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The Farranfore to Valencia Harbour Railway
Vol. Two: The Life of the Line: Its Train Services, Locomotives and
by Patrick O'Sullivan                                                           
In this volume author Patrick O’Sullivan, who was born and bred in Cahirciveen, uses his intimate knowledge of the area to really bring the story of this remote and spectacular railway, and of the people it served and those who worked on the line, to life.
Agriculture and fish were the main revenue earning sources for the Valencia branch. The monthly cattle fairs at Cahirciveen, where the unique breed known as ‘Kerry Cattle’ were traded, was the backbone of the local economy, providing for the needs of the farming community and the cash to purchase the all-important artificial fertilisers for the land. County Kerry is a major stronghold of Gaelic football, and the story of the ‘Ghost Train’ from Valencia Harbour is told fully, this train has become part of Kerry footballing folklore. It is likely that the train was introduced in the mid-1920s when Kerry were the top dogs in All-Ireland football, stretching for a decade from 1923 to 1932, taking part in eight of the finals held.

A5 format, 152 pages, on art paper throughout with a laminated card colour cover, perfect bound with a square-backed spine.

ISBN 0 85361 610 8
ISBN 978 0 85361 610 8

£ 10.95

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THE FAWLEY BRANCH The story of the Totton, Hythe & Fawley Light Railway
by J. R. Fairman

The Story of the Fawley branch does not follow the usual pattern of a rural English branch line. The first plans for a railway in the area dated from 1860, it was to take more than 60 years before Fawley finally saw a train service. In the 19th century there were elaborate plans for a railway line to Stone Point (to the south of Fawley) to connect with a Solent tunnel to link the mainland with the Isle of Wight. In the early years of the 20th century it seemed that a railway-operated bus service might negate the need for a railway at all.
It is almost impossible to imagine the enormous social and economic changes brought about by World War I. At the beginning of the war the Fawley district was still essentially rural in character and apart from farming and fishing there were few industries. The construction of the oil refinery in 1920/21 by Anglo Gulf West Indies Petroleum Corporation Limited was to change the Fawley area forever.
Opening of the railway finally came in 1925, the Fawley branch of the Southern Railway was a light railway only in a legal sense; it some of the heaviest locomotives and freight wagons in Britain. It was briefly a little railway with little stations, but the growth of the Fawler Refinery and later development of Marchwood Military Port changed all that.

The material for this book was collected by John Fairman of Chandler's Ford, a well known local and railway historian, assisted by Tony Thomas JP, formar BR area manager at Totton, and Alan Gosling of Woking. Some additional information on signalling has been provided by George Pryer, of the Signalling Record Society.
John Fairman died in 1992; it is now felt that his work should be made available to Southern enthusiasts and students of local and industrial history in Hampshire.

The book is to A5 format and consists of 128 pages with around 150 photographs and illustrations including plans of the building at Hythe and Fawley drawn by Phillip Brown. The book is printed on art paper throughout, and it has a full-cover laminated card cover with a square-backed spine.


ISBN 0 85361 584 5
ISBN 978 0 85361 584 2

£ 9.95

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by S. Jordan
From a small contractor’s wharf at Shoreham Harbour the ferry services of the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway (LBSCR) grew to become the fourth largest railway-owned passenger ferry service in the United Kingdom. Following early legal setbacks the LBSCR quickly set up a thriving cross-channel service in partnership with the Western Railway of France, and later, with the London & South Western Railway, Portsmouth-Isle of Wight ferries.

In the 83 years the LBSCR was in existence it chartered, shared or owned over 125 different vessels, ranging in size from the largest cross-channel passenger ships to tiny pinnaces for passing messages in Newhaven Harbour. Some, the passenger vessels, were the height of luxury whilst a few, the non-revenue earning coal hulks, were rotten and barely afloat.

In its various guises the company vessels carried over seven million passengers and 1.5 million tons of cargo on the Newhaven-Dieppe route alone. During World War I 10 million allied troops and 11 million tons of war stores passed through the company’s port at Newhaven.

ISBN 0 85361 521 7
ISBN 978 0 85361 521 7

£ 8.95

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THE FESTINIOG RAILWAY - Volume One - History and Route
by James I.C. Boyd

Undoubtedly the most important and famous narrow gauge railway in the world, and certainly the doyen amongst narrow gauge systems, the Festiniog Railway has been known to the Author for more than 70 years. This history, first published in 1975, and long since out-of-print was based on his earlier works, but enriched with a wealth of new facts, these being the fruits of discoveries in the 1970s among hitherto unsuspected sources and backed by intensive fieldwork.

For the first time the Railway is considered not only as a remarkable piece of engineering in its own right, but is treated alongside its quarry customers, so giving a unique insight into industry and transport inseparably linked for over a century.

The book is to A5 format and consists of 304 text pages with 40 pages of art paper for photographs, making a total of 344 pages in all. The book is casebound with a gold-block spine, printed endpapers and a laminated full colour dust jacket.

ISBN 0 85361 167 X
ISBN 978 0 85361 167 7

£ 22.95

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THE FESTINIOG RAILWAY - Volume Two:  Locomotives and Rolling Stock, Quarries and Branches: Rebirth 1954-1974         
by J.I.C. Boyd

A welcome return for this reprint of the concluding volume of James Boyd’s extensive history of the Festiniog Railway, which was last published in 1975.

This book offers a detailed survey of the railway’s historic locomotives and rolling stock which includes numerous photographs and plans. There is a detailed section on the railway’s operation which includes a number of signalling diagrams. Specially drawn plans are included showing, the Rhiwbach Tramway, the quarry complex east of Duffws, Cwm Orthin Tramway, Oakeley Quarry and the Festiniog Granite Co. branch. The story concludes with a history of the first 20 years of preservation.

The book is to A5 format and consists of 328 text pages with 52 pages of art paper for photographs, making a total of 380 pages in all. The book is casebound with a silver-blocked spine, printed endpapers and a laminated full colour dust jacket.


ISBN 0 85361 168 8
ISBN 978 0 85361 168 4

£ 25.00

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