Books for sale (alphabetical by author)

For a list of the abbreviations used please see book condition  page.  

All books are hardback unless otherwise stated, paperback (pb), card cover.

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Allen, Cecil J. British Atlantic Locomotives. Many pre-grouping companies used 4-4-2 Atlantics. This illustrated book describes their use by the GWR, NER, GCR, NBR, Great Northern and a number of other companies. (pb) Ian Allan, 1976, pp143, isbn 0 7110 0042 5. VG £3

Allen, Cecil J. British Pacific Locomotives. Illustrated, detailed study covering the period from Churchwards 'the Great Bear' through to the Standard Pacifics of BR. There is also a section on British Pacific designs that were never built, such as those that were considered by the Caledonian, GNR, LMS and SR. (pb) Ian Allan, 2nd impression 1975, pp240, isbn 0 7110 0261 4. VG £4

Allen, Cecil J. British Pacific Locomotives. Illustrated, detailed study covering the period from Churchwards 'the Great Bear' through to the Standard Pacifics of BR. There is also a section on British Pacific designs that were never built, such as those that were considered by the Caledonian, GNR, LMS and SR. (hb) Ian Allan, 1st edition 1962, pp240. VG, VG £5

Atkins, Philip. Dropping the Fire. The Decline and fall of the Steam Locomotive. Detailed study of how and why steam locomotives worldwide fell from grace. Many b/w photos, tables and diagrams. Irwell Press, 1999, pp106, large format glazed boards, isbn 1 871608 89 9. F £15.00

Atkins, Philip. The Golden Age of Steam Locomotive Building. This book considers the development of locomotive works across the UK, both those owned by the railway companies and private builders. Individual works are considered along with reminiscences of the British Locomotive industry. An excellent well illustrated work which shows the diversity of locomotive production. Atlantic in association with the NRM, 1999, pp128, large format. F, no dust jacket. £5.95

Bellwood, John & Jenkinson, David. Gresley & Stanier.   Illustrated story of these two pioneering railway engineers, describing their careers, achievements and locomotive designs. (pb), HMSO, 2nd edition 1986, pp118, 167 photographs, large format, isbn 0 11 290438 6.  VG   £3

Bullied, H.A.V. Master Builders of Steam. Illustrated with drawings and photographs the work/careers of H A Ivatt, H N Gresley, O V Bullied, G J Churchward, W A Stanier and H G Ivatt are considered. Ian Allan, 1965, pp190. VG, VG £8.50

Catchpole, Paul. Britain's World of Steam. This studies the many overseas locomotives which found their way to the British Isles. Many photographs, diagrams and tables. (hb) A Locomotives International Publication, 2002, pp96, large format glazed boards, isbn 1 900340 14 3. F £5

Clarke, David. Locomotives in Detail 5. Riddles Class 6/7 Standard Pacifics. Comprehensive history of these locos, well illustrated with b/w and colour photos, drawings and livery information. Designed for the historian and modeller. (hb) Ian Allan, 2006, pp96, glazed boards, isbn 0 7110 3177 0. F £8.50

Clayton, James. The "Paget" Locomotive. Hitherto unpublished details of Sir Cecil Paget's heroic experiment. Eight single-acting cylinders with rotary valves. An application of the principles of the Willans central-valve engine to the steam locomotive. Scarce. Short detailed study reprinted from The Railway Gazette November 2nd 1945, illustrated with b/w photo, scale drawing and other drawings. (card cover) The Railway Gazette, pp12, large format. VG £15 scarce.

Davies & Metcalfe Ltd. The Exhaust Steam Injector Class "H/J" Metcalfe's Patents.   Booklet well illustrated with diagrams and sectional views.   (pb) Davies & Metcalf Ltd., Injector Works, Romiley, Near Manchester, England, pp11, large format. VG   (some wear and foxing, 2 staple holes to front cover and stamped with chief mech engineers 8.9.53)   £7

Griffiths, Roger & Smith, Paul. The Directory of British Engine Sheds and Principal Locomotive Servicing Points: 1 - Southern England, the Midlands, East Anglia and Wales. First of 2 volumes providing a comprehensive listing of all known locomotive sheds and stabling points. Each entry provided with a map and the text provides details about specific location, operating company, opening and closing dates, buildings, style of construction and much more. (hb) Oxford Publishing Co., 1999, pp213, large format, isbn 0 86093 542 6.   VG,VG   £13

