WILD SWAN BOOKS
John Lewis 200 pages Hardback 1991
This volume gives an historical overview of the whole subject, including the technical means of operating and all livery variations including the British Railways era. From here, all pre-grouping vehicles are covered in detail, including the conversions from steam railmotors. Because of the uses of the prototype, the illustrations show branch line and minor station detail very well, a lot of this being in South Wales.
John Lewis 308 pages Hardback 2004
Chapter and verse on the subject, everything from detailed scale drawings of fittings and complete vehicles of all types through to allocations, services and even failures. The whole story from initial development is covered, as are the vehicles of the Great Western's constituent Welsh companies - the small petrol electric railcar also creeps in with its own small section, but everything else is steam. The collection of photographs reproduced is unimpeachable, showing the power plants, vehicles under construction, interior shots and of course the railcars in service. A personal favourite is the double page photograph on pages 34 and 35 showing several steam railmotors and a power plant outside the Works at Swindon whilst it is being extended. A really lovely book and as good an example of any of how very well organised the Great Western Railway was. As an aside I am afraid that I find Swindon a terribly depressing place since the works was demolished and I also wish that the execrable First Group would give up the "Great Western" title - they are not worthy of it.
Noel Coates 194 pages Hardback 1990
A wonderfully detailed and painstakingly researched account of the wagon stock and practices of a railway which was built around industry and delivering the goods. The author observes that the wagons were quite idiosyncratic and owed little to the practices of other railways, beyond the requirements of the Railway Clearing House. This volume covers general practice, the works , liveries and then open, low and flat trucks. A second volume will cover other types, but all sorts of wagons are featured in this volume in the greneral sections. This is of particular use to railway modellers, one of which the author is, having extremely clear and explanatory drawings and sketches of the various minutae of construction and brake operation etc.
Noel Coates 454 pages Hardback 2006
Following on from volume one, with consecutively numberd photographs and diagrams, this book completes the account with a detailed examination of covered goods, coal and mineral, bogie merchandise, livestock and special wagons - including the essential brake van. Very well illustrated with informative photographs and official drawings, the book also deals with the use of wagons and their loads, several photographs showing the great bales of cotton used by the numeroust mills served by the company. An excellent reference source and another fascinating insight into how well commerce and industry were served by the steam railway.
Peter Tatlow 248 pages Hardback 2005
Although based upon the OPC book of 30 years ago, this is the first part of what is promised to be a four part set covering all of the wagons of the LNER. It is therefore a revised updated and much enlarged piece of work which bears little resemblance to the earlier work. This book covers ex Great Northern, Great Central and Great Eastern wagons, detailed photographs of good quality, scale drawings and numbering details.
Peter Tatlow 204 pages Hardback 2007
The second part of a series, this volume covering the wagon stock of the Hull and Barnsley, North Eastern and Midland and Great Northern Railways. As before, detailed photographs of good quality, scale drawings and numbering details. Part 1 (still available) contained general design developments together with wagons of the Great Northern, Great Central and Great Eastern Railways. Another superlative work of reference from Wild Swan.
Peter Tatlow 186 pages Hardback 2009
In the same format and level of detail as the earlier volumes, this book covers the wagon designs of the North British and Great North of Scotland Railways. These were both highly individual companies and had some quite unique looking stock, much of which disappeared from the rails a very long time ago, which makes the level of detail and photographic coverage in this book all the more impressive. Full scale drawings, details of diagram numbers and some wagon numbering and brake van allocations are also included.
Peter Tatlow 158 pages Hardback 2012
This final part of the LNER wagon volumes has been split into two parts, this first part covering opens, minerals, hoppers and vans both ordinary and special purpose. This is fully up to the standards of earlier volumes, containing good quality scale drawings and very many clear and useful pictures of the wagons as built and in service, with all the varying conditions of wear that you would expect in between.
Peter Tatlow 184 pages Hardback 2015
The final part of Peter's definitive work on LNER wagons, building on earlier books and covering amongst other types containers, steel carrying wagons, bolsters, cattle wagons, grain, lowfits, brake vans and finally BR built wagons to LNER designs. Appendices list all the different wagon diagram numbers, wagons census figures for four dates, telegraphic codes and building programs. The final page is of addenda and corrigenda to the whole series. This is "my" first book as Wild Swan and it has been a privilege to be able to complete a wonderful series of books, working with Peter Tatlow, Paul Karau and David Crossland and the team at Amadeus, my thanks to them all. I guess I'm now officially biased but this is just a great book, packed with information including detailed scale diagrams and exquisite photographs - I'm sure my late friend and LNER authority Geoffrey Ford would have approved.
The London & North Western Society 208 pages Hardback 2001
Starting with a fascinating set of views and description of Earlestown Works, where nearly all L&NWR wagons were built, this book goes on to describe wagon construction and mechanical details in general, before then illustrating in meticulous detail a range of wagon types broadly covering open, cattle and flat (timber & furniture) trucks. The drawings are superbly detailed and very clear, and the excellent photographic coverage includes an impressive number of pre-grouping views. The authors have set themselves a hell of a task, a further two volumes will be required to cover the whole subject at this level of detail, and one wonders when these will ever be produced. Nonetheless, this is the best book on wagons I've seen to date for clarity and detail.
LNWR Society 220 pages Softback 2011
This second volume covers all of the vans and bogie trolleys of this significant pre grouping railway with clear photography, exemplary drawings and a well informed and readable text. What makes this book particularly compelling for me is the coverage of the "Rectank", not only are there detailed drawings but no less than three clear photographs showing a tank correctly loaded and secured and two views of loading and moving tanks onto and along the train. Source from Bovington tank museum and with an informative accompanying text, just this small part of the book is a fascinating insight into the railway aspects of the birth of a terrifying machine of war. I can recommend John Glanfield's "Devils Chariots" for anyone interested in this fascinating but horrifying subject.Going back to this book, please note that this second volume is only available as a softback whilst the first volume was a hardback.
Chris Northedge 220 pages Hardback 2016
A limited quantity of the softback edition re-worked into hardback, cased with dustjacket to match volume one and the forthcoming and final volume three in the series.
James R Snowdon 172 pages Softback 2001
Enjoying an independent existance of 70 years until its absorption into London Transport in 1933, the Metropolitian developed some very distinctive styles of rolling stock, including a surprising amount of freight stock types. This very nicely put together and illustrated book covers all the types in great detail, including numerous scale drawings and detail photographs. The book also works as a very pleasing overview and history of this very busy system, part of Edward Watkin's forward thinking railway empire.
G. F. Chadwick 94 pages Softback 1993
Superb reference book on its subject, from the earliest through to the grouping era, wonderful prototype pictures coupled with a comprehensive text and numerous drawings. Published 20 odd years ago at the same cover price, by now this is grossly underpriced - but don't let that put you off!
John Lewis 80 pages Softback 1998
Modern mainline stock of the GWR, from Dreadnoughts to Hawksworth stock, a few photographs but mainly very detailed drawings.
R J Essery 72 pages Softback 1997
Very detailed works drawings of a variety of LMS wagons, accompanied by clear informative and relevant photographs. Amongst others, the wagon types include 20ton brake van, 5 plank general merchandise and the ubiquitous steel ended sliding door box van. Superb detail for model making down to the last bolt. Part 1 is unfortunately now out of print.