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Going Narrow Gauge – how to capture the look of a narrow gauge railway by the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association. Experienced narrow gauge modellers such as Gordon Gravett, Chris Peacock and Geoff Thorne explain how they capture that elusive narrow gauge ‘atmosphere’.
Also features chapters covering the variety of narrow gauge prototypes both within the UK and overseas including heritage railways, detailed data sheets and numerous layouts illustrating the narrow gauge look.
Illustrated, this is an essential handbook for anyone attempting to model a narrow gauge railway. Although primarily covering narrow gauge railways built to 7mm scale, the handbook is equally applicable to modellers building in other scales.
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.
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.
Welsh Highland Railway: Locomotive and Rolling Stock Drawings has been produced in collaboration with the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, Keith Millard and the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association.
The drawings contained are of locomotives and rolling stock of the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways, and do not cover the current recently-reopened through operation. This revised edition was published in 2020 making corrections and updating, including three extra drawings. Each drawing has associated historical notes, source information and notes on details.
A Celebration of LMS Coronation Pacifics by John Jennison uses top quality photographs reproduced at the largest possible size to celebrate some of the best-loved steam classes. Full-page shots are presented in a landscape format and are backed up by comprehensive captions.
The emphasis throughout is on the engines in service and the book has been arranged in chapters in chronological order starting with the four main variations of the class as built, followed by the post-war de-streamlined engines.
The final three chapters show the Coronations at work in the 1950s and 1960s on each of the principal routes where they were used, ending with the final few months of 1964.
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.
Spanning the Gaps – Highland Railway Bridges and Viaducts by Anne-Mary Paterson. Mention the Highlands and one thinks immediately of lochs and glens. Hilly countryside and sea inlets meant that finding a route for the railways which were built in Victorian days was difficult and inevitably required the construction of many viaducts and bridges. Some were of stone and others of iron and later steel. Size ranged from those crossing minor burns to the magnificent structures such as that at Culloden. Construction cost had to be taken into account as the Highland Railway was never awash with money.
This book tells the story of all the important viaducts and bridges on the Highland Railway. It is copiously illustrated, including sixteen photographs taken in 1864, detailed views from the 1890s and 1900s when photographing state-of-the-art construction was popular and many recent ones showing how well these structures have stood up to Highland conditions. The main lines of the Highland Railway are fortunate in that nearly all are still open today as part of Scot Rail, so the structures are all well-maintained and still there for everyone to enjoy. The author has used her professional knowledge to describe the structures in detail, adding incidental details which show how the railway played its part in local life.
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.
A Peckett’s Travels by Alf Ludlam tells the story of Peckett 0-4-0ST No. 1749 Fulstow.
No. 1749 was constructed in 1928 by Peckett & Sons for Tarmack Roadstone Ltd. The locomotive spent the whole of its working life at Cawdor Quarry in Matlock. Following retirement from the quarry in Derbyshire the engine was purchased by Brian Roberts. In 1979 Roberts sold the locomotive to Pete Clark who restored No. 1749 by 1988.
Less than ten years later No. 1749 was purchased by Great Northern Locomotives Ltd, who had been granted a Light Railway Order in 1991 and had purchased the trackbed between Louth and Waltham, which is now the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway. An overhaul of the locomotive was completed at Ludborough in 2010.
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.
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.