Current Publications from the Welsh Railways Research Circle

The Circle has established a reputation for high quality production of not only its own journal, the Welsh Railways Archive,  but also for publishing books of value to both the modeller and researcher of railways within Wales.

Our first book, Volume 5 of Michael Hale’s six-volume ‘Steam in South Wales’ series, the first four of which had been published by OPC, appeared in 1996. That was followed by the late Mike Morton Lloyd’s ‘Private Owners on the Cambrian’ in 1998. The ‘Steam in South Wales’ series was completed in 1999 and then John Miles and Tudor Watkins contributed ‘Midland Railway - Swansea Vale & branches’ in 2004. In 2014 ‘Six Railways to Merthyr - The Angus Lewis Photographs’ by John Hodge. Regrettably these are now all out of print but to see descriptions click here.
Online sales are under development.


South Wales Steam Portfolio

South Wales Steam Portfolio

A Rosyth Publication from The Railway Club of Wales
Soft back, 48 pages.
ISBN: 1 871374 02 2
A photographic album of steam in South Wales published in 1996. The book contains a wide variety of pictures from many locations and covering a both pre grouping, post grouping and British Railways.

This book is not a WRRC publication, but has been produced by The Railway Club of Wales.
Price £3.00 + £1.60 p&p.

Available from: WRRC Publication sales, Andy Nicholls, 2 Auckland Close, Hereford, HR1 1YF



GWR stations cover

Great Western Railway Stations 1947, Part 2
The Wirral, Welsh Borders and Wales.

A photographic & track diagram survey. by Robin J. Smith.
Hard back.
ISBN: 978-0-9567317-1-5
This book is the result of over 30 years research and collecting photographs of GWR stations. This is the second of two parts which intended to show all GWR passenger stations in use at 1947. There are 881 stations having a track diagram. Nearly all have at least one photograph associated with it, resulting in over 1050 photographs. Dates of passenger opening and where applicable, closure, are provided for each station. Brief line histories are also included, with maps at the front and an appendix of stations at the back, to assist in the locating of stations within the book. Further details >>

This book is not a WRRC publication, but has been produced by WRRC member Robin Smith.

SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £18.00 + £3.70 p&p.


Available from: WRRC Publication sales, Andy Nicholls, 2 Auckland Close, Hereford, HR1 1YF




Cambrian WTT

Folio No.1 - Cambrian Railways Working Time Book


A Working Timetable by any other name - this is a facsimile of the Cambrian Railways Working Time Book of October 3rd, 1921.
34pp of timetables, 250 x 176mm, card covers, Price £3.95p (Members £3.50p)
By post in board or padded envelope: Members £5.10p, Non-members £5.60p.
Available at Rhiwderin when the centre is open (events diary), or from the Circle stand at shows or from:

WRRC Publication sales: Andy Nicholls, 2 Auckland Close, Hereford, HR1 1YF




WRRC DS-07

Data Sheet No.7 v1-1 - Research Sources

compiled by Mike Denman and Tony Miller
The Circle is pleased to introduce Data Sheet No.7 v1-1, a directory of Research Sources.
It is a 32pp A5 booklet and is a free download from the Members section of this website. However, if you know someone who wants a copy but does not have access to the internet, or if you just want a printed version, they will be available over the counter at shows or by post at £1.50p (£2.10 by post) for members, £1.75 (£2.35p by post) for non-members. Stamps will be quite acceptable for payment. Available at Rhiwderin when the centre is open (events diary), or from:

WRRC Publication sales: Andy Nicholls, 2 Auckland Close, Hereford, HR1 1YF




The is the first in the series of 'Welsh Railway Records'. This new series of research publications is based around the collection of detailed drawings by Mike Morton-Lloyd and Trefor Jones of Welsh constituent company rolling stock and structures, which are accompanied by photographs and original research. The first volume examines the Rhymney Railway, and will be followed by volumes on the Barry, Taff Vale and Cambrian Railways.


Rhymney DrawingsWelsh Railway Records Volume 1 - Rhymney Railway Drawings

by Nigel Nicholson, Trefor Jones and Mike Morton Lloyd
Hardback 136 pages.
Printed on gloss paper, laminated board covers.
ISBN 13: 9781899889 47 1
The Rhymney Railway opened in the winter of 1857-58 and this idiosyncratic company was largely reliant upon outside framed saddle tanks during the 19th Century. In the early 20th Century, under the guidance of R. Jenkins and C.T. Hurry Riches, the motive power and rolling stock was transformed, providing the Company with modern stock that survived in some cases to the British Railways era; the last of the powerful Rhymney tank locomotives only finally went to Swindon for cutting up in 1957. This volume, the first in a series of Welsh Railway Records, has at its focal point a series of detailed drawings prepared by the late Mike Morton Lloyd and Trefor Jones of pre-Grouping Welsh rolling stock as it appeared in original condition and after rebuilding by the Great Western Railway. There are thirty-eight drawings for the RR all reproduced here at 7mm scale. These are accompanied by photographs and summary histories.


