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This months news

This months news

We said get the news here first! Six wonderful new books to whet your appetite. Four paperbacks covering the SOUTHERN BIG TANKS. G16, H16, Z and Ws all reasonably priced paperbacks. If you are in a W H Smith High Street branch why not pick up a copy of our latest BOOKAZINE - DEISELS IN THE LANDSCAPE or if you have a problem locating a copy you can buy directly from us. Finally a book by Mike Fell OBE, and a follow up to his popular book on Kings Lynn Docks, An Illustrated History of the Port of GOOLE and its Railways. You can pick up a copy signed at the book launch on 11 May - see details below. More fabulous titles on their way and you will hear about it here first! !!<

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New Books and Magazines

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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An Illustrtaed History of THE PORT OF GOOLE AND ITS RAILWAYS

An Illustrtaed History of THE PORT OF GOOLE AND ITS RAILWAYS

16.95

DUE MAY

BOOK LAUNCH 11th MAY

Mike Fell will be signing

copies of his book on

Wednesday 11th May at the

Yorkshire Waterways Museum,

Dutch River Side, Goole, DN14 5TB

12 noon to 3pm

ROYALTIES TO THE SOBRIETY PROJECT.

By Mike G Fell OBE

This work follows a similar style to that adopted for the authors previous book An Illustrated History of THE PORT OF KING’S LYNN AND ITS RAILWAYS published by Irwell Press in 2012. As such it is not intended to be a definitive history of the Port of Goole but, like its predecessor, an informative and graphic portrayal of the port from its inception to the present day including its railway connections, past and present. The author enjoyed the privilege of being responsible for both ports. Insofar as Goole is concerned, he was Assistant Docks Manager there from March 1983 until June 1984 and had overall responsibility for the port, along with the much larger Port of Hull, from 1998 until his retirement on 31 March 2003. The following year, he was appointed as non-executive chairman of RMS Europe Group Limited, a stevedoring company operating the Boothferry Terminal in Goole and the owner of two wharves on the River Trent at Flixborough and Gunness. he held that position until July 2007 when, following a successful management buyout, he finally said goodbye to the port transport industry as a means of employment after a career spanning 37 years. However, its fascination remains undiminished especially as its importance, rather amazingly, remains largely unrecognized notwithstanding the fact that some 95% of UK trade is handled through seaports. This amounts to an astonishing total of 560 million tonnes of cargo annually all of which arrives and departs from the ports around our coastline. The ports on the Rivers Humber, Ouse and Trent play an increasingly major part in the UK economy, greater than any other group of ports around a single estuary. The Port of Goole, some 50 miles from the open sea, continues to have an important role to play.

Paperback - colour throughout


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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

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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BRILL MAY 25.8

BRILL MAY 25.8

RAILWAY BYLINES MAY 21.6

RAILWAY BYLINES MAY 21.6

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