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THE FURKA MOUNTAIN RAILWAY
Editor: Alan Burgess. 32 pages. Full Colour
(2nd class within UK); order usually despatched within 14 days
UK Non Members
UK Members £3.95
Outside UK £11.45
TOURS FROM THE NGRS EARLY YEARS
Editor: Alan Burgess. 24 pages. Black and White
A retrospective of
early NGRS visits from the camera of the late Ron Redman. Includes visits to
Nocton Estate Light Railway, 1955, Ledston Luck Colliery, Welshpool and Llanfair
Special, 1955, Waltham and Eastwell Quarries, Austwick Quarry, near Settle,
Horton in Ribblesdale Limeworks, Knostrop Sewage Works, Leeds, John Knowles
(Wooden Box) Ltd., Woodville, BICC Ltd., Erith and Arthur Guinness, Dublin.
THE TWO FOOT GAUGE IN MAINE
Author: Adrian S Garner. 44 pages. Full colour
two-foot gauge is an indispensable part of the railway history of
Maine – at their peak, five two-foot gauge public railroads carried
passengers in this northernmost state in New England. They are
moving beyond living memory: the last closed in 1943 but a
significant number of locomotives, carriages and freight cars have
been preserved and can be seen in action.
purpose of the book is to provide a short history of the original
railroads, a description of the new lines and a catalogue of the
locomotives and rolling stock that remain and where they could be
seen in 2018.
256. THE GREAT BUSH RAILWAY
Author: Ian Oughton. 108 pages. Full colour
This book tells the story of a narrow gauge railway located at Hadlow Down in East Sussex. The line was started by Claude Jessett in 1958 as an 8½” gauge miniature railway. Later, a short 5” gauge railway was added. Then, in 1969, a 2ft gauge locomotive was acquired. This became the main focus and the miniature railways
were eventually dismantled. Over time, the 2ft gauge railway has been developed into an extensive line, which continues today. It is a private railway, with regular open days.
This is a full history of the railway, told by an author who was closely associated with
its development for over 40 years. The book describes in detail the sheer hard work that went into its progress, covering every aspect of the task including track, layout and stock. There is a full description of all the locomotives (almost 30 in total) which have been associated with the line. There are over 200 illustrations.
RAILWAYS FOR RECREATION
The story of a novel
idea for rail transport that initially flourished in Europe, took
off on the other side of the world in Australia and New Zealand, but
then – life most novelties – died as popularity waned. All in just
eight years from 1900 to 1907.
The idea was a Sea Serpent, or dragon: basically a small train of wagons with a large
head as the leading wagon, completely covered from end to end, to
resemble a Serpent. They were an integral part of exhibitions and
fairs in London, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne and Christchurch in New
Zealand. A full account of a fascinating, previously unrecorded,
aspect of the narrow gauge.
251. ROANOKE MINIATURE LOCOMOTIVES
Roanoke began manufacturing miniature locomotives in 1998, mainly for 7¼“ gauge railways, from a small factory in North Devon. The early locomotives were primarily powered by small petrol engines, either with a sit-in cab or hauling a sit-on tender. In addition, the company built a 2ft gauge vertical-boiler steam locomotive and some narrow gauge outline steam locomotives for 7¼“ gauge railways.
The company also manufactured passenger coaches and wagons and railway chassis for miniature railways, and built to order various steam road vehicles including traction engines and steam lorries, up to 6” scale.
Gradually, the business was taken on by the next generation of the family and the new owners started to change direction from 2007. The final locomotive was supplied in 2011, after some 70 locomotives had been built.
This book provides information on all of the known railway locomotives manufactured by the company.
249. THE STRAND MINIATURE RAILWAY
36 pages. Base price £4.95
book tracks the first 70 years’ history of the Strand Miniature
Railway, through its various incarnations since it first opened in
the Strand Leisure Park during 1948. Initially a short 9” gauge
line, the railway was converted to 7¼” gauge at an early stage, when
it acquired a steam locomotive. By 1951, the railway was extended to
an L-shape configuration (with the obligatory false tunnel) and by
1975 had been extended further to an oblong (but still with the
railway continues today, as one of the many attractions in this
popular Medway park – and is still owned by the local council.
well as describing the history of the railway itself, the book
provides information on the various locomotives and rolling stock
used on the line and gives brief descriptions of other miniature
railways in the Medway towns.
RAILWAY ENGINES, CARRIAGES & WAGONS
44 pages. Base price £5.50.
15” gauge Bure Valley Railway is Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge
railway, running for 9 miles between its base at Aylsham to Wroxham.
Construction, on a former standard gauge branch line, started in May
1989 and the railway opened in July 1990. The railway is now an
established part of both the local community and the local tourist
book describes the history of the railway and its rolling stock. The
steam and diesel locomotives based on the line are each described
and illustrated. Brief explanations of 15” gauge locomotives
visiting the railway are also given. In addition, the book describes
and illustrates the passenger coaching stock, generator vans and
guard’s vans. The interesting range of departmental wagons is not
CLASS A LOCOMOTIVES OF THE BARSI LIGHT RAILWAY ANATOMY OF
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
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.
40 pages. Base price £5.50.
of the locomotives built by the leading manufacturer of miniature
equipment Mardyke includes a company history, works list, and
details and photographs of all the types of locos and their operating
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.
Hudson, celebrating 50 years
in business in 1915, had been transformed from a local engineering shop into
internationally renowned company,
and was about to become principle contractor for rolling track and stock for
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 and 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.
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
alongside, the loco being located on the rails by small bogies.
The system was promoted in rural areas where savings were necessary to make
railway viable, but despite its ingenuity had little success and disappeared within twenty
Despite this, the book sheds light on a little-known
and intriguing aspect of
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
54pp. Base Price - £6.99
Revised and updated in July
Published jointly with the Romney,
Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, this book describes 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 neglected.
Every existing carriage and
wagon is described in detail, whilst locomotive tables include mileage figures
the type of whistle carried
by each engine! Very fully illustrated and in colour.
This reprint covers every aspect of light railways - Hudson supplied trackwork, steam and internal combustion
223. TUNNELLING THE HUDSON – NEW YORK
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
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.
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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