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 wagons including the reassuringly expensive tube wagon and a couple of coach options in maroon.

The second issue of Bob barlow's Finescale Review is also now in stock at £5.50, lots of good constructional articles.

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

From Tuesday 16th December I have taken over the book publishing and marketing operations of Wild Swan Publications from Paul Karau and June Judge. I now handle all trade and retail sales and am responsible for the future production of all new titles under the Wild Swan imprint. Paul is carrying on with the magazine publishing side of the business under the name of Cygnet Magazines.

New Wild Swan Books

The first book to be produced under my imprint "Wild Swan Books Ltd" is now with Amadeus and publication is set for the 1st April, in time for the Easter show season.

It is the much anticipated final part of Peter Tatlow's definitive work on LNER wagons, "LNER Wagons Part 4B Standard and other designs". It will be a dustjacketed hardback which will be uniform with the earlier volumes.

184 printed pages, 240 illustrations, ISBN 9780953877119, and priced at £38.95.

It will be available from your favourite bookseller who can pre-order now and will have copies as soon as they are available.

I am also happy to accept pre orders directly, please email me at:

Trade enquiries welcomed too at the same e-mail address to any bona fide retailers reading this who'd like to stock the book (and others in the range too)

There will be a second new Wild Swan book shortly afterwards, being Brian Hart's re visiting of a favourite theme with his second enlarged edition of his Elham Valley Railway. Price to be confirmed very shortly but see Brian's own website for more information.

The newly printed list of all available titles is still available but will shortly be replaced by a new edition which will also feature the return for a short-ish time of two old Great Western branch line favourites. I'm still working on the "proper" Wild Swan website too.

Online ordering card payment facility currently suspended

Apologies, but Debit and credit card payments are not currently available directly from the shopping cart, Paypal remains available through which you can use your cards without having a Paypal account.

Apologies for the inconvenience caused, I hope to reintroduce this facility shortly.

Paypal continues as a payment option for those that wish to use it.

Friday 27th February 2015

Simon Castens


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



Millstream titles have their own 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. All titles in stock, trade enquiries welcomed.

Follow the witterings of a Larkhall bookseller on my "blog" - Talking Shop. Updated on December 24th 2014.

Site last updated Thursday 19th February 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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