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Re: New Books

Postby Ian Prince » Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:07 pm

British Rail Scene; The 1970s and early 1980s in photographs.
Andy Sparks
The History Press
ISBN978 0 7509 7013 6

This soft back book is the third in the author's series, and kept me enthralled throughout. Not least because it was in an era I knew very well. Such nostalgia!

Well written and accurate captions from the time, with more than just an emphasis on the motive power, but on the whole changing scene. All photos in B&W, but that somehow adds to the feel of the book.

Very well recommended to those active in that era.

(A further collection of photographs on the same theme is due to be published in April 2018; Amazon and Wordery already taking pre orders)
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardCoulthurst » Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:07 pm

Two more books from Graffeg in their Lost Lines of Wales series have arrived.

Bangor to Afon Wen 978 1 91221 311 5
Rhyl to Corwen 978 1 91221 310 8

The authors are Paul Lawton and David Southern.

They are both hardbacks (laminated boards), 64 pages, 150 x 200mm, with monochrome and colour photographs.

The cover price is £8.99 for each book.

The books are available from your local bookshop or on-line from the publisher http://www.graffeg.com.

Later this year Graffeg will be publishing two more titles in the series: Conway Valley Line and The Heads of the Valleys Line and next year plan to publish Newport to Hereford, Hereford to Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury to Chester in a new series called Lost Lines of England and Wales. Also forthcoming next year will be Swansea to Llandrindod Wells and Llandrindod Wells to Craven Arms.

For those interested in trams Graffeg are also publishing an new series called Lost Tramways of Britain which will include titles such as Cardiff, Swansea and Mumbles, North Wales and South Wales and the Valleys. Check the publisher's website for the latest information.

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Re: New Books

Postby RichardCoulthurst » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:14 am

The Shropshire Union Canal - from the Mersey to the Midlands and Wales - Peter Brown, hardback, 288 pages, 250 x 193mm, 110 illustrations, 19 maps, Published by the Railway & Canal Historical Society, 2018, ISBN 978 0 901461 66 7, Special price of £30 until 31st October, thereafter it will be £35.00.

Not a railway book as such but the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company (to give it it's full name) was eventually a subsidiary company of the LNWR and the LMS after the Grouping.

The publisher's description is as follows:
The Shropshire Union was created in the 1840s by the amalgamation of the Ellesmere & Chester, Birmingham & Liverpool Junction, Montgomeryshire and Shrewsbury Canals to form a network some 200 miles in length.
The main line went from the north-western edge of Wolverhampton, through Market Drayton, Nantwich and Chester to the Mersey at Ellesmere Port, together with a branch to Middlewich. The long ‘Welsh Branch’ ran from near Nantwich via Whitchurch, Ellesmere, Llanymynech and Welshpool to Newtown, together with a branch to Pontcysyllte and Llangollen. A further branch served Newport, Wellington and Shrewsbury. The intention when the companies merged was to convert many of their canals into railways and to build further railways. In the event, only one railway was built, from Stafford to Shrewsbury. Not long after the merger, the Shropshire Union was leased to the mighty London & North Western Railway.
This book relates the history of the constituent companies all of which were originally formed in six decades from 1770, comparing their policies and progress. It follows the Shropshire Union under railway control, examines the reasons for the decline and closures, then brings the story up to date with nationalisation, revival and restorations. To keep the length of the book manageable, Ellesmere Port, Liverpool docks and the cross-Mersey trade are considered only to the extent that they relate to the canal network.
The emphasis is on the canals as businesses and as part of local history, the economic and social aspects being stressed. As far as possible, the reasons why decisions were made is explained. The final chapter discusses the changing role of the canals and considers the lessons to be learnt from the various restoration schemes.

To order see the publisher's website https://rchs.org.uk/product/the-shropshire-union-canal-from-the-mersey-to-the-midlands-and-mid-wales/or contact your local bookshop.
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