Griffiths, Roger & Smith, Paul. The Directory of British Engine Sheds and Principal Locomotive Servicing Points: 1 - Southern England, the Midlands, East Anglia and Wales. First of 2 volumes providing a comprehensive listing of all known locomotive sheds and stabling points. Each entry provided with a map and the text provides details about specific location, operating company, opening and closing dates, buildings, style of construction and much more. (hb) Oxford Publishing Co., 1999, pp213, large for mat, isbn 0 86093 542 6. F, VG £15.00

Hayes, G. A Guide to Stationary Steam Engines. Well illustrated, informative guide to stationary steam engines and their locations. (pb) Moorland Publishing, 1981, pp160, isbn 0 86190 020 0. VG £2

Hill, Geoffrey. The Worsdells. A Quaker Engineering Dynasty. This book is a biography of 6 members of 3 generations of the Worsdell family, prominent engineers, particularly in the railway industry of the 19th century Illustrated with b/w photos. (hb) The Transport Publishing Company, 1991, pp185, isbn 0 86317 158 3. VG, VG (some edge wear to top of dust jacket) £10

Nelson, Ronald I. Locomotive Performance. A Footplate Survey. A detailed comparative study of the operation of a number of classes of steam locomotive compared with diesels, including class 40, prototype Deltic, Westerns and Class 86s amongst others. Detailed performance tables and numerous photographs. (hb) Ian Allan, 1979, pp232, isbn 0 7110 0908 2. VG, VG £4.50

Nock, O.S. British Locomotives of the 20thCentury, Vol 2 1930-1960. This covers the period from the development from Gresley 3 cylinder designs through LMS Standards, Streamliners, GWR developments into the post war BR Standard period. Also includes a section on the Gas Turbine experiments. A copiously illustrated work. BCA/Patrick Stephens, 1984, pp256. VG, VG £5.00

Nock, O.S. British Locomotives of the 20th Century Volume 3 - 1960 to the present day. This covers the implementation of the Modernisation Plan and the development of diesel electric/railcar power and electric locomotives and units, along with the HSTs. (hb) BCA/Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1985, pp257. VG, VG £5.00

Nock, O.S. British Locomotives of the 20th Century Volume 3 - 1960 to the present day. This covers the implementation of the Modernisation Plan and the development of diesel electric/railcar power and electric locomotives and units, along with the HSTs. (hb) Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1985, pp257, isbn 0 85059 681 5. G, G Ex-Library 50p

Nock, O. S. Historical Steam Locomotives. Comprehensive study of the development of the steam locomotive in the 19thCentury. Contains many b/w photographs. (hb)   Adam & Charles Black, 1959, pp162, colour frontis + 68 photographs. VG, VG (some wear to dust jacket) £4

Nock, O.S.  The British Steam Railway Locomotive 1925 - 1965.  This is a reprint of the volume first published in 1966.  Detailed text, complete with many illustrations and line drawings (334 figs) details the many designs that appeared during the period.   (hb) Promotional Reprint Company, 1995, pp288, large format, 1 85648 222 7.   VG, VG    £5

Nock, O.S. The British Steam Railway Locomotive Volume 2 1925 - 1965. 1966 original copy, complete with 415 illustrations and line drawings, detailing the many designs that appeared during the period. Also includes pull out diagrams. Ian Allan, 1966, pp276, large format. VG, VG (some wear to dust jacket) £12.00

Nock, O.S. The Pocket Encyclopaedia of British Steam Locomotives in Colour. With 192 locomotives illustrated by Clifford and Wendy Meadway. A delightful classic, with super colour illustrations. (hb) Blandford Press, 1973, pp192, isbn 0 7137 0350 4. VG, VG 50p

Pearce-Carr, Tom. Compound Locomotives of the British Isles. Illustrated study of these locomotives. (hb) Finial Publishing, 2007, pp109, isbn 1 900467 37 7. F, F £2

Railway Gazette (compiled by). British Locomotive Types. Compiled by The Railway Gazette from official drawings supplied by the Chief Mechanical Engineers of the four main-line railways and by the Ministry of Supply.  A landscape format work which contains full page scale drawings of locomotives. (pb) The Railway Publishing Co. Ltd., 1943, pp127, landscape format.   G (inscription and some foxing)   £10

