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Postby RichardCoulthurst » Sun Dec 07, 2014 12:13 pm

The forum might be an appropriate place for RCTS member to exchange information about new books from the smaller publishers and societies or those that have been privately published which might otherwise be overlooked. To start the ball rolling I can mention two books I have come across recently.

Talyllyn and Corris Steam Locomotives: Volume 1, Pre-preservation and Manufacturers, Martin Fuller, 268 pages, published by Sara Eade, ISBN 978 0 956565 25 9, £38.50.

Bala Junction to Blaenau Festiniog: Scenes from the Past 25 – Railways of North Wales, D W Southern assisted by Norman Jones, 144 pages, published by Booklaw, ISBN 978 1 909625 37 2 £23.99.
(Updated and enlarged edition of a book first published by Foxline in 1995.)

Just in time to add these to your Christmas list!
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Re: New Books

Postby ChrisWB » Tue Dec 09, 2014 3:57 pm

I think that's a very good idea. Railway books from smaller publishers/ societies often have more detailed and interesting content than some of those from their larger brethren. For example those published by Richard Strange for Steam Archive Services and Chris Coates' WCML Sightings Sheets published on behalf of the SRRA.

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Re: New Books

Postby RichardCoulthurst » Sun Dec 21, 2014 7:28 pm

Another new book from a smaller publisher:

Cardiff Canton Diesel Depot and Locomotive Duties, Steve Morris, 2014, paperback, 96 pages, Ty Mawr Publications (45 Danefield Road, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, CW4 7NS) ISBN 978 0 955235 47 4, £12.95 (plus £1.50 p&p) (Cheques payable to ‘S Morris’)
The first edition of this book was published eight years ago. With the 50th anniversary of opening the depot this year Ty Mawr Publications have re-printed a small number of copies and provide an update on the current situation with regard to the site. This has resulted in a couple of pages being amended. In addition the opportunity has been taken to update some of the captions, tidy up a few parts and correct some minor faults that were present in the original version. Comprising 96 pages with over 160 images, the majority in colour, this book covers the history of Cardiff Canton Diesel depot since opening in September 1964 right up to the present day following over fifty years continuous service.

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Re: New Books

Postby RichardCoulthurst » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:25 pm

Another new book from a small publisher:

Colonel Péchot:Tracks to the Trenches
by Sarah Wright
published by the Birse Press, 2014
ISBN 978 1 901023 015
Hardback, 256 pages, 280 illustrations, maps & drawings
£36.75 which includes post in the UK
Order from: Wrightscale, Burnside Cottage, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5ES
(cheques payable to “S M Wright”)
Or see website: [url]www.wrightscale.co,uk
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This is a biography of the father of all military narrow gauge railways - a modest French soldier, Prosper Péchot. He realised their potential, not only in stopping the enemy but also in taking war to their doorstep. This is his story: how he developed this game-changer and how it was copied and used to deadly effect by both sides in World War One. Four chapters are biographical, three give background, and four are on the technical details of his work, including the Péchot-Bourdon locomotive.

The author looks not only at how Pechot arrived at his ideas for narrow gauge lines for military use, and arrived at the 60cm gauge for these, but how the Germans especially realised their military significance, and by the start of the War were actually better prepared for their use, as well as how the British realised during the war how useful they were, and the Americans benefited from the accumulated knowledge - and considerable orders for locomotives and rolling stock. The author also links Péchot's story to the forts, both on the frontier with Germany and around Paris, for which the railways were originally conceived, the various campaigns, both in France and its overseas territories, where 60cm lines were used and the equipment used by the British and American forces.

All this alongside how Péchot developed the special locomotives, partially named after him, and the special rolling stock and very versatile trackwork system used.
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardCoulthurst » Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:58 pm

I have just come across this book from a publisher not usually associated with railway titles:

On the Edge: Coastlines of Britain, Robert Duck, 240pp, 216 x 138mm, 55 colour illustrations, paperback, Edinburgh University Press, The Tun, Holyrood Road,12 (2f) Jackson’s Entry, Edinburgh EH8 8PJ, 2015, ISBN 978 0 74869 762 5, £19.99 (Hardback ISBN 978 0 74869 761 8, £75.00)

The publisher claims it is the first evaluation of the physical impact of railway construction on the British coast.

