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Lightmoor Press British Railways The First 25 Years Volume 1 - The East Midlands (J. Allan and A. Murray) 9781899889716

Lightmoor Press British Railways The First 25 Years Volume 1 - The East Midlands (J. Allan and A. Murray) British Railways The First 25 Years Volume 1: The East Midlands
J. Allan and A. Murray

The opening volume in a series of books illustrating the first 25 years of British Railways, which will eventually cover the whole of Great Britain, with all of the photographs coming from previously unpublished collections. This first volume, on the East Midlands, travels roughly from Nottingham in the north, via Derby, Burton on Trent, Leicester and Wellingborough, southwards down to Bedford. We visit the Great Central Railway London Extension, former Great Northern Railway lines around Nottingham ? including the magnificent joint GNR and GCR Victoria station ? and the Midland Railway main line and its associated cross country branches. We also call in at Derby Works and the main depots such as Colwick, Toton and Wellingborough. The industrial lines around the Nottingham coalfield are not forgotten and there are many photographs of the reasons for the building of our railways originally, showing freight workings and particularly the coal industry. Our selection of pictures also covers the pre-TOPS diesel era, as well as 1950s and ?60s London Midland and Eastern Region steam. There are photographs of all the main classes associated with the area in steam days, ranging from the ?Garratts?, through the glamorous named passenger classes to the numerous freight classes often working out their last few years, finally finishing with the essential shunting tanks. There are also a number of special features including a look at the Crosti ?9Fs? at Wellingborough, early diesel prototypes at Derby, a trip on the Desford to West Bridge Branch and a spectacular accident at Turvey on the Bedford-Northampton line. There is a mix of action and depot pictures, as well as plenty of unusual and ?quirky? shots amongst the 500+ photographs contained within, all backed up by extensive captions.

208 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, casebound with printed board covers.


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Lightmoor Press British Railways The First 25 Years Volume 2 - The West Midlands (J. Allan and A. Murray) 9781899889785

The second in a series of books depicting the first twenty-five years of British Railways which will eventually cover the whole of Great Britain.
This volume looks at the West Midlands, starting at Rugby and following the two main ex-L&NWR routes as far as Stafford on the West Coast main line, and to Coventry, Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton. The former Midland Railway lines from Burton to Bromsgrove via Birmingham and the Camp Hill line are covered in some depth. There are extensive chapters on New Street station and the GWR?s Snow Hill station, together with their associated suburban routes.
The less photographed lines in the Black Country, operated by both the London Midland and Western regions, were full of industrial interest and contrast with one of the steam era?s favourite locations, the Lickey Incline. The picture selection ranges from ?Coronations?, ?Princesses? and ?Royal Scots? on the West Coast main line and ?Kings? and ?Castles? on the Western Region expresses, to the humble freight engines trudging through the industrial areas. There are early diesel prototypes on the LMR, the newly introduced DMUs on the suburban lines, the glamorous ?Blue Pullman?, gleaming new ?Western? hydraulics and the short lived ?Lion? prototype. More mundane diesel classes that worked the area after dieselisation are of course covered, as they took over from the ailing steam classes. There are several special features, including the 1960s rebuilding of New Street station and the journey of No. 46235 City of Birmingham through the city streets to the old Science Museum.
There is a good mix of action and depot pictures, along with plenty of unusual and ?quirky? shots, all described in comprehensive captions.

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Lightmoor Press British Railways The First 25 Years Volume 3 The North West br25yrsvol3

British Railways The First 25 Years Volume 3: The North West J. Allan and A. MurrayThis is the third in a series of books covering the first twenty-five years of British Railways, which will eventually cover the whole of Great Britain.

This volume explores the North West of England, through the county of Lancashire to the open fells of Westmorland. Travelling mainly over former L&NWR, L&YR and Furness Railway lines, our journey begins just north of Crewe and heads north along the West Coast main line to Warrington. We visit Merseyside, Liverpool and the Docks, including the Liverpool Overhead Railway, before continuing north to Wigan. We pay a visit to the Vulcan Foundry at Newton-le-Willows, the Central Wagon Company at Ince and the sheds at Wigan, Springs Branch and Lostock Hall before negotiating the complex series of junctions leading into Preston. The countryside opens up beyond Preston and we detour west to explore the Fylde Coast and the holiday resort of Blackpool, before resuming our journey north to historic Lancaster and the famous station at Carnforth, where the old Furness Railway line branches off to serve the southern Lake District. We then visit Morecambe Bay, including the holiday resort of Morecambe and port of Heysham. The branch stations at Windermere and Kendal are recorded before we regain the main line and pass through the picturesque Lune Gorge to Tebay, finally climbing over Shap summit to complete our journey at Penrith. The atmospheric photographs cover steam, diesel and electric traction, express, freight and humble shunting engines. Everything from ?Coronations?, ?Royal Scots? and ?Jubilees? to the now long-forgotten electric units on the Lancaster to Morecambe and Heysham line. There is extensive coverage of freight working, including the rarely photographed lines around St. Helens, finishing off with a study of the final year of steam operation around Carnforth. There is a mix of action and depot pictures, as well as plenty of unusual and ?quirky? shots, backed up by extensive and informative captions ? all in all a perfect companion to the previous volumes in the series.