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The Introduction has returned to original source material to give a history of the Rhymney Railway whilst the Appendices give build, renumbering and withdrawal details of all the locomotives owned by the Company, and details of rolling stock types and their renumbering upon absorption into the GWR in 1922.










Price £18.00 (Members' price £15) + £3.60 p&p. Postage discounts on multiple purchases.

Available at Rhiwderin when the centre is open (events diary), or from the Circle stand at shows or from:

WRRC Publication sales: Andy Nicholls, 2 Auckland Close, Hereford, HR1 1YF




Steam in Mid Wales 

by Michael Hale
Hardback
Steam in Mid Wales by Michael Hale was published in 2004.
The seventh volume by Michael Hale to cover Welsh steam, it explores the railways and byways of Mid Wales from the edge of the industrial area in the south to Pwllheli and Wrexham in the north.
As in his previous books, many of the lineside structures illustrated lasted for only a short while after being captured on camera. This photographic record, accompanied by informative captions and historical notes, is thus a valuable chronicle of the later years of steam in this part of Wales.




Special offer price £5.00 + £3.60 postage.


Postage discounts on multiple purchases.

Available at Rhiwderin when the centre is open (events diary), or from the Circle stand at shows or from:

WRRC Publication sales: Andy Nicholls, 2 Auckland Close, Hereford, HR1 1YF




The Aber Branch - Caerphilly to Senghenydd

by Colin Chapman
Hardback
The late Colin Chapman's detailed research of the ‘Aber Branch’ was published in 2002.
A detailed examination of this short Rhymney Railway branchline from inception, through initial success to ultimate demise. Built to provide an outlet for the coal mines in the valley, it started to suffer after the closure of the colliery at Senghenydd, which never really recovered from the two pit disasters which struck it. 

This book is fully illustrated with many fine photographs, signalling and track diagrams, and is a worthy addition to any bookshelf.
Hardback 96pp

Special offer price £5.00 + £3.60 postage


Postage discounts on multiple purchases.

Available at Rhiwderin when the centre is open (events diary), or from the Circle stand at shows or from:

WRRC Publication sales: Andy Nicholls, 2 Auckland Close, Hereford, HR1 1YF



Welsh Railways Archive

The Circle's own WRRC Journal published twice yearly in May and November.
Members receive the latest issue free.

Stock list of back copies of the WRRC Journal. Back copies are available for members at Rhiwderin when the centre is open (events diary), Members price £1.00p.
Or by post in board or padded envelope from:

WRRC Publication sales: Andy Nicholls, 2 Auckland Close, Hereford, HR1 1YF

Members £2.60p per copy. Postage discounts on multiple purchases.



WRRC offer three types of Cordex binders.

RED, with 13 cords and blocked on the spine for the Circle's magazine, Welsh Railways Archive.
BLUE, with 13 cords and WRRC logo blocked at base of spine, of the right size for Archive, Railway Archive and magazines of similar size..
GREEN, with 13 cords and WRRC logo blocked at base of spine, of the right size for Model Railway Journal, GWR Journal, HMRS Journal and other magazines of similar size.
These will now be available to members by Mail Order as follows;



Single GREEN binder:
  £9.00 post paid
Pair of GREEN binders,
  £17.00 post paid
Three GREEN binders,
  £24.00 post paid
Four GREEN binders,
  £30.00 post paid
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Single binder RED or BLUE:
  £8.00 post paid
Two binders, any combination RED or BLUE,
  £15.00 post paid
Three binders, any combination RED or BLUE,
  £23.00 post paid
Four binders, any combination RED or BLUE,
  £30.00 post paid
and so on (ever hopeful!!)

If you wish to mix GREEN with either of the others - say GREEN & RED as a pair - divide the multi-pack prices to get a price per binder and write your cheque accordingly, £16.00 in this case.

Non-members will pay an extra 50p per binder.
At exhibitions and Rhiwderin when the centre is open (events diary), RED and BLUE binders will be £7.00 to members and £7.50 to non-members. GREEN binders will be 8.00 each and £8.50 to non-members.

Cheques, payable to Welsh Railways Research Circle, please.

Binders will be posted in purpose-made boxes and orders should be sent to: -

Binder sales: Adrian Gray, 25 The Pound, Syresham, Brackley, Northants, NN13 5HG