The Scottish Highland Lairds, with a few exceptions, welcomed the prospect of the railway passing through their estates as the Highlands were falling behind with developments that happening in other parts of Britain. In return for their cooperation they were able to ask for favours such as a private waiting room in their local station or even in a few cases a private station or platform.
This book explores these facilities provided by the Highland Railway. Following a brief history of the family concerned, each chapter goes on to explore in a wider context the development opportunities that occurred by the arrival of the railway and ends with a description of the stations.
Great Central Reunification Volume One: The Start of Something Big by Tom Ingall, who has kindly granted Branchstow Books permission to sell this fascinating book.
The Great Central Railway’s Reunification project is one of the biggest schemes ever attempted in railway preservation. Bringing together two halves of the former main line to London has been called impossible and yet its happening!
This book tells the story of the GCR so far, how the ‘gap’ came to be and the first two stages of work to close it. Told by the people making it happen over decades, this book has not only been warmly reviewed but is also raising funds to build the next stages.
The book is full colour and features dozens of pictures, some of which have never been seen before.
Belgrave and Birstall Remembered by John Powdrill. How a local railway station was gained, lost and regained by those who knew, used and tried to preserve the station.
What happened to Belgrave and Birstall Station? Using 150 photos and stories about the railway between Greengate Lane in Birstall and the site of Thurcaston Road bridge in Belgrave, this 64 page book describes how and why the station was built; who worked there; who played there; how it operated; who its neighbours were; what happened and why we could not save it in 1969.
Settle Graveyard Project documents the lives of those buried since 1839 in the Graveyard at Holy Ascension Church, Settle. The project has been carried out by a team of volunteers led by Sarah Lister. It is a unique piece of work.
As part of the graveyard project, The Railway Navvies of Settle by Sarah Lister presents the colourful lives of 20 navvies who worked on the Settle and Carlisle railway and are buried in the graveyard, many of them without gravestones. There are also many more children of navvies who died at this time and are buried there.
Author and photographer Jonathan James captures 25 years of The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. This photograpic album is in softback format and only £14.95.
Terminal Blue Volume One: Paddington 1977-1986 is by Ted Reading. This photographic album features a range of locomotives which visited Paddington over the course of a decade, including 50s, 31s, 47s, HSTs and DMUs.
Content includes Paddington Station both town and country ends, arrivals and departures, approaches, Westbourne Park Station, Mitre Bridge and Old OakCommon.
Each black and white photograph, which is printed on quality gloss paper, features a description.
Geoff Williams’ Aylesbury LNWR Researching and Modelling the Prototype by Bob Williams. This book provides a lovely account from Bob Williams of how his father Geoff researched and built his famous EM gauge model of Aylesbury LNWR.
A great story illustrated with numerous photographs, sketches, plans and a scale drawing of Aylesbury station. Photographs for the book were taken by Andy York at “Railex” in 2016.
Unconsidered Trifles by Geoff Kent is a photographic record of the “lesser man made features” of our environment that stand witness to and remind us of times not long past. For the most part they are everyday unremarkable things that were commonplace from Victorian times up until the second half of the last century, but which have since been largely swept away by the constant tide of modernisation.
The author’s fascination with these “unconsidered trifles” grew out of his hobby of building transport models of both road and railway subjects and his conviction that these models should reflect as accurately as possible the periods in which they are set.
Most of the pictures in this book have been taken in the last three or four years and show subjects which for the moment still exist and all of which are visible from public roads or footpaths. These images provide a rich visual source of these minor details, ideal for modellers and artists who wish to re-create scenes from our recent past.
The Railway its Builders Didn’t Want – The Sleaford to Bourne Branch of the Great Northern Railway by Alan Stennett. This branch line nearly never happened. Planned by the Company as part of an attempt to block another railway’s scheme to intrude into what it saw as its own territory, the GN then struck a deal with its rival and tried to abandon their proposals. Fortunately for the locals of Aswarby, Scredington, Horbling, Billingborough, Rippingale and Morton, Parliament stopped them doing so.
The line was opened in January 1872, carried passengers for 58 years and finally closed to all traffic in 1965.
We now have in stock two titles from author Les Wheeler. The Final Few Years of British Steam Part One 1958-1966 and Part Two 1966-1968. Both books are well illustrated and provides an account of Les Wheeler’s recollections of exploits and adventures while following steams decline on British Railways.
The Gretna Railway Disaster 100 Years Ago by Gordon Routledge. One hundred years have come and gone since the terrible Gretna railway disaster claimed the lives of half a regiment of brave young Scottish soldiers. They were travelling South to Liverpool to meet their ship which would have taken them to the war at Gallipoli.
Their departure was delayed and on that Whitsuntide Holiday weekend fate intervened and they were cruelly cut down beforeven leaving their beloved Scotland. Worse still that it should happen in the quiet countryside near Gretna Green, the last place on Earth where one could associate with such a tragedy. But there were other casualties from both the express and the local train and all these years later there are still mysteries surrounding the tragedy and many questions remain unanswered.