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Lightmoor Press British Railways The First 25 Years Volume 4 The South West Somerset & Devon br25yrsvol4

Lightmoor Press British Railways The First 25 Years Volume 4 The South West Somerset & Devon br25yrsvol4
British Railways The First 25 Years Volume 4: The South West Somerset & Devon J. Allan and A. Murray

The fourth volume in the British Railways First 25 Years series, this volume explores the main lines and branches in the South West of England. From Taunton on the Western and Seaton Junction on the Southern westwards through Somerset into Devon and then along the Exeter to Plymouth main lines, together with the South devon branches of the Western region. (Plymouth and the Southerns' North Devon lines will be included with Volume 5.)
The atmospheric photographs cover steam, diesel and electric traction, express, freight and humble shunting engines. Everything from ?Kings? and ?Castles? to ?Battle of Britain? and ?West Country? classes, as well as their early diesel replacements, including the Western Region?s short-lived Hydraulics. There are oddities too including the Southern?s Exeter banking engines. There is a mix of action and depot pictures, as well as plenty of unusual and ?quirky? shots, backed up by extensive and informative captions.
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Lightmoor Press British Railways The First 25 Years Volume 5 The South West North Devon, Plymouth & Cornwall br25yrsvol5

British Railways The First 25 Years Volume 5: The South West North Devon, Plymouth and Cornwall J. Allan and A. Murray
The fifth volume in a series of books examining the first twenty-five years of British Railways, which will eventually cover the whole of Great Britain.

Following on from Volume 4, which dealt primarily with the lines in Devon, this volume covers the south west of England from Plymouth westwards into Cornwall, with emphasis on that interesting transitional period of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Included here are the North Devon lines of the Southern Region which had much in common with their Cornish counterparts. There was heavy seasonal holiday traffic on Summer Saturdays and at Bank Holidays, while on weekdays everything was less hectic and more peaceful, especially on the branch lines serving the rural communities. There was also a lack of heavy industry, except in very localised areas such as the dockyards and in the China Clay areas. Dieselisation and rationalisation came early to the area and Doctor Beeching?s axe hit the area?s branches hard. Steam west of Exeter had gone by 1964, however the dieselisation had a character all of its own. The atmospheric photographs, as with previous volumes, cover steam and diesel traction, express, freight and shunting engines. ?Kings?, ?Castles?, ?Counties?, ?14xx? and ?Prairies? contrast with Bulleid Pacifics, ?M7's, ?T9's and ?N? Class Moguls, whilst pre-TOPS diesels including the heavyweight North British ?D600? Type '4's and the smaller Type '2' 'D6300's are also featured. In contrast are the three elderly Beattie Well Tanks and the Wenford Bridge Branch. With the usual varied mix of lineside action and depot pictures, as well as plenty of unusual shots, backed up by extensive and informative captions ? this volume expands our coverage of the lines in the south west of England and complements previous volumes in the series.

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Lightmoor Press West Gloucester & Wye Valley Lines by Neil Parkhouse 9781899889761

Lightmoor Press West Gloucester & Wye Valley Lines by Neil Parkhouse 9781899889761
West Gloucestershire & Wye Valley Lines by Niel Parkhouse
Written and produced by respected Gloucestershire and Forest-of-Dean railway and industry historian Neil Parkhouse this is the first volume in an on-going British Railway History in Colour series covering Gloucester and routes to the west and south west of the city towards Wales.

The county of Gloucestershire was once served by a maze of railway lines, many of which have long been closed. Fortunately, the scenery and differing railway architecture attracted the attention of a number of photographers many of whom began working with colour transparencies. This collection of over 500 colour images is supported with maps, tickets, WTT extracts and other ephemera, to paint a picture of the railways of West Gloucestershire and the Wye Valley as they existed over fifty years ago. The aim has been to show the infrastructure ? stations, signal boxes, goods yard, engine sheds ? which has been lost, as much as the trains and their motive power. Along the way, some of the other locations which were once railway served ? such as docks, quarries and industrial works ? are also illustrated.

