Seventy Years of Railway Photography
Seven Decades Behind the Lens
Colin Boocock became a railways enthusiast as a child, when his parents took him to nearby Weybridge to watch the steam trains passing. This collection from his seven decades of photography shows how much the world of rail has changed, and showcases his images of notable lines and engines, not only in Britain but also further afield.
World Steam in Focus
Album No. 1
Enthusiasts travelling to all parts of the world have sent many more pictures to Locomotives International magazine than could be included in the journal and the best are published here. The images reveal working steam in small-scale industrial sites, narrow gauge tourist trains, preserved railways and museums from Europe to Japan, Indonesia and New Zealand.
The Alan Ward Railway Sketchbook
A Compilation of Scribbles, Working Sketches, and Completed Paintings from the Alan Ward Collection
West Country artist Alan Ward was renowned for wildlife and landscape compositions and particularly for his meticulously observed railway paintings, often depicting scenes from the age of steam. This monochrome portfolio reveals his working methods and ability as a draftsman through a selection of visual notes and pencil sketches, in many cases with the resulting final painting also reproduced for context.
Steam in the North West
In 1968 steam trains looked like becoming a thing of the past in the North West, but over subsequent years a combination of heritage enthusiasts and government legislation has allowed for an ongoing presence. The colour photos in this collection are accompanied by details of each locomotive and train, routes and locations, and technical and livery details.
A Pageant of British Steam
Steam Preservation in the 21st Century
This photographic celebration of the successful preservation of steam trains and rolling stock takes a chronological approach, telling the story of the railways as they expanded around the country. Through modern recreations of iconic early locomotives such as Stephenson’s Rocket and Catch Me Who Can, and the heritage engines still carrying passengers, enthusiasts today are able to get a glimpse of Britain’s past, from the industrial revolution onwards.
An Introduction to Great Western Locomotive Development
This overview of the Great Western fleet of locomotives includes details about the construction, operation and maintenance of these classic steam engines. The book also features profile diagrams showing the differences between classes, along with many photos of the trains that carried passengers throughout the West Country.
Eric Bottomley's Transport Gallery
A Journey Across the Canvas
From his studio in Dorset, Eric Bottomley produces remarkably realistic oil and gouache railway art. A broad range of examples of his work are displayed in this volume, including pencil sketches, mixed media and stage-by-stage illustrations. They are and accompanied by Bottomley’s notes on the histories of his subjects and his own trainspotting experiences.
British Steam Military Connections
Great Western Railway, Southern Railway, British Railways and War Department Steam Locomotives
In the age of steam, there was a strong tradition of naming engines in recognition of the military, as in Southern Railway’s Battle of Britain class of locomotives, and the GWR Castle Class, renamed after Second World War aircraft. The author, a respected photojournalist and train enthusiast, explores this history and the ongoing popularity of surviving nameplates, crests and badges, with many period images and photos of the surviving memorabilia.
Britain's Heritage Railways in Photographs
As Britain’s railways switched to electric and diesel engines in the 1960s, a growing band of enthusiasts became determined to preserve steam locomotion for posterity. This collection of photographs, from the Bodmin and Wenford Railway to Llangollen and the North York Moors, depicts the surviving lines and the special events they often hold to celebrate Britain’s history and culture.
Photographs from the Fifties Collection
Variety on the Southern: 1948 to 1968
In the first years after privatization, passengers could expect an assortment of locomotives and rolling stock to be used, mixing and matching ageing equipment as the British Railways Modernization Plan gradually came into effect. Recalling such variety in the Southern Region, these images include stations and yard scenes on branch and main lines from Cornwall to Kent.
First opened in 1865 for slate haulage, the Talyllyn Railway in Gwynedd made history in 1951 when it became the first of its kind to be preserved by volunteers as a heritage railway. This well-illustrated narrative, largely in the words of the volunteers themselves, tells the story of its preservation, its importance as a local landmark, and its potential future.
Underground Maps Unravelled
Explorations in Information Design
The famous map of the London Underground was originally inspired by electrical schematics and its clarity has inspired similar maps around the world. In this highly illustrated analysis of the design and usability of transport maps, the author demonstrates many alternative schemes for London and other cities that challenge preconceptions and use different organizational design principles to make journey planning easier and create visual harmony.
A Short History of Trains
Written by a well-known transport expert, this comprehensive history covers the progress of railways from the earliest prototypes and Stephenson’s Rocket through to the bullet trains and Maglev technology of today. With illustrations, maps and diagrams throughout, it shows how railways opened up new continents, supplied the frontlines in wartime and fundamentally changed societies, while also telling the stories of famous lines including the Trans-Siberian and the Orient Express.
