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    A History of the Red Dragon  £3.50

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    A History of the Red Dragon

    A highly informative and well-researched book looking at the origin and history of the national emblem of Wales. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations.
    Reprint; first published yn 1995.

    Cyfrol yn llawn gwybodaeth ac sy'n gynnyrch ymchwil fanwl i darddiad a hanes arwyddlun cenedlaethol Cymru. Ffotograffau a darluniau du-a-gwyn.
    Adargraffiad; cyhoeddwyd gyntaf yn 1995.

    A Narrow Gauge Album of Watercolours  £12.50

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    A Narrow Gauge Album of Watercolours
    by Eric Leslie

    This book is a personal account by renowned railway artist, Eric Leslie. It covers over 40 years of his involvement in narrow gauge – from early days helping lay track and repairing carriages for the Festiniog Railway, to more recent work illustrating the much-loved cards and posters for the Lynton and Barnstaple line.

    Featuring; The Festiniog Railway, The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, The Talyllyn Railway, The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, The Ashover Light Railway, The Corris Railway, The Glyn Valley Tramway, The Leek & Manifold Valley Railway, The Mull Railway, The Welshpool & Llanfair Railway, The Denver & Rio Grande Railway

    A North Wales Travelogue  £10.00

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    A North Wales Travelogue
    by Donald Peddie

    96 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, perfect bound with laminated card covers.

    Donald Peddie's late father Ian had a passion for railways, mainly Scottish but also for the narrow gauge lines of North Wales. He was able to indulge the latter on family holidays to various of the North Wales coast resorts in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and thus captured the early days of Welsh narrow gauge railway preservation, along with some of the other narrow gauge systems which were still commercially operational.

    However, having a Scottish Region lineside photographic pass, it was not too difficult to make arrangements to visit standard gauge lines and sites, including the locomotive depots at Llandudno Junction, Aberystwyth and Machynlleth. Other standard gauge locations covered include Afon Wen Junction, long since disappeared from the railway map, and the Cambrian line around Criccieth. but it is the images taken on the narrow gauge lines - the Festiniog, Talyllyn and Vale of Rheidol, and the various quarry systems such as Bethesda, Dinorwic, Pen-yr-orsedd and Penthyn, and at the various narrow gauge locomotive workshops, such as Boston Lodge, Coed-y-Park and Pendre, where unguarded belt driven machinery was then still in daily use - that will surely delight the most.

    A Privileged Journey  £12.00

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    A Privileged Journey: From Enthusiast to Professional Railwayman
    by David Maidment

    'A Privileged Journey - Volume 1 1940-1962' is a personal and individual account of the author' youthful enthusiasm for trains and the travels he undertook in Great Britain and on the European continent as a student and management trainee of British Railways. It is illustrated by over 140 black and white photos, mostly taken by the author himself as a boy and student.

    The chapters cover the emergence of the young boy's interest in steam locomotives in particular, through his 'trainspotting' days to his numerous journeys in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with many accounts of locomotive performance supported by an extensive appendix of train 'logs'. Some of the chapters are much extended narratives from articles serialised in the UK enthusiast magazine, 'Steam World' over the last decade and are also based on ten hours of verbal interviews recorded by the UK National Railway Museum at York as part of their 'Oral History' archives supported by a UK National Lottery Grant.

    A Snowdonia Childhood: A London Boy Growing Up....  £6.50

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    A Snowdonia Childhood: A London Boy Growing Up in Beddgelert
    by Richard J. Bernard

    At the end of the Second World War, Richard Bernard's father, a British soldier was demobbed. 'Bomadier Bernard' was home at last. In 1946, unsurprisingly, the author was born. One of the infamous 'baby boomers'. During his early life, the author's father jumped jobs many times until in 1957 they arrived in Snowdonia. The Welsh people of Beddgelert adopted him and became his extended family.

    Dychwelodd tad Richard Bernard adref ar ddiwedd yr Ail Ryfel Byd, a ganwyd ei fab (yr awdur) yn 1946. Yn ystod plentyndod yr awdur, symudodd ei dad o swydd i swydd cyn i'r teulu gyrraedd Eryri yn 1957. Cafodd y bachgen ifanc ei dderbyn yn gynnes gan Gymry Beddgelert, a chyfrifai ef hwy yn aelodau o'i deulu estynedig.

    A Steam Engine Pilgrimage  £14.99

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    A Steam Engine Pilgrimage
    by Anthony Burton

    Anthony Burton has traveled from the Highlands of Scotland, to the south west of England in pursuit of his passion for the steam engine in all its different forms. He has traveled on narrow gauge railways in Wales and enjoyed the splendor of main line journeys behind some of the grandest locomotives ever built. He has shoveled coal into the boiler of an old Clyde Puffer, while steaming down Scotlands west coast, and luxuriated in the elegance of a Windermere steam launch.

