The Titfield Thunderbolt Bookshop

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Cameo Competition

Entry forms are currently downloadable from Cameo Competition forums on both RMweb and Western Thunder. I will get one here too sometime soon. MRJ issue 254 introduces the competition in depth, but please note that the final show date has been put back to Railex in 2019 rather than 2018 as stated in MRJ.


Shop improvement

The sofa has moved back into the window and the whole right hand side of the shop, as you enter, has been extensively rearranged to provide both better shelving and more display for new books. There is now more floorspace in the shop which is easier to move around. Here's a shot from last Sunday, before the final display section was built.

Wild Swan

I have migrated the Wild Swan Publishing pages to their own website the address of which is

Wild Swan books remain available to purchase through this website but I intend to make announcements and add richer content about Wild Swan books themselves and the publishing side of the business to the "new" site rather than here.

The next Wild Swan book to be published will be Memories of West Country Railway Journeys from Peter Barnfield, available from the end of May 2017. LNWR Wagons Volume 3 is nearing completion and there will also be a surprise new title this summer which I think is going to prove very popular.


Reflecting upon the "Nailsea Paradigm" I have taken the decision to cease attending all shows with my bookstall. This change takes place with immediate effect and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many hundreds of customers I have met and whose company I have enjoyed over the last 24 odd years.

Attendance at shows as Wild Swan Books will continue, with my next outing being Railex on 27th and 28th May at Stoke Mandeville.

The mail order business continues exactly as before but if you want to physically experience and browse the wide range of books that I stock you will now need to visit the shop in Larkhall.

Back in Larkhall

The shop is situated on the east side of Bath 1 mile from the Guildhall. Bus No. 7 from Bath Bus Station, also calling at the centre (Post Office) will bring you straight here. Free on street parking is also available around Larkhall. Or a pleasant walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal from Bath Spa Station. From the rear of the station cross over the Halfpenny Bridge and turn left, then walk along on to the canal towpath and head out to Grosvenor Bridge from where you cross the A4 to reach Larkhall.

Site last updated Friday 19th May latest additions to stock added, new reviews, unavailable titles removed, search re-loaded.

Database generated pages on the site are now mobile phone friendly thanks to the efforts of techical whizz George Mumford.

The Titfield Thunderbolt
3A Upper Lambridge Street, Larkhall, Bath, BA1 6RY

Tel. 01225 462332

The shop is open as follows:
Sunday Monday and Tuesday Closed
Wednesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.30pm
If you are travelling a distance to the shop and can only make a Tuesday or Monday then please contact me and I will endeavour to open the shop by appointment to suit you.

If you cannot find something that you are after, or experience any problems, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Although this is the World Wide Web and you may be reading this on the other side of the world, the organisation here consists of human beings with an interest and enthusiasm for the books we stock and we are always delighted to hear from our customers via phone, email or in person.

Simon Castens

Bookshop What's New Wild Swan Peter Barnfield Millstream Booksearch