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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

Hello and welcome to the run-in to Christmas 2017. I cant believe this year has gone so quickly and already we are working on a series of books for 2018. Just delivered is a new Bookazine from Tony Wright and on slae in selected WH Smith High Street shops and of course from us, the publisher. Out next week is our final Christmas book - Volume 2 of T E Williams Lost Colour Collection - another fine collection of colour photographs. Finally I would just like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and of course, as always, a safe and prosperous New Year.<

Best wishes

George Reeve

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Last updated 16/11/2017

New Books and Magazines

The Book of the CRABS The LMS Hughes-Fowler 2-6-0s Part One 42700-42809

The Book of the CRABS The LMS Hughes-Fowler 2-6-0s Part One 42700-42809

28.95

Due end September/ October

By Ian Sixsmith

Approx. 280 pages,hardback

ISBN 978-1-911262-11-4

Latest in the longstanding ‘Book Of’ series, in TWO PARTS to adequately cover the great number of locomotives involved (245 no less). 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.


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THE T.E. WILLIAMS: The Lost Colour Collection Vol. 2

THE T.E. WILLIAMS: The Lost Colour Collection Vol. 2

24.95

ON SALE LATE NOVEMBER

By Phillip and Owen Williams

The late Tom Williams, Great Western enthusiast and photographer born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1930, is best known for his extensive black-and-white photographic work which was donated to the National Railway Museum in York by his family after his untimely death at the age of forty nine in 1980. His little-known 35mm colour transparency work, however, was retained by his youngest son, Owen and is currently under restoration by his eldest son, Phillip. Seen in print for the first time in the book T.E.Williams: The Lost Colour Collection Volume 1 published in March 2017, this second volume dips again into Tom’s unique slide archive to concentrate on the decade 1954 to 1964. It unashamedly centres around the Western Region of British Railways, as this was the photographer’s primary interest, with sections devoted exclusively to the King Class and Swindon Works, but we are also given a taste of the fruits of Tom’s eclectic travels up and down the country, across the regional boundaries. We believe that this volume will sit seamlessly next to the first on any steam enthusiast’s bookshelf and will provide a unique insight into the world of a passionate and talented photographer, who wasn’t afraid to experiment with colour film at a time when most of his peers believed that black-and-white was the only route to successful railway photography.
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The 0-6-2 Tank Papers No.1 5600- 5699, 6600-6699

The 0-6-2 Tank Papers  No.1 5600- 5699, 6600-6699

13.95

Due beginning September

By ian Sixsmith

0-6-2Ts - Part 1 ISBN978-1-911262-06-0

1. 5600-5699 - Price: £13.95, 56pp

MORE GREAT WESTERN TANK LOCOMOTIVES

The successful Pannier Papers, already reprinted in parts, is a series of seven paperbacks detailing the hordes of GWR 0-6-0 pannier tanks. Lately it was joined by The Prairie Papers, three volumes treating the GWR 2-6-2Ts in similar fashion. Most of the rest of the Great Western’s fleet of tank locos is now dealt with in a similarly comprehensive way, in FOUR volumes,

0-6-2Ts

2-8-0Ts

2-8-2Ts

The 0-6-2 Tank Papers

5600- 5699, 6600-6699

1. 5600-5699

2. 6600-6699

The 2-8-0 Tank Papers

4200, 5200 2-8-0Ts, 4200-5294

The 2-8-2 Tank Papers

7200 2-8-2Ts, 7200-7253


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The 0-6-2 Tank Papers No.2 5600- 5699, 6600-6699

The 0-6-2 Tank Papers No.2 5600- 5699, 6600-6699

12.95

Due beginning September

By ian Sixsmith

0-6-2Ts - Part 1 ISBN978-1-911262-06-0

2. 6600-6699 - Price: £12.95, 48pp

MORE GREAT WESTERN TANK LOCOMOTIVES

The successful Pannier Papers, already reprinted in parts, is a series of seven paperbacks detailing the hordes of GWR 0-6-0 pannier tanks. Lately it was joined by The Prairie Papers, three volumes treating the GWR 2-6-2Ts in similar fashion. Most of the rest of the Great Western’s fleet of tank locos is now dealt with in a similarly comprehensive way, in FOUR volumes,

0-6-2Ts

2-8-0Ts

2-8-2Ts

The 0-6-2 Tank Papers

5600- 5699, 6600-6699

1. 5600-5699

2. 6600-6699

The 2-8-0 Tank Papers

4200, 5200 2-8-0Ts, 4200-5294

The 2-8-2 Tank Papers

7200 2-8-2Ts, 7200-7253


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The 2-8-0 TANK PAPERS 4200, 5200 2-8-0Ts, 4200-5294

The 2-8-0 TANK PAPERS 4200, 5200 2-8-0Ts, 4200-5294

14.95

Due beginning September

By ian Sixsmith

2-8-0Ts - ISBN 978-1-911262-10-7

4200, 5200 2-8-0Ts, 4200-5294 - £14.95, 80pp

MORE GREAT WESTERN TANK LOCOMOTIVES

The successful Pannier Papers, already reprinted in parts, is a series of seven paperbacks detailing the hordes of GWR 0-6-0 pannier tanks. Lately it was joined by The Prairie Papers, three volumes treating the GWR 2-6-2Ts in similar fashion. Most of the rest of the Great Western’s fleet of tank locos is now dealt with in a similarly comprehensive way, in FOUR volumes,

0-6-2Ts

2-8-0Ts

2-8-2Ts

The 0-6-2 Tank Papers

5600- 5699, 6600-6699

1. 5600-5699

2. 6600-6699

The 2-8-0 Tank Papers

4200, 5200 2-8-0Ts, 4200-5294

The 2-8-2 Tank Papers

7200 2-8-2Ts, 7200-7253


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The 2-8-2 TANK PAPERS 7200 2-8-2Ts, 7200-7253

The 2-8-2 TANK PAPERS 7200 2-8-2Ts, 7200-7253

13.95

Due beginning September

By ian Sixsmith

2-8-2Ts - ISBN 978-1-911262-09-1

7200 2-8-2Ts, 7200-7253 - Price: £13.95, 56pp

MORE GREAT WESTERN TANK LOCOMOTIVES

The successful Pannier Papers, already reprinted in parts, is a series of seven paperbacks detailing the hordes of GWR 0-6-0 pannier tanks. Lately it was joined by The Prairie Papers, three volumes treating the GWR 2-6-2Ts in similar fashion. Most of the rest of the Great Western’s fleet of tank locos is now dealt with in a similarly comprehensive way, in FOUR volumes,

0-6-2Ts

2-8-0Ts

2-8-2Ts

The 0-6-2 Tank Papers

5600- 5699, 6600-6699

1. 5600-5699

2. 6600-6699

The 2-8-0 Tank Papers

4200, 5200 2-8-0Ts, 4200-5294

The 2-8-2 Tank Papers

7200 2-8-2Ts, 7200-7253


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Locomotives and Railways of MERSEY DOCKS & HARBOUR BOARD

Locomotives and Railways of MERSEY DOCKS & HARBOUR BOARD

16.95

Due end September/October

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 NOVEMBER 27.2

BRILL NOVEMBER 27.2

RAILWAY BYLINES NOVEMBER 22.12

RAILWAY BYLINES NOVEMBER 22.12
 
 

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