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The Bigrigg Branch & Iron Ore Mines

Cumbrian Railways Association    [Publisher: Cumbrian Railway Association]    Softback

Nicely produced on quality art paper to this publisher's usual style, this is an exploration of an obscure part of the erstwhile Whitehaven, Cleator and Egremont Railway. Long gone railways serving numerous mines, the book mainly consists of photographs of the current scene, allied to very good quality maps and plans and a good selection of more historic shots featuring the mines and railway operations and equipment.

British Railways The First 25 Years Volume 9 London LM Region inc LT&SR

J. Allan and A. Murrray    [Publisher: Lightmoor]    Hardback

A very thorough pictorial record and survey of the myriad lines, depots and stations which operated in London under the aegis of the London Midland Region. The photographs are very well done and cover a wide variety of subjects, predominantly in the late steam era but with a significant number of pre TOPS diesel and electric subjects too. The book is very effectively arranged by stations, routes and sheds.

The Broad Gauge Engines Of The Great Western Railway Part 2 1840-1845

Canon Brian Arman    [Publisher: Lightmoor]    Hardback

Another glorious excursion into ancient locomotive history from Brian Arman, apparently surprised by the relative success of Part One! Starting with the famous "Firefly", this book is a fascinating journey through near Heath Robinson-ery that takes us as far as the "Leo" and "Hercules" classes. Well illustrated and containing a lot of new information gleaned from contemporary sources and newspapers, the results of boiler explosions and accidents were often photographically recorded and this book thus show us some fascinating if not terrifying results of mechanical failure.

The Encyclopaedia Of 21st Century Signal Boxes

Michael Rhodes    [Publisher: Platform 5]    Hardback

This is a great book, a definitive guide and illustrated record of all of the mechanical signal boxes that have existed on Network Rail and Heritage railways in the current century. Michael Rhodes has been an indefatigable and enthusiastic recorder of the railway scene from the 1970s onwards, and the quality and interest in both the text and and images in this book reflect both his enthusiasm and knowledge. Over the years the author has developed good links with the railway organisation and its staff and this is also reflected in the book, which is a terrific piece of work by anyone's standards.

Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review 122

Roy Link    [Publisher: RCL Publications]    Magazine

Another exquisite production from Roy Link, with a timely editorial that acknowledges the current situation but also offers the positive thought that it provides an unprecedented opportunity for finishing off dusty modelling projects. Part two of Paul Holmes' superb model of Hulme End in O17.5 is the main layout feature, followed by a lovely illustrated bit of research on early Corris Railway passenger trains. Alex Duckworth creates a bruising Hunslet for his "behind the lines" using a venerable Langley kit as a basis.

Railways, Ports and Resorts of Morecambe Bay

Gordon Biddle    [Publisher: R&CHS]    Softback

A beautifully produced book, describing the transformation of the transport landscape in and around Morecambe Bay, from the early foot crossing across the bay through port and canal developments up to the railway network and the present day. An interesting story which is really nicely presented, with clear and well reproduced images in both black and white and colour.

West Wales Railways Llanelly West To Carmarthen

John Hodge    [Publisher: Pen and Sword]    Hardback

Effectively a continuation of the Wild Swan series covering the South wales Main Line, this is an illustrated survey of the route beyond Llanelli to Carmarthen. Unlike the Wild Swan series this book includes diesel era shots, most of which are in colour and from the more modern era, which will please many readers I am sure. Lacking a route map or maps and also the input of John Copsey and his vast knowledge, this is a perfectly decent book and well reproduced but is a less researched and detailed account than the Wild Swan series that went before it.