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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:59 pm

Just come across this one which was published in September:
Impermanent Ways: The closed railway lines of Britain - Volume 12: Wales - A Welsh selection including select colliery lines by Jeffrey Grayer, paperback, 104pp, 210 x 216m, Crecy Publishing, ISBN 978 1 90932 856 3, £12.95
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:51 am

The following book from a smaller publisher may have escaped wider attention:

The Story of the Irish Mail by William Davies.
Paperback, 200 pages, 215 x 138mm, 88 photographs, 10 maps.
Published in 2016 by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Ysgubor Plas, Llwyndyrys, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 6NG – ISBN: 978 1 84524 254 1 - £8.50 (plus £2.50 p&p)
Publisher’s website is http://www.carreg-gwalch.com.
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:16 am

Lost Lines of Wales
Graffeg Publishing of Llanelli have announced four more titles in their “Lost Lines of Wales” series which are due to appear in July this year. They are:
Vale of Neath(ISBN 9781912050666)
The Mid-Wales Line(ISBN 9781912050673)
Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth (ISBN 9781912050680)
Chester to Holyhead (ISBN 9781912050697)

All the books are by Tom Ferris. They are 64 page hardbacks (laminated boards, 150 x 200mm) and contain about 30 photographs with an essay on the history of the line. The cover price will be £8.99.

The same publisher is also producing a Lost Lines of Wales Calendar for 2018 (ISBN 9781912050796) containing 12 photographs (page size 200 x 200mm) at a price of £7.00, which is due out in June.

The publisher’s website is http://www.graffeg.com. I suggest that you check the books’ availability before ordering as the first titles in this series seemed to be somewhat delayed beyond the originally announced publication date.
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:59 am

The following books are either already available or will be out very soon. They are not "Railway Books" as such but guides to the Cambrian Coast area and encourage the use of the railway. They are obviously available from on-line suppliers but if you have a local bookshop please use that.

Cambrian Coast Train Walks, Des Marshall, Paperback, 160pp, 210 x 148mm, Sigma Publishing, ISBN 9781910758274, £8.99
The Cambrian Coast 1 – Pwllheli to Harlech, Ioan Roberts, Paperback, 150pp, 149 x 157mm, Llygad Gwalch Cyf, ISBN 9781845242442, £5.95
The Cambrian Coast 2 – Harlech to Aberystwyth, Ioan Roberts, Paperback, 150pp, 149 x 157mm, Llygad Gwalch Cyf, ISBN 9781845242459, £5.95
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Wed May 03, 2017 7:32 pm

Another new book from a smaller specialist society that may be of interest to members:

William Fairbairn – The Experimental Engineer (A Study in Mid 19th Century Engineering)by Richard Byrom. Published by the Railway & Canal Historical Society in 2017. Hardback, dust-wrapper, 440 pages, 191 illustrations (several in colour). ISBN 978 0 901461 64 3.
Price: £40.00 but at an introductory price of £30.00 till 31st May 2017 (Post free in the UK – for international destinations see the RCHS website). Order from the Railway & Canal Historical Society website (http://www.rchs.org.uk) or by post from RCHS Books, 4 Broadway, Lincoln, LN2 1SH (cheques payable to ‘RCHS’).

William Fairbairn (1789 – 1874) was one of the greatest 19th century engineers yet is strangely overlooked. This is the first definitive biography for 140 years. It covers his many achievements as the leading experimental engineer in the middle quarters of the 19th century, including:
Building some 500 railway locomotives;
Constructing over 1000 iron railway bridges, including the first on a main-line railway (the Liverpool and Manchester) and the research for the Britannia and Conway tubular bridges;
Experimental work on canal boats, leading him to advise that canals could not compete with railways for passengers;
Invention of the tubular crane, one of which was the most powerful crane of its day and another the prototype of the railway breakdown crane;
Building early iron steamships including the Iron Duke – the first to cross the Atlantic.
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:31 am

Two books which have just come to my notice:

The Tredegar Company – One of the South Wales Coalfield’s ‘Big Three’, by Leslie M Shore, hardback, 2017, 208 pages, b/w illustrations, Lightmoor Press, ISBN 978 1 911038 20 7, £25.00
Not a railway book as such but the Tredegar Company was closely connected with the railways as it supplied rails and steam coal as well as being dependent on the railways to transport their output to the ports. Profusely illustrated with many photographs featuring railways, wagons and the company’s own locomotives.

Festiniog Railway: the Spooner era and after 1830-1920, by Peter Johnson, hardback, 2017, 208 pages, Pen & Sword, ISBN 978 1 47382 728 8, £30.00
Well-illustrated history.
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:54 pm

Just come across this book published earlier this year.
The Great Trains of Wales Explored, Arfon Haines Davies, softback, 128 pages, 150 x 95155mm, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, ISBN 978 1 84524 260 2, £5.95
Colour photographs of the standard gauge and narrow gauge’heritage’ lines in Wales. Probably intended as a tourist souvenir but nicely presented nevertheless.
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:34 am

Lost Lines of Wales
Earlier this year I posted a note here that Graffeg Publishing of Llanelli had announced four more titles in their “Lost Lines of Wales” series which were due to appear in July this year. They are:
Vale of Neath (ISBN 9781912050666)
The Mid-Wales Line (ISBN 9781912050673)
Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth (ISBN 9781912050680)
Chester to Holyhead (ISBN 9781912050697)

I have now been notified by the publisher that due to a change in their production schedule these will not now appear till 6th October.
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:09 pm

Well, this is not really a new book as it was published in 2016 but I haven't seen it mentioned here previously.

Ghosts of Aberglaslyn - the Portmadoc, Beddgelert & South Snowdon Railway: A History by John Manners, paperback, 120 pages, A4, 53 b/w & colour illustrations, Welsh Highland Railway Heritage Group, 25 The Pound, Syresham, Brackley, NN13 5HG, ISBN 978 0 9930821 4 6, £18.00 (post free in the UK), http://www.welshhighlandheritage.co.uk
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