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Charles Frend [Publisher: StudioCanal] DVD
Alan Whitaker & Jan Rapacz [Publisher: Willowherb Publishing] Hardback
A fascinating all colour pictorial excursion around the ex Midland lines from Bradford, an area with a dense railway network which eventually spread far from the city to the valleys and hills to its North. The volume of freight and density of working shown in this book is mind boggling, especially when compared to the situation today with a simplified railway network and "post industrial" environment. The high quality and well rendered images in this book provide wonderful detail for railway modellers, stock colours, weathering and the eye catching colour scheme of the North Eastern Region of British Railways to whose control these lines passed at Nationalisation.
Paul Karau [Publisher: Cygnet Magazines] Magazine
J. Allan and A. Murray [Publisher: Lightmoor] Hardback
David Dunn [Publisher: Book Law] Hardback
A good collection of colour pictures of diesel traction, featuring trains and infrastructure from the largely pre Rail Blue era. The title is misleading though as apart from a few Stratford and Kings Cross images the vast majority of scenes featured are from Tyneside down to Doncaster.
John Alsop [Publisher: Lightmoor] Hardback
Charles Crichton and Tibby Clarke [Publisher: StudioCanal] DVD
Paul Spencer [Publisher: Industrial Railway Society] Hardback
Pip Dunn [Publisher: Crecy] Softback
I don't really "do" really up to the minute stuff, but this really is very attractively produced. An illustrated guide and exhaustive listing and detailing of all existing non steam locomotives in the UK, a bargain at £5.95.
Alexander Mackendrick and William Rose [Publisher: StudioCanal] DVD
Barry Norman [Publisher: Cygnet Magazines] Magazine
Barry Norman is in the editorial chair, an old dog contemplating new tricks perhaps. The lead article is Paul Clarke's "Orford", a beautifully observed pint sized O gauge might have been layout. Full of atmosphere and beautifully photographed "up close", an inspiring model from all points of view I think. Nick Mitchell converts a Bachmann Austerity to 2mm finescale, retaining much of the original and producing a model whose authenticity belies its tiny size, Trevor Pott breaks the habit of a modelling lifetime and introduces a tweaked Bachmann RTR wagon to Churston while Philip Hall P4s an Oxford Rail open. Scenic maestro and all round good egg Gordon Gravett does his "boys from the blackstuff" thing on Arun Quay, John Watson pushes static grass boundaries, Martyn welch paints an unpainted wagon and Lawrence Boule explains how he uses his computer to make models. And there are some letters too.
Henry Cornelius and Tibby Clarke [Publisher: StudioCanal] DVD
Kevin Robertson [Publisher: Crecy] Softback
Stroudley D Tanks, rebuilding Victoria Station, Ambulance trains during wartime, Eastleigh observations on one day in March 1966 and cryptic images from Horton Hospital Railway are but the edited highlights from a very varied menu in this issue.
Brian J. Dickson [Publisher: History Press] Softback
Another lovely collection of pictures from the camera of Ron Buckley, images date from as early as 1936 and illustrate the changes in locomotives and infrastructure from then until the end of steam. Very nicely produced, the subjects are wonderfully varied and include some real period delights, including the four Webb "Special Tanks" at Wolverton Works in 1955, a lovely book.
Mervyn Seale [Publisher: The Titfield Thunderbolt] Card
James Foster Dodds and Catherine Dodds [Publisher: Jardine Press] Hardback
An astonishingly detailed story of Tim Foster's war, put together from his photographs, contemporary paperwork and the letters he wrote to the love of his life Pollie Pannell. After initial training Tim had a near fatal involvement with the disaster of Gallipoli before moving to railway operations across the Middle East from 1916 and throughout the war, finally operating the Hedjaz Railway for a period before demobilisation. A detailed and candid account which is really brought to life by the incredible number of good photographs he took, revealing numerous aspects of the work of operation of the railway. This has all been very well put together and presented by his grandson and his wife and is a truly magnificent and attractive book.