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Ian Sixsmith [Publisher: Irwell Press] Hardback
Jeffrey Grayer [Publisher: OPC] Hardback
Peter Waller [Publisher: English Heritage] Hardback
William Rose [Publisher: Granada ] DVD
Harold Brooke and Kay Bannerman [Publisher: StudioCanal] DVD
Peter Tuffrey [Publisher: OPC] Hardback
Jerry Clifford [Publisher: Cygnet Magazines] Magazine
Jerry Clifford in the editorial chair, musing on the necessary art of compromise and how easy 2mm finescale really is. Hmmmm... Featured layoutwise is "Navigation Road", Richard Ellis builds a Midland lighter, Mike Corp's "Heybridge Wharf" features, as does an extraordinary Gauge One concourse and a neat 2mm scale scheme. John Birkett Smith shows us how he does his beautiful backscenes, Jerry build some etched 2mm wagons amongst several other "featurettes". Finally there are more of W.S. Norris's letters from 1956, an intriguing glimpse into the finescale railway modelling past.
Kevin Robertson [Publisher: Crecy] Softback
Simon Castens and Roger Halse [Publisher: Wild Swan] Softback
Two books: "On the Trail of the Titfield Thunderbolt" and "The Somersetshire Coal Canal, a Second Pictorial Journey". The Titfield Thunderbolt was made on the Camerton Branch, which was itself built along the line of the earlier Coal canal. The canal book complements the film guide very well, showing several key film scenes in earlier years. Notably Limpley Stoke viaduct, Monkton Combe station site and the area around Midford, including the Somerset and Dorset viaduct. Apart from that, it is a beautiful, well produced and nicely printed record of a landscape that is still very much with us. Originally published back in 2011 and still available separately at £7.50.
Colonel david W Ronald & Roy Link [Publisher: RCL Publications] Hardback
A very fine follow up to the 2014 published WDLR Album, produced in the same format and to the same very high standards. The book is built around a contemporary accompanying report on the subject which has been traced since publication of the first book, together with further reports and subsequent study and interest by various individuals. The photographic coverage is stunning and the book also includes a fine portfolio of scale drawings of the railway equipment prepared by Peter Foley. The book's sub title sums up the book as describing the "Conception and evolution of the British 60cm gauge railways on the Western Front 1916 - 1918". All these years later the whole subject loses none of its horror, and fascinating as this book is it also forms a shocking record of a terrible period of history.
Robert Carroll [Publisher: Irwell Press] Softback
Mostly colour and largely consisting of images collected by the author, this is a decently printed and well captioned collection showing all of the Western Region's hydraulics at work. Good coverage of the Warships running out of Waterloo and some unusual shots of the 9500s in Gloucestershire, photographers include Bill Potter and Norman Preedy amongst others, Tony Wright does the introduction and provides an unusual full page shot of D9531 at Bristol in October 1966. Colour reproduction is good and the whole book forms a worthwhile addition to any hydraulic enthusiast's library.
Geza von Bolvary [Publisher: Strike Force Entertainment] DVD