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Honest and often amusing, Richard Maclennan shares his personal memories and anecdotes of 40 years of working on the railways. He is only one of a small band of railwaymen who can legitimately claim to have a career starting from humble beginnings on the footplate right through to executive director and board member at one of the most successful of all train operating companies. The Footplate to the Boardroom Part One covers the 1980’s in Scotland when Richard Maclennan was second man and driver on all the classic locomotive types including Class 20, 26, 27, 37, 40, 47 and 55 Deltics.

West Riding Steam is lavishly illustrated, with 200 colour photographs and images. Derek Huntriss concentrates on the last two decades of steam, the 1950s and 1960s. Starting with the Settle and Carlisle line, the book takes the reader down to Skipton via various branch lines to Bradford and Leeds. Covering the lines north and east of Leeds before arriving at York and finishing at Sheffield.

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 There are also many unpublished photographs of the line.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.

Volume One of The Hope Valley Line covers the dawn of the railway age to the end of the grouping in 1947. Ted Hancock describes how the connecting lines reached Dore & Totley and Chinley, the epic story of the building of the line and the contribution of the navvies and finally the period from the opening of the line to 1947. This comprehensive book is fully illustrated.

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 Black Isle Railway by Jack Kernahan provides a fascinating glimpse into the Muir of Ord to Fortrose branch. The line became the typical rural branch, taking up to an hour for mixed trains to cover the thirteen miles. It became an essential part of the community. Kernahan delves into the history of the line, accompanied by photographs and illustrations.

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; Reading; Salisbury; Winchester; Yeovil and all the important SR locations in London. 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.

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.

A special edition of the Journal of the Cumbrian Railway Association. John Hammond covers railways at war in Cumbria and adjacent counties in addition to ambulance trains and ‘Jellicoe Specials’. Cumbrian Railways at War is fully illustrated.

Keith Fenwick, Neil Sinclair and Richard Ardern look at the impact of the railway closures north of Inverness during 1960, before Dr Beeching appeared on the scene. The line ran from Inverness to Wick and Thurso. Every station along the line is featured within the book, which is well illustrated. Lost Stations on the Far North Line was published to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure.