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CLASS A LOCOMOTIVES OF THE BARSI LIGHT RAILWAY – ANATOMY OF A LOCOMOTIVE. 82
pages. Base price £10.95.
devoted to locomotives built by Kitson of Leeds for a notable 2ft 6-inch
gauge railway in India. It mainly consists of reproductions of the
complete set of Kitson’s drawings relating to these 0-8-4 Tank locomotives
built in the 1890s, which are preserved in the Narrow Gauge Railway Society
library. The book appeals to narrow gauge enthusiasts, model engineers and
modellers alike: the drawings are accompanied by detailed explanatory text
and together provide a complete anatomy of a Victorian steam locomotive.
explanatory pages cover the background to the development of these locos,
the railway on which they worked, the builder, and designer Everard Calthrop.
MINIATURE LOCOMOTIVES. 40 pages. Base price £5.50.
of the locomotives built by the leading manufacturer of miniature railway
equipment Mardyke includes a company history, works list, and comprehensive
details and photographs of all the types of locos and their operating
history. It is based on the records of the late Dave Holroyde, long regarded
as a leading expert in the field of British miniature railways.
ROBERT HUDSON LTD. LIGHT RAILWAY MATERIAL 1915. 96 pages. Base price
This reprint of a 1915
catalogue of light railway equipment issued by Robert Hudson Ltd. of Leeds
contains a wealth of information for anyone
interested in narrow gauge railways – particularly modellers and historians.
Robert Hudson, celebrating 50 years
in business in 1915, had been transformed from a local engineering shop into
an internationally renowned company,
and was about to become principle contractor for rolling track and stock for
a massive programme of light railway
construction for World War One.
reprint covers every aspect of light railways - Hudson supplied trackwork,
steam and internal combustion
locomotives, industrial and passenger rolling stock, mining and quarrying
equipment, wheels, axles and other wagon
components – even specialist equipment for steelworks and blacksmiths.
Profusely illustrated with pictures, drawings
diagrams, it is a fascinating insight into light railways a century ago.
CAILLET’S PATENT MONO-RAIL SYSTEM. 44 pages. By John L Townsend. Base
were a great many versions of the simple mono-rail idea, and probably the
most widely used of the ground level
was that patented by a Monsieur Henri Jules Caillet of Paris, Little is
known of Caillet himself, but a great
his railway system – collected here.
The book traces his French, British, Canadian and American patents, and
reproduces contemporary accounts of the
in use, illustrated by period photographs and technical drawings.
STRONACH-DUTTON ROADRAIL SYSTEM OF TRACTION. 64 pp By R.G.Cash.
Base Price £6.95.
This little-known railway system was invented around 1913 after the
realisation that rails which were heavy enough
to carry a locomotive were far stronger than was necessary for wagons or
carriages. The idea was that the track
would be built in lighter materials with the main weight of the locomotive
being carried on road wheels which
ran alongside, the loco being located on the rails by small bogies.
The system was promoted in rural areas where savings were necessary to make
a railway viable, but despite
its ingenuity had little success and disappeared within twenty years.
Despite this, the book sheds light on a
and intriguing aspect of railways.
232. DAVYHULME SEWAGE WORKS AND ITS RAILWAY. 70pp. By Robert Nicholls. Base
Davyhulme is a major location in the treatment of sewage in the Manchester
area. This book tells the story as it has
developed over the past 130 years along with the part played by narrow-gauge
railways – all you ever wanted to know
about sewage !
227. THE NARROW GAUGE 2-8-2's OF PATAGONIA. 52pp. Base Price -
This is Robert Humm’s
comprehensive history of the 90-year-old 2-8-2s (Baldwin, Henschel and
negotiate the stark desert scenery, the mountains, the sharp
curves and steep gradients of the Patagonian area of
illustrated in colour and black & white.
