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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Ahrons, E.L. Locomotive & Train Working in the Latter Part of the Nineteenth Century. Volume Four. GWR, Cambrian Railways, Brecon & Merthyr Railways, Taff Vale Railway, M&SWJR. Detailed articles on locomotive and train working by the respective companies. Reprinting of original articles which covered the period 1915-1923.   (hb) Heffer, 1953, pp127. VG, VG   £10.00   

Ahrons, E.L. Locomotive & Train Working in the Latter Part of the Nineteenth Century.  Volume Five. SER, London, Chatham & Dover Railway, London & South Coast Railway, LSWR, S&DJR, Metropolitan & Metropolitan District Railways. Detailed articles on locomotive and train working by the respective companies.  Reprinting of original articles which covered the period 1917-1925.   (hb) Heffer, 1953, pp131. VG, VG   £10.00

Bailey, Brian. George Hudson. The Rise and Fall of the Railway King. A biography of the man who had such an enormous impact on the development of early lines. The author shows the many facets of this flawed and some might say corrupt genius. (hb)  Alan Sutton, 1995, pp186, isbn 0 7509 0493 3. F, VG   £7

Binding, John. Brunel's Cornish Viaducts.   The definitive account of a part of railway history never before addressed in any detail: the planning, construction and ultimate replacement of Brunel's celebrated timber viaducts in Cornwall.   Well illustrated with many b/w photos and diagrams.   (hb) A Pendragon book from Atlantic Transport Publishers in association with The Historical Model Railway Society, 1993, pp146, large format, isbn 0 906899 56 7.   F, VG   £18

Bonavia, Michael R. The Organisation of British Railways.   This is believed to be the first full length study of the organisational structure of British Railways. It traces the development from the earliest days, through Victorian times, grouping, nationalisation through to 1968. (hb) Ian Allan, 1971, pp192, isbn 0 7110 0198 7.   VG, G (wear to dust jacket)   £5

Cossons, Neil, Patmore, Allan & Shorland-Ball, Rob (edited by). Perspectives on Railway History and Interpretation. Essays to celebrate the work of Dr John Coiley at the National Railway Museum. A well produced work which includes essays on museum interpretation, a study of the many NRM collections and other aspects of railway history. National Railway Museum, 1992, pp166, large format, isbn 1 872826 01 6. F, VG £8.95  

Course, Edwin.  Railways Then and Now.  The Changing Railway Scene in Britain. This work looks in particular at the changed scene in the south of England, with approx. 55% of the images relating to this area.  Other locations include the Midlands, north of England, inc. Woodhead, Wales and Scotland.  An excellent and exceptionally researched work.  Batsford, 1983, pp168.  VG, VG   £4.50   

Early British Steam 1825-1925 The First Hundred Years.   Well illustrated book which explores the development of British steam from its lowly beginnings to the effects of World War 1.   (hb) Magna Books, 1992, pp94, large format, isbn 1 85422 320 8. VG, VG £1

Earnshaw, Alan. Two Centuries of Railways. British Railway History Volume 1. Limited edition copy of 1,000. Over view of railway history from primitive railways and wagonways, how they moved on from the canal era, expanded during the Industrial Revolution and Victorian era, Nationalisation, Beeching era through to Privatisation during the 1990s. Well illustrated. (pb) Nostalgia Road Publications Ltd., 2005, pp72, isbn 1 903016 64 9. VG £4.50

 

Ellis, Hamilton. British Railway History 1830-1876.   An outline from the accession of William IV to the nationalisation of railways.   Detailed early history of Britain's railways, illustrated with b/w photos.   (hb) George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1956, pp443, colour frontis.   VG, G (some wear to dust jacket, slight foxing to page edges)   price clipped £8

 

Ellis, Hamilton. British Railway History 1877-1947.   An outline from the accession of William IV to the nationalisation of railways.   Volume 2 of this detailed early history of Britain's railways, illustrated with b/w photos.   (hb) George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1960, pp416, colour frontis.   VG, G (some wear to dust jacket)    price clipped   £8

