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Working on Bulleid Pacifics

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The author spent the best years of his working life at Yeovil Town engine shed, cleaning and labouring at first and then as fireman on goods and passenger trains to Exeter, Salisbury and Weymouth.

The acme of engine working to him was a Bulleid Pacific and a fascination and wonder began in the days when ‘dieselisation’ and ‘electrification’ were just bad things that might never happen. Sadly they did but a love affair with the engines continued through life into retirement.

Along with his own reminiscences, Derek has brought together the antics and adventures of a dozen or so mates and colleagues, all of them similarly enamoured of these magnificent and enigmatic locomotives, both in their original form and as rebuilt by British Railways. There is much on Derek’s stamping grounds in the West of England but Bulleids are also portrayed from every depot, Devon to Kent, from which they worked.

Over a hundred photographs show them (well more or less!) in every conceivable mode of operation.

Author: Derek Phillips
First published: October 2022
Edition: 1
Cover: Hardback , A4 , 152 pages
ISBN: 978-1-911262-48-0
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A Celebration of Bulleid West Country and Battle of Britain Pacifics

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Fourth in a series with the simple old fashioned aim to showcase top quality photographs reproduced at the largest possible size, in order to celebrate some of the best-loved steam classes. Full-page shots are presented in a landscape format and come with comprehensive captions.

Bulleid’s Light Pacifics could be found on duties ranging from the ‘Night Ferry’ and ‘Golden Arrow’ to pottering around Devon and Cornwall with a couple of coaches. They were in effect smaller versions of the Merchant Navy class and included the same innovative features such as ‘air-smoothed’ casings, chain driven valve gear, high boiler pressure, ‘boxpok’ wheels and electric lighting.

As in previous volumes the emphasis throughout is on the engines in service and the book has been arranged in chapters in chronological order. The final chapters show them at work on the principal routes where they were employed, ending with the final year of Southern Region steam in 1967.

Previous volumes in this series are:

  • A Celebration of LMS Coronation Pacifics

  • A Celebration of BR Standard Pacifics - Britannias, Clans and The Duke of Gloucester

  • A Celebration of Gresley A1 and A3 Pacifics



Author: John Jennison
First published: 24th.February 2022
Edition: 1
Cover: Hardback , A4 , 148 pages , c.150 illustrations , 0 in colour
ISBN: 978-1-911262-44-2
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Main Line to The South - Part 1: Basingstoke to St.Cross (Winchester)

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The Southern Railway Route between BASINGSTOKE, WINCHESTER, EASTLEIGH and SOUTHAMPTON.

Part 1 Basingstoke to St.Cross

By John Nicholas and George Reeve -

ISBN 978-1-911262-35-0

The London and Southampton Railway opened its line in 1840 and was the first major railway in the south of England. Engineer Joseph Locke, and contractor Thomas Brassey, completed the last part of the line from Basingstoke to Winchester through the chalk downs to the summit at Litchfield Tunnel.

The easy grades of the line were only achieved by involving some heavy civil engineering work, high embankments, deep cuttings and numerous tunnels. Traffic grew steadily, particularly goods, to and from the expanding Southampton Docks and boat trains ran in connection with the ocean liner traffic.

Southampton developed into the principal port for military traffic to the Empire and the line played a major role in the supply of men and materials for the Boer, First and Second World Wars. The line achieved something of a legendary status in the 1960s being the last steam worked main line in England until its electrification in July 1967.

Today the line between Basingstoke and Southampton carries not only heavy passenger traffic but, with the recent demise of coal traffic elsewhere, some of the nation’s heaviest freight traffic with containers from Southampton Docks.

  • Part One covers the line between Basingstoke and Winchester

  • Part Two deals with the line through Eastleigh, including the works, to Shawford Junction.

  • Part Three completes the story to Southampton covering St.Denys, Northam, Southampton Terminus and Central.



    Author: John Nicholas and George Reeve
    First published: end of July 2020
    Cover: Hardback
    ISBN: 978-1-911262-35-0
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  • Main Line to The South - Part 2: St.Cross (Winchester) to Eastleigh and Swaythling

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    The London and Southampton Railway opened its line in 1840, the first major railway in the south of England – soon to become the London & South Western Railway and eventually in 1923 the Southern Railway. Part 1 was concerned with the line from Basingstoke to Winchester. Continuing our jornney, Part Two describes the line through to Eastleigh and beyond to Swathling.