224. ROMNEY ENGINES, CARRIAGES AND
WAGONS. 54pp. Base Price - £6.99
Published jointly with the Romney,
Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, this book describes and illustrates every item of
rolling-stock which a present-day visitor to the line is likely to see. It fills
a rather surprising gap in this oft-described
line in covering not only the
locomotives but also the carriages and wagons, which are otherwise generally
Every existing carriage and wagon is described in detail, whilst
locomotive tables include mileage figures and even
the type of whistle carried
by each engine! Very fully illustrated and in colour.
of stock. Reprint should be available around the end of February/beginning of
223. TUNNELLING THE HUDSON – NEW YORK
CITY 24pp. Base Price - £4.95
Our first book dealing with a U.S.
subject is this monograph describing the construction of the first railway
tunnels under the Hudson River, with particular reference to the narrow-gauge
lines used for spoil removal.
The whole project took more than thirty years to
complete. Fully illustrated.
215. OIL PALM PLANTATION TRAILWAYS
IN MALAYSIA. 52pp. Base Price - £6.95
The vast plantations of palm trees in
Malaysia are served by an intricate network of 70cm-gauge railways stretching
for more than 400 kilometres. This book describes the lines, their method of
working, and the variety of
small locomotives used, some of which are used on
trains exceeding 300 tonnes in weight.
Fully illustrated in colour throughout.
AND WAGONS OF THE TALYLLYN
Base Price -
Published in Autumn 2010, this gem is an up-to-date
comprehensive catalogue of the carriages and wagons on the
Talyllyn Railway. Supporting histories are supplied together with almost 90 colour
photographs taken in the last two years.
208. THE LOCOMOTIVES OF SEVERN-LAMB Ltd 88pp.
Base Price -
Severn-Lamb Ltd have been manufacturing transport-related items for the leisure
industry for over fifty years. Their output includes road trains, monorails,
theme-park rides and steam launches, but they mainly concentrate on narrow-gauge
and miniature locomotives, steam and diesel, for gauges between 7¼”
and 3 feet.
Over 140 photos, most in colour, illustrate the firm’s output.
The Miniature Railway
This excellent new book has
just been written by well known miniature railway personality Dave Holroyde and
Lawson Little - about a fascinating company who have built and continue to
build, a huge array of miniature railway locomotives, both steam and diesel.
Severn Lamb Ltd dates back to 1949, and has always been a family business,
building mainly commercial diesel locomotives, but also steam locomotives and
miniature boats. Although now mainly building narrow gauge locomotives, this book
catalogues the all important miniature railway locomotives that got the company
where it is today. It is good to see that this collection has finally been
recorded, and the loco details and the interesting photos that come with it make
it a book worth buying. Strongly recommended.
203. BRITISH TRANSPORTER
Base Price -
An often forgotten and rarely covered subject is the carriage
of goods across railways of different gauges using specialised flat wagons,
which eliminate the need to tranship the goods where gauges change. There are
over 25 photographs and diagrams of the many gauges of wagon used, both
historical and of wagons in current use abroad.
202. THE MINIATURE
LOCOMOTIVES OF DAVID CURWEN 120pp.
Base Price -
An overview of David Curwen's work and includes every one of
his larger locomotives together with over 146 photographs, many of them in
colour. There is a full history of each locomotive to date and it includes
locomotives built by both himself and others.
THE JAYWICK MINIATURE RAILWAY 52pp.
Base Price -
The history of the 18in gauge Jaywick Miniature Railway which
operated on Jaywick Sands between 1936 and 1939, to be revived for a single year
in 1949. The book also details the subsequent history of the locomotives used
and in particular covers the "Tommy Mann's Enterprises" miniature railway that
operated at New Brighton
using the some of the stock until 1965. 52 pages, profusely illustrated.
177. RANSOMES AND RAPIER
Base Price -
Published July 2002, detailing
the story of the locomotives produced by this Ipswich-based manufacturer. This
is the first comprehensive record of this little-known aspect of an otherwise
famous company. The text is supported by over 50 illustrations, including
several rare or previously unpublished photographs. 70 pages.
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