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 "itfield 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 one of the boxed Bachmann S&DJR 2-8-0 models, now unavailable and priced at £145.00.

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.

Larkrail gone for a year...

Despite the torrential rain Larkrail was a great success on the 19th July and the results of all our efforts were that the show raised £250.00 for Julian House plus another £100 plus from the catering. Once I have confirmed everything and paid the money to the charity I will post the final result on the Larkrail page of the website. In the meantime you can find a brief report on the day's activities here. Next year's event is set to take place on Saturday July the18th 2015 and promises to be every bit as good as this year, hopfully drier though....

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

Tel. 01225 462332

The shop is open as follows:
Sunday and Monday Closed
Tuesday to Thursday 10.00am to 5.30pm
Friday (late opening) 10.00am to 6.30pm
Saturday 10.00am to 5.30pm



I am the official distributor for Millstream Books. All titles are stored here and are fully described on a new section of the website, which also goes into the origins of the company. Millstream was the brainchild of Alan Summers and Tim Graham in 1986 when they were running the late lamented Whiteman's Bookshop at Orange Grove in Bath.

Follow the witterings of a Larkhall bookseller on my "blog" - Talking Shop. Updated as long ago as Saturday 8th March.

Site last updated Friday 3rd October latest additions to stock added, new reviews, unavailable titles removed, search re-loaded.

Latest MRJ in stock (a good read as usual), a great literary celebration of the "Boris bus" from Martin Curtis, Southern Way number 28 and a narrow gauge spotters book from Platform Five. Last week's news was the new model railway magazine, Finescale (Railway Modelling) Review, published by Bob Barlow and designed by Roy Link, selling well it is currently being reprinted. Roy Link's stunning WDLR album is still selling strongly - quite breathtaking. See "what's new" and military railway shelf for more details. Poststscipt: WDLR has sold its print run out, I have still have copies and I can't believe it wont get a reprint, but....

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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