    He has marveled at the magnificence of the great Victorian pumping engines and their elaborately decorated engine houses and spends time every year helping to oil and polish an old mill engine to get it ready to receive visitors. He has reveled in the fun of the steam fair and shared a ride in a replica of Richard Trevithicks extraordinary steam carriage with a direct descendant of the great engineer. All these experiences and more are brought together in this lively narrative, in which the author shares his own sense of excitement and places each visit within its historical context. Above all, this book is a tribute to all those anonymous volunteers whose hard work and dedication have kept this great tradition alive.

    A Tale of Many Railways: An Autobiography  £50.00

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    Tale of Many Railways: An Autobiography & History of Alan Keef Ltd.
    by Alan M. Keef

    192 pages. 275x215mm. Full colour throughout printed on gloss art paper with laminated board covers.

    The firm of Alan Keef Ltd, Locomotive Builders & Light Railway Engineers, based at The Lea near Ross-on-Wye in rural Herefordshire, is well known to narrow gauge and industrial railway enthusiasts all over the world but few know much of its origins and history. Now, as the founder of the company prepares to take a back seat in the business and leave the running of it to younger family members, Alan Keef has decided the time is right to fully document the history of his firm and its products. Considering that Alan Keef’s family has connections with small railways dating back to the 1870s, it should perhaps be no surprise that he embarked on a business supplying equipment for such operations.

    Despite this coinciding with the virtual demise of the industrial narrow gauge railway, his family company moved on to include the leisure industry, heritage railways and a rebirth of the large-scale garden railway, not to mention some very odd other railway applications indeed. This book details the trials and tribulations of building a world-wide business of some renown from scratch. For the steam enthusiast, there are details of the various locomotives that have been overhauled and rebuilt, in addition to those that have been built new.

    Over 200 photographs, mostly in colour, document the eighty or so new locomotives built up to the time of publication. There are also details of some of the other very odd applications for which Alan Keef Ltd have built railways, such as launching tracks for lifeboats, industrial monorails and projects that never happened. Whilst everything the company makes tends to be slightly different, for the modeller there are scale drawings of the standard designs, which can then be customised to suit the usage, just as happens in real life. Additional chapters include details of the author’s other interests in boats, matters ecclesiastical and family life in general. Although, necessarily, this is a story without an ending as the company continues to grow from strength to strength, it should be of interest to all those with a love of narrow gauge railways, be they historians, enthusiasts or modellers.


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    A, B, C & M: Road Numbering Revealed  £6.95

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    This most recent edition of the Capital History book on British road numbering takes a new format and lower price. What may at first sound rather dry, the subject is in fact fascinating, covering topics such as: the setting up of Britain's road numbering, its purpose, system and anomalies.

    AEC Buses Since 1955  £15.99

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    AEC Buses since 1955
    by Stewart J. Brown

    As with many of the leading bus and coach manufacturers in Britain, AEC built a wide range of vehicles. Some of the types, such as the Regent III, Regent V and the Routemaster were built in large numbers but others were built in much smaller quantities. Whilst the former have been featured in books specifically dealing with that model, many of the lesser known types remain largely unknown.

    In the post-war years, AEC, historically the prime manufacturer of buses for London, had expanded through the acquisition of Maudslay, Crossley and Thornycroft before itself being acquired by Leyland in 1962. It continued to produce its own designs of model until the 1970s with the Southall factory ultimately closing in 1979. The range of vehicles manufactured in the postwar years included several versions of the Regal, including the London Transport 'RF'-type, the Reliance (AEC's main coach model produced, in various guises for more than 25 years), the Bridgemaster, Renown, Swift and Merlin.

    This colourful volume is packed with rare photographs portraying AEC's bus and coach production from the mid-1950s until the disappearance of the marque in 1977, two years before the factory finally closed. A short introduction examines the history of Leyland and its products over those years whilst the many colour illustrations explore the great variety of both double and single-deck models constructed by the company.

    Hardcover: 96 pages

    Allotments  £7.99

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    Allotments
    by Twigs Way

    Allotments are small areas of land rented to individuals to grow their own food. Nowadays often thought of as havens of peace and quiet, the humble allotment has a surprisingly turbulent history. Born out of a philanthropic movement tied to social and moral control of the poor in the eighteenth century, allotments soon became fashionable among the urban middle classes during the World Wars, and formed the backbone of the 'Dig for Victory' campaign, producing essential supplies for the home front. The post-war years saw a decline in their popularity, as fast food took over from home-grown produce, but environmental concerns and the organic movement mean that allotments are now in vogue once more. The author here draws on a wide range of original historic documents to chart the rise and fall of the allotment.

