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Our railway books will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite modern and classic trains, plus special railways and railway stations. There are enough rail-y good books to satisfy a train enthusiast's history and information cravings.

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Our railway books will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite modern and classic trains, plus special railways and railway stations. There are enough rail-y good books to satisfy a train enthusiast's history and information cravings.

  • The Times Golden Years of Rail Travel

    Julian Holland

    Product Code: GYRT
    Hardback
    Hand-picked favourites
    Full steam ahead with the Golden Years of rail travel!

    Julian Holland, an authoritative voice on railways and a huge favourite with The Book People's customers, celebrates an era when the distinctive sound of steam and locomotive engines was the starting point for so many incredible adventures.

    Covering between 1900 and 1968, this book looks at the development of the trains, the multitude of railway companies that were formed and the six regions of British Railways and features a number of stunning archive photographs.
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  • Lost Railway Walks

    Julian Holland

    Product Code: LRAI
    Paperback
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    In this extended second edition of Lost Railway Walks (complete with eight new routes including Canterbury to Whitstable and Jarrow to Tanfield), Julian Holland details over 100 of Britain's lost railways and reveals how you can explore them by foot or bicycle.

    Presented in a vintage style, this book covers railways from all over the country and includes maps of every single one. Each route is accompanied by a brief history of the railway that used to be there and points of interest you can spot while walking along the route.

    With historical and modern-day photography featured throughout, this is a great book for ramblers and people who love trains. In his previous books, Julian has kept track of The History of Britain's Railways and provided us with a first-class commentary of the Great Railway Journeys of the World - this book is just as compelling, you could say it's just the ticket!
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  • British Diesel Locomotives of the 1950s and '60s

    Greg Morse

    Product Code: AZCXT
    Paperback
    After the Second World War, the drive for the modernisation of Britain's railways ushered in a new breed of locomotive: the Diesel. Diesel-powered trains had been around for some time, but faced with a coal crisis and the Clean Air Act in the 1950s, it was seen as a part of the solution for British Rail. This beautifully illustrated book, written by an expert on rail history, charts the rise and decline of Britain's diesel-powered locomotives. It covers a period of great change and experimentation, where the iconic steam engines that had dominated for a century were replaced by a series of modern diesels including the ill-fated 'Westerns' and the more successful 'Deltics'.
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  • Felix The Railway Cat

    Kate Moore

    Product Code: BIAHN
    Paperback
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    Full of funny and heartwarming stories, Felix The Railway Cat is the remarkable tale of a close-knit community and its amazing bond with a very special cat. When Felix arrived at Huddersfield Railway Station as an eight-week-old kitten, no one knew just how important this little ball of fluff would become. Although she has a vital job to do as 'Senior Pest Controller', Felix is much more than just an employee of TransPennine Express. For her colleagues and the station's commuters, Felix has changed their lives in surprising ways. Felix seems to have a remarkable ability to save the day time and again: from bringing a boy with autism out of his shell to providing comfort to a runaway child shivering on the platform one night. So when tragedy hits the team at Huddersfield, they rely on Felix to pull them together again. But it's a chance friendship with a commuter that she waits for on the platform every morning that finally gives Felix the recognition she deserves, catapulting her to international stardom...Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Prostate Cancer UK (registered charity 1005541, SC039332).
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  • The Extraordinary Daddy-Long-Legs Railway of Brighton

    Martin Easdown

    Product Code: BZNVH
    Paperback
    The unique, but sadly short-lived, Brighton & Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway must have presented quite an amazing spectacle, even during those late Victorian days of engineering excellence. Affectionately known as the `Daddy-Long-Legs', `spider car' or `sea car', the railway resembled a piece of seaside pier that had broken away and was moving by itself through the sea. Although closed over a hundred years ago, interest in the Daddy-Long-Legs Railway remains strong and it has become a Brighton icon. The book details the history of the Daddy-Long-Legs and features the best collection of photographs of it so far assembled, along with plans, timetables and posters and associated features such as Volk's Electric Railway and the piers assembled as a landing stage for the Daddy-Long-Legs. This will be the first book to concentrate solely on this unique and fascinating piece of British seaside history.
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  • The Architecture and Infrastructure of Britain's Railways: Northern England and Scotland

