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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

BOOK SIGNING : An Illustrated History of the PORT OF HULL AND ITS RAILWAYS - superbly illustrated and many colour plates included. Mike Fell OBE will be signing copies of his book on Tuesday 12 June at the Hull Maritime Museum, Queens Square, Hull HU1 3DX. All welcome between 13.00 and 15.00. Also something exciting to look out for is the first volume of The Book of the 8F 2-8-0s (four volumes). 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 finally if that's not enough for you, The Book of the Jinties (several paperback). As I said more details as they arrive.<

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New Books and Magazines

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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An Illustrated History of the PORT OF HULL AND ITS RAILWAYS

An Illustrated History of the PORT OF HULL AND ITS RAILWAYS

22.95

BOOK LAUNCH AND SIGNING

12 JUNE, HULL MARITIME MUSEUM

13.00 - 15.00

All proceeds to a new trust being established to promote

and conserve the port's heritage

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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Locomotives and Railways of MERSEY DOCKS & HARBOUR BOARD

Locomotives and Railways of MERSEY DOCKS & HARBOUR BOARD

16.95

By Dave Marden

104 pages,perfect bound

ISBN 978-1-911262-08-4

This book looks at the development of the dock railway and the large number of locomotives that worked on it. It is now over 40 years since the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Railway ceased to exist and, apart from the occasional magazine article or photo, nothing much of any consequence has appeared regarding this once famous dock system.Under the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, the Port of Liverpool stretched for seven and a half miles along the east side of the River Mersey, having been made up of some 35 docks built from 1715 until 1927. The docks ‘main line’ ran the length of its perimeter along the west side of the dock road from Herculaneum Dock in the South to Gladstone Dock at its northern limit but the docks themselves did not contain the sprawling network of tracks or any of the vast marshalling yards seen at the likes of London and Southampton. The MD&HB railway contented itself to be merely a haulier between the quaysides and the large number of railway company goods stations that had mushroomed along the east side of the dock road as the port expanded along the Mersey shore. These were, with a few exceptions, connected to the dock railway at various places along the way and became focal points of the docks traffic where freight was sorted and marshalled for onward transit.In 1904 an agreement had been reached which saw all docks traffic, between the quaysides and the railway depots, operated and administered by the Chief Traffic Manager of the MD&HB who employed a growing fleet of locomotives to convey the various railway company wagons together with its own internal stock. When this came into force the following year, it led to a highly organised and more economic system that ran until closure of the dock railway in 1973.

PRICE:- £16.95
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ENGLISH ELECTRIC CLASS 50 TYPE 4s - The New Warship

ENGLISH ELECTRIC CLASS 50 TYPE 4s - The New Warship

9.99

ON SALE NOW!

By Tony Wright

The 2017 2018 Bookazine on sale now at selected W.H. Smith High Street shops or direct from the publisher. The English Electric Co-Co Type 4s, the D400s, formed the last great class of diesel express locomotives introduced under the vast modernisation programme initiated in the 1950s. Introduced in 1967 and derived from the prototype DP2, later destroyed in a collision, they came to be known as the Class 50s and originally powered expresses on the West Coast main line. With electrification they had a second, even more memorable career on the Western Region, powering the heaviest and fastest West of England trains. Here they took the names of Royal Navy fighting ships past and present. These perpetuated the noble names carried by the original WR ‘Warship’ diesel hydraulics of a generation before; hence, the NEW WARSHIPS.


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BRILL APRIL 27.7

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