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Ian Sixsmith [Publisher: Irwell Press] Hardback
John King [Publisher: Pen and Sword] Hardback
The diaries of a General Manager and a Director of the Southern Railway, broadly covering the period from 1932 to 1945. Not complete and a mixture of edited precis and actual words recorded, this is nonetheless an interesting insight into the personalties business and politics surrounding the Southern as it approached and weathered the war years.
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.
Mark Smithers [Publisher: Pen and Sword] Hardback
From an author who knows what he is doing, this is a comprehensive account and appraisal of the locomotive manufacturing of two highly significant companies, E.B. Wilson and Manning Wardle. Well produced and well illustrated, this is a very worthy addition to the library of books that cover the earlier years of locomotive construction.
Peter A. Harding [Publisher: Peter Harding] Softback
Roy Link [Publisher: RCL Publications] Magazine
A great issue, in common with the contemporary MRJ, considering 3D printing both editorially and through an article on producing Woolwich Arsenal stock. Articles include Peter Kazer going digging at Pendre Crossing Gates, Stuart Baker presenting more illustrated notes on the extraordinary Stronach-Dutton system, while Noel Adams moves the Nettlebridge Valley into a new home in his garden (a very entertaining article) and Steve Holland scratchbuilds a cute Polish diesel from a card kit and Plastikard in 1:24 scale. Amongst other features are reviews including Wild Swan's two new Welsh books by Peter Barnfield and the ground breaking Bachmann Baldwin.
Adam Wilder [Publisher: AK Interactive] Softback
Lawson Little with Dave Holroyde [Publisher: Mainline & Maritime] Softback
A pictorially pleasing large format softback reviewing and detailing steam outline internal combustion powered locomotives in the UK. Invariably built for pleasure line operation, the range of outlines and ideas illustrated in this book is impressive. I was pleased to find that the three extraordinary locomotive creations for the Festival of Britain's "Far Tottering and Oystercreek Railway" are featured, one of which still exists, albeit in slightly more conventional form. Whilst not pretending to be definitive, this is a very good guide to the main builders of these machines, and an appendix lists and illustrates additional examples.