The building of railways has had a profound but largely ignored physical impact on Britain’s coasts. This book explores the coming of railways to the edge of Britain, the ruthlessness of the companies involved and the transformation of our coasts through the destruction or damage to the environment. Among others looks at the Barmouth to Pwllheli line as well as some of the obvious ones in England such as the South Devon line at Dawlish and the Cumbrian Coast line.
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardCoulthurst » Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:42 am

Another book from a smaller publisher that might have escaped attention:

Rails to Banff, Macduff and Oldmeldrum
, Duncan McLeish, 80pp, 240 x 166mm, 74 photographs, 31 illustrations, paperback, Great North of Scotland Railway Association, North Cairncake, Cuminesown, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 5YS, ISBN 978 0 902343 26 9, £8.50 (£10 by post – cheques payable to GNSRA)
A detailed history of these three branches, all constructed in the early days of the GNoSR.
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardCoulthurst » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:33 pm

Here are three more books that have appeared recently and may not be widely known:

Industrial Railways of Southern England in Colour, Jeffrey Grayer, 96 pages, hardback, 273 x 216mm, Noodle Books, ISBN 978 1 906419 81 3, £18.50

Edinburgh St. Margaret's :The story of the 'Other' Edinburgh Depot of the North British Railway 1845-1967, Harry Knox, 320 pages, hardback, 275 x 215mm, Lightmoor Press, ISBN 978 1 899889 95 2, £30.00

Signalling the Caledonian Railway, Jim Summers, hardback, 326 pages, 275 x 215mm, Lightmoor Press, ISBN 978 1 899889 91 4, £30.00

If you come across any books from smaller publishers, societies or those privately published which might be of interest to RCTS members please post them here on the forum. At the moment I seem to be the only member doing so!
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Re: New Books

Postby Tony17737 » Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:43 pm

Would this be an appropriate place to put small plugs in for books members have published themselves?
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardCoulthurst » Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:23 pm

That seems entirely OK to me. I did suggest that privately published books on railways should be mentioned here as otherwise interested RCTS members might not find out about them. No doubt the administrators of the forum will delete any postings that are not appropriate.

Have you got one to promote yourself? If so, please post it here. Don't forget to include your name and address and the cost of the book including postage, etc!
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardCoulthurst » Fri May 15, 2015 5:27 pm

The following book was published earlier this moth:
How Railways Changed Britain: A New Social and Economic History, Edited by David St. John Thomas.
Hardback, 232 pages, 250 x 175mm, 25 colour & 25 b&w illustrations, 3 maps.
Published by the Railway & Canal Historical Society, 4 Broadway, Lincoln, LN2 1SH, ISBN 978 0 901461 63 6, £25.00.
Orders may be made by post or placed on-line at http://www.rchs.org.uk or through your local bookseller. Despatch to the UK will be by 1st class post – FREE; Europe airmail add 15%; rest of world airmail add 30%)
Railways played a pivotal role in changing the nature of Britain and of British life. In a mere 30 years following the opening of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, the country was transformed with astonishing speed and they became the symbol of the age. Travel was no longer at the pace of a horse, few towns of any size were remote from rail communication. Goods could be moved great distances with relative ease. Holidays in once distant resorts became feasible, and innovation replaced stagnation.
This book celebrates that change in a new and different way, with contributions by a team of authors whose pooled knowledge and enthusiasm is boundless. They look at railways in the context of social and economic history in a way that helps one think again. Subjects covered include the era before the first main lines, the role of railways in Britain’s transition to modernity, the ‘Leisure Revolution’, the financing of railways, urban expansion, the changing relationship between government and railways, employment history, railways in the country and their impacts as a business enterprise on the economy and society.
How Railways Changed Britain was conceived and edited by David St John Thomas, author and publisher. It is dedicated to his memory, as sadly he died during the final stages of its preparation.
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