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NARROW GAUGE RAILWAYS IN NORTH CAERNARVONSHIRE Volume Two  - The Penrhyn Quarry Railways
by J.I.C. Boyd
The subject of this account has engaged James Boyd's curiosity for over 50 years; it concerns on of the most captivating railway sites in North Wales. This work includes a feast of photographs and delightful drawings, with maps specially prepared for this erudite coverage of an era now vanished. Not only railways, but people, places, industries, ships, social orders - now all a memory - are faithfully recorded, for the Penrhyn railways were amongst the first 'private' systems born of the French Wars and the Industrial revolution. The author brings an unassailable, lifetime's involvement in his subjects.

The series, of which this volume forms a part, are not only backed by the author's own unique, close personal knowledge in both fieldwork and documentation, but also by a team of enthusiastic assistants, each a specialist in his own field.

The book consists of 232 pages in all, with 95 photographs. It has printed endpapers and is casebound with a gold-blocked spine. This book has a full colour laminated dustjacket.
B5B

ISBN 0 85361 312 5
ISBN 978 0 85361 312 1

£ 18.95

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NARROW GAUGE RAILWAYS IN NORTH CAERNARVONSHIRE Volume Three  - The Dinorwic Quarry and railways, Great Orme Tramway and other rail systems
by J.I.C. Boyd

A reprint of this sought after title which gives the history of the important rail networks that served the Dinorwic Quarries at Llanberis. Also included in this volume are the histories of a number of smaller sytems and the Great Orme Tramway at Llandudno all told in Mr Boyd's own inimitable style. 

A5 format, 336 pages, casebound with a gold blocked spine, full colour dustjacket.
 

B5C

ISBN 0 85361 328 1
ISBN 978 0 85361 328 2

£ 22.95

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NAVIGATION on the YORKSHIRE  DERWENT   
by Pat Jones

The middle reaches of the Yorkshire Derwent were said to offer the finest scenery of any navigable river in Britain, but today, alas, they lie beyond our reach. This book outlines the history of the river as a trade route serving Malton, Stamford Bridge and a number of smaller communities, which for some time competed successfully with George Hudson’s York & Scarborough Railway. It tells how its attractions were enjoyed by visitors from York and Leeds. It describes the motor-boating era of the 1930s and the valiant but ultimately unsuccessful efforts to reopen all the river’s derelict locks. It also looks at nature issues, and the equation of conservation with neglect, which ultimately contributed to the severity of the disastrous floods in March 1999. A5 format, 144 pages, 98 photos/plans with a laminated colour card cover and a square-backed spine.  

C10

ISBN 0 85361 563 2
ISBN 978 0 85361 563 7

£ 9.95

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NEATH ENGINEMEN - Reminiscing Steam in South Wales
compiled by Bryan King

The stories in this book have been collected by Bryan King from the close-knit community of West Glamorgan railwaymen. They tell of life on the railway in another era, primarily working from the two Neath engine sheds - Court Sart and N&B - but also included are stories from Swansea and Margam. Over the years there has been plenty of incidents and accidents and this is recalled by those who were there. Some of the railwaymen can remember the days of the Great Western, but most of what is told dates from the British Railways years when the big ‘42XX’ 2-8-0Ts and the numerous smaller tank engines were the regular motive power. The decline of the Vale of Neath and Neath & Brecon lines are recorded as the South Wales industry contracted.

