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SOUTHERN BIG TANKS No.2

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H16 4-6-2Ts

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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.



Author: Ian Sixsmith
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SOUTHERN BIG TANKS No.3

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Z 0-8-0Ts

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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.



Author: By Ian Sixsmith
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SOUTHERN BIG TANKS No.4

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W 4-6-2Ts

31911 to 31925


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!



Author: Ian Sixsmith
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LINES TO TORRINGTON

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LINES TO TORRINGTON

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By John Nicholas and George Reeve

It is now more than 30 years since publication of the First Edition in 1984, shortly after the line was closed. Fortunately when I first researched the line in the 1970s several of the men who worked on the line, including Harold Mock at Fremington, Owen Hatherell at Bideford, Sid Pring at Torrington, Fred Cooper at Petrockstow and Ernest Holwill of the North Devon Clay Company kindly contributed reminiscences of their work on the line which extended back to the South Western era. Originally research was concerned with construction of a model of the line in the Edwardian period; the model has been completed but the amount of information gathered resulted in the book. In recent years George Reeve and I have collected much more information, original documents and photographs so we decided to write a second edition. The order and contents of the chapters have been changed since 1984 to bring Lines To Torrington into a similar format to our recent books on the LSWR in the West of England. Some of the broad gauge content concerning the North Devon Railway between Crediton and Barnstaple has been published in our book The North Devon Line (Irwell Press 2010) so is not included here.





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MAIN LINE to the WEST PART 4 - THE BRANCH LINES

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MAIN LINE to the WEST PART 4 - THE BRANCH LINES

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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 H15 and S15 4-6-0s

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THE BOOK OF THE H15 and S15 4-6-0s

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BY PETER SWIFT

In 2008, Irwell Press published The Book Of The King Arthur 4-6-0s, to complete a sequence of three volumes on the named express locomotives of the pre-second world war Southern Railway. In this volume, we will look at the mixed traffic and freight versions of the King Arthur, which the Southern classified H15 and S15. Whilst the H15s were all basically LSWR locomotives, although the last fifteen were built or rebuilt by the Southern, the S15s, like the King Arthurs, were the products of two very different groups of locomotive designers. All three classes were initially produced from the Eastleigh based design team of Robert Urie, the last Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London & South Western Railway. All were solidly built, easily maintained and, once initial problems with heated axleboxes had been overcome, reliable.



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The Book of the MERCHANT NAVY PACIFICS

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The Book of the MERCHANT NAVY PACIFICS

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RICHARD DERRY with Ian Sixsmith

Second Edition; greatly upgraded and expanded including new sixteen page colour section

Scarcely can a railway board have entered on such a time of frustrating maintenance work, disappointing performance, lows mixed with thrilling highs, uncertainty, expense and worry with such an innocuous phrase - 'Ten New Main Line Locomotives'. They were two sides of a coin, the Merchant Navy Pacifics - love 'em, hate 'em, scorn versus adulation; seldom could the phrases 'brilliant steaming' be conjoined so often with 'heavy maintenance', or the words 'exhilarating performance' with 'caught fire'*.

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The Book of the M7 0-4-4Ts

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The Book of the M7 0-4-4Ts

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The ubiquitous passenger tank engine of Southern England, detailed and examined as never before. All the usual 'Book Of' goodies - works and shed data, and endless, dazzling, absorbing detail. There was no official differentiation between the engines and, until Southern days, there were no differences in the uses to which an M7 could be put. However, the various types of M7 had distinctive differences which are apparent to the locomotive historian and important to the modeller. They are teased out and demonstrated here for the first time.

Author: By Peter Swift


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The Book of the T9 4-4-0s

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Usual ‘Book of’ format, with comprehensive history, photographs, every detail variation and change, works histories. The nation’s favourite 4-4-0, a splendid Victorian design modernised by the Southern and best remembered for a protracted final fling on the ‘Withered Arm’ west of Exeter, out across Dartmoor to the sea at Padstow. Recently issued by Hornby as one of the firm’s superlatively detailed models; the thousands of OO enthusiasts out there who bought one can hardly wait to get started on customising them using this book.