    Once again, we cover in great detail all facets of the construction, opening and operation of the line over the many decades with our usual extensive use of maps, plans and diagrams. Every archive, contemporary account or historical description has been thoroughly investigated in depth and presented as part of the narrative.

    A central pillar of Part Two is inevitably the great and continuingly important operating centre at Eastleigh, including the Carriage and Wagon Works, the Locomotive Works and the vast locomotive running shed.

    The line gathered frenzied interest in the 1960s as the last steam-worked main line in England until its electrification in July 1967.

    Today the line between Basingstoke and Southampton carries not only heavy passenger traffic but, with the demise of coal traffic elsewhere, some of the nation’s heaviest freight traffic, in the shape of containers from Southampton Docks.

    Part Three will complete the story to Southampton itself; the stations at Terminus and Central.



    Author: John Nicholas and George Reeve
    First published: mid August 2022
    Cover: Hardback , 380 pages
    ISBN: 978-1-911262-45-9
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    Southern Workhorses No.2 Q1 0-6-0s 33001 TO 33040

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    Southern Workhorses No.2 Q1 0-6-0s 33001 TO 33040

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    LESLIE TIBBLE and Richard Derry

    ISBN 978-1-911262-25-1

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    Faced with the need for more ‘go anywhere’ freight locomotives of enhanced power, Bulleid, as might be expected, eschewed the obvious solution of a conventional 0-6-0, something so familiar on every other railway in the country and indeed recently built under Maunsell on Bulleid’s very own Southern Railway – the Q 0-6-0s (for which, see SOUTHERN WORKHORSES 1 Q 0-6-0s 30530-30549). Bulleid considered these traditional 0-6-0s impossibly dainty (if not downright obsolescent) for the hard and varied work on offer and his vastly powerful Q1 owed nothing to earlier designs, in power or of course, famously, in looks.

    The Q1s could work almost any train, from a ten coach Sunday excursion to branch freights and coal trains on the main line. Paring down the weight to fit a wide axle loading led to problems however with braking and weld defects. Their lives were interesting to say the least.

    Follows closely the format of the ‘Book Of’ series – the number of locos and the weight of information means this volume is HARDBACK.





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    LESLIE TIBBLE, Richard Derry

    ISBN 978-1-911262-24-4

    Maunsell arranged for twenty of these dainty 4F 0-6-0s to be built shortly before the Second World War, the first 0-6-0s built by the Southern until the very different Q1s followed a year or two later, under Bulleid. They were the final expression of Maunsell design, owing much in their styling and parts utilised (thus their distinct ‘family appearance’) to his 2-6-0s and 4-4-0s back in the early years of the Southern Railway. Eminently suited for freight, from meandering pick-ups to lengthy coal trains, they led an unexpectedly mixed traffic existence, finding regular use on heavy weekend excursions to the coast and even enjoyed a spell on commuter trains out of London.Follows closely the format of the Southern Big Tanks, with full works/shed histories. To be joined shortly by Southern Workhorses 2 Q1 0-6-0s.



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    The Book of the Southern Moguls Part 2: U, U1 Classes

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    By IAN SIXSMITH, Richard Derry

    ISBN 978-1-911262-22-0

    As elaborated in the preceding volume in this series The Book of the Southern Moguls 1: N, N1 CLASSES Maunsell, from his appointment in 1913 to the Grouping in 1923 was responsible for the introduction of three new types; the N 2-6-0 with 5ft 6in wheels, the K 2-6-4T with 6ft wheels and the N1 2-6-0, similar to the N but with three cylinders.

    We now need to divert into tank engine territory. The SECR ordered one each of the new standard designs, a 2-6-0 which became the N for mixed traffic and a 2-6-4T for passenger work. It was the latter that appeared first, a couple of months before the N mogul (No.810). This was K class No.790, in June 1917. Being a tank version of the N (boilers, cylinders and motion were identical) much of the description of the latter applies in the case of the K, in its shared 'Derby' and Swindon' features for instance.

