The Titfield Thunderbolt Bookshop

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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 intend to put new information on new Wild Swan developments on those pages rather than here on the Titfield Thunderbolt pages.

That said, 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 attended Expo EM and also Railex the following weekend and I had a great time meeting customers old and new, some authors and also working with Kevin Wood and David Lane. Thanks to everyone and the next Wild Swan show will be Guildex at Telford in September - see you there!

Online card payments

Debit and credit card payments will very shortly be available directly from the shopping cart by means of "Nochex" with which company I have set up an account. Paypal remains available and apologies to everyone who has been inconvenienced by the various changes in payment methods over the last few months.

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

Opening hours

Starting from the beginning of July, I am going to change the shop opening hours. The shop will now be closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays and on Friday the shop will now close at 5.30pm instead of 6.30pm. All other days and opening hours will remain the same.

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 my 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.

Further news on Bob Barlow's passing from Iain Rice

Many of you will have heard the sad news of Bob Barlow’s sudden illness and subsequent death and will be wondering what is to become of the two quarterly magazines published under his newly-formed ‘Greystar’ imprint.

The situation with the two titles is slightly different. Narrow Gauge and Industrial Modelling Review, which Bob took over from Roy Link in March 2012, has reverted to Roy’s control and will continue to be published in the same format, although the administrative arrangements will obviously change. But existing subscriptions will hold and there is no need for subscribers to do anything – apart from anyone who has not yet received issue 102, who should get in touch a.s.a.p. The RCL Publications books previously handled by Greystar will also be available through Roy. The new contact details are: Narrow Gauge & Industrial, Cambrian Forge, Garndolbenmaen, Gwynedd LL51 9RX. Tel: 01766 530784 (10am to 5pm only please).


While NG & I was an existing publication, the Finescale Railway Modelling Review was an all-new title launched in September 2014. This means that it has not yet become established enough to survive without Bob’s input. With great reluctance, the decision has been made by Bob’s family to cease publication, so issue 3 will be the last.

Although Roy Link was responsible for the design and layout and Tim Shackleton for a measure of editorial input, the Greystar operation was essentially Bob’s baby, which he ran on what was effectively a ‘sole trader’ basis. This, unfortunately, means that Greystar as a financial entity forms part of Bob’s estate and so is subject to probate. Until this is granted, the affairs of Greystar – including banking, stock and some data access – are frozen.

All unconfirmed subscriptions and orders accompanied by cheques have been returned and payments made though PayPal refunded under the terms of PayPal’s operating rules. Further refunds will, regrettably, be dependent on probate, so may take some little while to process. Copies of the three published editions will be made available in due course once matters have been settled and while stocks last. Look out for details on-line and in the specialist press.

Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of sympathy and support. Bob’s legacy will be the many contributions he made to the hobby as craftsman, author and editor, which we will happily still be able to enjoy and appreciate over the years to come.

Iain Rice

On behalf of Rowena Barlow


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 Friday 26th June 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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