The Titfield Thunderbolt Bookshop

Site last updated 16th January 2022

Wild Swan have just published a heavily illustrated "how to do it" book on the fast moving world of animating vehicles and more. It is written by the highly talented Giles Favell, who many of you will have met at shows up and down the Country with his fabulous 'Denton Brook' layout. 'Trains, Cranes and Automobiles - Radio Control For Model Railways' is available now at £24.95 and it gives full details of how you can modify vehicles, cranes, locomotives and even figures.

The ideas and techniques Giles reveals have numerous potential applications and will hopefully inspire railway modellers to a myriad of miniature innovations of their own! Full details, including a complete list of contents, can be found here on the Wild Swan website.

Radio Control


Diesel Hydraulics


After just a few weeks on sale Andrew Vines' new book 'Diesel Hydraulics a Colour Retrospective' is proving very popular. It has received a lot of favourable comments, many of them relating to the variety of locations, liveries and services featured in the book. The book is available at £23.95 and more details can be found here on the Wild Swan website.

Wild Swan is working on a number of new titles; the closest to fruition is 'Modelling Buildings' by the highly talented Pete Goss, which is now in in the design stage. I had intended to have this available alongside Giles' Radio Control book at this years, now cancelled, Warley NEC show. Although somewhat delayed, the book should be available early in the New Year.

Edited by David Hunt, MRJ 286 celebrates forty years of the Midland Railway Society with a great mixture of features both forward looking and retrospective. The society started with a meeting of 13 people in a Derbyshire cafe, including the legendary and now sadly late Bob Essery, who would most definitely have approved of what David has gathered together for our delectation.

MRJ Issue 286

MRJ Issue 285

MRJ 285 edited by Jerry Clifford features an impressive 2mm finescale scenic model of Moretonhampstead, a "Toplight" in 4mm scale by Gerry Beale and a Midland wagon in 1/32 scale by Richard Ellis. Other articles include platform lamps for High Wycombe from Tim Peacock, Classical Jazz part three from Dave Doe, a louvered Midland milk van in 7mm scale from Laurie Griffin, plus PO wagons and a lovely Kirtley model from the editor. Also, an obituary to the towering figure of Don Rowland who sadly left us recently.

Back issues of Model Railway Journal, Great Western Railway Journal and British Railway Journal continue to sell well. I recently bought in a collection of mint MRJs, so some out of print issues have just gone back on to the website. The prices are a little higher to reflect the prices paid and because they are in very short supply. The listing on the website shows what is available.

The Titfield Thunderbolt
Studio 4 Tollbridge Studios, Toll Bridge Road, Bath, BA1 7DE
Tel. 01225 462332

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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
[Title image by Ivo Peters, cty. Julian Peters]