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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:34 pm

I have just come across this book published late last year to commemorate the closure of the MT&A in 1957.

The Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway by Chris Barber, Amberley Publishing, ISBN 978 1 44566 328 9, 2017, Softback, 96 pages, 233 x 167mm, colour & b/w illustrations, £14.99.

The publisher's blurb says: "The construction of the Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway was a remarkable engineering achievement. Not only was it one of the most spectacular railways in Britain, but it was also one of the most difficult to build, and its long and steep gradients made it one of the most expensive to operate. The section through the Clydach Gorge was particularly dramatic with the line twisting and turning, but climbing steadily along a ledge cut above the deep valley. The MT&A is remembered with much nostalgia, for in those days, Abergavenny was a thriving and important railway centre with three stations and the town was alive with a symphony of sounds such as the clang of hammers, the hiss of steam, whistles tooting and wheels clattering over joints and points. When railway activity in Abergavenny reached its peak, there were over a thousand people employed in jobs associated with this form of transport. Chris Barber has compiled this richly illustrated book to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the closure of this much loved railway in 1957. The last journey on the line took place almost a hundred years after the railway was first proposed, and if it still existed today, it would undoubtedly be a popular tourist attraction."

Some of the photographs are of what remains today. Seems very reasonably priced.
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:00 pm

I have just come across references to this new book:

Memories of Railway Journeys in Wales, 1961 - 1964 by Peter Barnfield, softback, 112 pages, Wild Swan Publications, ISBN 978 1 912038 69 5, £14.95

I haven't actually seen this book but apparently it concentrates on South and Mid Wales and is illustrated with black & white photographs.

If anyone has bought the book can they provide further details here and/or perhaps do a review for the WRRC Newsletter?
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Re: New Books

Postby Newport_rod » Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:02 pm


I bought a copy of Memories of Railway Journeys in Wales, 1961 - 1964 from Wild Swan at the Bristol O Gauge bash in January.

The book is a pleasant personal history with a good variety of good quality photos from the period, concentrating on the Cambrian, W&Ll, Mid Wales, Central Wales, HH&B, MT&A area and, most importantly, the B&MR. Recommended to anyone whose interests coincide with the subject matter.

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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Fri May 25, 2018 8:59 am

Three recently published books from the Lightmoor Press that will be of interest to WRRC members:

The Broad Gauge Engines of the Great Western Railway - Part 1: 1837 – 1840, The Rev. Canon Brian Arman, Lightmoor Press, 978 1 911038 36 8, Card covers, 144 pages, 275 x 215mm, £22.50.

Ivor Higgon’s Cambrian Diary, Gwyn Briwnant Jones, Lightmoor Press, 978 1 911038 38 2, Card covers, 72 pages, 275 x 215mm, £10.00.
An album of photographs taken by Ivor Higgon around the Cambrian Railways lines and Mid Wales from 1924 to 1967.

The Shrewsbury and Welshpool Railway (including the Minsterley Branch), Bob Yate, Lightmoor Press, 978 1 911038 34 4, 96 pages, 275 x 215mm, £12.00.

These look up to the usual Lightmoor standard and are quite modestly priced.

I am not intending to buy these myself but if anyone has done so perhaps they could do a book review here or for the Newsletter.
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:51 pm

Two more books from Graffeg in their Lost Lines of Wales series have arrived. I intend to provide a review in the next newsletter but in the meantime here are the basic details:

Bangor to Afon Wen 978 1 91221 311 5
Rhyl to Corwen 978 1 91221 310 8

The authors are Paul Lawton and David Southern.

They are both hardbacks (laminated boards), 64 pages, 150 x 200mm, with monochrome and colour photographs.

The cover price is £8.99 for each book.

The books are available from your local bookshop or on-line from the publisher

Later this year Graffeg will be publishing two more titles in the series Conway Valley Line and The Heads of the Valleys Line and next year to publish Newport to Hereford, Hereford to Shrewsbury, Srrewsbury to Chester in a new series called Lost Lines of England and Wales. Also forthcoming next year will be Swansea to Llandrindod Well and Llandrindod Wells to Craven Arms.

For those interested in trams Graffeg are also publishing an new series called Lost Tramways of Britain which will include titles such as Cardiff, Swansea and Mumbles, North Wales and South Wales and the Valleys. Check the publisher's website for the latest information.
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