Waterloo to Weymouth
By Steam into Wessex
The last steam-hauled mainline trains regularly running in Britain took travellers from Waterloo through the Wessex countryside. This nostalgic, geographically organized history includes many black and white and colour photographs of the old lines, infrastructure and trains such as the Bournemouth ‘Belle’ and ‘Westward Ho’, with extended captions relating the stories behind the pictures.
Great Western Aspects
Imagery and Information
With an acknowledgement of the many books published on the GWR, this volume presents some unusual aspects of the network including images of the old broad gauge railway and other 19th century scenes, as well as analysis of the 'Economic System of Track Maintenance', photographs of early accidents and a chapter on the disastrous Slough collision of 1900.
West from Salisbury
150 Years of the Railway to Tisbury and Gillingham
The Salisbury and Yeovil Railway first opened in 1859, was later incorporated into the Southern Railway and still forms part of the main London Waterloo to Exeter route. Telling the story of the line, this nostalgic railway history focuses on the memories and contemporary photographs of drivers, firemen, guards, signalmen and passengers from the 1960s to the 21st century.
Wagon Recognition Volume 2
Departmental Wagons and on Track Plant: Carkins – Y and Z
Freight and specialist wagons on the British railway network are designated with a three letter code, called a 'carkind', identifying the category, size and brake type of the wagon. This volume includes the Y- and Z-coded carkinds, covering a variety of types from open ballast hoppers to rail grinders and snowploughs, many of which are illustrated with colour photographs.
A Privileged Journey
From Enthusiast to Professional Railwayman
David Maidment spent over 30 years in the railway industry, rising to be a senior executive of British Rail. Illustrated with over 100 of the author's own photographs, this memoir recounts his early trainspotting and the railway journeys he undertook in Britain and Germany in the 1950s before describing his first years as a professional railwayman in the early 1960s.
Chester to Holyhead
London, Midland and Scottish Railway Volume 1
The chief engineering problem faced by the Chester to Holyhead Railway was crossing the Menai Straits – a problem that was overcome by Stephenson's Britannia Tubular Bridge in 1850. Following a brief history of the line, this photographic survey illustrates the route in a collection of archive images from the steam era to the BR blue diesel period and early 2000s.
GWR Engineering Work
The 1930s saw extensive improvements to the infrastructure of the GWR, thanks in part to a government loan scheme. Including plans, diagrams and archive photographs this volume describes the work undertaken across the network including a major renovation of Paddington Station.
Bristol Railway Panorama
Archive photographs and printed ephemera dating back to the 19th century illustrate this history of the railway network in the Bristol area. The book explores the many now-defunct branch lines as well as the city's locomotive building industry and the experiences of railwaymen who worked in the area.
Vintage and Modern Diesel Locomotives
Prime Movers of America
The huge diesel locomotives that have moved much of the freight around the United States since the middle of the 20th century have mostly been built by General Electric, EMD, Alco, Baldwin and Fairbanks-Morse. This photographic collection captures the most popular vintage and contemporary models of each manufacturer alongside historical notes and extended captions.
New Peppercorn Class A1
The Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific, Tornado, was completed in 2008 and is the first steam locomotive built in Britain since 1960. This illustrated celebration of the achievement reveals how it was designed and constructed and is now run and maintained. Including a technical breakdown of the engine, the book was originally published in a larger format as the Tornado Owners’ Workshop Manual.
Underground and Overground Trains
This illustrated guide to the rolling stock of London’s rail network covers the London Underground, London Overground, TfL Rail and the engineers’ trains. It gives insights into the evolution of the system and the afterlife of old stock in locations around the British Isles, and includes a directory of the serial numbers of all units currently in service.
Steam Around Bristol
Railways of the 1950s and 1960s in Colour
Thanks to Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the Great Western Railway, Bristol was a crucial link the early rail network, a role that expanded when the Midland Railway arrived. This collection of colour photographs with detailed explanations shows the last days of steam in the region, including branch lines such as those to North Somerset, Portishead and the Severn Tunnel route.
A History of the Metropolitan Railway and Metro-Land
In 1863 the world’s first underground railway, the Metropolitan Railway, connected Paddington, Euston and King’s Cross to the City, using gaslit wooden carriages. The author tells the history of the line’s concept, creation and later extensions, which reached Hammersmith and St John’s Wood, initiated the Circle Line, and triggered the suburbanisation of the countryside North-West of London, the area that became known as ‘Metroland’.
