The Titfield Thunderbolt Bookshop

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Saturday the 18th July , lots of good people & stuff attending, 10.00am to 4.30pm New Oriel Hall Larkhall, Bath.



We are the Titfield Thunderbolt specialist railway and transport bookshop. From early beginnings in Bath's Green Park Station market in September 1992 the business has journeyed through the old Great Western Station at Limpley Stoke, the Somerset Coal Canal at Brassknocker Basin and a mail order only period before finally arriving at its present premises in Larkhall on the east side of Bath.

We stock the complete ranges of quality publishers such as Wild Swan, Lightmoor, Twelveheads, Oakwood and Irwell Press, together with a huge number of other specialist railway publishers books. Also Canal, Maritime and Local History books, Alan Godfrey's historic OS map reprints, current Ordnance Survey maps for our area and a number of ranges of greetings cards including Peter Barnfield's superb art cards.

DVDs stocked include the exellent "Branchline" series covering mainly Southern Region branch lines, a whole range of feature films with railway content (obviously including the "Titfield Thunderbolt") and Philip Fowlers "Puffed Out", recording the very last months of the S&D and very unusually featuring sound recorded at the same time as the filming and not dubbed on later. Although it is shot on 8mm stock and is hardly broadcast quality it is a work of pure genius in my opinion and well worth having.

In addition there is a constantly changing range of quality secondhand railway books, including back issues of some of the journals.

Model railways are also stocked, the complete Peco 4mm track and accessory range is held, including 009 and all of their new Lynton and Barnstaple rolling stock and sectional track packs, together with selected Bachmann products - S&D and "local" BR locomotives and goods stock especially. Wills, Ratio, Parkside Dundas, and a good selection of the excellent "Woodlands Scenics" range. I still have in stock a couple of Bachmann's lovely Midland IF at 82.50 plus the new 64XXs, weathered 03s in blue and green and wagons including one example of the reassuringly expensive tube wagon and a couple of coach options in maroon.

1 mile from the Guildhall on the east side of Bath, bus services 6 and 7 from Bath Station and centre will take you straight to the shop. Free on street parking also available in and around Larkhall.

Wild Swan Books Ltd

Wild Swan Books Ltd now has its own web pages at Wild Swan Books

I have just had produced the very first "proper" brochure and booklist which lists all new developments to date, these include the two new books, two re-issues, some price increases and four stupendously good offers on "series" books. All now listed on this website.

Wild Swan Books will next attend the Guildex show at Telford in September - see you there!

Online card payments

Debit and credit card payments are now available directly from the shopping cart by means of "Nochex". Paypal remains available and apologies to everyone who has been inconvenienced by the various changes in payment methods over the last few months. One note, if you are resident in Canada then Paypal will fail as their system cannot cope with Canadian postcodes. You should instead now use the "Nochex" option.

As ever, I can still accept payment by card by phone, in person at the shop and at all exhibitions that I attend.

Revised Opening hours

The shop is now closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays and on Friday the shop will now close at 5.30pm instead of 6.30pm.

The reason for this change is not any problem with the shop but rather that I need to be able to spend more time on the Wild Swan size of the business.

If you are travelling from further afield and wish to visit the shop but can only visit on a Monday or Tuesday then contact me in advance and I will endeavour to open the shop especially for you. This by appointment only.

This may also mean that mail order sales placed over the weekend will go out a little later than at present, although packing of mail order sales may well still take place when the shop is otherwise closed.

Narrow Gauge & Industrial Review

Roy Link has now taken back all aspects of this magazine since the sad passing of Bob Barlow and so new issues and re-stocks of back issues should be taking place soon, at which pont issues will re-appear on the website.

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.


Site last updated Saturday 4th July latest additions to stock added, new reviews, unavailable titles removed, search re-loaded.

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

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