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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

And then there were three! Part 2 of the BOOK OF THE HALL 4-6-0s is available today in your local book and model shop, whilst Part 3 will be with us at the Festival of Railway Modelling, Ally Pally on the 19 and 20 March - hope to see you all there. Watch this site for announcments for more exciting titles.

Best wishes

George Reeve

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Last updated 10 February 2016

New Books and Magazines

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

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

22.95

AVAILABLE AT THE FESTIVAL OF RAILWAY MODELLING

ALLY PALLY

19-20 MARCH

SEE YOU ALL THERE

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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The Book of the HALL 4-6-0s Part 2

The Book of the HALL 4-6-0s Part 2

28.95

DUE MID FEBRUARY

Part 2: 5900 to 5999

224 pages, hardback

ISBN 978-1-906919-89-4

Latest in the ‘Book Of’ series and the second of four to detail the Halls. This second volume covers 5900-5999. The usual rich selection of photographs and mass of information, works attention, sheds, tenders and boilers.


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The Book of the HALL 4-6-0s Part 1

The Book of the HALL 4-6-0s Part 1

28.95

By IAN SIXSMITH and Richard Derry

Part 1: 4900 to 4999

224 pages, hardback

ISBN 978-1-906919-84-9

Latest in the ‘Book Of’ series and the first of three to detail the Halls. This first volume covers 4900-4999, from the first Saint conversion, SAINT MARTIN through the earlier Halls built to the early 1930s. The usual rich selection of photographs (including the elusive bombed and withdrawn 4911) and mass of information – works attention, sheds, tenders and boilers.


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THE GREEN BLUE TRANSITION - Years of Change on the East Coast Main Line

THE GREEN BLUE TRANSITION - Years of Change on the East Coast Main Line

9.99

By Tony Wright

Following the success of our previous ‘bookazine’ for W.H. Smith, INTO THE BLUE, here is a second one, this time more specific in its geography and time-scale: the East Coast Main Line and the years 1960-1981. As the locos made their transition from green to blue livery the mighty ECML, which was not electrified until much later, retained much of its basic infrastructure especially the splendid signals and signal boxes and the distinctive three-arch overbridges. It was as if the Gresley Pacifics, WDs and 9Fs had merely gone absent for a day!

DUE OCT.

FROM MOST W.H.SMITH HIGH STREET SHOPS, OR DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER.

COLOUR THROUGHOUT

Price: £9.99 - 80 pages - card cover

ISBN 978-1-906919-81-8
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The PRAIRIE PAPERS No.1

The PRAIRIE PAPERS No.1

14.95

By Ian Sixsmith

The successful Pannier Papers, already reprinted in parts, is a series of seven paperbacks detailing the hordes of GWR 0-6-0 pannier tanks. Now it is joined by The Prairie Papers, three volumes treating the GWR 2-6-2Ts in similar fashion. The ‘Big Prairies’ are covered in the first two volumes, the ‘Small Prairies’ in the third.

The Prairie Papers No.1 5100, 3150, 5101, 4100s

ISBN 978-1-906919-85-6

80 PAGES

PRICE:-£14.95 DUE NOVEMBER


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The PRAIRIE PAPERS No.2

The PRAIRIE PAPERS No.2

13.95

By Ian Sixsmith

The successful Pannier Papers, already reprinted in parts, is a series of seven paperbacks detailing the hordes of GWR 0-6-0 pannier tanks. Now it is joined by The Prairie Papers, three volumes treating the GWR 2-6-2Ts in similar fashion. The ‘Big Prairies’ are covered in the first two volumes, the ‘Small Prairies’ in the third.

The Prairie Papers No.2 6100, 3100, 8100s

ISBN 978-1-906919-86-3

56 PAGES

PRICE:- £13.95 DUE NOVEMBER


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The PRAIRIE PAPERS No.3

The PRAIRIE PAPERS No.3

13.95

By Ian Sixsmith

The successful Pannier Papers, already reprinted in parts, is a series of seven paperbacks detailing the hordes of GWR 0-6-0 pannier tanks. Now it is joined by The Prairie Papers, three volumes treating the GWR 2-6-2Ts in similar fashion. The ‘Big Prairies’ are covered in the first two volumes, the ‘Small Prairies’ in the third.

The Prairie Papers No.3 4400, 4500, 5500s

ISBN 978-1-906919-87-0

56 PAGES

PRICE:- £13.95 DUE NOVEMBER
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BRILL FEBRUARY 25.5

BRILL FEBRUARY 25.5

RAILWAY BYLINES FEBRUARY 21.3

RAILWAY BYLINES FEBRUARY 21.3

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