© 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.
The Hythe & Sandgate Branch Line and Tramway by Peter A. Harding. The Hythe and Sandgate branch, three miles in length, was one of the shortest lines constructed by South Eastern Railway. The aim was to create a new route to the continent with an extension through to Folkestone Harbour.
This book, the latest addition in the popular Peter Harding series, follows the tale of this branch line. Also included is the fascinating story of the tramway which proved popular with locals and tourists alike. Sadly the tramway closed in 1922.
In the 1980s the BBC TV series God’s Wonderful Railway, which was filmed on the Severn Valley Railway, proved very popular. The series shows three generations of the same family through the years working on the line. Avril Rowlands, who wrote the series, produced a couple of books based on the TV programme.
The Story of the Mansfield & Pinxton Railway – celebrating 200 years of England’s oldest continuously running commercial railway. This little-known railway boasts the oldest railway viaduct in the country and was the first double tracked line to be constructed between two towns. This book tells the full 200-year history including the story behind its origins.
The reader will learn about the early horse drawn wagons, the conversion of both track and motive power to steam and finally onto diesel engines. Initially the track was constructed for goods only, but passenger travel was soon introduced, and both ran in harmony for over 130 years, with over 90 passenger trains each day by 1900 and countless goods trains, mostly serving the local coal mines. The Beeching cuts axed the passenger services but the goods trains prospered for many more years; just as the goods trains were diminishing, passenger trains returned.
Somewhere Along the Line – the story of the Banbury and Cheltenham railway and the people associated with it 1887-1987 by Barbara Brown.
This centenary book aims to record what life was like for local residents in the Cotswolds prior to the railway, and how its coming changed their lives. Barbara Brown describes the construction of the line, station by station, using archive material, and the role of the railway during war years. The book also discovers what remains of the line 25 years after its final closure.
The book is illustrated.
A Life on the Rails by Alan Baker. The author has spent more than fifty years working on the railways, from M&GN and LNER to BR, IC and Anglia.
This book is about his memories of a railway life. Everything mentioned in this book actually happened and nothing has been polished up or glossed over.
Published by the Dawish Local History Group, David Allanach has produced two books on the history of the Dawlish line. Dawlish and the Railway 1901 to Today traces the fortunes of the railway and the town from Edwardian elegance through two world wars and the radical changes of the 1960s and 70s.
Dawlish and the Railway in the 19th Century shows how Brunel chose the route and how the town reacted. It covers the difficulties of the line and how the early decisions are still impacting the railway today. Also features details of the Atmospheric Railway.
The Route of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway by Andrew Jeffery. A hardback illustrated album taking the reader on an illustrated journey along this popular heritage railway from Pickering to Whitby, and on to Battersby – the limit of approved NYMR operations.
The author, an accomplished photographer, is part of the NYMR’s Motive Power Department, and consequently has access to views and locations which would not be available to the general public, making this a unique photographic record.