The London Railway Atlas
Then and Now
The 1921 Railway Map of London and its Environs provided a comprehensive overview of all the railway and underground lines serving the capital, colour coded for the different operators and marked with stations, junctions and geographical features. This new review of the network reproduces a facsimile of the chart in sections, opposite a matching contemporary map which demonstrates how the system has been adapted, and highlights lost stations, old lines with new uses and newly built lines and stations.
Development, Expansion and Demise
Most of the vast workshops that produced this country’s rolling stock are now disused or demolished, including those at Darlington, Stratford, Cowlairs and Gateshead (although trains are still being refurbished at the one in Doncaster). Peter Tuffrey explores the history of the works, from their creation by the original rail companies, through their consolidation into the London and North Eastern Railway and conversion from steam to other forms of power, to their ultimate decline in the post-war period.
In the Footsteps of IK Brunel
Demonstrating the tremendous impact Brunel had on Britain in the 19th century, this well-illustrated volume describes his most important ventures, transforming transport infrastructure with groundbreaking designs for bridges, tunnels, docks, railways and steam ships. Part Two of the book identifies the engineering projects that can still be visited today, particularly in Bath, Bristol and London.
101 Railway Stations
A Journey of Variety
After nearly 200 years of expansion and contraction, dozens of different railway operators, competing lines and changing national strategies, Britain’s railway network has inherited stations of various sizes and architectural styles. With historic and contemporary illustrations, this personal selection explores the histories of 101 stations that represent this great variety, from the grand edifice of stations including Bristol Temple Meads to humble halts such as Filey Holiday Camp, and reveals how the railways have adapted to changing times.
The Atlas of Railway Station Closures
While the Beeching cuts are commonly remembered for their role in closing rail stations and lines, there have been station closures throughout the history of the network. This atlas maps all of Britain’s standard gauge railway lines and the dates when each line or station was closed. It also features photographs of selected stations, and an index and gazetteer listing the dates of closures and the company in charge. This revised edition contains all the maps reproduced in the first edition and a new selection of images.
Railway Depots, Stations and Terminals
Since the early days of rail travel, the civic importance of the stations has been reflected in their architecture. From the splendour of New York’s Grand Central to the simpler structures serving small towns, this account of some of the most interesting examples focuses primarily on North America. Including many historic and modern photographs, it explores the changing requirements the buildings have been presented with and the developments they have undergone. American spelling.
Great Western Railway
Stars, Castles and Kings
George Churchward’s Star class locomotives, launched in 1907, set the pattern for the engines that would haul GWR’s glamorous passenger expresses during the golden age of steam. Examples of the Castle and King class developments of 1923 and 1927 remained in service until the end of steam in the region. This analysis provides an illustrated technical evaluation of the three locomotive designs and details of their allocation and work on the network up to the 1960s.
Three Generations of Railwaymen
Born in rural Lincolnshire, Jim Body had just turned thirteen when he became a ‘lad trainee’ with the Great Northern Railway in 1916; his son Geoff joined the LNER in 1945; and Geoff’s son Ian began his management training in 1972: their three stories span a century of railway history, told from the personal perspective of working railwaymen.
Terror in the Tunnels
Britain's Dangerous Railway History
Box Tunnel in Wiltshire is one of the great engineering feats of the railway age but tragically, up to 100 navvies lost their lives during its construction. This history of the building of Britain’s railway infrastructure investigates the many collapses, explosions, floodings, collisions and other accidents that occurred in the tunnels and how lessons about their dangers were gradually learned.
Part 3: Electrics and Motors
Richard Garrett and Sons were a long-established manufacturer of steam wagons and traction engines when they developed their first electric vehicles immediately after the First World War, and petrol and diesel-engined vehicles in the 1920s and 1930s. This volume reviews all the models of wagons, municipal vehicles, electric trolleybuses and electric and motor lorries produced by the company, many illustrated with contemporary photographs.
Images of Kent, Surrey, Sussex & South London Railways
The south-east of England has much to offer the railway enthusiast: as the most highly populated area of the country it was served by a variety of routes, many of which no longer exist, from the steam era onward. The images of locomotives and rolling stock in this photographic collection depict both main and branch lines, and the goods yards and engine sheds that served them.
Images of Home Counties Railways
Classic Photographs from the Maurice Dart Railway Collection
These vintage photographs from the well-known Dart collection are drawn from the Home Counties and suburbs of north and west London. Each of the photographs is accompanied by a brief text, the images are organized by locomotive wheel arrangement and types from the largest downwards, and the locations are identified according to the 1938 Railway Clearing House Handbook of Stations.