2 volumes together £14

Ferneyhough, Frank.  Liverpool & Manchester Railway 1830-1980.  Foreword by Sir Peter Parker MVO, Chairman, British Railways Board. A well researched history of the origin and development of this world renowned line.  BCA/Robert Hale, 1980, pp193.  VG VG     £8.75   Signed

Ferneyhough, Frank. The History of Railways in Britain. Detailed history of steam power from the first steam pumping engine in 1698 through to the diesels of the 1970s. With chapters on the pioneers, railway builders, railway companies, classic locomotives and personalities and London Underground. Also contains detailed appendix and indexes. (hb) Osprey Publishing, 1975, pp288, isbn 0 85045 060 8. VG, VG price clipped £4.00

Forrester, Richard A. What was an Atmospheric Railway? Scarce publication. This system was invented in the 19th century and trains literally ran on air, a combination of partial vacuum and atmospheric pressure. This small booklet describes the system and also Starcross Pumping House. (card cover) Printed by daw Printers, pp8. VG £2

Garfield, Simon. The Last Journey of William Huskisson. How a day of triumph became a day of despair at the turn of a wheel. Huskisson, a great supporter of the L&M was killed in 1830. This tells the story of the man, his involvement in the L&M, along with his death. Faber & Faber, 2002, pp244, isbn 0 571 21048 1. VG, VG   £5.95   

Gordon, W.J. Our Home Railways. How they began and how they are worked.   With 36 colour plates and 300 b/w photos this work was originally published in 2 volumes in 1910. Looking at the growth of the railways, locomotives, different companies it is both a history and an encyclopedia.   (hb)   Bracken Books, 1989, pp516, isbn 1 85170 314 4. F, VG   £5

Gordon, W.J. Our Home Railways. How They Began and How They Are Worked.   Volume Two. A beautifully reproduced work dealing with five English main line companies - LNWR, GWR, NER, L&Y, GCR and the five Scottish companies. All of which were at the period of the greatest expansion and efficiency. A richly illustrated volume with some pull out locomotive illustrations. Ian Allan, circa 1965, pp248. VG, G   (dust jacket 2 repaired tears and 1 inch portion missing at bottom of spine)    £6.50   

Harris, Nigel & Holley, Mel (edited by). Steel Wheels. Britain's Railways 1825-2000. Produced in association with Virgin Trains, this celebrates 175 years of railways, from its development to pointing the way to the future. With many b/w and colour photographs, there are also sections on signalling, safety, freight and preservation. (pb) emapactive, 2000, pp98, large format magazine style. VG £0.50

Hennessey, R.A.S. Railways. Past into Present Series. Illustrated with 64 b/w photos this looks at the development of railways from the 1800s, effects on town planning and urban growth, and through war time. (hb) Batsford, 1973, pp96, isbn 0 7134 1788 9. VG, VG £1.50

Hewitt, H.J. The Building of the Railways in Cheshire. Down to 1860. The railway has played a major role in the development of Cheshire. This tells of the early years, the frictions, personalities, engineering difficulties and triumphs. (hb) E.J. Moreton Publishers, 1972, pp66, pull out map, isbn 0 901598 43 7. VG, G (some wear to dust jacket)   £6.00 

Hucknall, David.  Surviving Signalboxes From The Golden Age of British Railways.   B/w photograph album looking at some of the finest boxes across the UK with very detailed captions.  (hb) Sutton Publishing, 2000, pp143, isbn 0 7509 2476 4. VG, VG   £9    

Kite, J.E.  Vintage Steam. A wide and novel selection of pre-grouping images.  Ian Allan, 1969, pp104.  VG, VG   £2.95

Lamb, David R.  Modern Railway Operation. Pitman's Transport Library. A study work produced for railway employees showing all facets of railway activity. A serious and comprehensive work.  (hb) Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd., 1927, pp169 + 28 pages of Pitman's business handbooks list.    VG, P. (book is complete and very good for age, dust jacket is showing signs of age but is virtually complete with a few tears and browning)    £3 

