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Anthony Dawson [Publisher: Amberley Publishing] Softback
Peter Sikes [Publisher: Transport Treasury] Softback
David Hunt [Publisher: Cygnet Magazines] Magazine
David Hunt guest edits this splendid "Midland" edition of the MRJ, in part to celebrate forty years of the Midland Railway Society. Formed by thirteen people who met in a cafe in Derbyshire, it now has over 500 members and as David explains is active in many fields. Bob Essery is the first name that will come to many of us when we think of the Society and "matters Midland", and he was one of he founding thirteen in that Derbyshire cafe. Sadly Bob Essery passed away on the evening of November 23rd, too late to be recorded in this issue, but he would I am quite sure have been very pleased with what David has assembled here. No doubt Bob will be properly recalled in the next issue, apart from everything else he had a large involvement with Paul Karau and many wonderful Wild Swan publications over the years. For myself, I enjoyed a number of telephone conversations with Bob after I acquired Wild Swan and always valued his insight, positive approach and generosity of spirit, he will be remembered and much missed. Going back to the magazine, contents are a great feature on the fabulous new model railway being built in the new "Museum of Making" at Derby, Stephen Lea affectionately describing his building and modifications of the Slater's 4mm scale MR wagons, notable layouts Heckmondwike and Chee Tor are recalled, a Buxton motortrain in 7mm scale from Mike Holland, a superb Midland "Gallery", all topped of by Peter Kazer's magnificent 1/32 scale "James Spooner" and finally Martin Wicks makes it into print improving Dapol vans in 7mm scale. Plus the estimable T. Pott on luggage duties, letters and the totally believable "Caledonian Road Junction" signal box from Bob Juleff.
John Clutterbuck [Publisher: RCL Publications] Magazine
Alan C Butcher [Publisher: Transport Treasury] Softback
Giles Favell [Publisher: Wild Swan] Softback
In this book Giles Favell shows us just how he sets about creating his ingenious radio controlled vehicles and cranes, providing full information on his construction and design techniques and the components and suppliers that he uses. Starting with an introduction and general description, each vehicle and and crane built is described in a detailed "blow by blow" style, using numerous illustrations and sketches to explain what is going on.Towards the end of the book Giles describes his approach to radio controlling locomotives and then discusses current and future projects and possibilities. Well known for his highly entertaining "Denton Brook" layout, Giles has a nice way of explaining what he does that will I think encourage the rest of us to "have a go" ourselves.
Andrew Malthouse and Kevin Robertson [Publisher: Transport Treasury] Softback
An interesting mix of articles and features covering the "old company" including a colour feature on Hydraulics, an account od a milk train from Dick Riley, a nice feature on Moretonhampstead from Gerry Beale, wagon pooling on the GWR before the War, the pannier tanks on the Dornoch Branch, and much more besides. All illustrated with great images from the Transport Treasury.
Colin Maggs [Publisher: Oakwood] Softback