, in TWO PARTS to adequately cover the great number of locomotives involved (245 no less). The story begins with the Crabs as a new concept at the time of the Grouping; a powerful modern Mixed Traffic loco intended as the precursor of a standard range and how the concept turned to dust in early LMS internal machinations. All the usual works histories and allocations are here for every loco, together with THE DEVIL IN THE DETAIL down to the merest rivet, from liveries and tender varieties, brakes and lubrication, to experimental valve gear and every other facet of these mightily impressive moguls.


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The 0-6-2 Tank Papers No.1 5600- 5699, 6600-6699

The 0-6-2 Tank Papers  No.1 5600- 5699, 6600-6699

13.95

Due beginning September

By ian Sixsmith

0-6-2Ts - Part 1 ISBN978-1-911262-06-0

1. 5600-5699 - Price: £13.95, 56pp

MORE GREAT WESTERN TANK LOCOMOTIVES

The successful Pannier Papers, already reprinted in parts, is a series of seven paperbacks detailing the hordes of GWR 0-6-0 pannier tanks. Lately it was joined by The Prairie Papers, three volumes treating the GWR 2-6-2Ts in similar fashion. Most of the rest of the Great Western’s fleet of tank locos is now dealt with in a similarly comprehensive way, in FOUR volumes,

0-6-2Ts

2-8-0Ts

2-8-2Ts

The 0-6-2 Tank Papers

5600- 5699, 6600-6699

1. 5600-5699

2. 6600-6699

The 2-8-0 Tank Papers

4200, 5200 2-8-0Ts, 4200-5294

The 2-8-2 Tank Papers

7200 2-8-2Ts, 7200-7253


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The 0-6-2 Tank Papers No.2 5600- 5699, 6600-6699

The 0-6-2 Tank Papers No.2 5600- 5699, 6600-6699

12.95

Due beginning September

By ian Sixsmith

0-6-2Ts - Part 1 ISBN978-1-911262-06-0

2. 6600-6699 - Price: £12.95, 48pp

MORE GREAT WESTERN TANK LOCOMOTIVES

The successful Pannier Papers, already reprinted in parts, is a series of seven paperbacks detailing the hordes of GWR 0-6-0 pannier tanks. Lately it was joined by The Prairie Papers, three volumes treating the GWR 2-6-2Ts in similar fashion. Most of the rest of the Great Western’s fleet of tank locos is now dealt with in a similarly comprehensive way, in FOUR volumes,

0-6-2Ts

2-8-0Ts

2-8-2Ts

The 0-6-2 Tank Papers

5600- 5699, 6600-6699

1. 5600-5699

2. 6600-6699

The 2-8-0 Tank Papers

4200, 5200 2-8-0Ts, 4200-5294

The 2-8-2 Tank Papers

7200 2-8-2Ts, 7200-7253


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The 2-8-0 TANK PAPERS 4200, 5200 2-8-0Ts, 4200-5294

The 2-8-0 TANK PAPERS 4200, 5200 2-8-0Ts, 4200-5294

14.95

Due beginning September

By ian Sixsmith

2-8-0Ts - ISBN 978-1-911262-10-7

4200, 5200 2-8-0Ts, 4200-5294 - £14.95, 80pp

MORE GREAT WESTERN TANK LOCOMOTIVES

The successful Pannier Papers, already reprinted in parts, is a series of seven paperbacks detailing the hordes of GWR 0-6-0 pannier tanks. Lately it was joined by The Prairie Papers, three volumes treating the GWR 2-6-2Ts in similar fashion. Most of the rest of the Great Western’s fleet of tank locos is now dealt with in a similarly comprehensive way, in FOUR volumes,

0-6-2Ts

2-8-0Ts

2-8-2Ts

The 0-6-2 Tank Papers

5600- 5699, 6600-6699

1. 5600-5699

2. 6600-6699

The 2-8-0 Tank Papers

4200, 5200 2-8-0Ts, 4200-5294

The 2-8-2 Tank Papers

7200 2-8-2Ts, 7200-7253


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The 2-8-2 TANK PAPERS 7200 2-8-2Ts, 7200-7253

