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P.D. Rendall [Publisher: Crowood Press] Softback
A well put together, well illustrated and well informed account of the fascinating railway network around Avonmouth and the lines connecing it to the national network. The photographs and text benefit hugely from the author's having had a railway career; from mechanical engineering apprentice at Swindon through signalling in the area to supervising Bristol panel box. The strength of the book is the coverage of the 1980s when the author worked in the area, but the historical background and earlier eras are also given decent coverage. One other aspect worthy of note is the inclusion of a great chapter on people, which includes a shot of a young Wayne Spence on the permanent way. Apart from being a talented artist, since transferring to station duties Wayne has since been one of the very best things about Bristol Temple Meads - a great ambassador for the railway industry. This is a really worthwhile book, full of interesting things and covering an area which still has railway interest and the potential for further change.
Trefor Jones, Mike Morton Lloyd ans Rhobat Bryn Jones [Publisher: Welsh Rlys. Research Circle] Hardback
A nicely produced hardback with glazed board covers, pretty much all there is to be known about Barry Railway rolling stock, including locomotives, coaches and wagons. Extensive numbering and numbering records, many photographs and an introduction to and system maps of the railway complete an interesting and attractive book.
Michael Palin [Publisher: Bathampton Local History Research Group] Hardback
Witty and enchanting. Post War Britain expressed through its railway poster art in a very nicely produced book. Featuring a well written and informative introduction, the bulk of the book is made up with full colour full page poster images, each with accompanying notes and details of the artist.
Gerry Beale [Publisher: Cygnet Magazines] Magazine
Edited by Gerry Beale, musing on what makes us model what we model and the joys of catholic taste, main layouts featured are both Midland, Robin Whittle's epic P4 rendition of Bristol Barrow Road shed and a wonderful 7mm model railway depicting the Midland 100 years or so ago. Nothing so unusual about that you might think except that it is in the Antipodes and built by a genuine Australian gent. Actually, I think it is a type of model railway which we in the UK have sort of forgotten about as we all apparently strive for ever more accurate renditions of "scale", some of us apparently believing that only models of real places are "proper" models. What utter tosh, sez I, and Graeme Lewis, his wonderful writing and this layout are all real breaths of fresh air, so thank you and well done Graeme. Having upset everyone, the rest of this issue contains more stock by Gerry himself, Mark Humphries finessing a Pannier chimney, Rodney Cooper building a stylish DMU, John Darch doing a large Prairie, a superb bit of the old Talyllyn from Peter Kazer and an obituary to the incredibly talented Stewart Hine. And letters, one being illustrated with a very fine bit of North American modelling by my highly talented friend Dave Easto. As Bill Smarme has so often sung, there is nothing like a Dave...
Roy Link [Publisher: RCL Publications] Magazine
Inspiring and informative as ever, a lovely extended article on an obscure Bagnall locomotive that operated on the Penrhyn system, and information on a related locomotive, part two of Roy's super build of a Slaters 16mm "Simplex", cvrering final finishing and sound, and John Clutterbuck on experiences with working chopper couplings. As far as layouts go, Tom Dauben introduces a brilliant "might have been" narrow gauge line in the Hebrides. The issue also features 7/8 scale Motor Rail , a review of the Heljan L&B Manning Wartdle, readers letters and more besides.
Andrew Martin [Publisher: Profile Books] Softback
I really enjoyed reading this book, apart from the author's interesting personal introduction to the subject through his late Father, it is a fascinating and informative guide to a diminishing and romantic part of railway travel. Based upon actual journeys made very recently, the book is also a nicely written record of our time and some of the events that have touched Europe. Despite the changes wrought by first air travel and more recently the high speed rail network, not all is doom and gloom, although the area in which there is growth in Night Trains of quality is coming from a surprising place...
Kevin Robertson [Publisher: Crecy] Softback
Another great dose of Southern Regionery, further pictures from the SC Townroe collection, life at Eastleigh in the latter days of steam, an article on the decline and resurgence of the Salisbury to Exeter route, Kingston Wharf, Alan Postlethwaite explores the Smithfield Triangle and more on building the EB stock. Plus more besides, including follow up letters from readers.
Gill Saunders [Publisher: Thames & Hudson] Softback
A large format book of wonderful full colour poster images, each being fully detachable should one wish to display or frame it. Each poster has full details and and accompanying descriptive text on its rear face, and the subjects are both British and European railway and shipping companies. The whole is put together from images that have been given to the Victoria and Albert Museum and the book is introduced and written by Gill Saunders, senior curator at the V&A.