    Patrick Bennett

    Product Code: BPYNH
    Paperback
    The range and variety of British railway stations is truly astonishing; from the tiny wayside halt made of corrugated iron to the magnificent stone-built city centre terminus. No less remarkable in their variety are the buildings devoted to the transport of goods, and indeed for most years of their existence this traffic was by far the most important to the railway companies. Author Patrick Bennett also covers signal boxes and signalling, locomotive depots, bridges and viaducts and much else besides; in fact just about every aspect of the British railway scene. This book, focusing on the north of England and Scotland, covers the areas of the major Scottish companies as well as those of the London & North Western, the Midland, the Lancashire & Yorkshire, and the North Eastern railways. Illustrated throughout with the author's original colour photographs, many of which are now historic, this book is sure to appeal as much to the general reader as to the railway modeller.
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  • For the Love of Trains

    Ray Hamilton

    Product Code: BPMVF
    Hardback
    Do you know... What are the most unusual things left behind by passengers on British trains? How China is using trains to recreate the ancient Silk Road? How many of the sixty Sherlock Holmes stories feature travel by rail? The appeal of trains travels far and wide. More than just a means of transport, these revolutionary machines connect communities, evoke memories and promise adventures galore. This fact-packed miscellany tracks their development across the globe from the earliest steam locomotives through to the superfast trains of today, stopping off along the way to explore great railway journeys, iconic stations and memorable depictions in the arts. Whether you're a rail aficionado or a curious newcomer, this companion will keep you engrossed and entertained to the end of the line.
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  • BR Blue: A Personal Reflection

    Stephen Owens

    Product Code: BZJHY
    Paperback
    In the 1970s and 1980s, the history and heritage of Britain's railways was still plain to see - it was still recognisably the railway of steam locos, pick-up freight trains, isolated stations, parcels trains, semaphore signals, and a timetable that hardly ever changed. Trains were often late, dirty, crowded, and uncomfortable, and stations were often less than appealing. Despite this, there remained a dedicated community of enthusiasts who continued to be enamoured by the country's railway network and would capture it on film whenever possible. The photographs, published here for the first time, illustrate perfectly why so many view the BR Blue period with such fondness.
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  • The 1896 Light Railways Act

    John Hannavy

    Product Code: BZAFG
    Paperback
    This book explores the enduring impact of the 1896 Light Railways Act, which was designed to speed up the official procedures for gaining approval to construct a railway line. Originally intended to lapse in 1901, it was extended instead, and somehow stayed on the statute books long after is use had ceased. In the 1960s, groups of steam railway enthusiasts recognised it as a possible means of gaining approval to reopen stretches of railway lines that had been closed by Dr Beeching, keeping the steam dream alive. More than half a century later, some of these restored lines have already celebrated their golden jubilees, and their popularity continues to grow. Thanks to the unintended consequence of that 1896 Act, each new generation since Beeching has had - and will continue to have - the opportunity to enjoy the magic of steam trains.
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  • Unfamiliar Underground

    Victoria Louise Howard

    Product Code: BYZHT
    Hardback
    We are all familiar with bustling Tube stations and overcrowded carriages, but have you ever wondered what the London Underground looks like empty? Victoria Louise Howard's haunting photographs reveal just that: beautiful architecture, engineering and design as never seen before. Motivated by her desire to conquer her fear of confined underground spaces, she set herself the goal of capturing every Tube station, travelling to all 270 of them and waiting for the crowds to leave. The diary she kept during her project reveals the battle she fought to overcome her anxiety. Victoria's photographs uncover the history, beauty and tranquillity of a deserted London Underground that is rarely seen by those who use it the most.
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  • The Architecture and Infrastructure of Britain's Railways: West Midlands, Wales and the West

