Books for sale (alphabetical by author)

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 All books are hardback unless otherwise stated, paperback (pb), card cover.  

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Adley, Robert. In Praise of Steam. Looking at the last days of British steam, this book is illustrated with 72 colour photos.  (hb) BCA/Blandford Press, 1986, pp159. VG, VG £1

Adley, Robert. The Call of Steam. Nostalgia from the late Robert Adley with many colour illustrations.  (hb) Blandford Press, 1983, pp160, mid large format, isbn 0 7137 1274 0. VG, VG £1

Allan, Ian. Driven by Steam. Autobiography of Ian Allan, told frankly and humorously, how after the tragedy of losing a leg at 15 he went on to become a successful publisher. Ian Allan, 1992, pp160, isbn 0 7110 2118 X. VG, VG price clipped £4.50

Anderson, Paul. Lincolnshire Railway Memories. A Tribute to the Photographs of Jack Cupit. This book looks at Lincolnshire railways, using the reminiscences and photographs of the late Jack Cupit. (hb) Irwell Press, 2007, pp116, large format glazed boards, isbn 1 903266 78 5. F £15.00

Aynsley, B.W. Northing Like Steam! Footplate work on Southern Region.   Bradford Barton reminiscence on the southern region.   (pb)   Bradford Barton, 1980, pp112, isbn 0 05153 393 0.   VG   £5

Bedale, Len as told to C.T. Goode. Station Master. My Lifetime's Railway Service in Yorkshire. Illustrated. (pb) Turntable Publications, 1976, pp80, isbn 0 902844 36 9. VG £9.50

Bryan, Tim. All in a day's Work. Life on the GWR. Drawing on a variety of sources, memories of staff no longer alive and oral reminiscences, this book tries to show the highs and lows, the good and the bad of railway life. (pb) Ian Allan, 2007, pp160, isbn 0 7110 3300 9. VG £8.00

Chacksfield, John. Sir William McAlpine. A Tale of Locomotives, Carriages and Conservation. Oakwood Library of Railway History OL 151. Well illustrated biography of William McAlpine who many people will associate with the rescue of Flying Scotsman from bankruptcy in North America and then running it on the main line for 23 years. (pb) Oakwood, 2009, pp120, isbn 0 85361 688 7. VG £10.50

Cox, E.S. Locomotive Panorama Volume 2.   Continuing his autobiography, Mr Cox writes first of the onset of nationalisation, the BR standards and changeover to diesel. Illustrated with b/w photos. (pb) Ian Allan, 1974, pp158, 15 tables, 80 plates, isbn 0 7110 0544 3.  VG   £4

Davenport, Neil. Railway Heritage from The Nostalgia Collection. British Railway Reflections - The Heritage of Steam - A Family Album of Classic Steam Images. Illustrated with photographs by the author and his father, the late Arthur Davenport. An excellent post war album covering the period from the late 1940s to the late 1950s. It includes sections on Epsom, Derbyshire, Appleby, Whitby, Harrow, Redhill to Reading and many loco shed and minor line locations. (glossy card cover) Silver Link Publishing, 2002, pp192, large format. VG £6.95

Davey, Richard. My Life on the Footplate. Illustrated with b/w photos, reminiscences of railway life on the SECR and the LSWR. (pb) Peco, 1974, pp56, isbn 0 900586 43 5. VG £1

Drayton, John. On the Footplate. Memories of a GWR engineman. Illustrated reminiscences of a railwayman with more than 50 years service with the GWR.   (pb) Bradford Barton, 1976, pp112, isbn 0 85153 299 3. VG £5

Drayton, John. On the Footplate. Memories of a GWR engineman. Illustrated reminiscences of a railwayman with more than 50 years service with the GWR.   (pb) Bradford Barton, 1976, pp112, isbn 0 85153 299 3. VG £4

Essery, Terry. Firing Days at Saltley. (pb) Bradford Barton, pp174, isbn 0 85153 375 2. VG £5.50

Evans, Jim. From Booking Boy to Bullieds. Southern reminiscences from a man whose story begins in 1944 and covers the last 20 years of steam. Well illustrated with 141 b/w and colour photos. (hb) Triangle Publishing, 2001, pp152, isbn 0 9529 3335 7. F, VG £8.50

Faviell, Brigadier John. The Railway Journeys of My Childhood. Charming book illustrated with b/w sketches and watercolours. (hb) Pan Books, 1983, pp112, landscape format, isbn 0 330 28179 8. VG maroon cloth cover with coloured illustration on. £3

Fawcett, Dick. Ganger Guard and Signalman. Working memories of the Settle & Carlisle. S&C reminiscences telling the story of many years as a relief signalman on the S&C and the Little North Western. (pb) Bradford Barton, 1981, pp112, isbn 0 85153 397 3. VG £5.50

Forsythe, H.G. Men of Steam. A Portrait of Life on the Footplate. Over 100 b/w photographs show the men of steam at work on the footplate and on shed. (glossy card cover) Atlantic, 1982, pp48, isbn 0 906899 04 4. VG £2.95

