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Ian Pope [Publisher: Lightmoor] Softback
John Hodge [Publisher: Pen and Sword] Hardback
Large format worthwhile hardback in this publisher's by now established style, a mainly photographic record which concentrates on the historic and steam era, includes a brief history of the lines and includes some interesting plans of the dock lines too.
Alan Whitaker & Jan Rapacz [Publisher: Willowherb Publishing] Hardback
An all colour record of the later years of the non Midland lines around Bradford. Heavily engineered and crossing through areas of dense population and industry, these lines were I think some of the most visually interesting built in the British Isles. The photographs are fascinating covering up until the early years of the diesels, including a Deltic and DP2 operating out of Bradford Exchange station. Notable images are a superb full page shot of a "Paleththorpes" refrigerated van in 1966 and the atmospheric interior of the cavernous Adolphus Street station, still in service for goods in 1965 but last used for passengers in 1882! On page 66 is a highly unusual and rather wonderful shot of one of the diminutive Andrew Barclay diesels buit in 1941 for the ROF in Somerset and which my schoolfriend Brian Clarke made a beautiful model of. This is a really interesting set of images of a recent past which looks so very different to anything today, which may or may not be a good thing....
Kevin McCormack [Publisher: Capital] Hardback
A glorious book with a God awful cover, which makes it look like the worst kind of dumbed down "boys book of the Great Western" production, which it most definitely is not. It is inside the covers a stylish and striking account and record of one of the Twentieth Century's most successful railway organisations, whose story is told broadly chronologically but also with "specialist" aspects highlighted. None of which sounds especially good, but it is the quality of the images that will grab you, mainly colour, all incredibly well reproduced and including a large number of "different" loking views. To give examples of just two aspects, the author himself took some wonderful shots of station buildings and infrastructure which are reproduced here, and there are several very good colour photographs of carriage stock, including two superb shots showing a super saloon and Centenary brake third in BR maroon. This is a really good book which contains much to like and admire, don't be put off by my description of the cover!
David Churchill [Publisher: Darjeeling Himalayan Rly Soc] Softback
A truly wonderful book, strikingly well designed and absolutely full of information and fabulous images of arguably the most famous and celebrated steam engines in the World. In an an increasingly perplexing World, the continuing existence of these British built steam locomotives in such a beautiful place is a joy, and this book is both a great souvenir for those whose interest is casual and a fabulous work of reference for both modellers and those with a more serious interest in the subject. To quote the author, "..even if you have never heard of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, you will never regret owning this publication. No one should be without it" Do you know, he may well be right!
Tim Hillier- Graves [Publisher: Pen and Sword] Hardback
Brian J Dickson [Publisher: History Press] Softback
Mike Christensen OBE [Publisher: Lightmoor] Hardback
A detailed account of the Derby to Ashby branch, from early beginnings up until the start of World War Two, after which time most of the line was taken over by the War Department for training purposes, becoming known as the Melbourne Military Railway. This first volume doesn't cover the military operations, but rather the earlier Ashby Canal and its railways and then the later railway and its many connecting and associated industries. Well illustrated and nicely produced, with a very healthy dose of bridges and structures, including plans, but military enthusisasts will probably wait for part two! Notable for showing photographs of the surviving plateway and a lot of good and detailed views of the route through the countryside.
Keith Langston [Publisher: Pen and Sword] Hardback