Coronavirus Statement: We remain open for online orders and have implemented a number of essential safety measures for the benefit of all concerned. Presently we are not able to dispatch orders to addresses outside the UK. Please keep safe.

Latest Arrivals

East Lincolnshire’s Lost Railways by Alan Stennett. Dr Beeching’s report recommended the closure of many of routes in Lincolnshire, and the part of the county to the south and east of Lincoln was particularly hard hit. The routes most affected were the Lincolnshire Loop Line and the East Lincolnshire Railway. The book features 150 photographs.
Lines covered include:

The Lincolnshire Loop Line of the Great Northern Railway
The Horncastle Branch
The New Line
The East Lincolnshire Railway
The Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea Branches
The Spilsby Branch
The Louth to Bardney Branch

Colonel Holman Stephens the Man and His Railways by Brian Janes was written to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Holman Fred Stephens. He was an outstanding character who championed the cause of the rural light railways when so many communities felt themselves cut off from mainstream life by poor communications.

Using archive photographs and original material from the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum, this book provides an indepth source of information about the man and his railways. The book is divided into two sections. Part one covers details about the life of Stephens, whilst part two examines sixteen railways. Featues over 70 images.

 

Brian Janes features the stories of three World War One heroes, Edith Cavell, Captain Fryatt and the Unknown Warrior, and the Cavell Van which carried them to be repatriated.

The Unknown Warrior and the Cavell Van is illustrated.

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.

Paul Lawton has produced a number of books on Welsh railways. We now have in stock six local publications, the majority of which focus on the Llangollen Railway, a former GWR line. The titles in question include Berwyn Memories, Carrog A Welsh Country Station, Llanuwchllyn Rembered, Corwen A Railway Town, Llangollen Station and A Look Back at Moelferna Quarry and the Deeside Tramway. All six publications are priced at £5.95.

 

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.

Brian Janes explores the life and railways of Colonel Holman Stephens in this 32 page book. Featuring fifty images, Colonel Stephens: A Celebration also covers sixteen light railways.

 

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.

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.