    Paperback
    Illustrations: 2 b/w; 72 col
    Dimensions: 210 x 149 mm

    Amazing Train Journeys  £19.99

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    Amazing Train Journeys
    60 Unforgettable Rail Trips and How to Experience Them

    Experience 60 of the world’s greatest and most unforgettable train journeys, from classic long-distance trips like Western Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer and Darwin to Adelaide’s The Ghan, to little-known gems on regular commuting lines.

    We’ve always had a soft spot for trains. We know the moment a train pulls out of a station bound for somewhere fantastic is when the adventure truly starts. Amazing Train Journeys is the culmination of asking more than 200 travel writers for their absolute favourites.

    Some are epic international adventures, others short suburban routes along stunning coastline. There are incredible feats of engineering, trains that snake their way through mountain peaks, and even those which have achieved Unesco World Heritage status.

    Each profile contains practical information including ticket options, timetables and stops, plus inspiring photos and illustrated maps. Journeys include:

    Africa & the Middle East:
    Johannesburg to Cape Town (South Africa) Andimeshk to Dorud (Iran) Bulawayo to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

    The Americas:
    The California Zephyr (USA) Perurail’s Lake Titicaca Railway (Peru) The Serra Verde Express (Brazil)

    Asia:
    The Darjeeling Toy Train (India) The Reunification Express (Vietnam) Beijing to Shanghai by High-Speed Rail (China)

    Europe:
    The Glacier Express (Switzerland) Belgrade-to-Bar Railway (Serbia & Montenegro) London to Fort William on the Caledonian Sleeper (UK)

    Oceania:
    South Coast Line (Australia) The TranzAlpine (New Zealand) The Northern Explorer (New Zealand)

    Amusement Machines  £4.99

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    Amusement Machines
    by Lynn F. Pearson

    Amusement machines were all built for the exact same purpose: parting customers from their hard-earned money. Yet the ways in which these machines have done this is as varied as the glorious designs that have adorned them. Machines range from the mutoscopes that showed 'What the Butler Saw', through to pinball machines, fruit machines, the classic one-armed bandit, and the penny slot machines that are so evocative of seaside holidays and Edwardian amusements. They continue up to more modern versions of the amusement machine, like table football and golf machines. Amusement Machines charts this stunning range, and investigates the changes in their design and evolution over time.

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    Illustrations: 60 b/w
    Dimensions: 210 x 149 mm

    An Introduction to Great Western Locomotive Develo  £17.50

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    An Introduction to Great Western Locomotive Development
    by Jim Champ

    The first thought, when contemplating a new study of the Great Western Railway locomotive fleet, must surely be to ask what can there be left to say? But there is no single source which gives a general introduction to the Great Western locomotive fleet. There are monographs on individual classes, an excellent multi-volume detail study from the RCTS, and superb collections of photographs, but nothing that brings it all together. This work is intended to provide that general introduction.

    The volume begins with a series of short essays covering general trends in design development, whilst the main body of the volume covers individual classes. For each class there is a small table containing some principal dimensions and paragraphs of text, covering an introduction, renumbering, key changes in the development of the class and information on withdrawal. The volume concludes with appendices covering the development and types of standard boilers, the various numbering schemes used by the GWR, the arcane subject of locomotive diagrams and lot numbers, and a short reference on the many lines the GWR engulfed.

    The majority of illustrations are new profile drawings to a consistent format. Described as sketches, they are drawn to consistent scales, but do not claim to be scale drawings. Much minor equipment has been omitted and the author has certainly not dared to include rivets! Although most are based around GWR weight diagrams, they are not simple traces of the original drawings. Detail has been added from other sources, components copied from different drawings and details have been checked against historical and modern photographs. One must also bear in mind that steam locomotives were not mass produced.

    Minor fittings frequently varied in position and changes were made over the locomotives' lifetimes. Nevertheless, this collection of drawings provides a uniquely consistent view of the GWR locomotive fleet.

    Anglesey Railways Through Time  £14.99

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    Anglesey Railways Through Time
    by Mike Hitches

    A railway arrived on Anglesey in 1848, linking London and Dublin. It was the great railway engineer Robert Stephenson who ensured that the railway link to Ireland would run along the North Wales coast to Holyhead when he presented plans that overcame the engineering challenges associated with the route. A branch was subsequently built from Gaerwen to Amlwch after the LNWR absorbed the CHR. This Anglesey Central Railway was first opened in around 1865 and completed in 1867.

    The LNWR won the contract to carry the Royal Mail by rail, but it was the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company that carried the mails across the Irish Sea. The LNWR did, however, build a magnificent inner harbour in the 1880s. The railway still runs from London to Holyhead and boats continue to sail from Holyhead to Ireland, but today only the Llanfair P.G., Valley (which serves the RAF base) and Holyhead stations remain.

    Anglesey: The Islands Story  £5.50

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    Anglesey: The Islands Story
    by Michael Senior

    A concise history of Anglesey from prehistoric to modern times which guides the reader to places that provide evidence of the different ages of man on the island. Colour photographs.

