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Just wanted to show you the two books I bought, one arrived the other day on Break Down Cranes and I'm currently on page 48. Very interesting so far and is loaded with scale drawings so they could come useful one day if I decide to scratch build one. sadly I'd have to scan and print them to the correct size if I am to take dimensions from them with deviders as they are about in my estimation 3-5% off, a bummer being so close. It cost about £20 which authough a little expensive, it more than makes up for itself in the overall quality, quality of paper is exquisit, printing, hard back and page amount score high. Also if you think £20 is a little high then look on the back, the RRP is £33! Good deal then.
So far the 15 and 20 ton Cowans Sheldon cranes hold a great interest to me.
The other book on one of my favorite engines. 6399 Fury. Would have helped if I had this book before I converted a Royal Scot into one but never mind, sods law! It's just been released and cost just over £10.
There are numerous books I can recommend, all useful and most out of print -Chronicles of Boultons Siding by Alfred Rosling Bennett -Stephen Lewin and the poole foundry -Lord Carlisles railway -Lord Willoughbys railway -The pentewan railway by mjt lewis -Minor railways of England and their locomotives 1900-1939 -Building small steam locomotives by Peter Jones (this is mainly aimed at live steam builders but contains some useful 'lobby chat') -Four foot eight and a half and all that by W Mills And of course anything by the legendary Mike Sharman
Post by BritishGypsum4 on Jan 6, 2018 17:38:19 GMT
The two that sound interesting there pugsy are Minor Railways of England and their locomotives and Lord Carlisles Railway.
I have seen the Peter Jones one and I have a couple written in a similar vein by other authors. Nowhere near my book case to actually remember the authors or titles though!!
I got, for Christmas, the second volume of the Talyllyn Railway locomotives by Martin Fuller. Another excellent book. The first took me a while to actually read it as I spent a large amount of time just looking at the variety of photographs that were in it. I have done the same with the second one. Spent plenty of time just looking and studying the photographs.
Slowly restoring a steam engine of old to former glory....Sanity has been removed for the duration!
Post by Vought Sikorsky on Jan 21, 2019 21:30:50 GMT
If anyone is interested in the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, I'd recommend the trilogy written by John Marshall during the early 1970s. Though they haven't been in print for 40-50 years, they're fairly easy to come by for around $20/£15 on Amazon & such. Volume 1 focuses solely on the basic history of the L&YR, Volume 2 focuses on the electrification, shipping, & workshops of the L&YR, & Volume 3 focuses on the locomotives of the L&YR & its constituents, going as far as to have a list of of every locomotive the L&YR had ever had, complete with numbering, build & withdrawal dates. This photo below shows what they look like:
Post by Indian Valley RR on Jan 28, 2019 2:00:29 GMT
Something you can have too many of. I keep quite a library on railway subjects, my titles include:
A Guide to Trains by David Jackson The Lore of the Train by C. Hamilton Ellis World Railways by John Westwood The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Steam & Rail by Colin Garrett and Max Wade-Matthews The Encyclopedia of Trains & Locomotives by CJ Riley The American Shortline Railway Guide by Edward A. Lewis Short-Line Odyssey Small Railroads in the Northeast From the '40's to the '70's by William S. Young New York State Shortlines in Color Volume 1 by Gary R. Carlson Amtrak: An American Story by Peg Tyre Arcade & Attica Railroad by Kenneth C. Springith Comin' on Strong: The Arcade & Attica Railroad by Stephen C. Kocsis Baltimore & Ohio Heritage 1945-1955 by John Krause and Ed Crist A History of the Boston & Maine Railroad: Exploring New Hampshire's Rugged Heart by Rail by Bruce D. Heald The Reshaping of British Railways by Her Majesty's Stationary Office Conrail by Timothy Scott Doherty and Brian Solomon Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad by Tom Nemeth Along the Lackawanna Railroad by Edward F. Gardner Buffalo's Historic Streetcars and Buses by D. David Bregger The New York Central System by Michael Levy New York Central Railroad by Brian Solomon and Mike Schafer New York Central in Color Volume 1 by Geoffrey H. Doughty New York Central's Later Power 1910-1968 by Alvin Stauffer and Edward L. May Steam Power of the New York Central System Volume 1, Modern Power, 1915-1955 by Alvin Stauffer New York Central System Rules of the Operating Department Effective October 28, 1956 O&W: The Long Life and Slow Death of the New York, Ontario & Western Railway by William F. Helmer Susquehanna: New York, Susquehanna & Western RR by John Krause and Ed Crist The Niagara Gorge Belt Line: A Pictorial Album by Gordon J. Thompson The Last Steam Railroad in America by O. Winston Link and Thomas H. Garver Life Along the Line: A Photographic Portrait of America's Last Great Steam Railroad by O. Winston Link and Tony Reevy Rochester, Lockport and Buffalo RR by William R. Gordon Shamokin & Mount Carmel Transit Co. by Gene D. Gordon The Road to Paradise by William M. Moedinger Tracks Across the Landscape: The S&L Commorative History by Brian Campbell Toronto Transit Commission Streetcars by Kenneth C. Springith A History of Railroads in Western New York by Edward T. Dunn Trolleys to Glen Haven by Charles R. Lowe Niagara by Rail I by Peter Jehrio Niagara by Rail II by Peter Jehrio Niagara by Rail III by Peter Jehrio Buffalo Central Terminal: A Photo Album by Ken Kraemer Buffalo Railroads by Stephen G. Myers and Michael J. Connor Scranton Railroads by David Crosby Rail Power by Steve Barry The New Illustrated Encyclopedia or Railways by Robert Tufnell Iron Horses by Michael Swift Steam Locomotives by Brian Solomon Classic North American Steam by Nils Huxtable Stemwinders in the Laurel Highlands by Benjamin FG Kline Jr. How to Drive a Steam Locomotive by Brian Hollingsworth The John Bull: 150 Years a Locomotive by John H. White Jr. The Railroad Never Sleeps: 24 Hours in the Life of Modern Railroading by Brian Solomon The Love of Trains by Victor Hand and Harold Edmonson Steamtown in Color by Jim Boyd Steamtown National Historic Site: The Nation's Living Railroad Museum
Post by Vought Sikorsky on May 11, 2019 4:08:52 GMT
Does anyone have any of R. W. Rush's books on the Furness Railway and if so, what do you think of them? For instance, are they worth purchasing? The books in question are Rush's "The Furness Railway" (Some sources call it "The Furness Railway, 1823-1923") & "The Furness Railway : Locomotives & Rolling Stock".
