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New Book Releases for July 2014
The Eden Valley Railway
Davington Light Railway
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Two New DVDs for July 2014
British Railways 1948-1994 Vol 1 & 2
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Introducing the latest new books from Oakwood Press

2014

THE EDEN VALLEY RAILWAY    (New Enlarged Edition)   
    
               by Robert Western                   £9.95                

This railway was the first to serve the beautiful verdant and fertile Eden Valley. The line connected the Cumbrian town of Penrith with the Westmorland market towns of Appleby and Kirkby Stephen. At Kirkby Stephen it formed a junction with the North Eastern Railway’s Stainmore Route giving access to Darlington and the North-East. This new enlarged edition brings the story of the railway revival in the Eden Valley up to date.  ... more

 

DAVINGTON LIGHT RAILWAY    (New Enlarged Edition)   
    
               by  M. Minter taylor                  £7.95                

The story of this little known narrow gauge (3 ft 3 in.) railway was first published by the Oakwood Press in 1968. This new edition has been expanded to twice its original size. Secrecy surrounded the railway’s construction and operation during its brief existence. Newspapers were not allowed to publish articles or photographs of the railway, and the public were not permitted to travel on the line. This was the time of the Great War... more

 

THE NEWTON ABBOT TO KINGSWEAR RAILWAY (New Edition)   
    
               by C.R. Potts                   £19.95                

It is 25 years since the first edition of The Newton Abbot to Kingswear Railway was published and the book has been out of print for more than half of that time. This year (2014) sees the 150th anniversary of rails reaching Kingswear, so it seemed the perfect time for a new edition of this popular title. The railway to Kingswear was extremely busy during the summer months as it served (and continues to serve) both Torquay and Paignton ... more

 

THE  ELY AND ST IVES  RAILWAY (New Edition)            
    
 by Peter Paye                                £14.95

Travellers enduring the ride between Cambridge and Ely on elderly Great Eastern Railway coaching stock or later LNER replacements in the late 19th and early 20th century, often complained of the monotony of the landscape through which they passed. The Ely, Haddenham & Sutton Railway, was opened in 1866 and worked from the outset by the Great Eastern Railway and finally extended to St Ives in 1878 and re-titled Ely & St Ives Railway......more


 

Introducing the latest new DVDs from Oakwood Visuals

2014

BRITISH RAILWAYS 1948 - 1994   From Nationalisation to Privatisation
                     Volume One: From Goods to Railfreight
            £12.95                

First released in 1994 to mark the start of ‘open access’, our archive-packed ‘BR History’ programmes are back by popular demand. New to DVD.

Topics covered: Traditional Values, The 1955 Blind Alley, Retrenchment and the Fight against Roads, ‘Seventies’ – The Brakes go on!, Sectorisation – Making Freight Pay? and 1994 – The End or a New Beginning?  ...... more

 

BRITISH RAILWAYS 1948 - 1994   From Nationalisation to Privatisation
               Volume Two: From Passengers to Customers
       £12.95                

First released in 1994 to mark the start of ‘open access’, our archive-packed ‘BR History’ programmes are back by popular demand. New to DVD.

Topics covered: An inherited Railway, Modernisation Plans, Transition from Steam, The Corporate era, A Revitalised Railway and 1994 – The End or a New Beginning   ......more


 

Introducing the latest new books from Oakwood Press

2013

WEST COUNTRY RAILWAY MEMORIES                     
     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.    ....more

 

CAERSWS - The Cambrian Railway Village                      
   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.     ....more

 

THE HAYLING RAILWAY                    
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.     ....more

 

THE LEVEN & EAST OF FIFE RAILWAY     
by
Andrew 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.    ....more

 

AYRSHIRE'S FORGOTTEN RAILWAYS     
by
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.    ....more

 

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.     ....more

 

THE BRISTOL-RADSTOCK-FROME LINE
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.    ....more

 

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