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Various [Publisher: Lightmoor] Magazine
Geoff plumb [Publisher: Pen and Sword] Hardback
Superb colour photography from the ever modest Mr Plumb, to my eyes one of the very best railway photographers that we have in this country, from many that are very good. A joy from beginning to end, the author aged 4 on a footplate of a Johnson 1P is a wonderful introduction, and the book proper opens with interloping "Bude" at St Pancras where the Eurostars now go, followed by a belting shot of D37 in blue heading north out of the station in 1970, past the landmark gas holders that are now stylishly converted for housing and leisure. The bulk of the book covers the steam era proper though and the images are all striking, for differing reasons. A favourite for me is that on page 51, an LMS 4F at Ashchurch shunting a military train with a Landrover facing straight towards the camera on a lowfit wagon ahead of the locomotive - just priceless!
J. Allan and A. Murray [Publisher: Lightmoor] Hardback
David Hamilton [Publisher: Lightmoor] Hardback
an ixmith [Publisher: Irwell Press] Softback
Noel Coates [Publisher: L&YR Society] Hardback
David Hunt John Jennison & Bob Essery [Publisher: Wild Swan] Softback
A completely new volume to cover both the original and rebuilt locomotives, 180 pages absolutely packed with information, photographs and detailed scale drawings. Although the rebuilds were covered in part one of this series, out of print for some years now, the level of detail did not match the quality of later parts and so the authors decide to cover the whole story in one book, which makes for a more logical and complete account. The drawings include twelve at large format, printed on to six fold out pages neatly bound into the book, as in some earlier volumes in the series. Style and design follow the earlier volumes in the series, but with some well executed and subtle changes that have freshened the concept, including putting the title on the spine(!) This is the first book in this series for nearly ten years and I hope to now carry on with further titles. If this book sells well then there is the prospect of producing a pictorial supplement in the near future as John Jennison has uncovered a wealth of previously unseen material on these singular locomotives.
Karl Crowther [Publisher: Cygnet Magazines] Magazine
Edited by Karl Crowther this is a classic "active modellers" issue. Karl builds up a Manning Wardle in 4mm scale from an RT models kit while new contributor Robin Ashley builds Meldon Viaduct in 4mm scale. Trevor Hughes discusses scratch building techniques, John Elliott introduces his stupendous follow up to the Bradfield Gloucester Square, "Leeds City Wellington" while Richard Dunning builds a chassis for the Golden Arrow body of the "Southern 08". Kevan Greenhalgh's magnificent OO finescale layout "Thurlstone" is the main feature, highly atmospheric and full of operational interest, the Great Central in 1910 being the subject and theme. Aside from Karl's editorial which encourages us to extend our skills a bit, there is small suppliers forum, T. Pott on wagon loads, a decent selection of letters (including one from Rich Phipp in Bath on representing polished brass) and a very fitting epitaph from Geoff Kent on his close friend, the inimitable Roy Jackson, whose passing is a great loss to the hobby and humanity in general
Mig Jimenez [Publisher: Mig Jimenez] Softback
Roy Link [Publisher: RCL Publications] Magazine
From the rear: further news from David Taylor on his exquisite Marshwood Vale Railway, one of the most believable model railway fictions around, a very good article on Keef K12 locos and modelling the same from Mark Greenwood, NWNGR coach drawings and research from Stuart Baker, making your own rail bender, Robin Edwards expands on the 014 rolling stock on "Tonys Forest", and at the front as befits it, Peter Kazer's absolutely beautiful model of Boot on the Owd Ratty in 1:48 scale. It doesn't get any better than this I think. Oh and good news, Nigel S C McMillan is still with us, despite having been announced as an "ex-modeller" in issue 118. Nigel reports that this is the second time that his decease has been prematurely announced!!
Kirsten Elliott [Publisher: Akeman Press] Softback
Richard C Long [Publisher: Crecy] Hardback
A really interesting and visually pleasing book, the story of how and why ex London Transport Tube trains came to be used on the remains of the once extensive Isle of Wight system after the withdrawal of steam in 1966. The illustrations are first class and well reproduced, many being in colour, covering the very end of steam services and the demise of the pier head tramway. This unusual story is well told and at the end of the book there is a very cogent description and discussion of the issues now facing the Wight railway, together with the various options being considered. A really interesting and well produced book and worth every penny of its reasonable price tag!
Kevin Robertson [Publisher: Crecy] Softback
Leslie Tribble, Richard Derry [Publisher: Irwell Press] Softback
Ginny Barnfield [Publisher: Thunderbolt Books] Softback
This is a new edition of a little cookbook that Peter and Ginny Barnfield first produced 25 years ago, with the recipes from Ginny and delightful accompanying drawings from Peter. This edition has been printed to a high standard by Amadeus Press and was produced to mark the opening of the superb retrospective exhibition of Peter's work which has just taken place at Bishops Lydeard, on the West Somerset Railway. An amazing collection of Peter's work was on display, with many examples kindly loaned for the event from private collections. Themes covered abstract art, "Serious" railway pictures, Whimshire, book covers, Posters, and much more besides, a truly breathtaking collection of images produced by a very talented man. Chris Austin helped to make it all possible and I was privileged to attend on the first day and hear Chris's wonderful and informative opening speech, paying tribute to Peter's friendship, talent and also extensive work with the West Somerset Railway. This is an attractive bright yellow production with a laminated cover and coated cartridge paper, and so it will survive use in a kitchen environment as well as looking great as a book - so why not buy yourself two copies?
Chris Booth and Alex Fisher [Publisher: Platform 5] Hardback
R A Cooke [Publisher: Lightmoor] Softback
Peter Paye [Publisher: Lightmoor] Hardback
Derek Huntriss [Publisher: Never Again Publishing] Hardback
John E Reynolds [Publisher: Lightmoor] Hardback