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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

Hello and a warm welcome to you all. We have the BRM Exhibition at Ally Pally on 22 and 23 of this month so we hope to see some of you there (CLICK ON THE LOGO RIGHT FOR MORE INFORMATION) . On sale for the first time will be Peter Townend's book LNER Pacifics Remembered - a great book to compliment the other well known works Peter has done since retiring as shed master of London's 'Top Shed'. Coming soon a whole raft of new books including another in the 'Book of' series, this time covering the GWR Grange 4-6-0s. 'A London Trolley Bus Experience' by Doug Fairhurst will be with us soon as will a most unusual book looking back at the streets of Birmingham in the late 60s early 70s. We are also working hard to complete two more books in the 'Book of' series in the shape of the GWR Hall class 4-6-0s and the Southern Moguls. The much lauded Lines to Torrington is well on its way and completes Irwell's cover of Southern lines west of Basingstoke. There are many more titles in preparation so watch the magazines and this web site for updates.Best wishes

George Reeve

Last updated 5 March 2014

New Books and Magazines

LNER PACIFICS REMEMBERED

LNER PACIFICS REMEMBERED

24.95

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By PETER TOWNEND - Shed Master King's Cross, Top Shed

An unusual book – ‘Much of it’ ... ‘written by other people’ as author Peter Townend puts it. After the success of Top Shed (Ian Allan, 1975 and 1989) he completed a further work entitled East Coast Pacifics at Work (Ian Allan, 1982). The publishers requested that various chapters might be contributed by other people writing about their own involvement and experiences with these locomotives, but this resulted in a book much larger than anticipated and the contributions were not included. Now, with the passage of over thirty years the material has gained in historical interest and is seen here for the first time.

The contributors, men of the time and all providing unique insights into the Pacifics, their construction and their working, read like a roll-call of the Gresley East Coast Age; many well known, others not so.


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MAIN LINE to the WEST PART 4 - THE BRANCH LINES

MAIN LINE to the WEST PART 4 - THE BRANCH LINES

29.95

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By John Nicholas and George Reeve

Final volume in the series, completing a monumental work of reference on this popular main line, Basingstoke to Exeter. This brings many details and developments up to date but more importantly ties in all the many branches which sprouted so delightfully at regular intervals across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset and Devon. Some are barely known to the general reader, others are timeless icons, the ‘English Country Branch Line’ personified.

Describes in detail with pictures and plans the branches to Seaton, Sidmouth, Lyme Regis, Exmouth, Amesbury, Bulford Military Camps, Chard; the Alton line of Oh, Mr Porter! fame is there, and even the old lines south from Andover to the margins of Southampton.

Includes many unpublished new photographs and an INDEX to all four volumes, will be of inestimable value to a work now approaching 1,300 pages.
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The Book of the BLACK 5s - LM Class 5 4-6-0s Part 3 Nos 45225-45471

The Book of the BLACK 5s - LM Class 5 4-6-0s Part 3 Nos 45225-45471

29.95

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By Ian Sixsmith

After a short pause to gather breath following Parts 1 and 2 covering the ‘Mark 1’ Black 5s it was time to embark on this, Part 3, which deals primarily with what came to be the largest batch of ostensibly identical locomotives to run on the LMS. These ‘Mark 2’ Armstrong Whitworth locomotives may have started life all the same but there will be sufficient for the engine picker to work with, and the final twenty pre-war engines also covered in this volume introduce plenty of subtle differences. The books are arranged in the approximate chronological sequence in which the locomotives were introduced, with an added twist that particularly in matters such as boilers and tenders there is a certain amount of back and forward cross-referral. In the spirit of ensuring that if you buy one book you will surely need the others to complete the set then some details are covered in more depth in the earlier books and only summarised in the later parts.
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British Railways Illustrated YEARBOOK

British Railways Illustrated YEARBOOK

9.99

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

The first British Railways Illustrated YEARBOOK including some of your favourite subjects from our other magazine, Railway Bylines too, celebrating a quarter century of transport publishing from IRWELL PRESS. What’s within is a flavour of the varied magazines and books we produce, a sprinkling of special material from the past with updated notes married to new pictures, new angles on one or two favourites from books and magazines; some insights and a few reflections.

CONTENTS

4 Old London By the Sea

20 Clover and Leaf

22 IRELAND - North and South

26 Thirties File

28 Take a Hike

30 British Built

32 Stranger in Town

34 Britannia Ruled

36 Steam Across the Regions

44 The Last Years of

Industrial Steam

48 Counties Late in the Day

51 War Report

52 Modelling Moment

53 Beatties Home and Away

56 Scottish Sentinels

58 Up in the Hills

66 Deltics in Demand

68 Sixties Scottish Steam

on Shed


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NINETY YEARS ON The New Book of the A3 Pacifics

NINETY YEARS ON The New Book of the A3 Pacifics

24.95

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By Peter Coster CEng. MICE MCIT

In April 2012 it was 90 years since home-going passengers at Kings Cross were astonished at the presence of a huge, handsome express steam locomotive standing on the empty stock roads, the like of which they had never seen before. It was GREAT NORTHERN, awaiting inspection by the GNR Directors. This year will be the 90th year since the third of these locomotives emerged from Doncaster Works – ‘The Plant’ – 1472, later 4472, soon to be named FLYING SCOTSMAN. These three anniversaries we hope to commemorate with this New Book of the A3s. The story of the class was set out in the original ‘Book Of’ the A3s by the same author; he has now put down the history of each individual locomotive, summarising events, together with personal comments. Even now, while the history of the class is generally complete, there is a trickle of new information on the details of individual locomotives, revealing more about their use and particularly during the sad business of withdrawal and disposal.
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BRILL MARCH 23.6

BRILL MARCH 23.6

RAILWAY BYLINES MARCH 19.4

RAILWAY BYLINES MARCH 19.4
 
 

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