Garraway, Allan. Garraway Father and Son. Two fascinating railway careers are described in full for the first time. The biography of Ron Garraway includes work on Palestine Raulways and exploits on the LNER, and Allans covers time in Germany, Eastern Region breakdowns and locomotive performance, early days of the Talyllyn, resurrection of the Ffestiniog Railway , culminating with his life with Scottish steam. (hb) Middleton Press, 1985, pp158, glazed boards, isbn 0 906520 20 7. F £8

Gasson, Harold. Nostalgic Days. Further Reminiscences of a Great Western Fireman. Illustrated reminiscence. (pb) Oxford Publishing Co., 1980, pp79, isbn 0 86093 079 3. VG £5

Gibbs, P.W. (compiled by) with footplate reminiscences by peter W. Smith. The S&D 7Fs Remembered. Illustrated reminiscences. (card cover) 73082 Camelot Locomotive Society, 1986, pp28, isbn 0 9507761 1 4. VG £2

Head, F.B. Stokers and Pokers or The London and North-Western Railway, The Electric Telegraph and The Railway Clearing-House.    A printing of the book first published by John Murray in 1849. A popular book describing railway working from behind the scenes in the early days of the LNWR. All facets of the railway are covered. (hb) Augustus M Kelley Publishers, 1968, pp208.   VG, no dust jacket   £7    

Jackson, Bob. Steaming Ambitions. The Recollections of a Preston Engineman. A well written autobiography of a driver who started on steam and retired in the mid 1990s. (hb) Triangle Publishing, 1999, pp96, 63 plates, isbn 0 952 9333 49.   VG, VG   £6.50

Kalla-Bishop, P.M. Locomotives at War. Army Reminiscences of the Second WorldWar. Illustrated. Bradford Barton, pp150, isbn 0 85153 373 6. VG £5.50

King, Donald. South West Railwayman. Illustrated with 60 b/w photos. (hb) George Allen & Unwin, 1983, pp96, isbn 0 04 385098 7. VG, VG £3.50

Knox, Harry. Steam Days at Haymarket. The Collected Reminiscences of Shed Life both on and off the Footplate. This is the story of life in the closing days of steam at one of the 'glamorous' and well know locomotive depots in Edinburgh. Well illustrated with b/w photos. (hb) Irwell Press, 2007, pp132, large format glazed boards, isbn 1 903266 77 7.  F   £14

Larkin, Edgar J.   Memoirs of a Railway Engineer.   Detailed autobiography of Edgar John larkin, who was born in Derby in 1900 and joined the Midland Railway in 1914. Well illustrated with b/w photos and scale drawings   (hb)   Mechanical Engineering Publications Ltd., 1979, pp212, glazed boards, isbn 0 885298 388 3.   VG   (small knock to top corner of book)   £1

Macmillan, Nigel S.C. Locomotive Apprentice at the North British Locomotive Company Ltd Glasgow. Reminiscences of loco building and railways in and around Glasgow. Well illustrated with b/w photos, maps and diagrams. (pb) Plateway Press, 1992, pp80, 68 plates, isbn 1 871980 10 0. F £7

Maggs, Colin G. Somerset & Dorset. Life on the Bath to Bournemouth Line. The author recalls the line through the workers who worked on it, and the book is illustrated with more than 200 photos. (hb) Ian Allan, 2007, pp160, isbn 0 7110 3185 2. F, VG £8

Marlow, Norman. Footplate and Signal Cabin. The author was, between 1944-47, a signalman at Kettering during university vacations and half of the book is devoted to the day to day workings and problems of a signalman. The other half are some of the authors' own experiences, including an afternoon watching a locomotive being tested at the Rugby locomotive testing plant. (hb) George Allen & Unwin, 1st edition 1956, pp222. VG, G (some wear to dust jacket) £12

Mitchell, W.R. & Fox, Peter. Footplate Tales of the Settle-Carlisle Railway. Foreword by Driver Cyril Patrickson a footplate man for 40 years.   Illustrated tales from the S&C.    (pb) A Castleberg Publication, revised edition 2004, pp48, isbn 1 871064 07 4.    VG   £3

Morgan, David R. (edited by). Redditch Railways Re-visited. Illustrations by David G. Budgen. A collection of various reminiscences from around the area, illustrated with drawings and b/w photos. (pb) University of Birmingham, 1983, pp100, isbn 0 7044 0688 8. VG £3

Mountford, Eric R. Swindon GWR Reminiscences. Illustrated. (pb) Bradford Barton, pp112, isbn 0 85153 438 4. VG £5.50

Newbould, D.A. Yesterday's Railwayman. An illustrated account of the author's experiences on BR, Eastern Region during the 1960s.  Based in the Sheffield-Doncaster-Retford area, he started as a booking boy, through signalman, and then Assistant Controller roles. (pb)   Oxford Publishing Co., 1985, pp95, isbn 0 86093 331 8.    VG (some sunning to spine edge)   £3.50

Norman, H. Footplate Days on the Southern. Illustrated. (pb) Bradford Barton, 1983,pp112, isbn 0 85153 451 1. VG £4.50

