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An Illustrated History Of The Port Of Hull And Its Railways

Mike G Fell OBE    [Publisher: Irwell Press]    Softback

An interesting, well informed and extremely nicely put together record of the Port of Hull and its railway connections. The illustrations are extensive and of very good quality, covering the story from early developments in the Eighteenth Century, right up to the most recent developments, including the most impressive wind turbine assembly hub that has just been commissioned.

Archive 98

Ian Pope    [Publisher: Lightmoor]    Softback

Announced in this issue is that Lightmoor have acquired the stock and name of Plateway Press, and fittingly the erstwhile proprietor, one Andrew Neale, contributes a rather wonderful and well illustrated article on the Penlee Quarries railway system. Other articles cover the Trent and Mersey Canal in some depth, Crossley RFCs in the showroom, the final years of horse haulage in the South Wales Coalfield and, best of all for me, a gloriously well illustrated article on the garage that used to exist in Swainswick on what is now the by-passed Gloucester road, high on the hill above where I am writing this description. Owned from 1950 until 1960 by the Lassman family, and finally closing to the business of motors when the Batheaston bypass opened in the Nineties. The article was written by brothers David and Nigel Lassman (I used to go to the local scouts with Nigel) and is a charming and informative account of the motor business, with a good deal of local colour included for good measure, not least a 1958 colour picture of brothers Gordon and Ron standing in front of the garage with a Rolls Royce - wonderful.

The Broad Gauge Engines of the Great Western Railway

Canon Brian Arman    [Publisher: Lightmoor]    Hardback

Fifty Years of Class 50s

Kevin Derrick    [Publisher: Strathwood]    Hardback

Ifor Higgon's Cambrian Diary

Gwyn Briwnant Jones    [Publisher: Lightmoor]    Softback

A delightful tribute to the life and railway photographs of one man, who lived in Wales for all of his life and was active in taking railway photographs from 1924 to 1967. Gwyn Briwnant Jones introduces the book and tells us the story of Ifor's life and photography. Although shots tend towards the classic three quarters train approaching style, they are all of good quality and full of interest, giving a very good feel for the railway scene in a period that is not so frequently seen. Based at Barmouth Junction, the coverage is local, extending to Narrow Gauge lines to the north and the Mid Wales and even the Shropshire and Montgomery to the east. Some really lovely pictures here and I feel this may be an essential addition the the library of anyone who follows the Cambrian lines.

The Lancashire Derbyshire And East Coast Railway Volume 2

Chris Booth    [Publisher: Fonthill Media]    Softback

The Little North Western Railway

Martin Bairstow    [Publisher: Bellcode]    Softback

A nicely produced record of the route from Skipton to Lancaster and Morecambe, a fascinating piece of railway also featuring the branch that connected with the LNWR proper at Ingleton. Well illustrated, black and white photography is generally of the steam era with some more modern shots. The story of shipping at Heysham is also covered up to date.

The Longparish Branch Line

Peter A. Harding    [Publisher: Peter Harding]    Softback

Lost Tramways Of Swansea and Mumbles

Peter Waller    [Publisher: Graffeg]    Hardback

Model Railway Journal 263

Paul Karau    [Publisher: Cygnet Magazines]    Magazine

Paul Karau in the editorial chair, features include a very nice piece on Jol Wlkinson's "London Road", Dave Roome converts the excellent Sutton Class 24 to a class 25, John Sherratt restores an unfinished Alex Jackson locomotive from 1952, Peter Harrison develops a timetable for his branch terminus "Lowleigh", Tom Mallard gilds a Dean lily and Geoff Forster describes the latest developments on his beautiful "Llangunlo" model. Finally our roving reporter T. Pott finds a Castle in Devon, being not quite what you might expect.

The Shrewsbury & Welshpool Railway (Including The Minsterley Branch)

Bob Yate    [Publisher: Lightmoor]    Softback

A nicely done illustrated survey and history of the first part of what became the Cambrian main line out of Shrewsbury. From beginnings through to the most recent developments, as the line remains as part of the current network, this book includes OS map extracts of each station together with clear images, the majority of which cover the steam era. The chapter on the Minsterley branch is small but worthwhile and the book concludes with chapters covering operations over the years and finally the current scene.

Underground Survivors Pre-War Stock Working Late '60s to the '80s

Jim Blake    [Publisher: Visions International]    Softback

A great book, well produced pictorial record as per the title, with a huge range of very good pictures of the wonderful stock that inhabited the LT system of my youth. Captions are well informed and comprehensive and the author clearly has a love for and good knowledge of his subject. This is a really good collection of images, my personal favourite section being the glorious coverage of the confusingly varied Q stock cars, a few of which are happily preserved for posterity.

Western Wonders 1961 - 1977

Kevin Derrick    [Publisher: Strathwood]    Hardback