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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

I would like to apologies on behalf of Irwell Press if some customers have experienced access problems to the site over the last couple of days. We are carrying out extensive work on our server and occasionally it will fall over (technical term for gone wrong!!!) We hope to keep problems to a minimum and are confident the work will be completed within the next month.

George Reeve

Hello and a warm welcome to you all. Three new books and a long awaited reprint. The book of the Grange 4-6-0s will be with us on 12th June and adds yet another title to this growing library of locomotive types. Followed in July by a reprint of the book of the Castle 4-6-0s which has been literally demanded by you all after four years out of print. A London Trolleybus Experience by Doug Fairhurst compliments our bus titles and to continue our foray into things other than railways, Ever Changing Birmingham in Colour is a fascinating book looking back to the 60s and 70s. Many more titles in the pipeline so watch this space and the magazines for updates.

Best wishes

George Reeve

Last updated 20 May 2014

New Books and Magazines

The Book of the GRANGE 4-6-0s

The Book of the GRANGE 4-6-0s

27.95

ON SALE JUNE 2014

By Ian Sixsmith

The second rank of Great Western motive power – the mixed traffic engines if you like – was for years made up of the humble mogul, but this began to come to an end with the widespread use of the new Hall 4-6-0s. The Halls were Saints with wheels reduced from 6ft 8½in to 6ft but most proposals on the GWR went back decades and as far back as the turn of the century, years before even the Halls appeared, a version with even smaller wheels had been mooted. In the 1930s Collett decided to use some of the parts of older 2-6-0s, such as wheels, coupling rods and cab steps, in a class of 80 ‘different Halls’ – a new class called the Granges because of their 5ft 8in driving wheel diameter. The Granges and their smaller brethren, the Manors, were announced at the same time, as ‘the engines replacing the 2-6-0s’.
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The Book of the CASTLE 4-6-0s

The Book of the CASTLE 4-6-0s

29.95

REPRINTED BY POPULAR DEMAND

ON SALE 12th JULY

There were three ‘generations’ of Great Western four cylinder express power. In the middle, between the Stars and the Kings, but greatly more important in terms of numbers and the breadth of their usefulness, were the Castles. They could be regarded as the high water mark of Great Western, or rather Churchwardian, steam practice and probably influenced steam design work across the country more than any other class. Their numbers were made up in a peculiar odd way. Of the total of 171 in the class only 155 were built new – and it took 27 years to do it. The rest were five rebuilt Stars and the rebuilt Pacific THE GREAT BEAR, together with the last ten Stars, originally built with Abbey names after Churchward retired and then ‘rebuilt’ into the 5000 series, 5083-5092. The Stars (also retaining their names) and the Pacific were officially rebuilds but the Abbeys were officially ‘new’. One odd outcome of all this was that the first withdrawal came before the final one was built.
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A LONDON TROLLEYBUS EXPERIENCE

A LONDON TROLLEYBUS EXPERIENCE

18.95

ON SALE 12th JULY 2014

By Doug Fairhurst

What is a Trolleybus? In essence it is a bus that runs on rubber tyres (as a normal road vehicle) but is powered by electricity collected from overhead wires by way of a pair of poles (correct term being booms). It is not like a tram where the power is collected by a single collector and the return of the current is through steel wheels running on steel rails laid into the roadway. The trolleybus gives slightly more flexibility than a fixed tram route in that it can overtake or negotiate normal road vehicles but is still limited to the route of the overhead wiring. Of course, unless on a separate ‘track’, they cannot overtake each other - thus the old saying, “another convoy on its way”. London had one of the largest fleets of trolleybuses in the world and at its peak had about 1,800 such vehicles. They were introduced to give longevity to the then existing infrastructure of the earlier tram systems. The last London trolleybus ran in May 1962. Except for a few original and earlier models, the London trolleybuses were six-wheeled, unlike in the provinces where four-wheelers were more common. Again most British vehicles were double-deck whereas those in the rest of the world were and still are single-deck. For the casual observer all London trolleybuses looked the same, but there were some subtle differences. For example, the class N2 had much thicker corner pillars to the upper deck. Class L2 No.954 had a cream band below the driver’s cab windows. (I was lucky to get a photo of this ‘one off’ on Route 621 at Holborn Circus.


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EVER CHANGING BIRMINGHAM in COLOUR

EVER CHANGING BIRMINGHAM in COLOUR

12.99

ON SALE 12th JULY 2014

By Garry Yates

The author was born in the Handsworth district of Birmingham in 1954 and today lives one mile away from where he was born. Growing up in the 1960s he witnessed innumerable changes to the Birmingham skyline, because perhaps more than any other city at the time, Birmingham replaced numerous terraced and back-to-back houses with multi-storey tower blocks reaching a total of 444 across the city, including the new district of Chelmsley Wood. All remaining gas street lighting was replaced by electric lighting, and in the city centre the Inner Ring Road was constructed which swept away many smaller roads and buildings, some of which like the former Josiah Mason College at Paradise Circus would, today, have been listed buildings. The Bull Ring Shopping Centre, (the first indoor shopping centre in the country) opened in 1964 and the Post Office Tower (as it was known then) in Lionel Street became the city’s first tall landmark. However over the years many of these so called ‘improvements’ came to be seen as not very ‘improving’ at all, or were otherwise unsuccessful or deficient. Times and attitudes change and many tower blocks are now being demolished in favour of ground level housing schemes and apartments. In the city centre the Inner Ring Road with its numerous subways, known as the ‘Concrete Collar’ was restricting outward growth of the city centre, and is now slowly being removed as are the unpopular subways; the largest part of this scheme so far is the rebuilding of the Bull Ring and the surrounding area. In recent years many apartment blocks have been built in the city centre especially around the canal network and many more schemes have been planned or started, but at the moment some are on hold due to the effects of the recent recession – hopefully most will be completed, but some will not.
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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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BRILL JUNE 23.9

BRILL JUNE 23.9

RAILWAY BYLINES JUNE 19.7

RAILWAY BYLINES JUNE 19.7

4.30

354 The Army

Photographs and Notes by Allan C. Baker

362 The Eling Tramway 1851-1993

Dave Marden

372 Workington Iron & Steel Company

Allan C. Baker

380 Paul Anderson’s

Down Your Byway...

Earlestown

Not quite Ambergate or Queensbury

386 Down on the Pier

387 Abercynon Strangers on Shed

388 PERTH - Wagons In, Wagons Out

390 The Bridges of Britain

Bridge 16 Hawarden

‘Sarah Guppy’ takes time from her regular British Railways Illustrated work to visit Bylines...

392 FISHBOURNE between Brading and Bembridge

Notes by Tim Cooper

396 Signalling Byways

Southern Signalling Safari:6

Swanage

Michael Back

399 By the By
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