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Re: New Books

Postby Newport_rod » Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:59 pm

RichardHC wrote:I have heard about a recently published book with the title "Britain's Least Used Stations" by David Brewer. It may be privately published. Does anyone have any further information i.e. price, ISBN, ordering information, etc that they could share on this forum?

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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:17 am

I am just drawing together a list of New Books for the next WRRC Newsletter. I have quite a good list already including quite a few on model railways but very few of the books are specifically about railways in Wales. If you know of any books on Welsh Railways that have been privately published or come from a smaller publisher, railway society, history group, etc. that I may have missed please let me know. Sometimes books that are not obviously about railways such as those on local or industrial history nevertheless have relevant railway content. Finally, if you are an author please don't be shy about letting me know about your books! You can reply here or my contact details are in recent WRRC Newsletters. Richard Coulthurst.
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Re: New Books

Postby Tanat Valley » Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:33 pm

There is 'The Ruabon to Barmouth Line' by Martin F Williams, Lightmoor Press. To quote Lightmoor's details 'Using hundreds of photographs, with a number in colour and many previously unpublished, together with informative text and captions, he takes the reader on a fascinating journey along the line, back in time – from its earliest days until its closure under Dr Beeching in January 1965.'.
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Re: New Books

Postby Newport_rod » Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:31 pm

RichardHC wrote:Britain's Least Used Stations by David Brewer


It was privately published in September and is available from Bill Hudson for £30 (+ carr)
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Re: New Books

Postby wokmad » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:37 am

Not sure if Locomotive Profiles: Eight Coupled: Great Western Heavy Freight Locomotives by David Maidment (Pen & Sword Books Ltd. 2015) is already on your list, but if not I think it’s worth adding. It covers all the 8-coupled types built by or working on the GWR and BR(W), including the Swindon built LMS 8Fs, the American S160s and the Austerities, with a fair sprinkling of views of these engines working in Wales. The absorbed Barry and Port Talbot examples are included, but dealt with rather more briefly than the other classes.

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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:40 pm

Two new books of particular Welsh interest:
The South Wales Main Line: Part 5 – Swansea to Llanelli, John Hodge, 2015, hardback, 112pp, 282 x 220mm, Wild Swan Publications, ISBN 978 0 95387 713 3, £29.95
Following on from the fourth part of the South Wales Main Line series, this volume continues the journey westwards from Swansea, finishing in the industrial district of Llanelli (or Llanelly as it was then called). However, this volume differs from the preceding four in covering two routes: the old main line via Cockett and the 1913 Swansea District line via Felin Fran which was a main line in operating terms and carried traffic not specifically required to call at Swansea or Landore. With Part Five, this series covers the 78 miles from Severn Tunnel Junction West, bringing a quite comprehensive pictorial view of an extremely important main line.

Traffic By Rail (Historical Model Railway Society Occasional Papers No. 2), John Chamney, 2015, card covers, 56 pages, colour and b/w illustrations, map, A4, HMRS Publications, HMRS Museum & Study Centre, Midland Railway Centre, Butterley Railway Station, RIPLEY, DE5 3QZ,
ISBN 978 0 902835 33 7, £10.00 plus £2.00 postage.
Many modellers take great care over accuracy but run into difficulties because little information is available on how the railways actually operated. Drawing on a lifetime working for the railways in numerous roles in many parts of the country, John Chamney examines numerous traffic flows, from the humble pick-up freight calling at a country station through urgent perishables and newspaper traffic to boat trains and night mails, in places as diverse as West Cornwall and Northern Scotland, Plymouth, Crewe, Inverness and Bromyard. This will be essential reading for anyone who wishes to operate a model railway authentically or just wants to know how the railways were really run.
Chapters include Work at a Small Station; Llanvihangel and the North and West Route; Freight Trains; Freight and Passenger-Rated Traffic to and from Cornwall; Ancillary Services and Infrastructure; Passenger Trains, Excursion Trains and Passenger Rated Traffic; The Railway at Night - Paddington to Penzance Newspaper Train; The Night Mail - Swansea to York: the Carriage of Letter Mail; The Far North Mail - Inverness to Thurso; The Night Boat - Rosslare to Fishguard and on to London; Inward International Traffic via Plymouth and a Boat Train from Plymouth to Paddington; The Changes in Railway Traffic Since 1946.
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:50 am

I have just come across this from the Gomer Press:
Corris Nostalgia, Gwyn Briwnant Jones, 2015, paperback, 67 pages, 214mm x 149mm, Gomer Press, ISBN 978 1 78562 075 1, £9.99
The publisher's "blurb" says:
When the Corris Railway closed in 1948, there was no way of knowing that a small group of young and enthusiastic volunteers would transform the situation and reserve the closure process in the years to come. Under their direction, what had become a grass-grown path between Corris and Maes-poeth in 1948, became once again a well-laid 2"-3" gauge line, transporting passengers in carriages virtually identical to the originals, which had disappeared in 1930. Much has been achieved in the intervening years but fascinating challenges remain, affecting the infrastructure as well as the rolling-stock. The Corris Railway Society's expertise in constructing carriages 'in-house', for example is most impressive and although the new locomotive may well be constructed by specialist manufacturers, the society has demonstrated its ability to maintain and service a steam engine most efficiently. Time and funds have been devoted to establishing a firm foundation for such developments, and the society has created a friendly atmosphere and comfortable working conditions for volunteers. long may success continue.

I am preparing my next piece for the Newsletter so if anyone knows of any recently published books I may have overlooked please let me know.
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:23 am

I am just drawing together a list of New Books for the Autumn 2016 WRRC Newsletter. At the moment the list is quite short and very few of those books are specifically about Welsh railways. Also most of them are from the larger publishers so if you know of any books on Welsh railways that have been privately published or come from a smaller publisher, railway society, history group, etc. that I may have missed please let me know. Sometimes books that are not obviously about railways such as those on local or industrial history nevertheless have relevant railway content. Finally, if you are an author or publisher please don't be shy about letting me know about your books! You can post details here or my contact details are in recent WRRC Newsletters. Richard Coulthurst.
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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:27 pm

I have just come across this book from a small Welsh publisher:

The Story of the Irish Mail by William Davies, published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, paperback, 215 x 138mm, 200 pages, 100 b/w photographs, maps and plans.

Just a reminder to all WRRC members to post details of new books here particularly those like this one, from smaller publishers which might otherwise be overlooked.

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Re: New Books

Postby RichardHC » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:25 pm

This is not actually a new book as it was published last year but I haven't seen a previous reference to it. It is not a railway book as such but the slate industry clearly had an impact on the development of railways in North & Mid-Wales.It is quite expensive but previous books from this author and publisher have been excellent. You might be able to pick one up on the second-hand book market.

WELSH SLATE - Archaeology and History of a Industry, David Gwyn, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, hardback, 291 pages, 284 x 226mm, ISBN 978 1 871184 51 8, £45.00.
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