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Colin Maggs [Publisher: Oakwood] Softback
J Allan and A Murray [Publisher: Lightmoor] Hardback
H J C Cornwell [Publisher: Lightmoor] Hardback
John Jennison [Publisher: Irwell Press] Hardback
Brian Morrison [Publisher: Crecy] Hardback
Brian is a very well known and respected photographer of the railway scene, and his work has appeared in numerous books and journals over his lifetime. Now aged 90, in this book he presents us with a personal selection of favourite images from his vast collection, a striking record of the post war period showing the glory of the past alongside emerging new traction and changing infrastructure. The geographical coverage is truly national but there are a pleasingly large number of Eastern and Scottish locations, featuring some out of the way lines and interesting locations, the shot of Epping shed in August 1953 is just wonderful. A really worthwhile book I think, although now becoming on old duffer myself I'll grumble that some of the "editorial" text is a bit lacking. The captions however are from Brian and don't miss any of their marks.
David Maidment [Publisher: Pen and Sword] Hardback
Roger Simmons [Publisher: Transport Treasury] Softback
A bit of a misnomer as this book is a collection of very nice photographs of the fascinating railway network as it once existed on the Isle of Wight. The photographs are I think mostly previously unpublished but are as far as I can see (and very strangely) not accredited to any photographers, which is a great shame I think. Arranged by route and including some very good shots of the more obscure lines the book is otherwise very good and will please afficionados of Wight's railways I am sure.
Julian Peters [Publisher: Julian Peters] DVD
Re-mastered from the original high quality 16mm colour film, this is a collection that reflects Ivo's wide ranging and eclectic taste. Starting with a review of industrial railway operations in the Birmingham area, we are next treated to Teddy Boston's unique set up, with the man himself going shopping on his steam roller. Back on BR we see the last of the GW small saddle tanks in operation, a visit to Swindon Works and operations in and out of Yeovil Town. The film ends on a poignant note with Ivo recording of the passing of the very last "Pines Express" over the Somerset and Dorset. Incidentally, see Peter Smith's book "The Somerset and Dorset from the Footplate" for a terrific account of this event and much more.
Julian Peters [Publisher: Julian Peters] DVD
Remastered from Ivo's high quality 16mm original colour film, 1961 included a run on the Blue Pullman from the cab, Sapperton Bank, Honiton, Wickwar, Weymouth Quay, the "Solent Limited" and the last day on the Midland and South Western Junction Railway. Also much industrial, Bowaters at Sittingbourne, Avonmouth Docks, Becton and Exeter Gasworks locomotives, and action at Stavely. How times have changed!
Chris Davies [Publisher: Crecy] Softback
Similar in size and format to books from Amberley, this is an interesting all colour review of the coal trains that have operated recently in recent years. Great photographs of modern motive power and stock in a post industrial industrial landscape, if you know what I mean.
John NIcholas and George Reeve [Publisher: Irwell Press] Hardback
Uniform with the same publisher's South Western main line series, this is part one of the line from Basingstoke down to Southampton, packed full of quality photographs and information as we have come to expect. Also winner of the longest title ever conceived I should think, the above is but an abbreviation!
Allan Heyes [Publisher: Crecy] Hardback
Paul Webb [Publisher: Moseley Railway Trust] Softback
Bloody silly title for an interesting book, which actually details the railway operations and peat cutting on the Somerset Levels. Latterly operated by Fisons the system was finally given up in 1984, with many of its locomotives being purchased for further use on the then embryonic Gartell Light Railway near Templecombe. The book has many photographs, detailed descriptions of the locomotves and stock. There are also a lot of very informative scale drawings, but these are slightly spoiled by the strange "raster" effect you can get on computer generated drawings. Carping apart this is interesting book that is full of information and a good record of its subject.
John Hodge [Publisher: Pen and Sword] Hardback
Peter Paye [Publisher: Oakwood] Softback
Michael Welch [Publisher: Capital] Hardback
A very pleasing all colour album of photographs of the different routes, terminals and facilities that once existed in pre 1967 London. Lots of atmosphere and a good sprinkling of less usual shots, including a glorious view of Feltham yard taken in 1958 and some fantastically smoky and gloomy views of Liverpool Street! Very nice.