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Re: New Books

Posted: Sat May 23, 2015 9:56 am
by RichardCoulthurst
Great Western Railway Stations, 1947 - Part 2
The Wirral, Welsh Borders and Wales.
A photographic & track diagram survey. by Robin J. Smith.
Hard back.
ISBN: 978-0-9567317-1-5
This book is the result of over 30 years research and collecting photographs of GWR stations. This is the second of two parts which intended to show all GWR passenger stations in use at 1947. There are 881 stations having a track diagram. Nearly all have at least one photograph associated with it, resulting in over 1050 photographs. Dates of passenger opening and where applicable, closure, are provided for each station. Brief line histories are also included, with maps at the front and an appendix of stations at the back, to assist in the locating of stations within the book.

Price ?35.00 + ?3.50 p&p.
Available from: WRRC Publication sales, Andy Nicholls, 2 Auckland Close, Hereford, HR1 1YF
or from booksellers including Browning Books of Blaenavon

Re: New Books

Posted: Fri May 29, 2015 10:07 am
by RichardCoulthurst
I have just come across this new book:
Festiniog Fireman 1960s, Christopher Tanous, 2015, hardback, 96 pages, colour illustrations, Shrew Dale Publishing, 978 0 9575898 2 7, ?19.99.
(Publisher?s description) The Author has been a professional railwayman, but eight years learning the ropes on hundreds of British Railways locomotives gave him the experience to be accepted as a fireman on the Festiniog Railway in 1966. Over the next six years he worked on all the FR's then operational steam locomotives, still coal fired, and laid the foundations for his lifetime of footplate work on many heritage railways, firing a wide variety of locos and becoming a qualified engine driver. In this book he describes what it was like to work on the FR with some remarkable characters, from the world-famous Bill Hoole to the full time professional BR fireman who used their precious holidays to fire narrow gauge locos on one of the very few heritage lines then operating in the U.K. With the Deviation being built there were many years to wait before its triumphant return to Blaenau Festiniog: the railway still had the informal character of its early pioneering days. Fortunately the author used top of the range cameras and the book is richly illustrated with high quality colour photos, many taken from very privileged viewpoints. It also has many useful tips for would -be heritage line fireman.

I don't have the publisher's contact details but the book is available from Amazon, Ian Allan bookshops and Bill Hudson's Transport Bookshop amongst others.

Re: New Books

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:56 pm
by RichardCoulthurst
Another new book from a specialist railway society:

Davyhulme Sewage Works and its Railway, Robert Nicholls, 70pp, softcover, 237 x 176mm, ?? illustrations, Narrow Gauge Railway Society, 1 Archers Drive, Old Bilsthorpe, Newark, NG22 8SD, 2015, ISBN 978 0 955432 68 2, ?7.95 (plus ?1 p&p)

For those that don't know Davyhulme Sewage Works is the main waste water treatment works for the city of Manchester, England, and one of the largest in Europe. It was opened in 1894 and was served by an extensive railway network until the late 1950's.

Re: New Books

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 3:06 pm
by RichardCoulthurst
It is a little while since there was any discussion on this topic. It is always interesting to hear about recent publications from the smaller publishers, societies, local history groups and other privately published works that may not have had much publicity but which would be of interest to the RCTS membership. If you know of any such books or publications please put the details on this forum. Richard Coulthurst

Re: New Books

Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 1:07 pm
by RichardCoulthurst
I have heard about a recently published book with the title "Britain's Least Used Stations" by David Brewer. It may be privately published. Does anyone have any further information i.e. price, ISBN, ordering information, etc that they could share on this forum?

Re: New Books

Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:21 pm
by David Goddard
Based purely on a Google search, it appears that this was published 25 September and has cover price ?30.00. Sorry have not been able to find an ISBN.
Bill Hudson appears to have stock as below: ... &pid=11572

Re: New Books

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:18 am
by RichardCoulthurst
A couple of new(ish) books from smaller publishers that may be of interest.

Traffic By Rail (Historical Model Railway Society Occasional Papers No. 2), John Chamney, 2015, card covers, 56 pages, colour and b/w illustrations, map, A4, HMRS Publications, HMRS Museum & Study Centre, Midland Railway Centre, Butterley Railway Station, RIPLEY, DE5 3QZ,
ISBN 978 0 902835 33 7, ?10.00 plus ?2.00 postage.
See the HMRS website for more details as this book is of wider interest than just modelling. (

Corris Nostalgia, Gwyn Briwnant Jones, 2015, paperback, 67 pages, 214mm x 149mm, Gomer Press, ISBN 978 1 78562 075 1, ?9.99
Since the publication of ?A Corris Celebration? in 2009, various photographs or artefacts have emerged unexpectantly to stir the memory and kindle fresh impetus for another publication. Including anecdotes and facts about the local family affair that was the Old Corris, in his foreword, Richard Saffery says, 'These gems are lovingly recalled and clearly relayed for the benefit of current and future generations of Corrisites. He continues to enhance our view of the historic Railway through vitalising detail of its place in the industrial and communal life of the area that it served.'

Re: New Books

Posted: Thu May 05, 2016 10:41 am
by RichardCoulthurst
RCTS members interested in Welsh railways might like to know about the Lost lines of Wales series by Tom Ferris from Graffeg Publishing which were published at the end of April. The titles are:
Ruabon to Barmouth ISBN 978 1 909823 317 4
Brecon to Newport ISBN 978 1 909823 318 1
Aberystwyth to Carmarthen ISBN 978 1 909823 319 8
Cambrian Coast Line ISBN 978 1 909823 320 4
They are small, oblong format, hardback photo albums about 200mm x 150mm with 64 pages and about 30 photographs in each (in two of the books a few of the photographs are in colour). There is an introductory chapter in each giving the history of the line and detailed captions to the photographs. The photographs which come from a wide range of dates have reproduced well and although a few are familiar many may be being published for the first time. I have a few quibbles about these books. The maps only show the line under consideration and no connecting lines or other geographic features and omit some of the intermediate stopping places. Another concern is that in some cases the captions have been printed across the images. However, at only ?6.99 each these books are well worth considering if you are interested in the lines described.
Graffeg Publishing's website is but of course you can order these books from your local bookseller.

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Re: New Books

Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:21 pm
by RichardCoulthurst
I have just been looking at the Brecon to Newport volume in the Lost Lines of Wales series by Tom Ferris (Graffeg Publishing) again. On page 35 there is an undated photograph of an unidentified GWR 14XX 0-4-2T running bunker first at the head of a freight train apparently heading southwards near Talybont. I don't recall having seen a photograph of this class of locomotive on this line before. The usual locos were 0-6-0PTs. Were 14XX tanks in use regularly on this route or was this something unusual? I would have thought that hauling a freight train up the Seven Mile Bank to Torpantau would have been a challenge to one of these diminutive locomotives. Any thoughts?

Preserved Locomotives of British Railways

Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:31 am
by Peter Hall
Perhaps Platform 5 Publishing Ltd publications are too large to be mentioned. Doing so, because of my connection, might even get in 'bother' but thought it worth mentioning that the seventeenth edition of:-

Preserved Locomotives of British Railways Platform 5 Publishing Ltd Robert Pritchard & Peter Hall 160 pages colour illustrations ISBN 978 1 909431 29 4 ?17.95

has just been published. Hit the street yesterday to be exact.