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         44 pages.  Base price 5.50.  


The 15” gauge Bure Valley Railway is Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway, running for 9 miles between its base at Aylsham to Wroxham. Construction, on a former standard gauge branch line, started in May 1989 and the railway opened in July 1990. The railway is now an established part of both the local community and the local tourist scene.


This book describes the history of the railway and its rolling stock. The steam and diesel locomotives based on the line are each described and illustrated. Brief explanations of 15” gauge locomotives visiting the railway are also given. In addition, the book describes and illustrates the passenger coaching stock, generator vans and guard’s vans. The interesting range of departmental wagons is not forgotten.

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         ANATOMY OF A LOCOMOTIVE.  82 pages.  Base price 10.95.   


 This is devoted to locomotives built by Kitson of Leeds for a notable 2ft 6-inch gauge railway in India.   It mainly consists of reproductions of the complete set of Kitson’s drawings relating to these 0-8-4 Tank locomotives built in the 1890s, which are preserved in the Narrow Gauge Railway Society library.


 The book appeals to narrow gauge enthusiasts, model engineers and modellers alike: the drawings are accompanied by detailed explanatory text and together provide a complete anatomy of a Victorian steam locomotive.  


  Full explanatory pages cover the background to the development of these locos, the railway on which they worked, the builder, and designer Everard Calthrop.

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241.  MARDYKE MINIATURE LOCOMOTIVES.  40 pages.  Base price 5.50.  


        This overview of the locomotives built by the leading manufacturer of miniature railway equipment Mardyke includes a company history, works list, and comprehensive details and photographs of all the types of locos and their operating history.


 It is based on the records of the late Dave Holroyde, long regarded as a leading expert in the field of British miniature railways.


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237.  ROBERT HUDSON LTD. LIGHT RAILWAY MATERIAL 1915.  96 pages.  Base price 8.95. 

        This reprint of a 1915 catalogue of light railway equipment issued by Robert Hudson Ltd.  of Leeds contains a wealth of information for anyone interested in narrow gauge railways – particularly modellers and historians.    Robert Hudson, celebrating 50 years in business in 1915, had been transformed from a local engineering shop into an internationally renowned company, and was about to become principle contractor for rolling track and stock for a massive programme of light railway construction for World War One.


locomotives, industrial and passenger rolling stock, mining and quarrying equipment, wheels, axles and other wagonn

components – even specialist equipment for steelworks and blacksmiths.  Profusely illustrated with pictures, drawings and diagrams, it is a fascinating insight into light railways a century ago.

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236.  CAILLET’S PATENT MONO-RAIL SYSTEM.  44 pages. By John L Townsend.  Base price 5.50.  

        There were a great many versions of the simple mono-rail idea, and probably the most widely used of the ground level

        systems was that patented by a Monsieur Henri Jules Caillet of Paris,  Little is known of Caillet himself, but a great

        deal about his railway system – collected here.

        The book traces his French, British, Canadian and American patents, and reproduces contemporary accounts of the

        systems in use, illustrated by period photographs and technical drawings.

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        This little-known railway system was invented around 1913 after the realisation that rails which were heavy enough

        to carry a locomotive were far stronger than was necessary for wagons or carriages. The idea was that the track

        would be built in lighter materials with the main weight of the locomotive being carried on road wheels which

        ran alongside, the loco being located on the rails by small bogies.


       The system was promoted in rural areas where savings were necessary to make a railway viable, but despite

        its ingenuity had little success and disappeared within twenty years. Despite this, the book sheds light on a

        little-known and intriguing aspect of railways.

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232. DAVYHULME SEWAGE WORKS AND ITS RAILWAY. 70pp.  By Robert Nicholls.  Base Price 7.95

        Davyhulme is a major location in the treatment of sewage in the Manchester area. This book tells the story as it has

        developed over the past 130 years along with the part played by narrow-gauge railways – all you ever wanted to know

        about sewage !