Owen, John. Life on the Railway.   Reminiscences from the Bath, Mangotsfield and Bristol area. Well illustrated.   (hb) Millstream Books, 1989, pp199, large format, isbn 0948975180. VG, VG (some edge wear to dust jacket)    £15 scarce

Potts, G.C. Bankers and Pilots. Footplate Memories. Footplate reminiscences charting the career and experiences of a railwayman primarily on GCR lines in the Mexboro and Sheffield area. (pb) Bradford Barton, pp136, isbn 0 85153 449 X.    VG    £5

Quinn, Tom. Memories of Steam. Reliving the golden age of Britain's railways. Illustrated with hundreds of never before seen photographs. (hb) David & Charles, 2008, pp251, large format, isbn 0 7153 2956 6. F, VG (small tear to dust jacket) £4.50

Ransome-Wallis, P. Men of the Footplate. Four men of the footplate, one from each main line, tell the story of their life and times on the railway. Illustrated with b/w photos. (hb) Ian Allan, 1st edition 1954, pp96 + 32 pages of photos, colour frontis. VG, VG (some wear to dust jacket edges) £7

Roche, T.W.E. Go Great Western. Reminiscences of the GWR main line and branches in Devon.   Illustrated reminiscences. (pb) Forge Books, 1984, pp64. VG   £3

Shepherd, David. A Brush With Steam. David Shepherd's Railway Story. Signed copy His narrative takes us through his enthusiasm of the early days of preservation, owning 2 locomotives, the East Somerset in the 1980s and is well illustrated. (hb) David & Charles, 1983, pp264, isbn 0 7153 8157 1. VG, VG £6.50 signed

Somers, A. J.  British Railways Operating History. Volume Two - Motive Power Chief.  Transport History by Transport Professionals.     A well illustrated autobiography which vividly portrays the career development, pre war through to the mid 1970 of a motive power chief.  (hb) Xpress Publishing, pp104, large format glazed boards, isbn 1 901 05601 5. VG    £5

Steam-Up in Lancashire. Railwayana from 'Lancashire Life'. Illustrated reminiscences compiled from contributions to the magazine Lancashire Life.   (pb) Whitethorn Press, 1976, pp71.   VG (slight sunning to spine edge)   £4

Stobbs, Allan W. Memories of the LNER Rural Northumberland.  Illustrated memories covering the Wooler, Border Counties, Rothbury and Wanney Lines. (pb) Published by the author, 1986, pp40. VG £1

Terry, T.H.   Great Western Reflections.   Illustrated GWR reminiscences. (pb) Oxford Publishing Co., 1984, pp95, isbn 0 86093 332 6.    VG   £4

Thorley, W.G.F. A Breath of Steam. Volume 1. The author spent 45 years working for the LMS and BR, this looks at the years from the late 1920s to the early 1940s. Illustrated with 69 b/w plates and several diagrams. (hb) Ian Allan, 1975, pp199, isbn 0 7110 0589 3. VG, VG (some sunning to spine)   £6.50

Vaughan, Adrian. Signalman's Morning. Signalling memoirs of the changing world of the late 1950s and 60s, where the aura and practices of the GWR still remained. (hb) John Murray, 1982, pp177, isbn 0 7195 3827 0. VG, VG £6

Vaughan, Adrian. Signalman's Nightmare. Third volume of Adrian Vaughan's memories of his career on the western Region of British Railways. (pb) Amberley, revised edition 2012, pp190, isbn1 4456 0258 5. VG (some wear to edges of cover) £8.00

Vaughan, Adrian. Signalman's Twilight. Vaughan continues the story of his life as a signalman at Challow in rural Berkshire. Illustrated with 24 b/w photos. (hb) BCA/John Murray, 1983, pp196, 16 pages of photographs. VG, VG (some edge wear to dust jacket)   £6

Williams, Alfred. Life in a Railway Factory. First published in 1915, this looks at the authors life working at GWR Swindon works, with detailed accounts of the engineering processes and the people who worked them. A harsh reality of factory work at the time. (pb) Sutton Publishing, 2007, pp288, isbn 0 7509 4660 5. VG £5

Woodhouse, Mike. Blood, Sweat and Fifties. Reminiscences of a Class 50 Fitter at Laira. Edited by Andy Griffiths.   Illustrated reminiscences from a man whose job it was to maintain and repair locomotives at a major BR depot.   (pb) Fearless Publications, 1990, pp32, isbn 0 9509354 2 5.   F   £4

Woolley, John Henry. Toton Engineman. The Autobiography of a Railwayman.   Edited by Nigel Harris.   The author started work at Toton in 1954 and his career spanned 40 years. Maps, track plans of the yards, a brief history, full locomotive allocations from 1954 to 1965 and personal testimonials by the men who worked with him, along with more than 200 b/w photos complete this autobiography of his 40 years at Toton.   (hb) Steam World Publishing, 2013, pp144, large format, isbn 0 9927398 0 5.   F, VG   price clipped    £16