    Patrick Bennett

    Product Code: BYOLA
    Paperback
    The range and variety of British railway stations is truly astonishing: from the tiny wayside halt made of corrugated iron to the magnificent stone-built city centre terminus. No less remarkable in their variety are the buildings devoted to the transport of goods, and indeed for most years of their existence this traffic was by far the most important to the railway companies. Subjects also covered are signal boxes and signalling, locomotive depots, bridges and viaducts and much else besides; in fact, just about every aspect of the British railway scene. This book, focusing on the West Midlands, Wales and the South West, covers principally the areas of the London & North Western, the Great Western, the London & South Western railways and the various Welsh railway companies. Illustrated throughout with the author's original colour photographs, many of which are now historic, this book is sure to appeal as much to the general reader as to the railway modeller.
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  • Hungarian Railways

    Dave Smith

    Product Code: BYGWN
    Paperback
    Hungary offers the railway photographer a wealth of different trains to document; alongside the state railway operator MAV there are a number of private company operating all over the country, such as GYSEV, Floyd and AWT. There are also a number of locomotives from the seven countries that border Hungary that work deep into the country. Floyd is a company well known to British railway enthusiasts because of the former British Rail Class 86s and Class 56s that they operate. The Class 86s were built in the 1960s and still operate freight trains for Freightliner UK. The 1970s-built BR Type 5s also still operate in Britain for Colas and DCR spot hire. In Hungary these locomotives are used for mainly transporting grain and fuel trains. Dave Smith and Steve Madden offer an overview of the diversity of the Hungarian railway scene over the past decade, from the 1960s-built Class M40 diesel locomotives to the recently introduced Class 471 Vectron electric locomotives.
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  • Search for Steam: British Rail 1963-1966

    Charlie Verrall

    Product Code: BYACG
    Paperback
    At the start of 1963, author and photographer Charlie Verrall was disillusioned after the withdrawal of so many steam locomotives at the end of the previous year. However, coaxed into returning to his old hobby, he would spend the next few years until 1966 recording as much of the scene as he could. Following on from Search for Steam: British Rail 1951-1962, the second book in the series, Search for Steam: British Rail 1963-1966, looks at the fascinating final years of steam on Britain's railways. With many rare and unpublished photographs taken in a range of locations, including Swindon, Bristol, Manchester and Carlisle, Charlie recounts his journeys across the length and breadth of the country to capture a variety of locomotives and workings in the final days of British Rail steam. Lavishly illustrated throughout, this is a nostalgic look back on the end of an era.
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  • Great Western, Grange Class Locomotives

    David Maidment

    Product Code: BXVRH
    Hardback
    Churchward proposed a 5ft 8in wheeled 4-6-0 for mixed traffic duties in 1901 and it was seriously considered in 1905, but it took until 1936 before his successor, Charles Collett, realised the plan by persuading the GWR Board to replace many of the 43XX moguls with modern standard mixed traffic engines that bore a remarkable likeness to the Churchward proposal. David Maidment has written another in his series of Locomotive Portfolios' for Pen & Sword to coincide with the construction of a new Grange' at Llangollen from GW standard parts to fill the gap left by the total withdrawal and scrapping of one of that railway's most popular classes - to their crews at the very least. As well as covering the type's design and construction, the author deals comprehensively with the allocation and operation of the eighty locomotives and in particular has researched their performance and illustrated it with many examples of recorded logs from the 1930s as well as in more recent times. As in previous volumes, the author has added his own personal experiences with the engines and has sourced more than 250 photos, over 40 of which are in colour.
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  • Beyer, Peacock & Company of Manchester

    Colin Alexander

    Product Code: BXIZM
    Paperback
    The world-famous Beyer, Peacock works of Gorton, Manchester, is remembered principally for its remarkable Beyer-Garratt articulated locomotives, which ran in forty-eight countries. The firm would also turn out steam lorries and steam tram engines. Among the company's iconic domestic designs were the 4-4-0T condensing engines for the pre-electrified Metropolitan Railway in London, the narrow-gauge 2-4-0 tank engine that is synonymous with the Isle of Man and the stylish and powerful diesel-hydraulic Hymeks for British Railways' Western Region. Beyer, Peacock exported many of its 8,000 steam, diesel and electric locomotives all over the world and this book illustrates a variety of these throughout the company's 112-year existence, beginning in 1854.
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  • The Scottish Rail Scene in the Twenty-First Century

