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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 IMPORTANT ANNOUCEMENT : We are pleased to say our new subscription agents, Intermedia, are now up and running. You can renew your subscription by logging on to the website via the link on left of this page SUBSCRIBE TO RAILWAY BYLINES / BRILL (please note when you renew for the first time using this website you will need to set up a new account/password by selecting 'Forgotten your Password' and following the instructions from there). Alternatively you can ring their Customer Service Team on 01293 312183. Any problems, do not hesitate to contact Wendy here at Irwell Press on 01525 861888. CLICK ON THE IMAGE FOR THE WEBSITE Christmas is only just round the corner and already customers are asking what Irwell titles will be filling their stockings. Due for delivery on Monday 8 October the long awaited Book of the Southern Moguls - N and N1 classes. Our Xmas line up is topped by the Book of the KING 4-6-0s and will be available in November/December. Following our colour range of titles Terry Dorrity has produced a superb album of Southern photographs remembering the steam of the 1960s - both superb value. Finally the popular Bookazine series available in selected W H Smith High Street shops and from the publisher will have another title to add to the series growing popularity. More details shortly.<

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Last updated 2/10/2018

New Books and Magazines

The Book of the KING 4-6-0s

The Book of the KING 4-6-0s

30.95

AVAILABLE FOR CHRISTMAS 2018 - NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

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By JOHN JENNISON

ISBN 978-1-911262-20-6

The Kings were the final development of the Churchward four-cylinder 4-6-0, stretched to the very limits of the loading gauge. Many people have asked why this, the premier Great Western Railway express passenger class, had not been covered in the ‘Book of’ series when books had been devoted to the humble pannier tanks and the ‘lesser’ 4-6-0 classes. The answer lies partly in the mists of time - in the previous millennium when Irwell Press published Peto’s Register on the Kings in 1995. Although it has stood the test of time quite well, it was thought the material should be dusted down, refurbished and re-invigorated with a generous helping of new pictures to take its rightful place at the head of the GWR ‘Books of’. The Chairman of the Great Western wanted the most powerful express engines in the country, and the successors to the Castle were designed to achieve this. His publicity department, never shy of trumpeting the company to the outside world, took full advantage of its new engines and pressed its claim, both at home and to the world via a trip to the USA. They even produced a book titled The ‘King’ of Railway Locomotives and details taken from several of its chapters have been included as a fascinating contemporary account of the of the building of the engines. As befits their status, the Kings attracted much attention from the enthusiast community from first to last, and many column inches have been devoted to their workings in both contemporary and historical journals and magazines. In particular, the details of pre- and post-war diagrams compiled for the Great Western Railway Journal have been included in the chapter on operations.


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WAY DOWN SOUTH

WAY DOWN SOUTH

24.95

ORDER NOW FOR CHRISTMAS 2018

LIMITED PRINT RUN

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

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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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 SOUTHERN MOGULS Part One

The Book of the SOUTHERN MOGULS Part One

29.95

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


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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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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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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 OCTOBER 28.1

BRILL OCTOBER 28.1

RAILWAY BYLINES OCTOBER 23.11

RAILWAY BYLINES OCTOBER 23.11

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