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New Book Releases
for May 2013 The Industrial Tramways of the Vale of Llangollen The Bristol-Radstock-Frome Line See below
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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. Johnís 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 NORTHUMBERLANDíS 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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