Larkin, Edgar. An Illustrated History of British Railways' Workshops. Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Building and Maintenance, from 1825 to the Present day. Most British railway companies established their own workshops, whole towns built up around them, this is the story of these works and their products. Contains many b/w photos, plans and tables. Oxford Publishing Co., 1992, pp184, large format, isbn 0 86093 503 5. F, VG £12.95

Lee, Charles E. The Centenary of "Bradshaw". A seldom seen celebration of "Bradshaw". (stiff board cover with green cloth spine edge)    The Railway Gazette, 1940, pp48. VG   (some foxing to page edges/inside cover)   £15.95  

Lewis, Peter R.   Disaster on the Dee. Robert Stephenson's Nemesis of 1847.   The fall of the Dee bridge in May 1847 was one of the first major railway disasters in Britain. Full of detailed technical insight and well illustrated, this informative book will be of use for engineering students, historians and railway enthusiasts.   (pb) Tempus, 2007, pp224, isbn 0 7524 4266 2.    G+   (some edge wear to cover and top of last few pages)   £3

Lloyd, David & Insall, Donald.  Railway Station Architecture.  The railway station is important both as a facet of architecture and as a major feature in British social history.  Lloyd and Insall select a number of station for consideration, across the whole of the network.  An authoritative short volume.  (pb)  David & Charles, 1978, pp60.  F, VG     £3.95

McGowan, Christopher. The Rainhill trials. The Greatest Contest of Industrial Britain and the Birth of Commercial Rail.   On 6th October 1829 just outside Liverpool the battle between two locomotives took place that became known as the Rainhill Trails. Written with equal attention to social and engineering history this new book brings these remarkable events vividly to life.    (hb) Little Brown, 2004, pp380, isbn 0 316 72480 7.    F, VG   £1

Pre-Grouping Railway Junction Diagrams 1914.   Volume containing full page reprints of the Railway Junction Diagrams covering many locations. (hb) Ian Allan, pp158, landscape format, glazed boards, isbn 0 7110 1256 3. VG £10 

Pre-Grouping Railway Junction Diagrams 1914. An exceptional volume (reprint) of the Railway Junction Diagrams covering many locations. (hb) Ian Allan, pp158, landscape format, glazed boards, isbn 0 7110 1256 3. VG £14.00 

Ransom, P.J.G.  The Archaeology of Railways. A thorough study of the development of railways in the UK and their architectural heritage written by a highly respected author.  A recommended purchase.  (pb)  World's Work Ltd., 1981, pp304, large format.  VG    £4.95   

Ransome, P.J.G. The Archaeology of the Transport Revolution 1750-1850. This work describes in detail the development of the first steam traction and places it along side contemporary transport developments. Particular emphasis is placed on surviving archaeology and on the originators of the innovations. An exceptionally well researched volume.   BCA/World's Work Limited, 1984, pp208. VG, VG    £7.95        

Ransom, P.J.G. The Victorian Railway and How it Evolved.   This comprehensive book is well researched and contains 47 illustrations, and fully describes a vital period in railway history.   (hb) Heinemann, 1990, pp276, isbn 0 434 98083 8.   G, G+ (some binding damage)   Ex-Library   50p

Robbins, Michael. Points and Signals. A Railway Historian at Work. A respected book which considers many facets of railways and the key features of the railway historian's craft. George Allen & Unwin, 1967, pp256. VG, VG (some edge wear to dust jacket)   £8.95  

Rocket 150.  150thAnniversary of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway 1830 - 1980  Official Handbook. A highly detailed volume with maps, archive photographs, then and now images and a photographic list of participants in the celebrations.  (glossy card cover)  BR, LMR in association with Avon-Anglia Publications & Services, 1980, pp84.  VG   £1 

Simmons, Jack.  The Railway in Town and Country 1830-1914. The standard reference work on the development and impact of the railway within the towns and countryside.  David & Charles, 1986, pp400, isbn 0 7153 8699 9.   VG, VG  £8.95   