Don't forget that in 2009 TVP releasied the first of 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





Transport Video Publishing
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THE LYME REGIS BRANCH

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A Fabulous Reprint

The Lyme Regis branch line extended for 6¾ miles from Axminster in Devon to the historic town of Lyme Regis, just inside the western end of Dorset. The railway meandered and climbed through beautiful scenery and, to cap it all, for almost thirty years the workings were monopolised by the last three of the charismatic Adams Radial Tanks. What more could any branch line enthusiast possibly hope for?

In their forthcoming book, Martin Smith and George Reeve have put together a new history of the railway from its conception in 1897 through to its closure in 1965. The book benefits from original research and looks at the construction of the line, its opening in August 1903, its development, the train services and operations, the locomotives (not only the Radials !) and all the significant events during the railway s life. It includes around 100 superb photographs, many of which have never been published before, plus maps, plans, timetables etc etc.



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THE SOMERSET & DORSET FILES No.1

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THE SOMERSET & DORSET FILES No.1

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The Somerset & Dorset Railway was a wonderfully charismatic and highly photogenic line, the 71½-mile journey from Bath to Bournemouth involving a slog over the rugged Mendip Hills on gradients of up to 1 in 50, then a dash along the beautiful Stour Valley through picture-book-perfect North Dorset. And then there was the S&D’s own ‘withered arm’ – the oft-forgotten branch to Glastonbury, Highbridge and Burnham, which had its own ‘branches off the branch’ to Wells and Bridgwater. A West Country jewel, the S&D has, over the years, justly been the subject of many books, magazine articles, videos and DVDs – and there’s even a 45rpm record knocking about somewhere. So is there room for another addition to the line’s already substantial bibliography? Well, yes – Irwell Press is offering something new.

Our series of six (!) books includes a substantial proportion of photographs which, to the best of our knowledge, have never been published before. And the photographs are exquisite! The books also include archive 25-inch Ordnance Survey maps of the stations, along with much of the towns or villages they served; so with various other snippets of local interest thrown in (and we have come up with oodles of delightfully quirky snippets!) the books extend beyond ‘hard core’ railway matters and include a generous helping of associated local interest as well. We smugly believe that these books will offer something ‘new’ even to the most diehard S&D fan.

Each of the six books looks at selected stations along the line, extending through the series to every one of the 45 stations on the main line between Bath and Bournemouth, the ‘Withered Arm’ to Burnham-on-Sea and the Bridgwater and Wells branches. We also have special features about selected aspects of, not only the S&D ‘proper’, but also its appendages: for example, the famous 7F 2-8-0s, Bulleid Pacifics on the S&D, the Oakhill Brewery railway etc etc. And there’s even more… There’s also a major feature about the run-down and closure of the line; this is accompanied by various extracts from official documents about this most controversial of closures – material which has not been seen in print before.

For the best DVDs on the S&DJR click here for WOLVERTON RAIL



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THE SOMERSET & DORSET FILES No.2

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THE SOMERSET & DORSET FILES No.2

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Each of the six books looks at selected stations along the line, extending through the series to every one of the 45 stations on the main line between Bath and Bournemouth, the ‘Withered Arm’ to Burnham-on-Sea and the Bridgwater and Wells branches. We also have special features about selected aspects of, not only the S&D ‘proper’, but also its appendages: for example, the famous 7F 2-8-0s, Bulleid Pacifics on the S&D, the Oakhill Brewery railway etc etc. And there’s even more… There’s also a major feature about the run-down and closure of the line; this is accompanied by various extracts from official documents about this most controversial of closures – material which has not been seen in print before.

For the best DVDs on the S&DJR click here for WOLVERTON RAIL



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