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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.
In Graveyards of Steam, David Dunn explores the private and public scrapyards during the latter years of British steam.
The book is fully illustrated with black and white photographs, many previously unpublished.
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.
Lincolnshire author Alf Ludlam produced a series of railway books depicting the county’s railway history. Our latest consignment of stock includes the entire Lincolnshire Railway Centre series.
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.
The Crowsnest Chronicles by Roy Link describes in detail, how the modelling of the Crowsnest Tramway has evolved over the years in several scales, culminating in the 16mm scale diorama which is still under development. A full history of the mining operations and the railway, with references is provided, plus a brief history of the origins of 16mm scale modelling in the UK.
In summary a fascinating look into a lifetime project of one of the world’s best narrow gauge modellers – full of inspiration, techniques and modelling insights.
Final Journey by Nicolas Wheatley reveals the previously untold story of why and how trains have been used to transport the coffins of the dead, enabling their burial in a place of significance to the bereaved. From Royalty, aristocrats and other VIPs (including Sir Winston Churchill and the Unknown Soldier) to accident victims and ordinary people, this book explores the way in which these people made their final journey by train before being laid to rest.
Profusely illustrated with many images, some never previously published, Nicholas Wheatley’s work details how the mainline railways carried out this important yet often hidden work, from the Victorian age to the 1980s. The continuation of ceremonial funeral transport on many heritage railways brings the story up to the present day.