    Crynodeb o hanes Môn o'r oesoedd cynnar hyd heddiw gan arwain y darllenydd i fannau sy'n cynnwys tystiolaeth o weithgareddau dyn ar yr ynys drwy'r canrifoedd. Ffotograffau lliw.

    Any Colour You Like  £25.00

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    Any Colour You Like - A Journey Through Britain's Railways in the 1970s
    by Richard Harper

    The seventies was the decade when British Rail painted everything that moved, and quite a lot of things that didn't, in corporate 'Rail Blue'. Beneath the seemingly ubiquitous brand was a railway full of character and complexity. Britain in the seventies was rich, varied and more politically complex than we sometimes care to remember, and the railway was no different.

    After the decimating Beeching closures of the sixties, the pace of modernisation was constrained by limited funding, and politicians across the political divide remained hostile to a railway often described as yesterday's mode of transport. This negative context isn't the whole story - British Rail was investing in future design and technology, breaking world records, and launching Inter-City 125 to transform the speed, frequency and quality of rail travel.

    Hardback, 176 pages, black & white and colour photographs

    Army Childhood  £6.99

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    Army Childhood: British Army Children’s Lives and Times
    by Clare Gibson

    An army childhood is a peripatetic childhood. Beginning with the establishment of Britain's standing army, Clare Gibson sheds light on such crucial aspects of the army-child experience as the places that they have called home and how they have been transported, housed, educated and entertained while in the army's care. This informative and evocatively illustrated book will appeal to those interested in British military history's social side, and to those seeking to understand what life was like for an erstwhile army-child ancestor. It is also essential reading for those who were once themselves 'barrack rats', 'pads brats' or 'army brats', for whom it is sure to arouse nostalgic memories.

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    Illustrations: 40 b/w; 30 col
    Dimensions: 210 x 149 mm

    Aston Martin  £7.99

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    Aston Martin
    by Richard Loveys

    Aston Martin is now a century old – and what a century it has been. Since its birth in London on the eve of the First World War, the company has experienced the highs of racing triumph – most famously in the 1959 Le Mans 24-hour race – and the lows of bankruptcy, yet throughout it all has been in the first rank of British marques. Published in association with the Aston Martin Heritage Trust and written by enthusiast Richard Loveys, Aston Martin is a fully illustrated history of the company that has created some of the the world's best loved and most widely respected cars, including James Bond's iconic DB5. It covers the cars themselves, the personalities and talents who have shaped Aston Martin, from owners to engineers, and the drivers who have shared with the company in racing glory, and the centenary celebrations of 2013.

    Paperback
    Illustrations: 21 b/w; 39 col
    Dimensions: 210 x 149 mm

    Austin's - Happy Days (SuperPrestige)  £14.99

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    Austin's - Happy Days - Super Presitge Number 37
    by Geoffrey K Smith

    Geoff Smith has prepared this latest volume in Venture's Super Prestige format covering Austins - Happy Days of Woodseaves, Stafford. Another successful independent, they operated stage carriage services in the rural areas of the Staffordshire/Shropshire borders. The Happy Days coaching arm continued for many years after the end of stage carriage work. This book covers both sides of the business and is comprehensively illustrated in colour and black and white and includes full fleet details, and details of vehicle and operator acquisitions and disposals

    Badgerline - Bristol's Country Buses  £15.99

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    Badgerline - Bristol's Country Buses
    by Martin Curtis

    In 2011 Badgerline marked a quarter century as a separate business. Created prior to privatisation, although the brand name was established in 1985, it was not until the following year that the company was formally established, initially as a subsidiary of NBC prior to the sale to its management. Under its new owners the company grew through acquisition of other local operators, such as Western National and Midland Red West and of companies elsewhere in Britain, most notably Eastern National, Potteries Motor Traction and Yorkshire Rider.

    In 1995, the year of its merger with GRT to form FirstBus (later FirstGroup), Badgerline operated no fewer than 4000 buses across the UK as well as having a toehold in the burgeoning railway franchising business through a shareholding in Great Western Trains. The Badgerline bus service extended as far as Cippenham, Gloucester, Salisbury, Taunton, Yeovil and also operated National Express Coaches to London. In this book, Martin Curtis and Mike Walker, both of whom were involved in the management buy-out in 1986, provide a pictorial account of Badgerline, with a fascinating selection of photographs showing Badgerline buses across the country, in a variety of liveries.

    Hardcover: 96 pages

    Bala Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog  £15.99

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    Bala Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog - Scenes From The Past 25: Railways of North Wales
    by D W Southern

    This book covers the old GWR line across Snowdonia from Bala Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

    144 pages
    Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 27.3 cm
    Publisher: Book Law Publications
    ISBN: 9781870119344