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Kevin Robertson [Publisher: Crecy 2012] Softback 92 pages
Another book on the Blue Pullman? Well yes, and I'm inclined to agree with Kevin's opening remark of "Why Not". Following his two earlier books and with the announcement by Bachmann that they were to introduce a model of this iconic train, a lot of new material emerged and it is this which constitutes this new book. The pictures are fascinating, following the same chronological sequence as the earlier books and include an unusual shot of Bath, with the train passing the recently rationalised Westmoreland yard area, and also a lovely juxtaposition of two lost eras with the train powering through Christian Malford Halt on the other side of Chippenham. A final fascinating chapter describes and illustrates the development of the recent 4mm scale Bachmann model of the "Midland Pullman" - surely one of the most exquisite model trains ever produced.
Hugh Longworth [Publisher: OPC 2013] Hardback 304 pages
An encylopaedic book which is formed of a full listing of all Mark 1 and Mark 2 coaches, with details of type, diagram, lot number builder, build date, weights when built, number of seats and type of bogies fitted. There are also full details of non passenger, departmental and car carrying builds and conversions, and appendices give a lot of examples of actual carriage formations for many different services and routes. Small sketch plans and elevations help to identify each type discussed and there are also a lot of photographs to accompany the text, including colour. The author has a made a good stab at tracking and recording the lunatic confusion that accompanied privatisation and which continues today. Not a replacement for either of the earlier books on the subjects but a fantastic saource of information on a big and complex subject. but
David Larkin [Publisher: Kestrel Publishing 2014] Softback 92 pages
Uniform with the earlier wagon books from this publisher, this is a really useful reference to and source of information on arguably the most interesting part of BR's revenue earning rolling stock. Apart from the proliferation of types what marked these vehicles out almost to the very end of their use was the significant numbers of pre Nationalisation designs that remained in use. The photographs are not all of the best quality but all are worthwhile and show the variety of traffics and services that were operated on the "proper railway" before greed and multicoloured lunacy swept it all away.
Stephen Grant and Simon Jeffs [Publisher: Capital 2012] Hardback 80 pages
A very stylish book on an iconic subject, the train developed to take over from the successful steam hauled "Southern Belle" on Herbert Walkers newly electrified line to Brighton. Very well illustrated with much use of colour, illustrations include the interiors, fittings and period publicity material. Although withdrawn in 1972 the story was far from over as nearly all of the units survived in one form or another and there is currently a scheme to re-launch a whole unit back on the main line. All recorded in magnificent detail, including workings, headcodes, associated trains and scale diagrams of the Belle vehicles. This a new revised edition with corrected information and more historic photographs and all for two pounds less than the original edition!
Michael Harris [Publisher: Venture Publications 1999] Hardback 192 pages
A thorough and comprehensive history of the "Inter City"coach design, well produced in large format on art paper, and including many photographs, scale drawings and interior layouts. The text covers development, in-service experience, latter day modifications and even exports. The Mark 2D/E/F is particularly well documented, arguably the epitome of British Rail coaching stock, these were last designs in which the seats matched the windows in second class. Successive generations of British railway passenger disappoint at every turn - thanks to train operators with the vision of "First" abetted by the blind greed of the Treasury. Sick Transit Gloria?
Robert Hendry [Publisher: Ian Allan 2006] Softback 96 pages
A bit of a curates egg this book, but at least it's all in colour! Nominally a sequel to the same author's earlier book covering the same subject from the earliest years, this is a strange collection which ranges from a very few shots of pre-nationalisation coaching stock in BR use through to very many shots of mostly multiple unit stock of all persuasions in BR but mostly post BR sectorised and privatised colours. I guess it is the recent history that is this book's strength, the shots are I think all the author's or his late fathers so captions are at least detailed, although relevant details are too often buried amongst excessive verbiage. Sorry to carp but I think this particular franchise has come to the end of the line, this book is OK.
Kevin Robertson [Publisher: Crecy 2011] Hardback 64 pages
Kevin has taken a deal of trouble over the captioning of this well illustrated book, including copious notes of diagram numbers and historical details, together with references to earlier books on the subject. The pictures do not disappoint and there are a few real gems included, the most attractive of which is probably the lovely shot of a train of Collet coaches at Towyn on the cover. I also think that the auto coach shown condemned at Highbridge Works (of all places) is the one that John Betjeman goes in to in the BBC's "Branch Line Railway". Camping coaches, dynamometer cars and inspection saloons are featured, some of which survived very late. Easily the equal of the earlier Southern Railway volume.
Peter Tatlow [Publisher: Pendragon 2000] Hardback 128 pages
Accurate and clear 4mm scale drawings, photographs and prototype details of over 100 vehicles. Drawing on the work of the late "Smokey" Bourne, which used to appear in the excellent "Model Railways" magazine during the Seventies, this is an enjoyable and interesting record of a very varied collection of railway vehicles.
R.J. Maycock & M.J.E. Reed [Publisher: Oakwood 1997] Softback 192 pages
From its early beginnings right up until the present day, coaching stock on the Wight railway network has been formed from a wide variety of superannuated stock from the mainland. This fully illustrated book gives a complete and detailed account of what was used and where, together with the modifications made for island service, such as the push/pull fitting of four wheeled LBSCR stock for the line to Ventnor West. This policy resulted in the late survival of wonderfully archaic rolling stock - I think my favourite image in this book is the improbable looking Stroudley horse box, resplendent in Southern Region livery.
G R Weddell [Publisher: Kestrel Publishing 2006] Hardback 160 pages
Subtitled goods, departmental stock and miscellany, this fourth volume of Gordon's peripatetic masterwork perversely avoids any coverage of carriages, the subject having been comprehensively covered in volumes 1 to 3. Instead it mops up the subject of LSWR rolling stock with a detailed and well illustrated account of earlier goods stock and the more exotic vehicles such as gas holders and cranes whilst a final chapter covers odd minutiae such as buffer stops, Pooley vans and platform barrows. This is an excellent reference work for modellers and devotees of the early railway scene, with clear photographs and good scale drawings. An especially pleasing feature is that the subjects have been chosen to complement the coverage of LSWR wagons given in the OPC publication Southern Wagons Volume 1.