Simmons, Jack. The Railways of Britain. A Journey Through History. Professor Jack Simmons presents a wide-ranging exceptionally well-illustrated history of the railways of Britain. BCA/Macmillan, 1986, pp256. VG, VG   £5.50   

Simpson, C.R.H. The Rainhill Locomotive Trials. The story of a contest, the outcome of which was to revolutionize transport in every continent. Well illustrated story of the these trials. (glossy card cover) Rainhill Trials Celebrations Committee, 1979, pp44, large landscape format. VG £1

Spence, Jeoffry (introduction and commentaries by).  Victorian and Edwardian Railways from old Photographs. The volume looks at images of social/human in addition to technical interest.  There are sections on staff and uniforms, track construction, goods services, hotels and refreshments, stations, locomotives and rolling stock.  A splendid work with well reproduced images.   Batsford Ltd., 1984, 155 plates.    VG, VG  £3.95   

Spence, Jeoffry.  Victorian and Edwardian Railway Travel from old photographs. An interesting selection of early photographs showing locomotives, people and infrastructure.  Batsford Ltd., 1977, 144 b/w photographs.  VG, VG   £4.75

The Route of the Shrewsbury & Hereford Railway, Described and Illustrated, Being an Historical and General Handbook including Descriptions of the various Towns, Churches, Castles, Gentlemans Seats and other remarkable Objects; The Distances from One Station to Another, Etc Etc., With a Map of the Railway. Published by Edward J Partridge, Leominister. This publication is a limited edition and has been reproduced in facsimile from the original printing and design. (spiral bound glossy card cover) Salop County Library, pp76, isbn 0 9500739 8 9. VG £5.00

The Stephenson Locomotive Society. Railway Progress 1909 - 1959. Jubilee Year Publication Volume One. Illustrated, comprehensive study of the technical advances of the various locomotives of the big four railway companies, BR, Irish and Overseas locomotives, steam, diesel and electric traction covered.   (pb) The Stephenson Locomotive Society, circa 1959, pp139.   VG (some slight foxing) £3

Thomas, R H G. The Liverpool & Manchester Railway. This is possibly the best work on the first 20 years of the L&M, up to its amalgamation with the Grand Junction Railway in 1845. A scholarly work with 122 b/w illustrations. Batsford, 1980, pp264, isbn 0 7134 0537 6. F, VG   £12.95 

Tuplin, W.A.  British Steam since 1900.  This work covers the technical development of British steam locomotives post 1900.  Within the annexes are graded performances of locomotives, coal consumption and an analysis of average mileage between general repairs.  (hb) David & Charles, 1969, pp200, isbn 0 7153 4326 2.    VG, G large inscription on front blank page and wear to dust jacket)   £5    

Webster, Norman W. Britain's First Trunk Line. The Grand Junction Railway. A well illustrated historical study. (hb) Adams & Dart, 1972, pp196, 49 plates, isbn 0 239 00105 2. VG, VG (slight sunning to spine) price clipped £10.00 

Whitehouse, P.B. Pre-Grouping in the West Midlands.   Study of the railways between 1840 to 1922 in the West Midlands, illustrated with 214 b/w photos with detailed captions. Also contains comprehensive list of some landmarks of West Midland railway history in year order.   (hb) Oxford Publishing Co., 1984, 214 b/w plates, large format, isbn 0 86093 328 8.   VG, VG £7

Williamson, J.W. Railways To-Day.   A look at the railway industry up to time of publication, including track, locomotives and rolling stock, signalling, traffic control, tunnels and bridges and more.   (hb) Oxford University Press, 1942, pp160.   G, P   (some faxing and dust jacket has wear and tears)    £2

Young, J.A. Main Line to Bournemouth 1885 - 88. No. 677. This outlines the efforts made for improvements and improved services between 1876 and 1888 on the line and eventually brought about a main line service to the capital. (card cover) Bournemouth Local Studies Publications, 1985, pp36, isbn 0 906287 58 8. VG £4.00