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by Alasdair Wham -
Wednesday 4th December
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The Cambrian Railways Village"
by Brian Poole -
Saturday 7th December 2013
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West Country Railway Memories
New Book Release for
October 2013 The Hayling Railway See below
New Book Releases for
July 2013 The Leven &
East of Fife Railway
Ayrshire's Forgotten Railways See below
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the latest new books from Oakwood Press
WEST COUNTRY RAILWAY
by Robert Penrose Prance £15.95
This book is not
really so much about the trains themselves, but rather more about the
stations, signal boxes, railway staff and places by which, and through
which, the lines passed. The lines covered include some Great Western lines
in Devon and Cornwall and much of the Southern’s ‘Withered Arm’. The last
days of the Bridport branch in Dorset are also included, and there is a
quick scamper into Wiltshire for the Salisbury-Exeter line.
CAERSWS - The Cambrian
by Brian Poole £16.95
Brian Poole tells the story of
the vibrant railway community of Caersws and Moat Lane. He has collected
information and illustrations from many local people, with the aim of
recording the social and economic effect of the railway in the area so
that local people would have a record of what was once a very important
source of employment. Brian’s proximity to the community that he writes
about enables him to really bring the story to life.
by Peter Paye £11.95
The publication of this
book coincides with the 50th anniversary of the closure of the erstwhile
Hayling Railway linking Havant in east Hampshire with Hayling Island.
Before the coming of the railway Hayling Island was sparsely populated by
fishermen, agricultural workers and gentry. The establishment of holiday
camps both before and after World War II and paid holidays encouraged many
to the coast and increased passenger traffic receipts.
THE LEVEN & EAST OF FIFE
Hajducki, Mike Jodeluk & Alan Simpson £19.95
This book recounts the history
of the railway that once served the northern shores of the Firth of Forth
and carried coal, fish, farmers and tourists along the 20 or so miles of
line between Thornton Junction and Anstruther. Built in stages, the Leven
& East of Fife Railway started life as a locally promoted link the
Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee main line and the expanding town of Leven and
the beautiful fishing ports and seaside villages of the East Neuk.
Alasdair Wham £15.95
By the mid-nineteenth century
blessed with rich coal deposits, fertile fields and with traditional
industries like textile and weaving Ayrshire’s industry was ready to take
advantage of the railway era and flourish. With an expanding railway
network Ayrshire's goods could reach new markets and in return it also
became a destination for people wanting to go for a day 'doon the watter'
or for a game of golf on one of the famous links courses.
THE INDUSTRIAL TRAMWAYS OF
THE VALE OF LLANGOLLEN
by J.R. Thomas &
D. Southern £9.95
This book began some 10 years
ago when J.R. Thomas was given a series of short articles about minor
industrial tramways in and around Llangollen. Wanting to find out more
about what seemed to be some old and obscure tramways, all in close
proximity, he began to try and record the different lines and their
workings. He researched local records and papers, and best of all, walked
all of the remaining sites making notes as he went.
by Colin G. Maggs £18.95
Initially coal was at the heart
of it; now stone provides the only traffic. The apparently simple line from
Frome to Radstock and Bristol had a fairly complex history: first just a
broad gauge mineral branch from Frome to Radstock; then a standard gauge
passenger/goods/mineral railway linking Radstock with Bristol. The whole
line was closed to passengers in 1959, but the profitable goods and
mineral traffic continued.
DERBY DAYS - Memories of a
by John Weston £15.95
Unlike many other railwaymen
John Weston did not come from a family steeped in generations of railway
service. John’s working life started in 1934 as a gardener at a
country house. He first joined the railway in 1937 with around 30 young
men who had started work as engine cleaners at Derby No. 4 shed at the
same time. The young engine cleaners recruited in the Autumn of 1937
had a hard and slow journey in their path to becoming a driver.
THE ALDEBURGH BRANCH
by Peter Paye £19.95
The Aldeburgh branch, unlike many of the lines inherited or built by the
Great Eastern Railway, was not solely reliant on agricultural traffic
for the major portion of its receipts. Much of the revenue came from the
engineering works established at Leiston by Richard Garrett.
Aldeburgh was establishing itself as a fashionable resort for the
gentry; it was thus essential for a railway to serve the town, and the
extension from Leiston to Aldeburgh was completed in 1860.
THE KENDAL & WINDERMERE RAILWAY - Gateway to the Lakes
by Robert Western £15.95
The proposal to build the
first railway into the Lake District initially envisaged a line which
would reach the shores of Lake Windermere and the outcome was a saga
which, during the planning stage, was destined to become a very
contentious one. This may well have been the only railway over
which a war of words involved the Poet Laureate and about which poetry
was used significantly as a means of protestation!
NORTHERN NORTHUMBERLAND’S MINOR RAILWAYS - Volume Four:
Limestone Industry Lines by Roger Jermy £11.95
This, the final volume,
concentrates on the limestone industry. Almost exactly 200 years of
local railway history are covered. In researching this final book in
the series the author has been handicapped by the early demise of some
of the limeworks railways. Those at Beadnell, Seahouses and Ancroft, for
example, had closed before the mid-point of the 19th century.
THE LYNTON &
BARNSTAPLE RAILWAY by L.
T. Catchpole £10.95
So why is it that a small
book about a little narrow gauge railway, now long closed, is still in
print when so many other railway books have come and gone? For many it
is their first introduction to the L&B written as it is, by someone who
knew the line. This little book has surely contributed to keeping the
memory of the railway alive long after its closure.
GAUGE RAILWAYS - A Reference Handbook by Joe Begley & Steve Flanders £12.95
Like most students of the
Irish narrow gauge, the authors came to know of these little railways
only after they had gone. Thankfully there was a band of enthusiasts
attracted to these lines who committed their memories to print and
picture, saving a flavour for those unable to have witnessed the
railways at first hand.
The factual information
contained in this booklet has been gleaned over the years from diverse
THE MELLIS AND EYE
RAILWAY by Peter Paye
This railway was the
shortest branch line with a regular passenger train service in East
Anglia. It was conceived by local gentry, landowners and businessmen
to improve transportation of their produce to London and the
provincial markets, and the line preserved its independent status for
33 years before being absorbed into the Great Eastern Railway.
OAKWOOD PRESS: THE
FIRST 80 YEARS 1931-2011 - A
Collector's Guide by Terence Mullarkey £9.95
The main purpose of this book, as
well as briefly telling the story of Oakwood Press, is to detail and
illustrate fully all of the books and associated items that Oakwood have
published over the past 80 years. Oakwood is the oldest specialist
British transport publisher of its type still extant. ....
WYE VALLEY RAILWAY AND
THE COLEFORD BRANCH by B.M.Handley and R Dingwall
The Wye Valley Railway linked Monmouth with
Chepstow, and ran through the idyllic countryside along the Monmouthshire
and Gloucestershire border. It is an area rich in industrial
archeology. The coming of the railway vastly increased the popularity
of the region with day trippers. This
enlarged and updated third edition with more reminiscences and
photographs has been reprinted.....
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