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Ian Pope [Publisher: Lightmoor] Softback
"Adams-Hewit Laughs at Hills", or so said an advertisement in 1906. From the rear of this issue: Malcolm Bobbit explores this obscure marque, Part Four of the Trent and Mersey Canal from Euan Corrie, obscure narrow gauge IC locos from Andrew Neale, an obscurer Bolton and Watt engine and firstly horses hauling coal at Panytgasseg Colliery, which they were doing until 1999.
Ivo Peters [Publisher: Julian Peters] DVD
Fully re-mastered from the original 1" tape, this is a superb record of its subject. Starting with a visit to the Vale of Rheidol, Ivo visits the Talyllyn and the Festiniog Railways, with the main part of the programme covering his exploration of the lost slate workings and quarry railway operations of the Padarn and Penrhyn.
David Dunn [Publisher: Book Law] Hardback
Barry Norman [Publisher: Cygnet Magazines] Magazine
Edited by Barry Norman, musing on the success of EM over the last fifty odd years and the exciting news that Peco are producing RTR track for the EM Gauge Society. The main layout feature is Geoff Kent's terrific "Black Lion Crossing", which is now completed as Geoff explains in his accompanying article. Freight only and partial as this layout is, it seems to me to have captured pretty much everything that one could wish for from a model railway, in addition to looking utterly believable. As with many of our projects, it has involved the participation and co-operation of friends in its construction, and the whole thing is a complete delight from beginning to end. In other articles, Tim Peacock describes building a Braithwaite tank for Aylesbury, Alan Whitehead revisits and details the catenary on his glorious 2mm scale Woodhead based model and Richard Ellis details old ground on his Midland in Bristol cameo. Aside from the usual extra features and letters, there is an interesting feature on Peco's involvement in producing the first RTR EM pointwork and finally a superb feature from Philip Harvey on his "Ambleden Station", showing that romance and imagination play at least as important a part in creating a believable railway scene than any amount of accuracy or precision will ever do. Oh, there is an update on the Cameo competition from Iain Rice too, don't forget that you can see the results of the challenge for yourself at "Railex" on May the 25th and 26th this year.
Christopher Bunch [Publisher: Pen and Sword] Hardback
Jim Summers [Publisher: Lightmoor] Hardback
Dave Richardson [Publisher: Cumbrian Railway Association] Softback
A really well produced and printed record of the Garstang and Knott End Railway, which ran from the West Coast main line north of Preston to Garstang, across the Wyre River from Fleetwood. The whole story from initial light railway to minor freight only line, latterly running to Pilling half way along the route and the preserve of Black Five hauled short coal trains. Complete with track plans, signalling diagrams, details of stock and drawings of the buildings. Photographs are very well done and include colour shots, the book also including details of two adjoining industrial railways.
Roger Palmer [Publisher: Pen and Sword] Hardback
David Lee Alan Taylor & Rob Shorland-Ball [Publisher: Pen and Sword] Hardback