A5 format, 192 pages, more than 200 illustrations.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
A Brief History of the Railways serving
   Neath
Neath Engine Sheds
Firing Techniques
Neath & Brecon Duties
12.40 pm Neath N&B to Swansea St
   Thomas
4.10 pm to Brecon

The Afternoon Glyncorrwg (1955)
Freight Traffic on the Neath & Brecon
Rough Trips
Tales of the Trains
Steam to Severn Tunnel Junction
The Llandarcy Tanks
The ‘Pembroke Coast Express’
The end of passenger services on the
   Vale of Neath

Other People’s Memories

My 47 Years of Railway service by John
   Last
Steam Day Memories by Danny Counsell
District Lampman to Yard Inspector by
   Jack Jones
Faggot boy to HST Driver by Howard
   Jones
Railway Wives by Pat King
David John Morgan by Adrian Jones
Appendices

RS20

ISBN 978 0 85361 691 7

£ 13.95

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NELSON and YNYSYBWL BRANCHES of the TAFF VALE RAILWAY
by C. Chapman
The history of these two principal branches interlocked and over-lapped at various times. Both lines were originally basic mineral branch lines focusing on exchange sidings at Stormstown Junction, but were later to see their orientation changed in favour of the important traffic centre of Pontypridd, at the hub of the TVR system. Both lines also played an important part in the steam railcar revolution that gripped the TVR in the decade after 1903. Finally, in the retrenchment of later years both lines ended their days by reverting to short mineral branches off the former TVR main line, with Stormstown Junction regaining its former pre-eminence. The book is to A5 format with a square-backed Linson cover and consists of 144 pages of art paper, which include 103 photographs and 25 maps/plans.
 
LP200

ISBN 0 85361 512 8
ISBN 978 0 85361 512 5

£ 10.95

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THE NEWTON ABBOT TO KINGSWEAR RAILWAY (New Edition)
by C.R. Potts
It is 25 years since the first edition of The Newton Abbot to Kingswear Railway was published and the book has been out of print for many years. This year (2014) sees the 150th anniversary of rails reaching Kingswear, so it seemed the perfect time for a new edition of this popular title. The railway to Kingswear was extremely busy during the summer months as it served (and continues to serve) both Torquay and Paignton, and tens of thousands of railborne travellers descended on Torbay for their holidays. The station at Kingswear also gave rail passengers access to Dartmouth via a ferry and Churston station was the junction for Brixham. After rationalization during the 1960s and ‘70s, the railway beyond Paignton passed to preservationists and happily continues to operate in the hands of the Dartmouth Steam Railway.
On the main line railway ‘A multi-million pound investment’ was announced for South Devon railway stations in 2013 – Torre, Torquay and Paignton would share over £3.5million for refurbishment. Since the First Edition of this title was published there has been privatization of the national railway network, a steady improvement in train services, and a new steam railway station at Paignton. In December 2013 the weekday main line service was increased by six trains each way, thanks to funding by the EU Interreg Citizens’ Rail scheme. This gives a broadly half-hourly service between 9 am and 7.30 pm.
 
As well as much additional historical information uncovered since the first edition, the Great Western Railway Locomotive Department water files have been unearthed. These reveal much fascinating information about severe problems at Kingswear ensuring that there was enough water for the engines working from there. Another fascinating source of information was the letter book of a relief signalman based at Newton Abbot in the 1880s and 1890s. Although containing only (handwritten) copies of his replies to ‘authority’ demanding explanations for delays or incidents, they reveal much detail of how the railway worked in a period when little was available to the public. A file of train accidents in World War II was found which includes details of bombing and runaway barrage balloons as well as the customary derailments, etc. Details of the less than transparent figures used to justify closure of the line between Paignton and Kingswear are taken from the closure files, also found since the First Edition. There are additional memories from the staff and many new photographs are included.

                           Contents
Introduction and Acknowledgements
Bibliography
The South Devon Railway opens a Branch to
   Torquay
The Years of Stagnation: 1849-1856
The Dartmouth & Torbay Railway:
Torre to
    Kingswear 1857-1865
The SDR takes control: 1866-1876
The end ofthe Broad Gauge: 1876-1892
Water problems and doubling to Paignton:
    1892-1918
Expansion and Improvement: 1919-1939
The Blitz and BR: The War Years and
    Nationalization 1939-1959
Into the 21st Century
A most important customer: Torquay Gas
    Works
The Ferries
The Line described and Operating details
Appendices
Index

A5 format, 352 pages, with more than 300 images.

