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Jeff Geary & Dave Renshaw [Publisher: Ian Allan] Hardback
Ian Pope [Publisher: Lightmoor Press] Softback
Tom Greeves [Publisher: Twelveheads] Hardback
A really lovely book, as well produced as you'd expect from Twelveheads, which recalls and desribes the Dartmoor tin mining industry. The author began his interest in the 1960s when he studied the Sheepstor parish as a student, which led him to both further documentary research, field visits and conversations with the generation who had worked in the tin industry. He collected and took some very good photographs, many of which illustrate this book, and which feature more than a glimpse of the actual installations and the minor narrow gauge systems utilised.
British Railways Board [Publisher: Author] Hardback
Tom Greeves [Publisher: Twelveheads] Hardback
James Taylor [Publisher: Akeman Press] Hardback
A fascinating book that explores the development of "dazzle camouflage" by Naval commander Norman Wilkinson from 1917. The influences and ideas that led to the design are discussed as are its objectives, together with a discussion of how well it worked and its wider influences in the worlds of both art, commerce and military camouflage. The book is beautifully produced and includes a wealth of both black and white and colour illustrations, including some truly stunning pieces of art.
Laurence Waters [Publisher: Pen and Sword] Hardback
Bob Gledhill [Publisher: Crowood Press] Softback
John Organ [Publisher: Mainline & Maritime] Softback
A nicely produced photographic album depicting the locomotives produced by Linz in Austria, operating on lines across Europe. Photographs are predominantly historic but a include a number of very nice more recent colour images. Printed on quality art paper and with good repro work throughout, the book's format being "small landscape" with a square spine.
John Palmer [Publisher: Pen and Sword] Hardback
Gerry Beale [Publisher: Cygnet Magazines] Magazine
Gerry Beale is in the editorial chair for this issue, which features an extended photographic feature on Martin Finney's "Semley" layout, now that it is all but complete. Other articles include the second part of John Darch's very effective re-working of a Hornby Brittania, improving several recent 4mm wagons, finessing a Mitchell King's rods and a lovely industrial cameo followed by an introduction to the "Cameo Competition".
Richard Furness [Publisher: Author] Hardback
George Reeve and Leslie Tibble [Publisher: Irwell Press] Hardback
A massively expanded edition of a quite small Wild Swan paperback from over thirty years ago. The original book was good, but this new edition is supendous, containg a wealth of information on the distinctive concrete products produced by the Southern Railway at their famous Exmouth Junction concrete works. The book contains full details of the different "products", methods of construction, scale drawings together with a history of the use and adoption of ferro concrete by the LSWR. But even better, the book has been expanded to include the "Art Deco" station and signalbox building program, together with what looks to me to be a complete record of every piece of infrastructure built by the Southern, whose influence lasted on new construction projects right up to the 1970s. Also included are very full details of painting schemes and extensive coverage of goods stores and engine sheds. All of which is illustrated with arguably the best collection of images of railway infrastructure ever assembled in one book - it is a fantastic collection and an absolute treasure trove for any modeller of the Southern scene. A truly magnificent book and one which is already in my own collection - grateful congratulations to the publisher, authors and all the other contributors who helped put it all together!
John Jennings [Publisher: Irwell Press] Hardback
A glorious large format colour album, depicting the steam railway in its Post War heyday. The photographer lived in Stratford Upon Avon and the pictures tend to be Great Western and central UK, but with excursions to further afield. The pictures have been restored from slides and the resulting images are very fine, with the colour reproduction and printing also being carried out to a high standard. Whilst many shots are "traditional" 3/4 views, they are nonetheless full of interest, showing good details of rplling stock and even the loads being carried, all in very natural colours. The lineside is also well featured, a particular pleasure being the views of the SMJ station at Stratford together with the late through freight workings on the line. There are a very few "foreign" subjects, including the S&D, East Coast Pacifics and a superb shot of an LM Garratt awaiting attention at Crewe Works. All in all this is a magnificent pictorial record of the steam railway, before terminal dilapidation permeated everything as steam traction was hastily abandoned.
Harry Knox [Publisher: Lightmoor Press] Hardback