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Aberllefenni A Slate Landscape

Peter & Ginny Barnfield Wes Magee    [Publisher: Wild Swan]    Softback

A visually stunning photographic record of the quarry at Aberllefenni, recorded by Peter Barnfield in the hot summer of 1976. At this time the narrow gauge railway was still being used to transport slate down to the cutting shed in the village, trains being hauled along the line by an old tractor. Peter was quite taken with this and there are a lot of pictures of both the railway operation and the rolling stock and trackwork used, all of which will appeal to enthusiasts and modellers of the narrow gauge. The book also features poetry from Wes Magee, written at the time and not suffering from "tweeness" - a first for Wild Swan I think?

Archive 96

Ian Pope    [Publisher: Lightmoor]    Softback

Austrian Narrow Gauge Twilight

Adrian S Garner    [Publisher: Lightmoor]    Softback

British Railways The First 25 Years Volume 6 Central London Southern Region

J. Allan and A. Murray    [Publisher: Lightmoor]    Hardback

Cambridge Station

Rob Shorland - Ball    [Publisher: Pen and Sword]    Hardback

Class 71/74 Locomotives Southern Way Special No 14

Simon Lilley and John Wenyon    [Publisher: Crecy]    Softback

Devon And Cornwall The Class 47 Years

Bernard Mills    [Publisher: Fonthill Media]    Softback

First Generation Scottish Diesels

David Dunn    [Publisher: Book Law]    Hardback

Geographic route coverage is pretty comprehensive as is the spread of classes depicted, and both the quality and composition of the photographs is above average, most having been taken by the late John Boyes. There are a few rail blue subjects although the earlier green liveries predominate and the book contains a wealth of detail of stations and infrastructure, captured at a time of change - a wonderful collection of pictures.

Ireland's Largest Industrial Railway The Guiness System

Hugh Oram    [Publisher: Stenlake Publishing]    Softback

A nice pictorial account of the Guiness railway system in Dublin, which was a comprehensive and ingenious system of narrow and broad gauges with a number of novel features. Broad gauge operations ceased in 1965 and the narrow gauge followed in 1975, but significant reminders remain both in preservation and on the ground in Dublin.

Irish Steam In The 1960s

Conrad Natzio    [Publisher: Colourpoint]    Softback

The Last Years Of Steam Around The East Midlands

Michael Clemens    [Publisher: Fonthill Media]    Hardback

The Liveries of the Pre-Grouping Railways Vol 1 Wales and the West Of England

Nigel Digby    [Publisher: Lightmoor]    Softback

London Buses 1970 - 1980

Matthew Wharmby & John Laker    [Publisher: Pen and Sword]    Hardback

The Lough Swilly Railway

Dr E M Patterson    [Publisher: Colourpoint]    Softback

LSWR Locomotives: The Urie Classes

D.L. Bradley    [Publisher: Wild Swan]    Hardback

A detailed and beautiful study of the locomotives built by Urie for the LSWR, most notably the S15, H15 and N15 classes, the latter of which were rebuilt and developed by Maunsell to become the famous "King Arthur" class. Excellent photographic coverage, a good description of the locomotive policy and practice over the period and with works drawings appended towards the rear of the book. Long out of print, I have had new dustjackets produced for a limited number of unjacketed copies I discovered in the warehouse.

Memories of Railway Journeys In Wales 1961-1964

Peter Barnfield    [Publisher: Wild Swan]    Softback

The third of Peter's books of memories of railway journeys, this one covering south and mid Wales and largely covering lines and routes which are no longer available to rail travellers. Nostalgic and funny by turns and accompanied by a superb photographic record of everything, every picture bar one being taken by Peter himself. I really enjoyed all of it, if I had to pick a favourite section it would probably be that which describes the "Seven Mile Bank" on the Brecon and Merthyr - what a railway that was!

The Mid Wales Line

Derek J Lowe    [Publisher: Book Law]    Softback

A very nicely put together and well produced record of the achingly beautiful railway that ran south from Moat Lane Junction on the Cambrian route down to Brecon. Serving evocative locations such as Three Cocks and Talyllyn Junctions, Builth Wells and Llanidloes, this was a superbly scenic railway, first following the Severn before scaling the hills to follow the Wye on its route south. Superb photography from many noted photographers, including Ben Ashworth, a glorious colour section, well informed captions and track plans make this a very worthy record of one of the finest railways in the British Isles.

Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review 113

Roy Link    [Publisher: RCL Publications]    Magazine

The "Review" goes from strength to strength, beautifully produced and printed and full of modelling inspiration. This issue is no exception, Roy reflects upon the joy of tools over a lifetime of modelling whilst inside Paul Bernsten extols the virtue of his Swiss guillotine. Other articles include recollections of ironstone working at Scaldwell by veteran correspondent Sydney A Leleux, several loco building articles and a lovely piece on the railway goings on at Brookford village, surely one of the most appealing miniature concoctions in the history of railway modelling. Reviews include the rather good Bachmann Ashover bogie wagon that has just appeared.

Narrow Gauge Railway Stamps

Howard Piltz    [Publisher: Pen and Sword]    Hardback

The Ramblings Of A Railwayman Guildford MPD 1961-1967

Geoff Burch    [Publisher: Author]    Hardback

This is a fully revised second edition, self published by the author and produced to a highly professional standard. Commencing with a foreword by the late David Shepherd, the book describes the author's railway footplate career at Guildford, starting as a cleaner in 1961 and a fireman by the shed's closure in 1967. Photographic coverage is really excellent, both black and white and colour, featuring the work of Richard Greenwood, Peter Trinder and others, including the author. A great feature of this book is the section covering the actual drivers and firemen Geoff worked with, many of the names of which will be familiar to enthusiasts of this era. To cap it all, on the last day of steam Geoff and his colleagues take a locomotive (and camera) off shed and to Salisbury for scrapping. The results must rate as some of the most unusual and amusing pictures ever taken on a British railway...

Spanning The Gaps Highland Railway Bridges and Viaducts

Anne - Mary Paterson    [Publisher: Highland Railway Society]    Softback

A really beautifully produced and printed record of Highland Railway bridges, the large scale landscape format of the book really doing justice to the material. Predominantly historic views, plans together with some useful and informative modern photographs - lovely.

T.E. Williams The Lost Colour Collection Volume 2

Dick Blenkinsop    [Publisher: Irwell Press]    Hardback

The Taunton To Barnstaple Line Volume 2 Route stations and Signalling

Freddie Huxtable    [Publisher: Lightmoor]    Hardback