Ransome-Wallis, P. Locomotives & Trains of the Big Four. Through 268 photographs, one has a powerful and comprehensive record of many of the older locomotives that were inherited by the Big Four, along with some that were constructed in the 1920's. A splendid and lovingly produced volume. Ian Allan, 1978, pp128. F, VG (slight sunning on spine) £4.75

Reed, Brian. 150 Years of British Steam Locomotives. A substantial appraisal of steam locomotive design from Trevithick to Riddles, illustrated with b/w photos and line drawings. (hb) David & Charles, 1975, pp128, isbn 0 7153 7051 0. VG, VG £4

Riley, Peter. Vulcan Steam Locomotives. A collection of steam trains produced at the famous Vulcan locomotive works in Lancashire, England. This edition is a publication of a work first published in 1955 by the Vulcan Foundary Limited, as part of a promotional publication which was not for public sale. (pb) P&D Riley, 2003, pp64, isbn 1 874712 65 4. VG £4.50

Robbins, Michael. George & Robert Stephenson. A well researched and illustrated volume on father and son. (glossy card cover) HMSO, 1981, pp69. VG £1

Robertson, Kevin. Leader: Steam's Last Chance. A thorough study of the origin, development and subsequent 'failure' of this incredibly innovative 'Leader' locomotive designed by Bullied.   (hb) Alan Sutton, 1988, pp123, 100 photographs, isbn 0 86299 376 8. VG, VG £6

Robertson, Kevin. Leader. The Full Story.   This brings together Leader: Steam's Last Chance and Leader and Southern Experimental Steam into one volume. Well illustrated study of Leader, its design, construction, test runs and progress, along with the SR experiments between 1923 and 1948.    (hb) Alan Sutton, 1995, pp250, isbn 0 7509 1003 8.    VG, VG  £12

Robertson, Kevin. Locomotives Between the Wars. This period saw an enormous variety of locomotives from the futuristic designs of the Bullied Merchant Navy locomotives to the pre-grouping locomotives that were constructed in the latter half of the 19th century. Alan Sutton, 1995, pp131, isbn 0 86299 914 6. VG, VG (small mark to cover) £3.95

Schieldrop, Edgar B. Conquest of Space and Time - The Railway. Foreword by Cecil J. Allen. A well illustrated acedemic work on the civil and engineering developments of railways within the UK and abroad. Hutchinson, 1956, pp256, colour frontis. VG no dust jacket £3.00

Sharpe, John E. Coal Burning Locomotives for the 1990s. An Engineering Design Monograph.   Photocopy of this book looking at design considerations, proposed Yeoman class locomotives and proposed coalect class locomotive.   (paper cover)   pp48.   G (held together with string)    £1

Stretton, Clement E. The Development of the Locomotives. A Popular History 1803 - 1903.   Comprehensive history of the development and improvements made to locomotives, illustrated with many drawings within text and pull out drawings. (hb) Crosby, Lockwood & Sons, 6th edition revised & enlarged 1903, pp270. VG, red cloth cover with black and gold lettering and loco on front.   (some foxing and wear to red cloth cover)    £25

Swift, Peter. Locomotives in Detail 4. Maunsell 4-6-0 King Arthur Class. Comprehensive history of these locos, well illustrated with b/w and colour photos, drawings and livery information. Designed for the historian and modeller. (hb) Ian Allan, 2005, pp96, glazed boards, isbn 0 7110 3086 3. F £7.50

Van Riemsdijk, J.T. Compound Locomotives. An International Survey. Well illustrated study with b/w photos and scale drawings. (hb) Atlantic, 1994, pp140, large format, isbn 0 906899 61 3.    VG, VG    £6

Van Riemsdijk, J.T. Compound Locomotives. An International Survey. Well illustrated with b/w photos and scale drawings. (hb) Atlantic, 1994, pp140, large format, isbn 0 906899 61 3. F, VG £9.50

Williams, Alan & Percival, David. Steam Locomotives. Veteran & Vintage Series. Over 50 pre and post grouping classes are considered, each with b/w photo, short history and technical data.  (hb)  Ian Allan, 1964, pp64, glazed boards. VG £2

Young, Robert. Timothy Hackworth and the Locomotive. A detailed, well illustrated study of this rather neglected engineer. (pb) Sildon 'Stockton & Darlington Railway' Jubilee Committee, 1975, pp406. VG   signed by Jane Hackworth- Young £12