Routes covered are Gloucester to Chepstow, Gloucester to Hereford, Ross-on-Wye to Monmouth, Monmouth to Pontypool Road and to Chepstow, plus the Llanthony branch to the 'GWR side' of Gloucester docks and the Ledbury branch.
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Lightmoor Press Forest of Dean Lines and the Severn Bridge by Neil Parkhouse 9781899889983

Lightmoor Press Forest of Dean Lines and the Severn Bridge by Neil Parkhouse
Forest of Dean and the Severn Bridge by Neil Parkhouse
For this second volume covering the railways of Gloucestershire in colour author Neil Parkhouse has once again assembled a remarkable and extensive selection of pictures, collected over the last fifteen years, which are further illustrated with maps, tickets, WTT extracts and other ephemera. This volume concentrates on the lines in the Forest of Dean built by the Severn & Wye and Forest of Dean companies, including the Severn Bridge connecting Lydney and Sharpness.

The Severn & Wye and Forest of Dean tramroads are amongst the earliest lines established in Great Britain. Horse operated, they were later converted into railways worked by locomotives and, later still, both also provided passenger services for the benefit of local inhabitants. These only lasted for around fifty years, however, with that on the S&W line, having commenced much earlier, succumbing in 1929, whilst passenger trains on the Forest of Dean Branch to Cinderford covered the period from 1907 to 1958. It is for freight traffic that the Forest lines are chiefly remembered today and we are fortunate that several photographers made it their mission to record these lines and their operations in the last years of their life.
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Lightmoor Press The Ruabon to Barmouth Line by Martin F. Williams 9781899889976

Lightmoor Press The Ruabon to Barmouth Line by Martin F. Williams
The Ruabon to Barmouth Line by Martin F Williams

An excellent and fully illustrated book covering the scenic Ruabon to Barmouth line, including the section from Llangollen to Corwen which can still be travelled by steam trains operated by the Llangollen Railway. The full line from Ruabon to Barmouth travels through varied and contrasting environments, from the industrial town of Ruabon, passing through scenic countryside along the Dee valley before penetrating the foothills of Snowdonia. Using the deep river valleys surrounded by mountains to pass Dollgellau the line emerged along the broad Mawddach estuary to reach the seaside resort town of Barmouth.
Traffic incuded the output of factories, quarries, mines, brick and checmical works as well as the countryside business of timber, farm produce and sheep.

Hundreds of photographs illustrate not only the trains and infrastructure  but also the daily life and operation of the railway.

288 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, casebound with printed board covers.
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Lightmoor Press Great Western Steam 1934-1949 - Photographs by Norman Lockett (Mike Arlett & David Lockett) 9781899889464

Lightmoor Press Great Western Steam 1934-1949 - Photographs by Normal Lockett (Mike Arlett & David Lockett) 9781899889464
For this second volume of Norman Lockett?s photographs, we move to his favourite railway, the Great Western and, in particular, the main line between Bristol and Plymouth.
Beginning in the mid 1930s, Norman captured the GWR?s last great era, before the Second World War and then Nationalisation brought to an end nearly 125 years of company history. Living in Plymouth and later back in Weston-super-Mare (where he was born), he often chose picturesque locations which seem not to have been frequented by other photographers. He captured a fascinating array of GW main line workings, from the top link expresses down to the humblest of auto workings, along with numerous freight trains and the occasional branch line service. All but a few of his photographs were taken on glass plate negatives, Norman?s preferred medium, to which we have returned for the scanning process.
With text and extended captions being provided by Mike Arlett (along with additional coaching stock information from John Lewis), GWR enthusiasts will find much to delight herein, whilst disciples of railway photography will appreciate the work of a ?master? of his art. In the present day era, when the next train along is likely to look exactly the same as the previous one, we can all wallow in an age when locomotive types were in such abundance that surprises were always just around the corner, when services were often comprised of whatever carriages were available, or goods working made up of a huge variety of wagons.
In short, sit lineside with Norman and just watch the trains go by!