OL75

ISBN 978 0 85361 733 4

£19.95

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NORTH EASTERN REGION:Pictorial Reminscences
by Ron Goult

An evocative collection of photographs from the 1950s and early 1960s. The author tells of his memories of those days through his fine collection of pictures. The area covered is from Newcastle in the north to Selby in the south. There is a surprising range of motive power from the ageing ex-NER locomotives through the LNER types, to the ‘Standards’ and then the diesels and dmus that replaced them, plus visitors to the region. The author’s cine film, which is already well known, makes up the Oakwood Video Library Programmes Railways of the North East In Retrospect Volumes 1 & 2. Over 140 photographs, 80 pages of art paper, A5 format, with a glossy 4-colour card cover.

PS5

ISBN 0 85361 489 X
ISBN 978 0 85361 489 0

£ 7.95

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NORTHERN NORTHUMBERLAND’S MINOR RAILWAYS  -  Volume One: Brickworks, Forestry, Contractors, Military Target railways and various other lines                
by Roger Jermy
This is the first volume covering the minor railways of northern Northumberland (essentially the administrative districts of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick). This book draws together the area’s most diverse and eclectic railways, both standard and narrow gauge, some were short-lived while others operated for many years. Most of the lines are now consigned to history. However, the Heatherslaw Light Railway has taken delivery of a new steam engine in 2010.

The north of Northumberland had numerous brick and tile works. At least six of them employed small tramways or railways.

Before the start of World War I Britain used some 900,000 tons of home-produced timber annually. This compared with the annual 11,500,000 tons which were imported via the Baltic ports. After the start of hostilities these imports largely dried up.
The railways operated by the Canadian Forestry Corps at Harbottle, Thrunton and Chillingham  and Colonel Leather’s line at Middleton Hall played their part in the war effort. Included in the book are some fascinating photographs of these forestry lines. There was a continued demand for timber between the two World Wars. The woods near Swarland were exploited in the mid-1930s with the use of a small railway. In World War II several short-lived forestry or timber railways existed in the Rothley and Ewesley areas to the south and south-west of Rothbury. Another railway was located close to Chathill, north of Alnwick, whilst the Duke of Northumberland’s Sawmill at Hulne Park, Alnwick, was served by a railway dating from the same period.

Military target railways have existed at three locations in the north of Northumberland. The first location was at Ross Links on the North Sea coast during World War II. This railway was relocated, in the 1950s, to a new site north of Redesdale Camp on the Army Ranges at Otterburn. Another target railway, using novel construction methods, was built later at a remote location known as ‘White Spot’, also at Otterburn.

Two passenger-carrying ‘pleasure railways’ have operated in the Berwick District, whilst a third was planned but not built. The first of these was a short-lived miniature railway at Spittal Promenade, whilst the second, the Heatherslaw Light Railway, continues to operate very successfully, between stations at Ford Forge, near Heatherslaw Mill, and Etal.

Contractor’s railways were built to assist large civil engineering projects such as railways, piers, docks and harbours, reservoirs and estates of industrial housing. Whilst the northern part of Northumberland is largely rural, its pastoral landscape was to become crossed by various major railways and roads. Its sparse population meant that opposition to the building of water reservoirs for the large conurbations to the south was minimal so that several, of large size, were constructed in the region. Finally the minerals and other natural resources demanded outlets and hence ports and harbours were constructed and enlarged.

Inevitably when placing lines into groups of similar type there are some that do not fit conveniently into any category. The Marshall Meadows Seaweed Railway, Dewars Granary Railway, Lemmington Hall Railway and Little Mill Preservation Society are examples of these.
 

