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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
Sydney A Leleux [Publisher: Oakwood] Softback
Chris Legg [Publisher: Twelveheads] Softback
Ted Hancock [Publisher: Pynot Publishing] Hardback
Donald Cattanach [Publisher: Oakwood] Softback
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.
Robert Western [Publisher: Oakwood] Softback
Barry Norman [Publisher: Cygnet Magazines] Magazine
Barry Norman is in the editorial chair, musing on the tools modellers use, Barry appears to favour a cross between Electronic control and an insecticide with a bad name to run his trains, probably a typo... This issue's layout is "Templefield", a very characterful small layout about which I had previously not heard, featuring a good piece of writing with it too. Then follows Peter Kazer's detailed account of building Corris No. 3 in two different scales. Otherwise known as "Sir Haydn" on the Talyllyn Railway, this was a small Hughes locomotive, similar versions of which were also available in standard gauge flavours, viz "Elephant" in Kent, I digress, but as Peter demonstrates they make very attractive models, especially in the larger scales. Tom Knapp describes the "Paget Chrisian Centre" building on Copenhagen Fields, part two of Karl Crowther's build of the Manning Wardle K kit, searchlight signals on the Eastern from Jas Millham, more work at Farringdon from Stephen Williams, commode handles from Trever Pott, some exquisite models in "Portfolio" and all the usual features besides.
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!!
Rod Dingwall [Publisher: Oakwood] 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!
Jefferey Grayer [Publisher: Transport Treasury] Softback
John Harvey [Publisher: HMRS] Softback
Leslie Tibble Richard Derry [Publisher: Irwell Press] Hardback
Chris Booth and Alex Fisher [Publisher: Platform 5] Hardback
Peter Paye [Publisher: Lightmoor] Hardback
Jeremy Clements [Publisher: Transport Treasury] Softback
Neil Fraser [Publisher: Oakwood] Softback
A full history of an interesting Trans Pennine route, a complicated story of linking lines station complexes together with the associated landscape and infrastructure. Much of the route is stll in use and the story is brought up to the present and its somewhat brighter future for rail as a mode of transport. Fully illustrated with good photographs, and route maps.