The 1823-1923 book contains an overview of the company's history and a little on the loco classes etc plus some photos, not bad if you can find it cheap. The other is worth getting even if some of the line drawings aren't 100% accurate. Make sure you get the updated version though as it contains a number of photos that the 1st print doesn't (the reprint is the red & black one with four photos in the centre). For the locos+rolling stock I would also recommend this one. www.ebay.co.uk/p/The-Furness-Railway-150-Good-Book-ISBN-095192012x/1208177452?iid=303101533529
Post by Vought Sikorsky on May 26, 2019 23:57:41 GMT
When you see speaking of railway authors, many don't usually mention authors other than L.T.C. Rolt & O. S. Nock. Needless to say but, there are many other author who produce just as good a quality of work and are barely even mentioned whatsoever! One such author is the late John Thomas, although some of his books are hard to come by, I recommend them all regardless. He lived in Springburn, Glasgow until his death in 1982, and as one can expect, his works are primarily about Scottish railways. An aspect of his work that really does appeal to me is how he humanizes these figures of the past, showing the quite passive-aggressive letters sent between managers or the harsh, scathing quips and remarks from a certain North British chief mechanical engineer. I've seen his work range from around $10/£8 to $20/£16, though that's only on Amazon, so prices may vary elsewhere. I only have 4 of his books and shall list them below with a small summary of their content.
The Callander & Oban Railway- The overall history of Callander & Oban Railway from its creation in the 1860s to its partial closure in the 1960s
The West Highland Railway- The overall history of West Highland Line from its beginning steps towards creation in the 1880s to dieselization the 1960s
The North British Railway: Volume 1- The railway's history from its inception in the 1840s to the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879 The North British Railway: Volume 2- The railway's history after the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879 to the 1923 Grouping
If people are interested, I may write a list showing my library of railway literature, many of it dating from the 1960s & 1970s.
Post by Vought Sikorsky on Jul 30, 2019 4:45:46 GMT
Out of curiosity, is 'The Chronicles of Boulton's Siding' by Alfred Rosling Bennett & 'Stephen Lewin and the Poole Foundry' by Russell Wear & Eric Lees worth getting? I've heard intriguing things about said book, but I want to hear your lots' opinion on it first.
Post by Vought Sikorsky on Nov 25, 2019 20:18:24 GMT
Are Lewis Cozens' books covering Welsh narrow gauge lines worth getting? I'm curious as although they run cheap, they're quite old & are notably thin (Most seem to be under 50 pages). Additionally, are Gwyn Briwnant-Jones' books regarding the Corris Railway worth purchasing? They as well aren't too expensive, though seem to be rather short page-wise.
Post by Sleeper Agent on Nov 26, 2019 11:22:13 GMT
I wouldn't recommend Lewis's book unless you get it real cheap or amongst a group lot. Tbh the Corris doesn't really have any particular standout books compared to the TR so my first recommendation would be Martin Fuller's Talyllyn & Corris Steam Locomotive Vol 1. The follow up and the Appendices are most welcome attentions to my library as well but I would say the pre-preservation vol is the mot interesting and worth the hefty price. The Gwyn Briwnant-Jones Corris books are perfectly fine but Martin's still has the most meat and punches through some of the confusion surouding the three Falcons. Enjoying 'The Corris Railway: The Story of a Mid-Wales Slate Railway' so far but the non-preservation era photos have an annoying grain quality to them. I know a lot of the originals are of varying quality but some have been reproduced better than in this new book so it's a bit disappointing in that regard. That said it does have a few i've not seen before, the high up one of Aberllefenni station (Glennock) is quite neat.
The Project Gutenberg site carries quite a number of old, out of print books about locomotives and railways which some of you might enjoy and they're all free to read online or download. I'm currently working on 'The Life of George Stephenson and of his son Robert Stephenson' by Samuel Smiles, first published in 1868...go into google or bing and ask for 'project gutenberg the life of george stephenson' and a link should pop right up for you. The great thing about these older books is that they were written back when steam engines were still in their heyday which lends a certain immediacy to the writing which is missing from anything written more recently unless it's something about a heritage railway that's currently still running. Anyway, a good source for a lot of good books, and always at the best price possible...free!
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