Contents

Brickworks Tramways
The Scremerston Brickworks Tramway
The Chatton Brickworks Tramway
The Thrunton Brickworks Railway
The Learchild Tramway
The Shilbottle Brickworks Tramway
The Amble Brickworks Railways
The Forestry and Timber Railways of World War I
The Canadian Forestry Corps Railway at
    Harbottle
The Canadian Forestry Corps Railway at
    Thrunton
The Canadian Forestry Corps Railways at
    Chillingham
Colonel Leather’s Railway at Middleton
    Hall, Belford
The Later Forestry and Timber Railways
The Swarland Wood Forestry Railway
The Rothley Forestry Railways
The Ewesley Forestry Railway

The Chathill Forestry Railway
The Alnwick Sawmill Railway
The Sanctuary Wood Sawmill Railway at
    Denwick, near Alnwick
The Military Target Railways
The Ross Links Target Railway
The Silloans Target Railway, near
    Redesdale Camp
The White Spot Target Railway
The Passenger-carrying Railways near Berwick
The Spittal Miniature Railway
The Heatherslaw Light Railway
Contractors’ Railways
McKay & Blackstock’s Royal Border Bridge
    Contractor’s Railways
Meakin & Dean’s Alnwick to Coldstream
    Branch Contractor’s Railway
Sir John Jackson’s Seahouses Harbour
    Contractor’s Railway
 
The Whitaker Brothers Contract for the
    North Sunderland Railway
The Reservoir Railways at Fontburn
A Varied Collection of Other Railways
The Marshall Meadows Seaweed Railway
The Dewar’s Granary Railway at Berwick-
    upon-Tweed
The Lemmington Hall (Felbridge
    Monument) Railway, near Alnwick
The Little Mill Preservation Society’s
    Railway
Proposed Railways
Sir Francis Blake’s Railway
The Berwick & Kelso Railway
The Flodden to Barmoor Railway
The Marquess of Waterford’s Railway
The Holy Island Branch Railway
The Seahouses Miniature Railway
The Aln Valley Railway
The Military Railway at Bellshiel,
    Otterburn

Almost any area of Britain had its share of proposed railways, those of northern Northumberland are dealt with in the final chapter. The book is to A5 format, 128 pages,  99 illustrations.

The Northern Northumberland Minor Railways is planned to be published in four volumes with the three later volumes, detailed below, already in preparation:

North Northumberland’s Minor Railways: Colliery Lines
North Northumberland’s Minor Railways: Sandstone, Whinstone and Gravel Lines
North Northumberland’s Minor Railways: Limestone Industry Lines

LP234A

ISBN 978 0 85361 703 7

£ 10.95

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NORTHERN NORTHUMBERLAND’S MINOR RAILWAYS  -  Volume Two: Colliery and Associated Lines
by Roger Jermy
The second volume in this series examines the railways associated with the coal industry. For centuries, until the 1960s, the economy of Northumberland was dependent on coal. Much of the coal came from the south-east of the county. Other Northumberland pits were found in the Tyne valley, and near Berwick and Alnwick, these last two districts being covered in this volume.
Several collieries were worked on a commercial scale to the south and south-west of Berwick. Further south, small collieries were associated with the lime industry at Seahouses, Beadnell and in the area of Ancroft. Numerous collieries developed in the Alnwick area, near to Shilbottle. Others were found close to Amble at Radcliffe, Broomhill and Hauxley. Finally several collieries were located in a line from Longframlington towards Elsdon including those at Healeycote, Forestburngate and Longwitton. Many of these collieries were sufficiently large to warrant the use of waggonways or railways, both underground or on the surface.
In early years men or horses were the source of motive power for the coal wagons. In later years some of the bigger collieries became linked with the national rail system and were busy enough to employ their own locomotives. Much local coal was exported from ports such as Tweedmouth and Amble, its destination being ports in Europe as well as those in the south of England. Other coal was taken by rail to power stations for the generation of electricity.

