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Larkrail Cancelled

Apologies for short notice, but Larkrail will not be taking place this year. See the relevant page for more details.
Southern Enginemen

Numerous friends and customers have called in to the shop over the last seven years or so, and  I have been privileged to enjoy conversations, discussions and recollections covering all sorts of subjects. Although deep in Western territory, and even contemplating repainting everything in chocolate and cream, the shop seems to attract a higher proportion of supporters of the "Suvvern" than any other railway company. 

My own love of railways came from my Uncle Norman, who started his working life as a cleaner at Gillingham shed. In the shop one of my favourite regulars is Martin, who started as a cleaner at Nine Elms. I have very few pictures of Norman on the footplate, but Martin is absolutely brilliant at turning up with pictures and ephemera from his railway career. So here are two snaps from the past of young men starting their railway careers.

Norman on WD 2-8-0 at Bricklayers Arms

Martin on his first outing as fireman, "Elder Dempster Lines" on a Waterloo to Basingstoke service.

New to stock

BRJ 79 is now out, a lovely collection of articles, Blisworth in the 1940s, decent narrow gauge content  and more camp coachery from Mike Fenton. MRJ 262 still the current issue.

Super new book "Tracks in the Sand" an amazing record of one Tim Foster's war service in the Middle East, illustrated with a staggering and fascinating collection of photographs taken in the field. Quite unique I think, a large landscape format hardback priced at 30.00.

"Last Levers On The Fylde" idiotically good value at 15.00, the signalling history of the routes to Blackpool, the surviving parts of which are currently undergoing something of a metamorphosis.

"LNWR Wagons Volume Three" from Wild Swan is now at the final proofreading stage, complete with its comprehensive index to all three volumes in the series. This will be produced shortly, but unfortunately not in time for the Easter shows.

I am otherwise adding additional Wild Swan information to the website for the publishing and promotional activities of Wild Swan Books Ltd.


The shop is situated on the east side of Bath 1 mile from the Guildhall. Bus No. 7 from Bath Bus Station, also calling at the centre (Post Office) will bring you straight here. Free on street parking is also available around Larkhall. Or a pleasant walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal from Bath Spa Station. From the rear of the station cross over the Halfpenny Bridge and turn left, then walk along on to the canal towpath and head out to Grosvenor Bridge from where you cross the A4 to reach Larkhall.

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The Titfield Thunderbolt
3A Upper Lambridge Street, Larkhall, Bath, BA1 6RY

Tel. 01225 462332

The shop is open as follows:
Sunday Monday and Tuesday Closed
Wednesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.30pm
If you are travelling a distance to the shop and can only make a Tuesday or Monday then please contact me and I will endeavour to open the shop by appointment to suit you.

If you cannot find something that you are after, or experience any problems, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Although this is the World Wide Web and you may be reading this on the other side of the world, the organisation here consists of human beings with an interest and enthusiasm for the books we stock and we are always delighted to hear from our customers via phone, email or in person.

Simon Castens

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