Books

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 for further details >>

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Pub001
The Aber branch - Caerphilly to Senghenydd
The late Colin Chapman ’ 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.
Price £5.00 ( Members price £5.00) plus £4.30 postage & packing
£5.00 

Pub003
Welsh Railway Records Vol 1 - Rhymney Railway Drawings
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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Pub004
Welsh Railway Records Vol 2 - Barry Railway Drawings
This is the second volume in the Welsh Railway Records series, which includes the drawings of Trefor L Jones and Mike Morton Lloyd, with additional drawings by Richard Evans. Livery information comes from ‘Great Western Way’ by kind permission of Cliff Harris and the Historical Model Railway Society. The drawings are reproduced at a consistent 7mm scale, as they were originally drawn, and includes some locomotives as rebuilt by the GWR. They form an invaluable resource not just for modellers but also for historians who wish to learn more about that fascinating period from 1836 to 1922 when Wales had so many of its own railway companies.. The introduction has returned to original source material to give a history of the Barry 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.
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£20.00 

Pub007
Welsh Railway Records Vol 3 - Railway structures Wales and the Marches
Included are drawings mainly reproduced at 7mm scale of both small and large signal boxes of the type provided to the Cambrian by the Dutton company, station buildings ranging from shelters on halts to the sizeable station building at Talgarth,, and numerous small items ranging from buffer stops to the unusual wagon turntables and traversers on Aberdovey pier. Many are complemented by photographs. Laminated colour covers, 40pages, A4, saddle stitched.
Price £12.00 ( Members price £8.50) plus £2.80 postage & packing
£12.00 

Pub008
Welsh Railway Records Vol 4 - Cambrian Railways Drawings Part 1 : 1853-1892
This is the forth volume in the Welsh Railway Records series, which includes the drawings of Trefor L Jones and Mike Morton Lloyd, compiled by Jonathan David. The Cambrian Railway was a much larger company than those previously covered, and with a long history. It has therefore been decided to divide the work into two Parts. This Part covers the period to 1892, while the second will take the story up to the Grouping. The drawings are reproduced at a consistent 7mm scale, as they were originally drawn, and includes some locomotives as rebuilt by the GWR. 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. Hard back covers,, 156 pages, A4.
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£26.95 

Pub020
Aberthaw & Rhoose - Lime, Cement, Power Generation and the Railway
In this book, information on the Aberthaw and Rhoose cement manufacturing plants is discussed in detail and the changes from pre existing railway alignments and the remodelling that came about to cater for rail delivery of vast amounts of coal to Aberthaw power stations following 1957 are dealt with. Laminated colour covers, 104pages, A4.
Price £26.95 ( Members price £20.00 ) plus £3.30 postage & packing
£26.95 

Bind01
Cordex binder Red
Red cordex binder with 13 cords and blocked on the spine for the Circle's magazine, Welsh Railways Archive.
Price £7.50 ( Members price £7.00 ) plus £3.30 postage & packing
£7.50 

Bind02
Cordex binder Green
Green cordex binder 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.
Price £8.50 ( Members price £8.00 ) plus £3.30 postage & packing
£8.50 

Bind03
Cordex binder Blue
Blue cordex binder with 13 cords and WRRC logo blocked at base of spine, of the right size for Archive, Railway Archive and magazines of similar size.
Price £7.50 ( Members price £7.00 ) plus £3.30 postage & packing
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