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227. THE NARROW GAUGE 2-8-2's OF PATAGONIA.  52pp.   Base Price - 5.99 

         This is Robert Humm’s comprehensive history of the 90-year-old 2-8-2s (Baldwin, Henschel and others) which

         negotiate the stark desert scenery, the mountains, the sharp curves and steep gradients of the Patagonian area of

         Argentina. Fully illustrated in colour and black & white.

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224.  ROMNEY ENGINES, CARRIAGES AND WAGONS.  54pp.  Base Price - 6.99

         Revised and updated in July 2017.

Published jointly with the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, this book describes every item of rolling-stock which a present-day visitor to the line is likely to see. It fills a rather surprising gap in this oft-described line in covering not only the locomotives but also the carriages and wagons, which are otherwise generally neglected.


Every existing carriage and wagon is described in detail, whilst locomotive tables include mileage figures and even the type of whistle carried by each engine!   Very fully illustrated and in colour.





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223. TUNNELLING THE HUDSON – NEW YORK CITY  24pp.  Base Price - 4.95

        Our first book dealing with a U.S. subject is this monograph describing the construction of the first railway

        tunnels under the Hudson River, with particular reference to the narrow-gauge lines used for spoil removal.

        The whole project took more than thirty years to complete. Fully illustrated.

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215.  OIL PALM PLANTATION TRAILWAYS IN MALAYSIA.    52pp.   Base Price - 6.95

The vast plantations of palm trees in Malaysia are served by an intricate network of 70cm-gauge railways stretching

         for more than 400 kilometres. This book describes the lines, their method of working, and the variety of

         small locomotives used, some of which are used on trains exceeding 300 tonnes in weight. 

         Fully illustrated in colour throughout.

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212.  CARRIAGES AND WAGONS OF THE TALYLLYN   24pp.  Base Price - 5.20

Published in Autumn 2010,  this gem is an up-to-date comprehensive catalogue of the carriages and wagons on the

Talyllyn Railway. Supporting histories are supplied together with almost 90 colour photographs taken in the last two years.

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208. THE LOCOMOTIVES OF SEVERN-LAMB Ltd  88pp.  Base Price - 9.95 

Warwickshire-based engineers Severn-Lamb Ltd have been manufacturing transport-related items for the leisure industry for over fifty years. Their output includes road trains, monorails, theme-park rides and steam launches, but they mainly concentrate on narrow-gauge and miniature locomotives, steam and diesel, for gauges between 7”

and 3 feet. Over 140 photos, most in colour, illustrate the firm’s output.


The Miniature Railway World said:

This excellent new book has just been written by well known miniature railway  personality Dave Holroyde and Lawson Little - about a fascinating company who have built and continue to build, a huge array of miniature railway locomotives, both steam and diesel. Severn Lamb Ltd dates back to 1949, and has always been a family business, building mainly commercial diesel locomotives, but also steam locomotives and miniature boats. Although now mainly building narrow gauge locomotives, this book catalogues the all important miniature railway locomotives that got the company where it is today. It is good to see that this collection has finally been recorded, and the loco details and the interesting photos that come with it make it a book worth buying. Strongly recommended.

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203.  BRITISH TRANSPORTER WAGONS 36pp.  Base Price - 4.95 

An often forgotten and rarely covered subject is the carriage of goods across railways of different gauges using specialised flat wagons, which eliminate the need to tranship the goods where gauges change. There are over 25 photographs and diagrams of the many gauges of wagon used, both historical and of wagons in current use abroad.

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An overview of David Curwen's work and includes every one of his larger locomotives together  with over 146 photographs, many of them in colour. There is a full history of each locomotive to date and it includes locomotives built by both himself and others.

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177.  RANSOMES AND RAPIER LOCOMOTIVES  72pp. Base Price - 6.95

Published July 2002, detailing the story of the locomotives produced by this Ipswich-based manufacturer. This is the first comprehensive record of this little-known aspect of an otherwise famous company. The text is supported by over 50 illustrations, including several rare or previously unpublished photographs. 70 pages.

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