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Percy Parsons 50 Years on the Railway, from the Somerset and Dorset in 1937. Percy joined the Somerset & Dorset Railway in 1937 as a junior porter and worked throughout his career in the Somerset area with a gap for World War Two.

This book details his career and experiences on the S&D branch from Evercreech to Burnham and the staff he worked with over the years. There are many of his photographs from the whole period up to his retirement in 1987 at Bridgwater where he was station supervisor.

John Owen provides a comprehensive account of The Moretonhamstead Branch, from the busy South Devon junction of Newton Abbot to Moretonhamstead 12 miles away. With 200 photographs and diagrams, John Owen has divided the book into two sections. Part one examines the history, describes the route, the train services provided and details of locomotives and rolling stock. Part two looks at each station in turn.
John Owen provides a fascinating insight into this line, which closed to passenger traffic in 1959.

The Talyllyn Railway Men by Sara Eade is the result of a huge amount of painstaking research into the lives and full social histories of the significant characters involved in the founding, construction and operation of the Talyllyn Railway, from the beginning in 1865 up until the start of the preservation era in 1950.

Sara Eade also features the story following five generations of the same family right up the present day. A must for any fan of the Talyllyn Railway.

Aberfeldy is a long established town on the River Tay, eight miles west of the main route from Perth to Inverness. A branch from the main line featured in early proposals for railways in the area and it was opened in 1865, only two years after the through route. It served the town for nigh on a century, closing with many other rural lines in the 1960s.
Aberfeldy’s Railway by CJ Stewart, features more than fifty illustrations and maps, examines the history of the line, from construction and day to day operation through to memories of the final decade and lasting reminders of the line.

The Pilling Pig by Dave Richardson covers the whole history of the Garstang and Knott End Railway, a charismatic little line, from its independent days under the GKER and later the KER, through to the Grouping and then onward to nationalisation and up to closure of the final section in 1965.
There are numerous illustrations, with a wide range of maps. There are also many unpublished photographs of the line. As well as covering the general history of the railway, there are separate detailed chapters on the infrastructure and signalling, the goods and passenger services, the locomotives and rolling stock and finally the Preesall salt industry.

Class 37s in the Far West tells the story of the class 37s working in the West Country on the freight and passenger services west of Taunton and Yeovil Junction. Freight Traffic was the reason the locomotives were first sent west and particularly the clay trains in Cornwall. Later they were used on other flows including oil services, coal, infrastructure, cement, speedlink and the stone trains from Meldon Quarry. Use on passenger service was unpredictable covering for failures or hauling relief services. However many different class 37s have worked passenger services in Devon and Cornwall and the book lists all known workings by the class in a separate table in both date and locomotive numerical order.

There are over 150 different full colour images which date from the nineteen seventies through the eighties and nineties into the millennium. As well as the local based engines the authors also show some of the visitors to the Region. Different liveries are shown from the rail blue era through to the Railfreight grey era. This book should be of interest to local historians; anyone interested in the West Country Railway, Class 37 enthusiasts as well as modellers who wish to study train consists and views from the past.

 

The china clay deposits of Dartmoor brought wealth for some and failure for others. Despite attempts the Redlake deposits eventually fell in the latter category. The Redlake Tramway and China Clay Works features the stories of these attempts, not just from the business perspective, but with real contributions from the workers themselves. With accounts of day to day life at the hostel deep in the moor, this is a very human story. It was the tramway that was built to make the work possible that first attracted author E.A. Wade and he gives a good account of all aspects of the railway.

The Isle of Man Railway: A Photographic Journey 1960 features the images of John Langford and text by Grant Taylor. John Langford visited the Isle of Man Railway during June 1960, creating a photographic journey in colour, illustrating the locomotives, carriages, stations and other railway fixtures along the line. Includes 68 colour photographs, the 1959/1960 winter and 1960 spring timetables and a list of the locomotive fleet. The Isle of Man Railway A Photographic Journey 1960 is priced at only £5.00.

 

An independent and sometimes eccentric line, which connected the local port of Watchet with long abandoned mines and deserted villages more than 1000 feet high on the Brendon Hills, the West Somerset Mineral Railway enjoys a place in West Somerset folklore. The Old Mineral Line provides historic photographs and expert commentary by R.J. Sellick, who traces the story of the Mineral Railway from its beginnings in 1856, through its fitful decline, to the end of the company in 1925.

Featuring a wide range of images from the two decades of operation after the end of World War 2, Steam on the Isle of Wight: Postwar Years by Adrian Kennedy is an evocative reminder of the railways that once served the island. Drawing upon the work of a number of photographers who visited the island during the period, most of the photographs are previously unpublished and provide a superb tribute to now long-departed steam operations and the trains that once plied their trade on routes linking Ryde, Newport, Ventnor, Cowes and Freshwater.

 

Southern Steam 1948-1967 contains over 250 stunning colour and black and white photographs of steam locomotives working across much of the South of England. Many areas of interest are featured, including: Eastleigh; Dover; Southampton; Brighton; Guildford; Exeter; Plymouth; Guildford; Reading; Salisbury; Winchester; Yeovil. A section is provided for all the important SR locations in London, such as Waterloo station, Stewarts Lane shed, Bricklayers Arms shed, Clapham Junction, Victoria station, etc.

There is also a selection of images taken on the Isle of Wight which came under the jurisdiction of the SR. A large number of the area’s most recognisable classes are presented: Bulleid’s ‘Merchant Navy’ and ‘Battle of Britain’/’West Country’ Pacifics; Maunsell ‘King Arthur’ and ‘Schools’, amongst others; Urie 4-6-0s; Drummond M7; Wainwright C Class. The old Adams 415 Class engines have been captured on their native soil, whilst equally ancient Stroudley E1s have been encountered.

Also making appearances are BR Standard Class engines, ranging from the ‘Britannias’ to the 4-6-0s, 2-6-0s and 2-6-4Ts. The locomotives have been captured in many evocative scenes of the era, comprising those at stations, both main line and smaller local facilities, engine sheds and from the lineside. The photographs are accompanied by well-researched and informative captions.