Some mines, though constructed mainly for the extraction of coal, produced other commercially important products. Those at Scremerston and Radcliffe, for example, yielded clay which allowed the creation of substantial brick and tile works close to the collieries. A nearby pit produced good quality ironstone as well as supplying coal for the Brinkburn Ironworks. The colliery railway or tramway systems were often employed for transporting these ‘secondary products’, such as the wagonway and later railway which transported clay from the Radcliffe Colliery to Amble Brickworks. Occasionally the use of colliery lines became shared, for example stone from the Forestburngate Quarry, was moved along the line of the Forestburngate Colliery Company.

A5 format, 128 pages, 108 images, with a laminated card cover with a square-backed spine.

LP234B

ISBN 978 0 85361 704 4

£ 10.95

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NORTHERN NORTHUMBERLAND’S MINOR RAILWAYS  -  Volume Three: Sandstone, Whinstone & Gravel Lines
by Roger Jermy
This book, like the two previous volumes in the series, covers ‘minor railways’ in the Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick districts. These lines include a variety of industrial and small private lines, of a variety of track gauges and with a variety of forms of motive power: locomotives, fixed engines, horses and even manpower. Excluded are lines belonging to the ‘main line’ companies and those which were operated as sidings from these lines. Nevertheless a few liberties have been taken. For example this volume includes the story of the narrow gauge railway linking the Blaxter Quarry in Redesdale with Knowesgate station even though, soon after leaving the quarry, it departs from the Alnwick District.

The lines covered in this book were constructed for obtaining ‘hard stone’ for a variety of purposes, including stone for buildings, bridges and roads. Descriptions of various quarry lines associated with the limestone industry will appear in the final volume of the series.

This book aims to place these small railways into their social, geographical and historical context. Whilst researching for the book it has been considered a top priority that original sources be consulted, and that visits be made to as many of the sites as is practicable or possible. Anecdotal evidence, and evidence from secondary sources, such as newspaper reports, has been used on various occasions. However, memories, particularly of events that happened nearly a century ago, may have become clouded, and every effort has been made to find written or photographic material which corroborates the evidence of the spoken word.
 

Contents

The Railways and Cableways of the Wooler and Berwick Districts
1 - The Doddington Quarry Railway
2 - The Scott’s Quarry Railway at Wooler
3 - McLaren’s Railway at Yearle Quarry
4 - The Breamish Valley Railway at Ingram
5 - The Scremerston Gravel Works Cableway
The Quarry Lines around Bamburgh and Belford
6 - Brand’s Railway at Bamburgh
7 - Brunton’s Waren (Budle Bay) Waggonway
8 - The Red Barns Quarry Tramway
9 - The Railway at Brada Quarry
10 - The Crag Mill Quarry Railway, Belford
11 - The Brownieside Quarry Railway
The Embleton and Craster Quarry Railways
12 - The Embleton Quarry Railway
13 - The Craster Quarry Railways and Cableway
Some Quarry Railways around Alnwick
14 - The Little Mill Whinstone Quarry Railway
15 - The Howick Quarry Railway
16 - The Longhoughton and Ratcheugh Quarry Railway

The Quarry Railways of Northumberland County Council
17 - The Moor House Railway
18 - The Hare Crag Railway
19 - The Breamish Gravel Works Railway near Powburn
The Quarry Railways near to Rothbury
20 - The Wards Hill Whinstone Quarry Railway
21 - The Forestburn Quarry Railway
22 - The Ewesley Quarry Railways
23 - The Biddlestone Quarry Railway in the Coquet Valley
The Blaxter Quarry Lines
24 - The Blaxter Quarry Tramway
25 - The Blaxter Quarry Railways and Craneway
Proposed but not built Railways and Cableways
26 - The Budle New Town Quarry Railway
27 - The Low Newton Quarry Tramway
28 - Mark Appleby’s Quarry Railway at Craster
29 - Lord Howick’s Craster Railway & Craster to Little Mill Aerial Ropeway
30 - McLaren’s Howick Scar Farm Quarry Tramway
31 - The Haggerston Estate Railway
32 - The Middleton Hall Quarry Railway

A5 format, 160 pages, 132 images, printed on art paper, with a glossy card cover with square-backed spine.