    John Jackson

    Product Code: BXHPI
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    The latest figures reveal that just under 100 million passenger journeys are made annually from over 350 stations in Scotland, but services from these stations vary widely. The heavily populated belt linking Glasgow and Edinburgh enjoys frequent services. Remote outposts such as Oban, Mallaig and Kyle of Lochalsh, meanwhile, cling to limited services that connect them to the rest of the rail network. Historically, much of Scotland's rolling stock has been hand-me-downs from elsewhere in the UK. But that is changing. The newly electrified Edinburgh to Glasgow line will see new units. In addition, there is a planned cascade of HSTs to link Scotland's other major cities. Serco is planning new rolling stock for its sleeper services to the south and Virgin East Coast will also shortly introduce new trains. Author John Jackson has travelled extensively across Scotland and here takes a look at the diversity of stations served by a variety of rolling stock before these proposed changes become reality. It also includes a look at the remaining freight traffic on offer.
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  • A Short History of Trains

    Christian Wolmar

    Product Code: BXGJC
    Paperback
    A fascinating journey through the history of railways, packed with first-hand accounts of innovation, triumph, and tragedy. From the earliest steam engine to the high-speed bullet trains of today, A Short History of the Railway reveals the hidden stories of railway history across the world - the inspired engineering; the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the construction of the tracks; the ground-breaking innovations behind the trains that travelled along them; and the triumphs and tragedies of the people who made the railway what it is. Chart the history of the Trans-Siberian railway, the Orient Express, and Maglev trains and the impact of world events on the development of trains and the railway. Explore the pioneering railway lines that crossed continents, the key trains of each era, and the locomotives that changed the world. A riveting narrative packed with photographs, diagrams, and maps to illustrate and illuminate, this is the biography of the machines that carried us into the modern era.
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  • Search for Steam: British Rail 1951-1962

    Charlie Verrall

    Product Code: BWKGC
    Paperback
    By the late 1950s the motive power in use by British Railways, both on passenger and freight services, was changing fast with diesel and electric traction becoming increasingly common. From 1958 onward, new, larger diesel locomotives were being introduced and started to replace steam locomotives of a similar size although the manufacture of the standard steam designs introduced from 1951 had only just finished. With a wealth of previously unpublished images, Charlie Verrall offers a wonderful celebration of the heyday of steam and a fascinating record of a period of significant change on the railways. With sections covering each major region and a wide variety of locations, from lineside shots to loco sheds, Verrall's account of this interesting period of British railway history shows the breadth of different workings that could be found across the country. Lavishly illustrated throughout with scenes including locomotives at work and rest, Search for Steam will appeal to steam enthusiasts both young and old.
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  • The Galloping Sausage and Other Train Curiosities

    Geoff Body

    Product Code: BVJCL
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    The formative years of Britain's railway network produced a host of ideas, activities and characters, quite a few of which now seem not only highly unusual, but sometimes little short of ridiculous. Weird schemes and designs, extravagant behaviour, reckless competition and larger-than-life characters all featured in the genuine struggle of the railway system to evolve. While the dawning of regulation and common sense brought about more uniform and responsible practices, factors like the weather and the innate complexity of railway operation continued to produce a stream of nonstandard incidents and outcomes, from wild storms to unusual equipment. This book, by ex-railwaymen Geoff and Ian Body, captures over 150 entertaining snippets, stories, and strange and unusual facts from an ample supply of railway curiosities.
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  • Bristol Traction

    Hugh Llewelyn

    Product Code: BUJON
    Paperback
    Bristol is fortunate in having a particularly photogenic main-line station in Brunel's magnificent Temple Meads, with a great variety of traction available both there and in the adjacent Bath Road diesel depot, now long gone. Liveries from the Rail Blue, Sectorisation and Privatisation eras are all illustrated in this book as well as preserved traction in historic liveries. From Peaks to Warships to Class 66s, and from slam-door DMUs to Sprinters and Voyagers, much of interest lies within. Hugh Llewelyn has lived in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire since the mid-1970s and has been taking railway photographs in the area during that period. This book is a collection of mainly colour, but with some black and white, photographs of modern and classic diesel traction that has been seen over the years on the railways in the urban and rural areas in and around Bristol and Bath.
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  • Survivors of Beeching