The 2-8-2 TANK PAPERS 7200 2-8-2Ts, 7200-7253

13.95

Due beginning September

By ian Sixsmith

2-8-2Ts - ISBN 978-1-911262-09-1

7200 2-8-2Ts, 7200-7253 - Price: £13.95, 56pp

MORE GREAT WESTERN TANK LOCOMOTIVES

The successful Pannier Papers, already reprinted in parts, is a series of seven paperbacks detailing the hordes of GWR 0-6-0 pannier tanks. Lately it was joined by The Prairie Papers, three volumes treating the GWR 2-6-2Ts in similar fashion. Most of the rest of the Great Western’s fleet of tank locos is now dealt with in a similarly comprehensive way, in FOUR volumes,

0-6-2Ts

2-8-0Ts

2-8-2Ts

The 0-6-2 Tank Papers

5600- 5699, 6600-6699

1. 5600-5699

2. 6600-6699

The 2-8-0 Tank Papers

4200, 5200 2-8-0Ts, 4200-5294

The 2-8-2 Tank Papers

7200 2-8-2Ts, 7200-7253


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Locomotives and Railways of MERSEY DOCKS & HARBOUR BOARD

Locomotives and Railways of MERSEY DOCKS & HARBOUR BOARD

16.95

Due end September/October

By Dave Marden

104 pages,perfect bound

ISBN 978-1-911262-08-4

This book looks at the development of the dock railway and the large number of locomotives that worked on it. It is now over 40 years since the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Railway ceased to exist and, apart from the occasional magazine article or photo, nothing much of any consequence has appeared regarding this once famous dock system.Under the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, the Port of Liverpool stretched for seven and a half miles along the east side of the River Mersey, having been made up of some 35 docks built from 1715 until 1927. The docks ‘main line’ ran the length of its perimeter along the west side of the dock road from Herculaneum Dock in the South to Gladstone Dock at its northern limit but the docks themselves did not contain the sprawling network of tracks or any of the vast marshalling yards seen at the likes of London and Southampton. The MD&HB railway contented itself to be merely a haulier between the quaysides and the large number of railway company goods stations that had mushroomed along the east side of the dock road as the port expanded along the Mersey shore. These were, with a few exceptions, connected to the dock railway at various places along the way and became focal points of the docks traffic where freight was sorted and marshalled for onward transit.In 1904 an agreement had been reached which saw all docks traffic, between the quaysides and the railway depots, operated and administered by the Chief Traffic Manager of the MD&HB who employed a growing fleet of locomotives to convey the various railway company wagons together with its own internal stock. When this came into force the following year, it led to a highly organised and more economic system that ran until closure of the dock railway in 1973.

PRICE:- £16.95
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SOUTHERN NOUVEAU - And the Lineside

SOUTHERN NOUVEAU - And the Lineside

29.95

Edited by George Reeve and Leslie Tibble

The Southern Railway inherited all the myriad buildings and structures and a glorious gallimaufry of lineside objects from its three large and very different constituents. Little of it was modern and much of it was rooted in the preceding century.

It was a vast collection of buildings, everything in style from Italianate to Mock Tudor and Gothic Revival as well as examples of anything else dreamed up along the way. Huts, signalboxes, stations in corrugated iron, brick or wood and sometimes all three, abounded across the system from Kent to Cornwall.

A Fresh Wind then blew through the Southern. All new work and replacements, from signalboxes to fencing, would be done using standard components produced by the company; much of the raw material even came from its own quarry. What these products had in common was the new dynamic medium of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete.

Concrete items, from entire huts and footbridges, to humble posts in every conceivable size and configuration, poured out of the special concrete works at Exmouth Junction and slowly the ‘look’ of the Southern began to change. And that was before the celebrated Southern Art Deco buildings began to appear.

This a comprehensive record and account of those years, of developments which rippled out across the wider BR network until even the 1970s. It uses a huge range of photographs and drawings, allied to detailed description, of almost every facet of the Southern as evolved during its lifetime and beyond into BR days. There is simply no other single source in which almost the entire spectrum of ‘The Lineside’ of one major railway company/Region can be found. SIGNALLING is different – something for another day!

Posts

Platforms

Nameboards

Bridges

Huts

Stores

Stations

Engine Sheds

Signal Boxes


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BRILL SEPTEMBER 26.12

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