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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

So we enter the home straight for the Christmas 2016 books - and what a line up! In September you will be able to purchase the final volume in the BOOK OF THE HALLS Part 4 covering the Modified locos and in October we present a new bookazine by Tony Wright covering the Deltics - A Personal Reflection and available only in W H Smith High Street branches or directly from us. In 1992 Chris Hawkins produced a book on King's Cross, 24 years later Paul Anderson has rewritten the text and brought the story up to date and includes a chapter of the famour Ealing Comedy 'The Ladykillers'. The book was originally 96 pages but now stretches to over 200 with many new photographs and information. Another old favourite from 2001 and long out of print is THE OKEHAMPTON LINE. The original was 220 pages in length but this revamped version is 428 pages in length and includes hundreds of new unpublished photographs, drawing of stations bridges and other structures, all the branch lines to Callington, Stonehouse Pool, Cattewater, Sutton Harbour and Turnchapel, a chapter covering what remains of the line today and a final chapter on the possible reopening of the line. Finally another book from Peter Coster entitled BRIDGES TO BIG'UNS. A fascinating journey. 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 - many colour pictures are included. One more book to mention for the early part of 2017 is SOUTHERN NOUVEAU And the Lineside. This long awaited tome is coming to its final stages of preparation and includes many drawing and photographs the majority, thus far, unseen before. As always watch this website and get the news first. !!<

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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 and the third of four to detail the Halls. This fourth 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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SOUTHERN BIG TANKS 1

SOUTHERN BIG TANKS 1

13.95

DUE END OF MAY

G16 4-8-0Ts

30492-30495

By Ian Sixsmith

The Southern inherited small classes designed for specific tasks, to a greater extent than the other companies. To the LSWR for instance, with a new, modern hump yard in prospect at Feltham, it made sense to specially build four giant eight-coupled tanks for the work; it was a very rare instance of creating such a 'specialised heavy shunter' in this country.

Paperback
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SOUTHERN BIG TANKS 2

SOUTHERN BIG TANKS 2

13.95

DUE END OF MAY

H16 4-6-2Ts

30516-30520

By Ian Sixsmith

While the four giant Urie G16 4-8-0Ts shunted the vast new Feltham Yard a new, powerful class of locos was needed for the resulting transfer work and these were the five H16 4-6-2Ts. The boiler, firebox and bogie were the same and the cylinders and motion almost the same, with only small dimensional differences. Both classes projected size and power and though the working activities of both, on the Southern and British Railways varied over their lives, in the main they remained rigorously devoted to goods work.

Paperback
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SOUTHERN BIG TANKS 3

SOUTHERN BIG TANKS 3

13.95

DUE END OF MAY

Z 0-8-0Ts

30950-30957

By Ian Sixsmith

It remains a minor mystery in British steam practice that the 0-8-0T was never remotely popular, in marked contrast to almost everywhere else in the world. The mighty Zs came about, however, as a more powerful replacement generation of shunters, a natural step up from the traditional 0-6-0T, in step with European and North American developments. Prodigious shunting machines, in the end they proved too powerful for much of the work that was available to them, and ended up most famously as bankers on the formidable Exeter Central-St David's incline.

Paperback


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SOUTHERN BIG TANKS 4

SOUTHERN BIG TANKS 4

13.95

DUE END OF MAY

W 4-6-2Ts

31911 to 31925

By Ian Sixsmith

Of the Southern ‘Big Tanks’ these were the only ones that could remotely be described as ‘conventional’. They were also the most numerous. Again, though, the job of these ‘London Tanks’ was highly specific – transfer work in and around and between the yards and sidings of the capital; their roots in the ill-starred ‘River Tanks’ saw that they did not venture on to passenger work. Like the Zs, they too found lasting attention after being drafted as replacements on the Exeter banking work. Prior to this they had rarely strayed west of Windsor, let alone Winchester!

Paperback


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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 SEPTEMBER 25.12

BRILL SEPTEMBER 25.12

RAILWAY BYLINES SEPTEMBER 21.10

RAILWAY BYLINES SEPTEMBER 21.10

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