160 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper with colour laminated printed board covers.
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Lightmoor Press Western Region Steam 1950-1965 - Photographs by Norman Lockett (Mike Arlett & David Lockett) 9781899889600

Lightmoor Press Western Region Steam 1950-1965 - Photographs by Normal Lockett (Mike Arlett & David Lockett) 9781899889600
Taking full advantage of technological advances made with cameras and film during the Second World War, most railway photographers began converting over to celluloid during the 1950s. By the time the 1960s dawned, those still using glass plate negatives were few and far between but one of them was Norman Lockett.
A modest man, Norman had gained a reputation of being ?the photographer?s photographer?, the one all the others appreciated. Yet despite its superb quality, the vast majority of his output has never been published. This is something we have been putting right as we now reach the third volume in this landmark series, with every single illustration again having been scanned from the original glass plate. Each photograph is supported by detailed captions and text by Mike Arlett. By the 1950s, Norman was starting to venture farther afield, a process which was accelerated even further by, first, a move to Bath with his work and, second, a chance meeting with fellow photographer Ivo Peters. Becoming firm friends, Norman now had access to additional transport in the shape of Ivo?s famous Bentley.
Thus, within these pages, we now travel across not only Norman?s native Somerset and into the adjoining counties but to a diversity of locations across much of the former network of the Western Region of British Railways. Thus we have views as far apart as the Tamar Bridge, Chester, Swindon, South Wales, Hereford, the Dovey estuary, Gloucester, the Cotswolds and many other lineside locations visited either as a ?one off? or on several repeat occasions. So here is your opportunity to enjoy the ?Indian summer? of Western Region steam, followed by its all too rapid and much lamented demise, as seen through the lens of a ?master?.

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Lightmoor Press Severn Traders by Colin Green 9780953302826

For over five hundred years the trows were a common sight on the River Severn, its tributaries and esturial waters, venturing also up the Wye, into the Somerset levels, along the canals of Gloucestershire and to numerous little ports all around the coast of Wales.
Photographs in these pages show examples of these distinctive wooden sailing craft at places as far apart as Ilfracombe, Ironbridge and Caernarvon, whilst the stirring trip of the 'Wich' barge Hastings, to France with salt bringing back a cargo of gilt furniture, is recounted in detail. Colin Green has gathered here a wealth of information on the trows, tracing their possible origin, their development as navigations and the economies of trade changed, how they were constructed, the cargoes they carried, and the ports and waterways they frequented. This highly readable account is further enlivened with tales and information gleaned from the last surviving few who worked on or remember the trows and, as such, this history has been completed none too soon ? in a few short years it is unlikely anyone will be left who saw a laden trow in full sail. The skills involved with building them and in sailing them in the dangerous waters of the tidal Severn are also covered in detail.
Today, the only surviving trow is Spry, almost totally rebuilt by master shipwright Alan Williams but a testament to the more than 2,000 examples which were constructed over the centuries. Unfortunately, it is unlikely she will ever set sail again, as she now resides out of the water at Ironbridge Museum. This book, it is hoped, will provide a fitting tribute to the trows, the last examples of which survived in use as dumb barges until the early 1960s, and also to those tough, skillful but often perfidious characters who sailed them, the West Country trowmen.

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Lightmoor Press Irish Sea Schooner Twilight

Irish Sea Schooner Twilight
Richard J. Scott.

A very interesting look at the ships and the men who sailed them in coastal trade during the twilight years of commercial sailing. These vessels travelled far beyond the Irish Sea, being regular visitors to ports of the Bristol Channel, North and South Devon, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands and sometimes Northern France.

The late Richard ?Dick? Scott?s fascination with sailing ships, particularly those which still survived trading coastwise around the Bristol Channel and across the Western Seas between Britain and Ireland in the 1940s and ?50s, extended far beyond simple study. Although having a ?day job?, Dick spent much of his spare time especially during holidays on board a number of these ancient vessels, making numerous working trips across the Irish Sea, getting to know many of the crews and particularly the characters who owned and captained them. This was a hard and dangerous profession but through his interest, ability and willingness to share their often hazardous existence, Dick earned the undying respect of the men he sailed with. He also had the foresight to take a camera with him and was thus able to capture on film the very essence of sailing in the Western Seas on board a wooden hulled ship, when only a man?s experience, wits and ability kept him and his crew from disaster. A perusal of the ships? lists within these pages soon reveals just how dangerous the life of a seaman working in coastal sail was; we would be appalled today at the risks involved and the almost routine loss of life suffered ? and tolerated ? by the crews of these vessels. Nevertheless, the life had its rewards, in monetary terms for many of the owner/skippers, and the freedom granted by a life outdoors and on the move for many of those who worked on board. And then there was the camaraderie, of the sort perhaps only shared by miners and soldiers, other men used to working with death and danger as constant companions. Through some truly memorable photographs and an Irishman?s way with words, Dick Scott brings this forgotten age to life for those who can now never experience it. As such, not only is this an important addition to the literary annals on maritime coastal sail, it is almost certainly the last to be written by someone who could say ?I was there?.

