Circle Publications - Former Titles

These descriptions are of the books previously published by the Circle but which are now out of print. Used copies are sometimes available through the second-hand book market and occasionally return to the Circle for sale at meetings.

Six Railways to Merthyr

Six Railways to Merthyr - The Angus Lewis Photographs

by John Hodge ISBN 978-09527267-7-7
This work features the photographs of local photographer Angus Lewis and depicts the railway scene around Merthyr at the time of the 1922 grouping, thus representing the last days of the individual companies before being taken over by the Great Western and LMS. It describes the six individual companies that were working into Merthyr at that time; the Taff Vale, Brecon & Merthyr, GWR (previously Vale of Neath), L&NWR, Rhymney and Cambrian.
Also included is a detailed historical account of Merthyr, which in the early 19th century was the most important town in Wales, before being overtaken by Cardiff. The account is interestingly titled Rise and Fall of Merthyr and traces the history of the town (with Dowlais) through from the early ironworks times to the 1960s when most of the six railways closed, resulting in the present position of 'A Single Line to Merthyr'.

Hardback 112 pages.
Please note - this book is now out of print

SwanseaMidland Railway: Swansea Vale and Branches

by John Miles & Tudor Watkins
A new work concentrating on the Midland "mainline" through the Lower Swansea Valley, with diversions along the branch line to Brynamman and the Morriston Loop. Another high quality photographic compilation, the book is a valuable source of reference for a system which has now almost completely vanished.

Please note - this book is now out of print

Steam in South Wales

Volume 6 - The General Scene

by Michael Hale.
The final volume in this excellent, fully illustrated review of steam operations across South Wales. The earlier regional volumes of this series are now sadly out of print, but this volume covers all of South Wales, including many lines not previously examined in detail, and with many of the images having never before been seen in print it is a worthy conclusion to the series.

Hardback 96 pages
Please note - this book is now out of print

SiSW5Steam in South Wales

Volume 5 - East and Mid Glamorgan

by Michael Hale
This, the first volume published by the WRRC, completes the regional study of South Wales. Laid out in similar fashion to the earlier OPC published volumes, this is a worthy addition to the bookshelf

Please note - this book is now out of print

PO CambrianPrivate Owners on the Cambrian

by Mike Morton Lloyd
An excellent book for the modeller of the extensive Cambrian Railways system which stretched from Brecon in mid-Wales to Wrexham in the North, and from Pwllheli in the west to Ellesmere in rural Shropshire. This book briefly examines the role of the Railway Clearing House in regulating Private Owner waggons before moving on to illustrated directories revealing both Cambrian based private traders, as well as others whose waggons were regular visitors.

Boardback 56 pages
Please note - this book is now out of print

Cambrian WTTCambrian 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.

Please note - this book is now out of print