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

I am very pleased to announce that as from Tuesday 16th December I have taken over the book publishing and marketing operations of Wild Swan Publications from Paul Karau and June Judge. From now I will be handling all trade and retail sales and will be responsible for the future production of all new titles under the Wild Swan imprint. Paul is happily carrying on with the magazine publishing side of the business, namely Model Railway Journal, Great Western Journal, British Railway Journal and the new LMS Review, together with continuing sales of the LMS Journal and Midland Record. He will be changing the name of the magazine business to Cygnet Magazines as he is keen that the Wild Swan name should stay with the book publishing business.

I have long admired Wild Swan books and am very pleased to have the opportunity to continue the name and business into the future. Paul has very kindly indicated his willingness to stay very much involved in the production side of things and there are a number of projects in the pipeline together with some new ideas for publishing projects.

There are lots of details to be attended to and I will announce developments here as they unfold. My very talented friend George Mumford has devised an excellent "back of house" administrative system and I will shortly be putting up a new website for Wild Swan at, which will become the website for Wild Swan.

If you have any queries arising from this then do get in touch, although things remain a little hectic just at the moment!

Online ordering card payment facility now available

Debit and credit card payments can now be made through Cardsave Worldpay directly from the shopping cart. This is a completely secure payment method operated in a fully approved method and Worldpay is the leading provider of card payment services in the UK.

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

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 Saturday 17th January 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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