LP234C

ISBN 978 0 85361 705 1

£ 12.95

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NORTHERN NORTHUMBERLAND’S MINOR RAILWAYS  -  Volume Four: Limestone Industry Lines
by Roger Jermy
For the purpose of this book ‘Northern Northumberland’ is regarded as encompassing that area of the county lying within the administrative district of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick. The lines covered in this series of books were constructed for a variety of purposes. This, the final volume, concentrates on the limestone industry. Almost exactly 200 years of local railway history are covered. 

Whilst it has been necessary to include some technical railway details it has also been considered important to place the railways into their social, geographical and historical context. Whilst researching for the book it has been considered a top priority that original sources be consulted. Anecdotal evidence, and evidence from secondary sources, such as newspaper reports, has been used on various occasions. However, memories, particularly of events that happened nearly a century ago, may have become clouded, and every effort has been made to find written material which corroborates the evidence of the spoken word. 

This book attempts to be comprehensive, but written records of some railways are sparse or incomplete, and, in the case of many of the lines, there is no one still alive with personal memories to impart. Photographs can provide valuable insight into the working of a line. However, in researching this final book in the series the author has been handicapped by the early demise of some of the limeworks railways. Those at Beadnell, Seahouses and Ancroft, for example, had closed before the mid-point of the 19th century. Just two limeworks survived in the area until after the end of World War II. 

Photo Gallery – Various ‘new’ photographs have become available since the publication of the first three books in this series. They illustrate lines already described in earlier volumes and the opportunity has been taken to reproduce them here as a short ‘Gallery’. Notable amongst these are several photographs, taken in the early years of the 20th century, of Long Dyke colliery at Shilbottle. In addition there is a collection of photographs taken soon after W.T. Bathgate closed his quarry at Ward’s Hill in the 1960s showing the plant and remains of the rails and a locomotive. Other images provide additional views of steam in action at Amble, whilst others add to the ‘social history’, associated with the lines.  

Contents

Introduction
The Limestone Industry in Northern Northumberland
The Limestone Tramways of the Berwick Coast
1 - The Saltpan How Limeworks Tramway
2 - The Scremerston (Seaside or Sandbanks) Limeworks Railways
The Holy Island Waggonwayd
3 - The St Cuthbert’s Limeworks Waggonway
4 - The Nessend Quarry to Lower Kennedy Limeworks Waggonway
5 - The Nessend Quarry to Castle Point Limeworks and Jetty Tramway
The Limestone Waggonways at Seahouses and Beadnell
6 - The North Sunderland Seahouses Waggonways
7 - The Beadnell Waggonway
The Limestone Tramways of Ancroft and Lowick
8 - The Ancroft Tramways
9 - The Dryburn Tramways
10 - The Eelwell Tramways
 

The Limestone Railways at Little Mill and Longhoughton Quarries
11 - The Little Mill Limestone Quarry Railways
12 - The Longhoughton and Ratcheugh Quarry Railways
The Tramways at Pauperhaugh and Ward’s Hill Limestone Quarries
13 - The Pauperhaugh Quarry and Limeworks Tramway
14 - The Ward’s Hill Limestone Quarry Tramway
The Limestone Railways of Greenleighton, Hartington and Ritton White House
15 - W.T. Bathgate (Lime Works) Ltd
16 - The Hartington Tramways
17 - The Ritton Whitehouse Limestone Tramway
The Proposed Alnwick & Rothbury Railway of 1890
Other Limestone Railways?
18 - Botany Quarry and Limekilns
A Picture Gallery
Acknowledgements
Bibliography

A5 format, 136 pages, 159 images, with a glossy card cover with square-backed spine.

LP234D

ISBN 978 0 85361 706 8

£ 11.95

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