Edwardian Railways in Postcards
Photographer, photographic historian and incurable steam enthusiast, John Hannavy uses his own collection of postcards to explore the rolling stock, stations and operation of the railways in the period from 1902 up to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. As well as trains in the land- and cityscape, the 290 postcards reproduced include views of the Travelling Post Office, the Snowdon Railway, trackside buildings and railway disasters.
The first underground railway in London was an instant success in 1863, providing a link between Paddington, Euston and King’s Cross stations, and carrying 9.5 million passengers in the first year. This illustrated account of the development of the system describes the evolution of the lines, the traction, rolling stock and stations as well as exploring how the complex modern system is managed, reporting recent developments and discussing the challenges of ever-growing passenger numbers.
Gradients of the British Main Line Railways
This reference work reproduces diagrams showing the gradient profiles of British railway routes, originally published in 1966. Organized into the ‘Big Four’ railway companies, this new edition represents the network as it was in 1947 and contains details not in the original, such as the location of water troughs, as well as a complete index of features marked on the profiles, including stations, tunnels, junctions and sidings.
Stations and Lineside Views in and Around London
This collection of 250 photographs by the amateur photographer BWL Brooksbank depicts mainline and minor stations in the Greater London area from 1946–1962, spanning the final years of steam and the expansion of diesel and electrification. Along with images of freight trains, expresses and local trains there are pictures of staff engaged in their duties and dilapidated stations awaiting post-war renovation, with captions by prolific railway author Peter Tuffrey.
In and Out of Paddington
The Story of a Great Railway Station
Largely designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Paddington has been a crucial transport hub since the 1830s. This is a highly illustrated history of the main terminal of the Great Western Railway, and the people, planning, trains, rolling stock and architecture associated with it.
In order to have enough work to sell at his first exhibition, Jonathan Clay left the backgrounds to some locomotive compositions blank, intending to complete them later. The sale of these canvases helped establish his career as a railway artist and also set a signature style of composition. This collection of 150 paintings includes historic British steam engines, diesels from the BR era and narrow-gauge locos as well as engines from America and elsewhere.
Rails Across North America
A Pictorial Journey Across the USA
The photographer David Cable visited the United States 14 times between the mid-1970s and 2008, witnessing changes on the network through various operator mergers and the development of the Class 1, 2 and 3 railroad designation system. His images record the impressive freight locomotives, often multi-engined on the principal routes, as well as Amtrak passenger services and suburban commuter trains. Slightly off-mint.
Rails Across Europe
Northern and Western Europe
The varied railway infrastructure across Northern Europe in recent decades includes high speed trains and electric multiple unit sets as well as diesel and electric locomotive-hauled expresses and freight. Showing trains in transit as well as at stations and yards, this volume covers Scandinavia, the Baltic States, Germany, Poland, Holland, Belgium, France, Ireland and the UK.
Rails Across Europe
Eastern and Southern Europe
Electrification is widespread in the southern countries of Europe and the locomotives in use are often built by local manufacturers, such as Škoda in the Czech Republic and Ansaldo Breda in Italy. The photographs in this collection range from Southern France, Spain and Portugal to former Eastern bloc states including Romania and Ukraine.
Rails Across Britain
Thirty Years of Change and Colour
Beginning with the last years of British Rail, this collection demonstrates an array of different operators and liveries on the British network since privatization. The images cover locations from Scotland to Cornwall and a wide range of tractions, from modern commuter sets and London Underground trains to aged diesel freight locomotives.
The Light Railways of Britain and Ireland
The 1896 Light Railways Act led to a two-decade boom in new rail lines that relied on cheaper, less resilient materials and slower speeds than existing routes. This reissue of a classic 1985 book, extensively illustrated with images of lost lines and stations, details the way that light railways filled gaps in the rail network before post-war competition from roads led to their decline.
An Indian Summer of Steam
Railway Travel in the United Kingdom and Abroad: 1962–2013
Working on the railways from the early 1960s, David Maidment was in a privileged position to witness the last days of steam and continued his interest by seeking out steam across the world after its demise in Britain. Accompanied by 200 of his own images, this 'railway biography' tells the story of his career and his pursuit of working steam and steam specials in Europe and China.
England's Cathedrals by Train
Discover How the Normans and Victorians Helped to Shape Our Lives
Linking the achievements of the great medieval cathedral builders with the engineering genius of the 19th century, Naylor journeys to 33 cathedrals, among them the modern buildings of Liverpool, Coventry and Guildford, and he provides ‘Railway Notes’ on the history and present-day operation of trains, track and stations en route.