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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

Can it really be that time of the year again. We have a fine selection of books for you in the run up to Christmas. We kick off with two more in the popular 'Book of' series with The Book of the Ivatt Class 2 2-6-0s and part two of the STANIER 8F 2-8-0s. Not far behind is the final volume of T.E. Williams, The Lost Colour Collection. If thats not enough we have DIESEL DAWN - 1 Deltics, a colour extravaganza available through us or in selected W H Smith High Street shops. Finally we have two reprints from the Pannier Paper series, Part 6 and Part 7. Hope thats enough to whet your appitite for the festive period - see you in the New Year folks with more goodies.

Best wishes and many thanks for your support

George Reeve

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Last updated 10/10/2019

New Books and Magazines

The Book of the STANIER 8F 2-8-0s Part Two

The Book of the STANIER 8F 2-8-0s Part Two

29.95

IAN SIXSMITH, Richard Derry - Due Nov

ISBN 978-1-911262-28-2

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

Part One detailed those 8Fs built by/for the LMS for its own use – 8000-8125 in the 1930s with no thought then of them becoming a British ‘war locomotive’ though indeed some did go abroad.

Part Two concerns firstly those engines built by Crewe and North British for the LMS, 8126-8225 which never went abroad and secondly the locos built at Ministry of Supply/War Department behest and loaned to the LMS/GWR, 8226-8300. The life, times and adventures of each (sometimes quite exotic in the case of the latter) is recorded under the individual loco, as with previous ‘Books Of’..

All the usual works histories and allocations are here for every loco; 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 IVATT CLASS 2 2-6-0s

The Book of the IVATT CLASS 2 2-6-0s

29.95

By John Jennison - Due Nov

ISBN 978-1-911262-26-8

As the LMS Press Release explained at the time, the newest LMS 2-6-0s, though of small size and light weight, incorporated ‘every modern development which has been found successful on the larger main line types.’ They had self-cleaning smokeboxes, manganese steel axlebox liners, rocking grates and hopper ashpans. Externally, the high running plate and outside cylinders contrasted with the rather ancient looking large diameter chimney. The tender cab and inset tanks were designed for tender-first operation.

The Class 2 moguls and the contemporaneous Class 2 2-6-2Ts were amongst the last new LMS designs and although intended for secondary duties, they incorporated (just like the Press Release said!) all of the refinements developed over the previous decade and honed by Ivatt on his post-war Black Fives. The two classes were designed together, sharing as many components as possible, using the same boiler, and they were very much complementary.

The Book of the Ivatt Class 2 2-6-0s as you’d expect follows the series customary format; detailed essay as to provenance, development, historical content, tables of works histories and allocations, photographs of every loco.

The Book of the Ivatt 2-6-2Ts will follow imminently.


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T E WILLIAMS: The Lost Colour Collection Volume 3

T E WILLIAMS: The Lost Colour Collection Volume 3

25.95

PHIL & OWEN WILLIAMS

ISBN 978-1-911262-27-5 - Due Nov

The late Tom Williams, photographer and Great Western enthusiast, born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1930, is best known for his extensive black-and-white photographic work, 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 has been under restoration since May 2014 by his eldest son, Phillip. Seen in print for the first time in the books ‘T.E.Williams: The Lost Colour Collection Volumes 1 & 2’  published during 2017, this third volume revisits Tom’s unique colour archive. Although centring on the Western Region of British Railways, around the idyllic Warwickshire and Cotswold countryside, we are also treated to locations as diverse as Bristol, Reading, New Barnet, Twyford, Eastleigh and Crew, to name but a few. We also have a chapter dedicated to the challenging section of main line between Newton Abbot and Plymouth. We believe that this volume will sit proudly, not just on any discerning steam enthusiast’s bookshelf, but with its large and detailed colour plates will also provide invaluable information for any serious railway modeller.
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DIESEL DAWN - 1 Deltics

DIESEL DAWN - 1 Deltics

10.99

GAVIN GLEINSTER, TONY WRIGHT

ISBN 978-1-911262-23-7 - Due Nov

Available from selected W H Smith High Street Stores or direct from the publisher