184 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, casebound with colour dustjacket.
Includes scale and hull line drawings of the preserved and still sailing Kathleen & May.


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Lightmoor Press Balmoral and the Bristol Channel by Mike Tedstone 9781903599181

Balmoral and the Bristol Channel

The last of the P&A Campbell ships, now preserved by volunteers and listed in the register of historic ships, Bristol registered MV Balmoral is expected the resume a programme of cuises this summer. This book charts the history P&A Campbell Ltd, the MV Balmoral and of coastal cruising in the Bristol channel.

P. & A. Campbell Ltd of Bristol, registered as a Limited Company in 1893, was destined to not quite make its century as the operator of the celebrated White Funnel Fleet of passenger steamers. As the postwar fleet waned in the 1950s profits dwindled and receivership beckoned. Remarkably, a new company structure was fashioned out of the old, in association with Townsend Ferries. In the 1960s P. & A. Campbell Ltd pioneered passenger-carrying hovercraft operations and branched out into cross-channel coach excursions, in partnership with the Free Enterprise ferries of what later became the European Ferries group, to France and to Belgium. A heritage quartet of motor-vessels ? some of which were older than the paddle-steamers they supplanted ? went on to keep the P. & A. Campbell Ltd flag flying in the Bristol Channel into the 1970s, and the white funnel appeared in the Irish Sea as well as the south-east of England. Balmoral sustained the passenger link between north Devon and the island of Lundy throughout this time, after many other coastal excursion services around Britain had ended.

The Late Years of P. & A. Campbell Ltd were the 1960s and 1970s until the end came in 1980, by which time a new pattern of excursion-steamer operations with the world?s last seagoing paddler Waverley had started to take shape, and the tragically brief reign of the Prince Ivanhoe. Here is the story of those years when Westward Ho, Balmoral and Devonia kept alive the White Funnel Fleet traditions in the Bristol Channel ? and, with St. Trillo, in North Wales - which had begun almost a century before when an earlier Clyde-built paddle-steamer Waverley had come south in 1887, and sailed the ?Severn Sea? to link Bristol with South Wales, the beautiful Exmoor Coast, north Devon as well as Pembrokeshire, pioneered by Peter and Alec Campbell.

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Lightmoor Press Private Owner Wagons of Bristol and District POB

Lightmoor Press Private Owner Wagons of Bristol and District

The third volume from Ian Pope covering private owner wagons of Gloucestershire, extending south from the Badminton route into the City of Bristol. This includes the industrial areas around Warmley, the northern edge of the Somerset coal field and Avonmouth, with its docks and chemical plants.

The majority of wagons featured are engaged in the coal business, however the City of Bristol had diverse businesses, including chemicals, pottery and fireworks, with wagons for these companies being found in this volume. Wherever possible a breif description and history of the wagon owners business is given.

128 pages, 150+ illustrations and maps. Hardback.


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Lightmoor Press Private Owner Wagons of Gloucestershire POG

This volume is a companion to the author's previous book on wagons of the Forest of Dean. It takes a look at all of the known private owner wagon owners and operators based in Gloucestershire with almost 250 wagons being identified. It is illustrated with over 450 photographs, items of ephemera and maps, many of which are previously unpublished. Whilst the majority of the wagons belong to coal merchants there are also those for quarries, mills, a brewery and chemical works. As well as identifying the owners, the opportunity has been taken to give as much detail of their business as possible to give some idea as to how large the concern was and how long it was in operation. Thus, as well as being of interest to the private owner wagon enthusiast the volume also gives much industrial and social history for the county.


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Lightmoor Press Private Owner Wagons of Somerset 9781899889877

Private Owner Wagons of Somerset Richard Kelham

This volume is intended to complement the series of books by Ian Pope on the wagons of Bristol, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean. The book studies all the known wagon operators in the historic county of Somerset. This area was ?blessed?, if that is the right word, with a number of extractive industries ? principally coal and stone ? which in turn meant there were more wagons owned here than in comparable rural counties. Illustrated with over 400 photographs, drawings, maps and items of ephemera, this volume enumerates several thousand wagons, belonging mostly to colliery companies, stone quarries, and coal factors and merchants, in use over the eighty years from 1860 to 1940. As well as identifying the owners, the opportunity has been taken to flesh out the people and businesses concerned to give an indication not just of the period but also the wider social and historical context in which the wagons were operated. Thus this book will be of interest to social and industrial historians as well as to aficionados of the private owner wagon.

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