    John Jackson

    Product Code: BSWII
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    Dr Beeching's infamous 1963 report recommending cuts to a number of Britain's railways has long been etched into the conscience of the British public, but a look at the rail map of Britain today reveals some survivors. These survivors avoided the chop for various reasons - and their future today is probably as secure as could ever have been hoped for. The original plans included the closure of lines that many today would find surprising - Leicester to Peterborough; Derbyshire's Hope Valley and Buxton lines; and the world-famous Settle to Carlisle line. Towns as contrasting as Ilkley and Skegness would have been removed from the rail map altogether. Lines such as Kettering to Corby, Nuneaton to Coventry and Nottinghamshire's Robin Hood line linking Nottingham to Mansfield and Worksop were closed and subsequently re-opened. Indeed, at one time Mansfield had the dubious distinction of being the largest town in England with no rail connection. But not so today. This publication takes a look at some of these survivors. From the Island Line on the Isle of Wight to the branches of Devon and Cornwall, the Far North line in the Scottish Highlands and many more in between.
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  • The Railway Adventures

    Vicki Pipe

    Product Code: BSIGO
    Hardback
    The railways are one of our finest engineering legacies - a web of routes connecting people to each other and to a vast network of world-class attractions. It is also the best route to enjoying the landscape of Great Britain. Within these pages Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall from All the Stations (YouTube transport experts and survivors of a crowd-funded trip to visit all the stations in the UK) help you discover the hidden stories that lie behind branch lines, as well as meeting the people who fix the engines and put the trains to bed. Embark on unknown routes, disembark at unfamiliar stations, explore new places and get to know the communities who keep small stations and remote lines alive.
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  • Amazing Train Journeys

    Lonely Planet

    Product Code: BRXQM
    Hardback
    Experience 60 of the world's greatest and most unforgettable train journeys, from classic long-distance trips like Western Canada's Rocky Mountaineer and Darwin to Adelaide's The Ghan, to little-known gems on regular commuting lines. We've always had a soft spot for trains. We know the moment a train pulls out of a station bound for somewhere fantastic is when the adventure truly starts. Amazing Train Journeys is the culmination of asking more than 200 travel writers for their absolute favourites. Some are epic international adventures, others short suburban routes along stunning coastline. There are incredible feats of engineering, trains that snake their way through mountain peaks, and even those which have achieved Unesco World Heritage status. Each profile contains practical information including ticket options, timetables and stops, plus inspiring photos and illustrated maps. Journeys include: Africa & the Middle East: Johannesburg to Cape Town (South Africa) Andimeshk to Dorud (Iran) Bulawayo to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) The Americas: The California Zephyr (USA) Perurail's Lake Titicaca Railway (Peru) The Serra Verde Express (Brazil) Asia: The Darjeeling Toy Train (India) The Reunification Express (Vietnam) Beijing to Shanghai by High-Speed Rail (China) Europe: The Glacier Express (Switzerland) Belgrade-to-Bar Railway (Serbia & Montenegro) London to Fort William on the Caledonian Sleeper (UK) Oceania: South Coast Line (Australia) The TranzAlpine (New Zealand) The Northern Explorer (New Zealand) About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.
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  • The King's Cross Story

    Peter Darley

    Product Code: BRXJI
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    The area of King's Cross has witnessed a dramatic transformation, with a new city rising above, alongside and within some of the country's most compelling railway heritage. The former Railway Lands remain extraordinarily rich in historical features, yet those who now reside, work, study, dine or play in this new world will find their origins hard to decipher. The Great Northern Railway, with its stations, goods depots, locomotive sheds, coal yards and stables at King's Cross, served the needs of the ever-growing metropolis, experiencing growth in the nineteenth century, competition for trade, weakness between the wars, and the high age of steam. After the demise of steam, the decaying industrial landscape was colonised by a variety of new enterprises, invaded by clubbers, contested by developers and the community, and captured by artists and photographers. In The King's Cross Story Peter Darley explores and illuminates the fascinating history of the Railway Lands over the last 200 years, tracing the evolution of its historical features through time and space.
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