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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.Fed up wandering the streets trying to find BRILL or BYLINES. Well now you can find them on-line. Simply click the image on the right and be directed to our 'Magazine Retailer Search engine'. Type in the magazine title, your post-code and it will tell you where you can find the mags or indeed where you can order them.Have fun.
This months news
Well here we are a month into the New Year and two more stunning books to look forward to. They will be on sale for the first time at the BRM Festival of Railway Modelling at the Alexandra Palace 25 and 26 March. Southern Nouveau was a small paperback produced three decades ago. Irwell Press have now collated the story of the Exmouth Junction Concrete Works, its early beginnings and the development of its products. From humble components to stations and new lines, from Art Nouveau to Art Deco, the story is explained in detail with many photos and original drawings. Get your copy of Southern Nouveau - And the Lineside at the show. Also launched at the show is an exquisite colour book by Phillip and Owen Williams. The story of how they rescued their fathers colour collection from obscurity to restoring them to their former glory. You can meet the authors too and get your book signed. Phillip and Owen will be there on Saturday 25 - come up and say hello. More news next month on forthcoming titles. <Best wishesGeorge ReeveInterested in the London and South Western Railway? Join our Twitter feed here and take part in discussion on both the prototype and modelling issues. LONDON SOUTH WESTERN CIRCLE - CLICK THE IMAGELast updated 1/2/2017
New Books and Magazines
SOUTHERN NOUVEAU - And the Lineside
Edited by 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!
Signal Boxesfind out more
T.E. WILLIAMS: The Lost Colour Collection Vol. 1
By Phillip and Owen Williams
The late Tom Williams is best known for his extensive black-and-white photographic work which was donated to the National Railway Museum by his family after his untimely death at the age of forty nine in 1980. This collection comprising almost 12,000 medium format and 35mm negatives has seen publication in countless books and magazines across the world over the intervening decades. His little-known 35mm colour transparency work, however, was retained by his family, remaining largely unseen and unpublished until now. Digitally restored and seen here in print for the first time, this book presents a cross section of these colour images taken between 1954 and 1966. Although most of these photographs show main line steam in action on the Western Region of British Railways, we are also treated to glimpses of rarer and lesser photographed locations, such as the ex-Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway, which was swallowed up by the LMS in the 1920s, eventually falling foul to the Beeching cuts of the 1960s. Toms colour slide collection contains arguably some of the finest and most important previously unseen colour images of steam in action to see the light of day for several decades.find out more
The OKEHAMPTON LINE The Southern Railway Route between Exeter, Okehampton Tavistock and Plymouth and the branch lines to Callington, Stonehouse Pool, Cattewater, Sutton Harbour and Turnchapel
PUBLISHED 21 NOVEMBER
By John Nicholas and George Reeve
First reprint 2003. Second reprint updated and considerably expanded 2016 to include all the branch lines, new information, drawings plans and 300 new and unpublished photographs. The Okehampton Line closed in 1970 under a flood of protest and has lain dormant for almost 50 years. The line passed over the spectacular heights of Dartmoor and down the banks of the imposing River Tamar and offered travellers an alternative route to Plymouth. Passing through some of Devons major market towns, Okehampton and Tavistock, locals have long lamented the passing of their links with the capital when coaches for London were an everyday occurrence. The line has seen a revival in recent years in the shape of a proposed Park and Ride service to Tavistock, from Plymouth, and the purchase of Okehampton Station where it is again possible to travel over rails to the nearby Meldon Quarry. The history has been meticulously detailed by the authors and includes many interviews with former employees on the line. The book now includes a new chapter covering the possible reopening of the line and a chapter on the line today. find out more
FROM BRIDGES to BIG 'UNs
P.J. Coster C.Eng, MICE, MCIT
This book is a collection of memories, experiences and anecdotes from one who joined the London Midland Region (LMR) of British Railways (BR) and trained as an engineer, mainly in civil engineering, with that organisation. The book is set out chronologically and it is not intended in any way to be an exhaustive description or history, because the authors acquaintance was far from comprehensive. Beyond Crewe that acquaintance, apart from cab riding, reduces to a handful of locations almost entirely concerned with bridgeworks or, later, photography. The authors involvement in the electrification project work gives the narrative a southern emphasis. At one time he was responsible in the Divisional Civil Engineers organisation for permanent way (p.way) renewal, then maintenance on the Euston-Shilton and St.Pancras-Oakley sections, which means that he knew the routes well in the 1960s. On the other hand bridge works, new works, schemes and surveys tended to be location specific. His site experience was gained during the electrification of the West Coast main line (WCML), and the work involved with that enormous change is woven into the narrative. find out more
The Great British Railway Station KING'S CROSS
By Paul Anderson
Irwell Press first published Great British Railway Station Kings Cross in 1990, before the biggest urban renewal project in Western Europe got under way and The Cross metamorphosed into the restored and enhanced modern wonder of today. The seediness, the littered grimy streets and Norf London working class air has utterly vanished which is in a way a shame but the old place has gained, well, take a look round Cubitts stolid building, once mirrored but now conjoined by the Gothic pile across the road and judge for yourself what it might have gained. That biggest urban renewal project in Western Europe back in 1990 many saw it as a dire threat, with proposals to demolish the Great Northern Hotel and other outlandish mortifications but in the end it has all gone rather well and the stations, Kings Cross and St Pancras are happily safe as long as there is a London - remember, for many years both lived under the threat of annihilation. Their fate could so easily have been that of Euston, just up the road.find out more
The DELTIC - A Personal recollection
From most W H Smith High Street Branches or direct from the publisher
By Tony Wright
Acknowledged by enthusiasts and professionals alike as amongst the greatest locomotives of all time, the Deltics are featured in this latest volume by Tony Wright. Using photographs mainly of his own taking, this is a pictorial chronology of this celebrated class from their first appearance in 1961 through to their final swansong year of 1981. The locos are recorded mainly on their established racing grounds from Kings Cross to Edinburgh and Kings Cross to Leeds, ranging from the principal long-distance express passenger trains of the day right through to final workings to and from York and Cleethorpes. All the main livery manifestations are presented in full colour. Its hoped that this pictorial volume will stir memories of those who saw this unique class throughout its life, or give a glimpse to those too young to remember these 22 giants; whether being deafened in the confines of a great station or out in the wilds alongside the East Coast Main Line, that distinctive Napier twin roar was unmistakable.find out more
The Book of the HALL 4-6-0s Part 4
Modified Halls 6959-6999, 7900-7929
Latest in the Book Of series. This fourth and final volume covers Modified Halls 6959-7929. The usual rich selection of photographs and mass of information works attention, sheds, tenders and boilers.find out more
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RAILWAY BYLINES FEBRUARY 22.3