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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

An Illustrated History of the PORT OF HULL AND ITS RAILWAYS - superbly illustrated, and many colour plates included, is out now and above a photo from the very successful book launch hosted by Hull City Council. From left to right, Mike Fell OBE, Lady Maryoress, the Lord Mayor and Admiral of the Humber and Darral Fell. Also something exciting to look out for is the first volume of The Book of the 8F 2-8-0s (four volumes) out on 26 June. This will be followed shortly by The Book of the Southern N, N1, U and U1s in two volumes, The Book of the King 4-6-0s and if that's not enough for you, The Book of the Jinties (several paperback). Finally another Bookazine from Tony Wright. CLASS 47 BR's STANDARD DIESEL - A Personal Observation will be out in July at most W H Smith High Street shops of direct from the publisher.<

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New Books and Magazines

The Book of the STANIER 8F 2-8-0s Part One: Pre-War Engines 48000-48125

The Book of the STANIER 8F 2-8-0s Part One: Pre-War Engines 48000-48125

28.95

By Ian Sixsmith Richard Derry

ISBN 978-1-911262-15-2

Latest in the longstanding ‘Book Of’ series, in FIVE PARTS to adequately cover the vast number of locomotives involved.

PART ONE describes the first 126 pre-War examples built by the LMS, 8000-8125 which became 48100-48125. Many were sent abroad and not all by any means returned. Some, dramatically, were jettisoned in storms to save the ship; some were blown up by terrorists, some were fitted with armour protection and all were worked into the ground – or rather the sand, as their work was in the Middle East, from Egypt through an arc sweeping through Persia to Iraq and Palestine. Some hauled Polish servicemen from captivity in the Soviet Union to join Allied Forces in the Invasion of Europe. How’s that for a Role in History? All these facets of their lives are recorded and illustrated, including those that ‘came home’.

All the usual works histories and allocations are here for every loco, together with THE DEVIL IN THE DETAIL down to the merest rivet; liveries and tender varieties, experimental episodes and every other facet of these mightily impressive 2-8-0s, which survived to the very last days of BR steam.


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An Illustrated History of the PORT OF HULL AND ITS RAILWAYS

An Illustrated History of the PORT OF HULL AND ITS RAILWAYS

22.95

By Mike Fell OBE

ISBN 978-1-911262-14-5

This is the third Irwell Press book written by Mike G. Fell OBE concerning ports and their railways. The previous two have covered King’s Lynn and Goole. Mike, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, was in charge of the Port of Hull for sixteen years from 1987 until 2003 and previously was a stevedoring operations manager at the port for three years from 1977 to 1979. The book describes and graphically illustrates the history of the port and its railways from the time of the opening of Queen’s Dock in 1778 until the present day. One of the book’s chief aims is to dispel the widespread notion that Hull was only a fishing port. The fishing industry was once very important to the City of Hull but it actually formed only a small part of the port’s overall commercial activities. Hull’s success was founded on its ability to offer excellent facilities to increasingly larger ships which traded worldwide with a great variety of cargoes and the export of coal from the South Yorkshire coalfield, all of which arrived by train.


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CLASS 47 BR's STANDARD DIESEL - A Personal Observation

CLASS 47 BR's STANDARD DIESEL - A Personal Observation

10.99

PUBLISHED IN JULY 2018

ONLY AVAILABLE FROM MOST W H SMITH HIGH STREET SHOPS

OR DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER

Tony Wright

ISBN 978-1-911262-16-9

This is Tony Wright’s fifth in an on-going series of bookazines for Irwell Press, and this one concentrates on the Class 47 diesel-electrics, surely BR’s most successful and most numerous mixed traffic post-steam class. Introduced coincidentally with the first withdrawals of the A4 Pacifics at the end of 1962, the first batch played second-string to the Deltics on the ECML, with some success. As the numbers grew (eventually to over 500!) they became ubiquitous on the national network. The Class has rejoiced in a number of labels, including Brush Type 4s, Hawker Siddeleys, Class 47s (under TOPS) and even ‘Duffs’ among enthusiasts. Using photographs entirely of his own taking, the author presents a personal observation of this long-lived class, from the original (and most-attractive) two-tone green, through to BR corporate blue and many of the myriad liveries beyond. The geographical spread is as comprehensive as the author’s travels allowed, including Scotland, deepest Wales, the South West, the North East, North West, East Anglia, The Midlands (both East and West) the Home Counties, London and the South. Several remain in operation with private companies, well over fifty years after their introduction.  


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The Book of the CRAB 2-6-0s The LMS Hughes-Fowler 2-6-0s Part Two 42810-42944

The Book of the CRAB 2-6-0s The LMS Hughes-Fowler 2-6-0s Part Two 42810-42944

28.95

By Ian Sixsmith

Approx. 280 pages,hardback

ISBN 978-1-911262-12-1

Latest in the longstanding ‘Book Of’ series, Part 2 The story begins with the Crabs as a new concept at the time of the Grouping; a powerful modern Mixed Traffic loco intended as the precursor of a standard range and how the concept turned to dust in early LMS internal machinations. All the usual works histories and allocations are here for every loco, together with THE DEVIL IN THE DETAIL down to the merest rivet, from liveries and tender varieties, brakes and lubrication, to experimental valve gear and every other facet of these mightily impressive moguls. Part 2


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BRILL JUNE 27.9

BRILL JUNE 27.9

RAILWAY BYLINES JUNE 23.7

RAILWAY BYLINES JUNE 23.7

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