© David Rostance. Reproduced courtesy of David Rostance. West Country Class 4-6-2 No. 34025 at Micheldever Station July 1967.

Welcome to Branchstow Books. We are a specialist railway bookseller with a particular emphasis on high quality books produced by small independent publishers. With this approach, we offer books that are not widely available, and carefully select only the finest books to the extent that each one comes with our recommendation.

Latest Arrivals

The Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Railway: Memories of a Lost Line by Paul Lawton and Neil Robinson. These memories of a long lost line are a record of one family’s connection with this railway that stretched over four decades.

They go back to the Colonel Stephens era of the 1920s through to documenting the line as it was in 1960 when it closed.

Includes colour and black & white photographs.

Railway Structures in Wales and the Marches by Trefor Jones and Mike Morton Lloyd.  This book features scale drawings of Cambrian Railways and GWR structures in Wales and the Border Counties. They are mainly reproduced at 7 mm/ft scale to aid modellers, and will form an invaluable resource for those wishing to produce authentic models of the Cambrian Railways and the GWR in Mid Wales and the Borders.

Included are drawings of both small and large signal boxes of the type provided to the Cambrian by the Dutton company, station buildings from ranging shelters on halts such as Capel Celyn to the sizeable station building at Talgarth, and numerous small items ranging from bufferstops to the unusual wagon turntables and traversers on Aberdovey pier. Many are complemented by photographs.

Sid Payne is the author of The Railways of Victorian Dorchester Part One: The London & South Western Railway and Part Two: The Great Western Railway, both titles highly recommended for anyone interested in the railways of Dorset. The railways arrived in the Dorset county town of Dorchester in 1847 – the Southampton and Dorchester Railway, which became part of the LSWR. A decade later another line, this time from north to south, became part of the Great Western Railway. These two companies converged just outside the town, with the jointly run line down to Weymouth.

Both books examine the lines, not from a technical point of view , but from the everyday events taking place and the ordinary people who were involved. Using contemporary documents and historical newspapers, it brings back to life forgotten railwaymen; the station masters, signalmen and porters.

A percentage of each sale will go towards Project 62 of the Locomotive Group, Shillingstone, Dorset, who are overhauling two USA type 0-6-0 tank locomotives.

Western Venture by Roger Geach and Michael Mercer. The Seventy Four Western Diesel Hydraulics were all withdrawn from British Rail service by the end of February 1977. This new book features all Seventy Four at work. Barry Nicolle was a well-known photographer in the 1970s and several of his pictures could be found in the Railway Press at that time including the popular Ian Allan ABC locomotive books and Combined Volumes.

The basis of this new book features Barry’s Western pictures of which many have never been seen in print before supplemented by other photographers. Other Chapters include the early withdrawals at Swindon Works for scrapping. Along with reminiscences from some of those people who were there at the time riding behind these powerful locomotives, mentioning the day to day services these locomotives worked written now some forty five years later. There are over 120 black and white pictures in this album which date from the late 1960s to 1977 featuring the Westerns at work.

Perchance It Waketh: The Rebuilding of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. This 96 page hardback illustrated album by Lynton & Barnstaple revivalists Peter Snashall and Peter Nicholas, documents in pictures and captions the rebuilding of this iconic railway, from the early days at the Milky Way through to the recent acquisition of Parracombe.

Includes coverage of still to be re-opened sections such as Snapper Halt and Chelfham.


Diesels around Cardiff by Andrew Wiltshire. A glorious full colour pictorial album of Diesels, from the 1960s to the present day. Classes featured include:

03, 08, 11, 25, 31, 33, 35, 37, 40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 50, 52, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 66, 67, 70, 73, 108, 116, 142, 143, 150, 153, 155, 156, 158, 175 and 221.

We now have a selection of 2022 railway calendars on offer including Steam Railway, Steam Trains, Vintage Railway PostersCountry Railways and Romance of Steam.