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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?

The Hixon Railway Disaster

Richard Westwood    [Publisher: Pen and Sword]    Hardback

Impermanent Ways Special 2 Midland & South Western Junction Railway Part 2

Kevin Robertson    [Publisher: Crecy]    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!

Model Railway Journal 260

Barry Norman    [Publisher: Cygnet Magazines]    Magazine

Barry Norman in the chair, gently sounding off about sound and the main layout article is Jas Millham's latest S scale essay "Abbey Street". Richard Ellis builds a convincing goods office in 7mm scale using MDF and DAS, Karl Crowther builds Parkside's Toad E in P4, Barry Norman makes an English Elm, Laurie Griffin shows how to make smokeboxes in brass, Mike Baker improves the Lionheart Pannier and Laurie Adams makes lots of point rodding in 2mm scale - incredible!

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 Princess Royal Pacifics

Tim Hillier-Graves    [Publisher: Pen and Sword]    Hardback

The Southern Way No 41

Kevin Robertson    [Publisher: Crecy]    Softback

More Southern stuff and as interesting as ever. I particularly liked "Exeter to Plymouth in Steam" and the further photographs from the Stephen Townroe archive are amazing records of detail and interest from an operational point of view. There is also a nice recollection of working at Blandford Forum, motor trolley working on the S&D, Southern locomotive engineering recollections, Littlehampton and its cross Channel steamers and more.

The Weathering Magazine Issue 22 Basic

Sergiusz Peczek    [Publisher: AK Interactive]    Magazine

The Whitby and Pickering Railway

Andrew and Richard White    [Publisher: Author]    Softback