Books for sale (alphabetical by author)

For a list of the abbreviations used please see book condition page.

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

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Adams, Will (compiled by).   Trainspotting Days. Foreword by Brian Blessed.   Nostalgic b/w photos with detailed captions portray the spotter in his natural habitat. Taken at a variety of locations, on shed, lineside, station and platform end.   (pb) Silver Link Publishing, 2006, pp128, isbn 1 85794 267 5.   VG   £5

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

Alcock, Bill. A Locoman's Log, 1937-85. Steam and diesel footplate life. Illustrated reminiscences of a locoman whose career spanned a period of enormous upheaval in working practices and conditions on the footplate and in the cab. (pb) Silver Link, 1997, pp224, isbn 1 85794 083 0. VG £8

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

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

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

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

Drayton, John. Across the Footplate Years.   GWR reminiscences from a GWR engineman. With b/w photos, including a selection of photos taken by the author during his years on the footplate.   (hb)   Ian Allan, 1986, pp128, glazed boards, isbn 0 7110 1607 0.   VG (some wear to cover)   £6

Essery, Terry. Saltley Firing Days. Footplate memories, 1950-59. First published in 2 volumes, this combined volume of reminiscences is illustrated with b/w photos. (pb) Silver Link, 1994, pp256, isbn 1 85794 017 2. VG £8

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

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

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

Kalla-Bishop, P.M.   Locomotives at War.   Army Reminiscences of the Second World War.   Illustrated study of military railways.   (pb)   Bradford Barton, pp150, isbn 0 85153 373 6. VG £5 

 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

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

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

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

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

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