First in a series to record in colour and black and white the prototype origins and production lives of our diesel classes, from halting beginnings in the 1950s to (sometimes) premature ends. DELTIC itself was the most extraordinary prototype of all; culmination of a long and complex road stretching back would you believe through a First World War German aero engine, Second World War RAF ground attack aircraft, Kreigsmarine E-boats and HM Royal Navy. The English Electric project (known as DP1 – Diesel Prototype No.1, which is how we got DP2 years later) to build DELTIC was speculative, an unusual but not unknown road to take in locomotive history. DELTIC itself, at 3,300hp, was way, way beyond other main line diesels; it duly burst upon the scene, to dramatic effect and in power and speed swept all before it. BR’s existing diesel electric Type 4s were lumbering giants in comparison. The production fleet that followed, D9000-D9021, made for a glorious couple of decades on the Anglo-Scottish workings of the East Coast. This mighty fleet of 22 Deltics brought electrification levels of performance; that, after all, was their raison d’être, to provide a level of service equal to electric locomotives and this they did – their performances were literally ‘electrifying’! Indeed, outside the peak services they were necessarily somewhat under-utilised – they were almost too powerful for the job. The coming of the Deltics was a landmark in BR’s Great Modernisation; with their advent ‘...the first major breakthrough in speed, frequency, locomotive and coaching stock utilisation in line with the aims and objectives of BR’s Modernisation Plan was achieved.’ In terms of 1960s modernisation highlights, little compared to the inauguration of the Deltics.


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The PANNIER PAPERS No.7

The PANNIER PAPERS No.7

16.95

REPRINT

No. 7

54XX, 64XX, 74XX

By Ian Sixsmith

The daintiest and most specialised of the pannier tank hordes, including some specifically for passenger work. This brings to an end at last The Pannier Papers, the most exhaustive survey of the post-Grouping 0-6-0 tanks of the Great Western. There were more than 1,200 of them, and they’re all here!
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The PANNIER PAPERS No.6

The PANNIER PAPERS No.6

15.95

REPRINT

No. 6 1366, 15XX

By Ian Sixsmith

These two classes of pannier, tiny numerically compared to the others dealt with in the Pannier Papers so far, were both hugely distinctive in their way. One was a barely altered derivative of a design first arrived at in the 1870s, in the days of Francis Trevithick. The other was the most advanced pannier tank ever built; huge and with modern motion and accessibility virtually unheard of on the GWR.
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BRILL OCTOBER 29.1

BRILL OCTOBER 29.1

RAILWAY BYLINES OCTOBER 24.11

RAILWAY BYLINES OCTOBER 24.11

SOUTHERN WORKHORSES No.1 Q 0-6-0s

SOUTHERN WORKHORSES No.1 Q 0-6-0s

15.95

LESLIE TIBBLE, Richard Derry

ISBN 978-1-911262-24-4

Maunsell arranged for twenty of these dainty 4F 0-6-0s to be built shortly before the Second World War, the first 0-6-0s built by the Southern until the very different Q1s followed a year or two later, under Bulleid. They were the final expression of Maunsell design, owing much in their styling and parts utilised (thus their distinct ‘family appearance’) to his 2-6-0s and 4-4-0s back in the early years of the Southern Railway. Eminently suited for freight, from meandering pick-ups to lengthy coal trains, they led an unexpectedly mixed traffic existence, finding regular use on heavy weekend excursions to the coast and even enjoyed a spell on commuter trains out of London.Follows closely the format of the Southern Big Tanks, with full works/shed histories. To be joined shortly by Southern Workhorses 2 Q1 0-6-0s.
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SOUTHERN WORKHORSES No.2 Q1 0-6-0s 33001 TO 33040

SOUTHERN WORKHORSES No.2 Q1 0-6-0s 33001 TO 33040

22.95

LESLIE TIBBLE and Richard Derry

ISBN 978-1-911262-25-1

Due early August

Faced with the need for more ‘go anywhere’ freight locomotives of enhanced power, Bulleid, as might be expected, eschewed the obvious solution of a conventional 0-6-0, something so familiar on every other railway in the country and indeed recently built under Maunsell on Bulleid’s very own Southern Railway – the Q 0-6-0s (for which, see SOUTHERN WORKHORSES 1 Q 0-6-0s 30530-30549). Bulleid considered these traditional 0-6-0s impossibly dainty (if not downright obsolescent) for the hard and varied work on offer and his vastly powerful Q1 owed nothing to earlier designs, in power or of course, famously, in looks.

The Q1s could work almost any train, from a ten coach Sunday excursion to branch freights and coal trains on the main line. Paring down the weight to fit a wide axle loading led to problems however with braking and weld defects. Their lives were interesting to say the least.

Follows closely the format of the ‘Book Of’ series – the number of locos and the weight of information means this volume is HARDBACK.


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