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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.
Honest and often amusing, Richard Maclennan shares his personal memories and anecdotes of 40 years of working on the railways. He is only one of a small band of railwaymen who can legitimately claim to have a career starting from humble beginnings on the footplate right through to executive director and board member at one of the most successful of all train operating companies. The Footplate to the Boardroom Part One covers the 1980’s in Scotland when Richard Maclennan was second man and driver on all the classic locomotive types including Class 20, 26, 27, 37, 40, 47 and 55 Deltics.
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.
The Pilling Pig by Dave Richardson covers the whole history of the Garstang and Knott End Railway, a charismatic little line, from its independent days under the GKER and later the KER, through to the Grouping and then onward to nationalisation and up to closure of the final section in 1965.
There are numerous illustrations, with a wide range of maps. There are also many unpublished photographs of the line. As well as covering the general history of the railway, there are separate detailed chapters on the infrastructure and signalling, the goods and passenger services, the locomotives and rolling stock and finally the Preesall salt industry.
Volume One of The Hope Valley Line covers the dawn of the railway age to the end of the grouping in 1947. Ted Hancock describes how the connecting lines reached Dore & Totley and Chinley, the epic story of the building of the line and the contribution of the navvies and finally the period from the opening of the line to 1947. This comprehensive book is fully illustrated.
The china clay deposits of Dartmoor brought wealth for some and failure for others. Despite attempts the Redlake deposits eventually fell in the latter category. The Redlake Tramway and China Clay Works features the stories of these attempts, not just from the business perspective, but with real contributions from the workers themselves. With accounts of day to day life at the hostel deep in the moor, this is a very human story. It was the tramway that was built to make the work possible that first attracted author E.A. Wade and he gives a good account of all aspects of the railway.
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.
Featuring a wide range of images from the two decades of operation after the end of World War 2, Steam on the Isle of Wight: Postwar Years by Adrian Kennedy is an evocative reminder of the railways that once served the island. Drawing upon the work of a number of photographers who visited the island during the period, most of the photographs are previously unpublished and provide a superb tribute to now long-departed steam operations and the trains that once plied their trade on routes linking Ryde, Newport, Ventnor, Cowes and Freshwater.
Southern Steam 1948-1967 contains over 250 stunning colour and black and white photographs of steam locomotives working across much of the South of England. Many areas of interest are featured, including: Eastleigh; Dover; Southampton; Brighton; Guildford; Exeter; Plymouth; Guildford; Reading; Salisbury; Winchester; Yeovil. A section is provided for all the important SR locations in London, such as Waterloo station, Stewarts Lane shed, Bricklayers Arms shed, Clapham Junction, Victoria station, etc.
There is also a selection of images taken on the Isle of Wight which came under the jurisdiction of the SR. A large number of the area’s most recognisable classes are presented: Bulleid’s ‘Merchant Navy’ and ‘Battle of Britain’/’West Country’ Pacifics; Maunsell ‘King Arthur’ and ‘Schools’, amongst others; Urie 4-6-0s; Drummond M7; Wainwright C Class. The old Adams 415 Class engines have been captured on their native soil, whilst equally ancient Stroudley E1s have been encountered.
Also making appearances are BR Standard Class engines, ranging from the ‘Britannias’ to the 4-6-0s, 2-6-0s and 2-6-4Ts. The locomotives have been captured in many evocative scenes of the era, comprising those at stations, both main line and smaller local facilities, engine sheds and from the lineside. The photographs are accompanied by well-researched and informative captions.