© David Rostance. Reproduced courtesy of David Rostance. West Country Class 4-6-2 No. 34025 at Micheldever Station July 1967.
Welcome to Branchstow Books. We are a specialist railway bookseller with a particular emphasis on high quality books produced by small independent publishers. With this approach, we offer books that are not widely available, and carefully select only the finest books to the extent that each one comes with our recommendation.
To celebrate 180 years of Micheldever Station in Hampshire, Peter Clarke has produced a fascinating book. Parsons & Prawns begins with the origins of the line, its construction, the first passenger service in 1840, the growth of railway traffic and increasing capacity, both World Wars, post-war grouping, Beeching, electrification and privatisation.
The book concludes with details of the station today and what the future may hold. The book is illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings and maps.
The Leicester and Swannington Railway (L&SR) was one of the world’s first steam railways, with Robert Stephenson being the engineer. The line, which was approximately 6 miles long and single track, opened in 1832 to transport coal and passengers. The L&SR were bought by the Midland Railway in 1846.
We now have five titles which explore this line, including Glenfield Tunnel & Station, Leicester’s Stations, The Leicester and Swannington Railway in a Nutshell, The Leicester and Swannington Railway Today and West Bridge Wharf and Station.
Narrow Gauge Through Porthmadog by James Waite. A full colour 120 page hardback illustrated album by renowned photographer James Waite of the Ffestiniog and both Welsh Highland Railways.
The book takes the form of an illustrated journey from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Caernarfon. The photographs are accompanied by detailed and informative captions.
Kendal Tommy A History of the Arnside to Hincaster Branch by Dave Richardson. Operated by the Furness Railway Company until the 1920s and thereafter LMS, this branch line became known locally as the Kendal Tommy.
This book deals with the origins and history of the line. As well as having all the characteristics of a typical rural branch, the line was regularly used as a shortcut for excursion and special passenger trains as well as by coke trains running between the north east and the iron works of the Furness area.
Dave Richardson provides extensive coverage of the services on the line, as well as the stations, sidings and signalling. Additionally, there is a dedicated chapter covering the quarry and lime works at Sandside. Profusely illustrated with photographs, maps and scale drawings of some of the structures.
Dick Jackson provides a history of the Deeside branch line in Royal Deeside’s Railway: Aberdeen to Ballater. Fully illustrated the paperback book features details of the construction by the GNSR, transfer of ownership to LNER and final closure in 1966.
This line was used by the Royal Family visiting Balmoral.
Jeremy Nicholls in Nantwich Railways tells the story of how the railway came to Nantwich, connecting people with Crewe, Shrewsbury and beyond. It also covers the second line to Market Drayton and Wellington.
There is a detailed description of the station and goods yard, with rare photographs illustrating the staff, buildings and trains.
The Redruth and Chasewater Railway: A Pictorial Excursion Upalong and Down by Eric Rabjohns. The railway served the great copper mines of Gwennap, as well as Wheal Buller and the Basset Mines, horse-drawn from 1827 and with steam locomotives from 1854. The line closed in 1915.
This book takes us on a journey along the course of the mineral railway, using the author’s collection of old and current photographs plus his own watercolours. Track plans are featured as well as pictures of what remains of the line today. The book also includes accounts from people who had worked on this railway.