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Welcome to Irwell Press

Welcome to Irwell Press

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

All the Christmas books are out in the shops and selling fast so make sure you get your copies before the big shut down - we are here all over Christmas so if you miss your order in the shop you can always shop with us. We have two books in preparation for the early part of the New Year, Southern Nouveau, And the Lineside and a colour volume from the camera of T.E.Williams entitled The Lost Colour Collection Volume 1 - it is simply superb and has some stunning colour photographs. More on both titles in January. Lastly can we at Irwell Towers wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. !!<

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George Reeve

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New Books and Magazines

The Book of the HALL 4-6-0s Part 4

The Book of the HALL 4-6-0s Part 4

24.95

PART 4

Modified Halls 6959-6999, 7900-7929

ISBN 978-1-906919-99-3

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.


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The Great British Railway Station KING'S CROSS

The Great British Railway Station KING'S CROSS

27.95

DUE OCTOBER

By Paul Anderson

Irwell Press first published Great British Railway Station King’s 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 Cubitt’s 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, King’s 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.
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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

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

29.95

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 Devon’s 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.
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FROM BRIDGES to BIG 'UNs

FROM BRIDGES to BIG 'UNs

27.95

DUE NOVEMBER

COLOUR THROUGHOUT

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 author’s 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 author’s involvement in the electrification project work gives the narrative a southern emphasis. At one time he was responsible in the Divisional Civil Engineer’s 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.


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The DELTIC - A Personal recollection

The DELTIC - A Personal recollection

9.99

DUE OCTOBER

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. It’s 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.


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DEISELS in the LANDSCAPE

DEISELS in the LANDSCAPE

9.99

From most W H Smith High Street Branches or direct from the publisher

DUE JUNE

BY PAUL ANDERSON

A range of first generation diesel multiple units and loco-hauled trains pictured in a wide variety of landscapes across the British Rail network from the Scottish Highlands to the Cornish Coast. The views were taken over forty years ago when green and maroon was changing to blue and grey. Certain local lines had yet to close and many stations on lines that are still open had their original buildings at the time. Settings vary from the rocky Cumbrian Coast to the bracing Lincolnshire seaside and the upper slopes of the Pennines to the chalk downs of Dorset. In Scotland there are scenes from Inverness and the West Highlands to doomed branches in Fife and the much lamented Waverley Route. Welsh mining valleys provide a contrast with historic Pembroke while broad horizons are common to the Cambrian Coast line and the beautiful Border Country. There are trains at country termini and big city stations while others wait alongside architectural gems or pause at wayside halts. From farms to forests and moors to mountains, there is nowhere as varied as Britain, so sample these scenic delights by discovering Diesels in the Landscape.

ISBN 978-1-906919-90-0

Paperback - 80 pages
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The Book of the HALL 4-6-0s Part 3

The Book of the HALL 4-6-0s Part 3

22.95

Part 3: 6900 to 6958

128 pages, hardback

ISBN 978-1-906919-92-4

Latest in the ‘Book Of’ series and the third of four to detail the Halls. This third volume covers 6900-6958. The usual rich selection of photographs and mass of information, works attention, sheds, tenders and boilers.


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BRILL DECEMBER 26.3

BRILL DECEMBER 26.3

RAILWAY BYLINES DECEMBER 22.1

RAILWAY BYLINES DECEMBER 22.1

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