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The Cuckoo Line

Kevin Robertson    [Publisher:  Crecy  2016]    Softback    120 pages

A visually pleasing pictorial record of the lost line from Eridge to Polegate, drawing on three collections of previously unpublished photographs. The book is in the style of the "Southern Way" series from the same author.

The Meon Valley Railway Part 1: Building the Line

Kevin Robertson    [Publisher:  Crecy  2011]    Hardback    72 pages

An unusual book, based upon a photographic album compiled by one David Smith, spiritual guardian to the navvies who constructed the Meon Valley line between 1898 and 1903. Now a family heirloom and belonging to Mr Smith's grandson, an eventual contact with Kevin Robertson led to further research and now the publication of this magnificent book. Kevin is an experienced publisher and enthusiast for the Meon Valley and in this book presents a remarkable photographic record of the building of a railway. Easily comparable in quality and interest to the famous pictures of building the Great Central Railway, this is a terrific record of railway civil engineering and contracting, including men, plant, locomotives and landscape.

The Southern Around London

Jeremy Clarke    [Publisher:  Transport Treasury  2020]    Softback    112 pages

The work of RC Riley, covering Southern lines from the outer suburbs into central London, a really well produced selection of top quality imagery from the age of steam, and electricity.

Southern To The Coast

Jefferey Grayer    [Publisher:  Transport Treasury  2021]    Softback    112 pages

From Kent to Cornwall and all points in between, this is a very nice collection of images of seaside bound railway lines, trawled from the Transport Treasury archive by the same man who pioneered the concept of the "moribund and disused railway" type album, starting with the S&D. This is no such thing, instead a glorious revocation of Post War Britain and the ex Southern railway working hard to take people to the sea in the years before "staycation" had entered our vocabulary. Personal favourites are the Lymington ferry on page 72, Lyme Regis on page 84 and Sheerness on page 7 - wonderful!