    U and U1 2-6-0s

    U 31790-31809

    (rebuilt from K 2-6-4Ts)

    U 31610-31639

    ('original' built new as 2-6-0s)

    U1 31890

    (rebuilt from K1 2-6-4T)

    U1 31891-31910

    ('original' built new as 2-6-4T)





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    Main Line to the WEST Part 1 - BASINGSTOKE TO SALISBURY

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    First proposals for a central main railway line from London to the port of Falmouth through Salisbury and Exeter came in the 1830s, and the first section as far as Basingstoke was opened in 1840 as part of the London & Southampton Railway, which in line with its plans for expansion soon became the London & South Western Railway. The Bishopstoke to Salisbury Milford branch opened in 1847 but the route from London to Salisbury was indirect, so a direct Basingstoke to Salisbury line was promoted and after delays following the Railway Mania the single track branch from Basingstoke to Andover was opened in 1854, extended to Salisbury Milford in 1857, and then to Salisbury Fisherton in 1859. The Basingstoke & Salisbury Railway is the subject of Part One.

    Don't forget that TVP have released two progammes covering the former Southern routes west of Exeter with a detailed commentary by Mike Arlett. BY SOUTHERN TO THE FAR WEST will retail at £16.95



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    Main Line to the WEST VOLUME 2 - SALISBURY to YEOVIL

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    The Salisbury & Yeovil line was the central part of the Southern’s Main Line to the West. Promoted and built by an independent local company, its stations were well placed for the centres of Salisbury, Tisbury, Gillingham, Sherborne and Yeovil. The station at the small village of Templecombe prospered as a junction with the Somerset & Dorset line, the route for much freight traffic to and from the west. Here coal, stone, manufactured goods, milk and Burton beer from the Midland line was transferred. Going north went cider from Whimple, rabbits from Dartmoor, fruit and flowers from the Tamar Valley and watercress from Hampshire. The South Western worked and later bought the line, at a very high price, and fast trains from Waterloo provided good services for both business and holiday passengers. Although Beeching cuts reduced the line’s status to little more than a single track byway, today it provides a good and frequent service to London. Part One covered Basingstoke to Salisbury whilst Part Three will deal with the route onwards from Yeovil to Exeter.

    Don't forget that TVP have released two progammes covering the former Southern routes west of Exeter with a detailed commentary by Mike Arlett. BY SOUTHERN TO THE FAR WEST will retail at £16.95

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    Main Line to the WEST Part 3 REPRINT Yeovil to Exeter

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    Reprinted by popular demand after more than eight years out of print.

    John Nicholas and George Reeve

    ISBN 978-1-906919-03-0

    The Southern Main Line to the West between Basingstoke, Salisbury and Yeovil has previously been described in Parts One and Two, Part Three continues the story on to Exeter. The characteristic feature of this main line is illustrated by station and signal box names - Yeovil Junction, Chard Junction, Axminster (Junction for Lyme Regis), Seaton Junction, Sidmouth Junction and Exmouth Junction. Principal Waterloo expresses often passed towns like Crewkerne, Axminster and Honiton, but then stopped at junction stations in almost uninhabited countryside. This feature of six branch line junctions in less than 50 miles was on the one hand fascinating for railway enthusiasts but on the other hand frustrating for passengers travelling to and from towns and villages away from the main line, particularly after the Beeching closures.





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    WAY DOWN SOUTH

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    COLOUR THROUGHOUT

    By Terry Dorrity

    ISBN 978-1-911262-18-3

    For about a hundred and forty years, thousands of steam locomotives hauled passenger and goods trains in almost every corner of Great Britain playing a pivotal role in the economic and social history of the country. In the 1960s, although nearing the end of their reign, they were still very much part of everyday life and the sight and sound of them was an integral feature of the rural and urban landscape. Like steam, this sight has now evaporated and the photographs in this book are intended to evoke this scene: nostalgic to some, of historic interest to others. Terence Dorrity has captured, in glorious colour, the fading scene in Southern England.



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    The Book of the Southern Moguls Part 1: N, N1 Classes

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    IAN SIXSMITH, Richard Derry

    Briefly at the first rank of Southern locomotive working and for many decades its solid and stalwart mixed traffic backbone, the Southern Moguls were numerous and widespread, from Kent to Cornwall and remained in service almost to the last year of steam on the Southern Region of BR. There were four separate classes, the two cylinder N and U and the three cylinder N1 and U1. The first part covers the N and N1 and employing the usual ‘Book Of’ format, the lengthy works history of each one is fully covered with photographs of every loco in all their complex variations. Part Two, U and U1 Classes, follows soon.

    Part One N and N1 Classes

    31400-31414

    31810-31821, 31823-31875

    31822, 31876-31880



    Author: Ian Sixsmith & Richard Derry


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