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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Allen, Cecil J. Salute to the Great Western.   Well illustrated study of the GWR.   (hb) Ian Allan, 1974, pp64, glazed boards, isbn 0 7110 0181 2.   VG   £2.50

Arlett, Mike & Lockett, David. Great Western Steam in the West Country. The Norman Lockett Collection. Beautiful b/w and colour photographs with detailed captions, covering many locations on the former GWR lines. (hb) Haynes/OPC, 1990, pp128, large format, isbn 0 86093 480 2. VG, VG   £8

Atkins, A.G., Beard, W., Hyde, D.J. & Tourret, R. A History of GWR Goods wagons. New Edition Combining Parts 1 & 2.   In this definitive history in text, photos and drawings, the authors trace the design and development of GWR wagons from the 1870s to Nationalisation, and include much detail on construction, liveries, dimensions, numbers, and freight train operation and control.   (hb) David & Charles, 1986, pp224, isbn 0 7153 8725 1.   VG, VG   (slight edge wear to dust jacket)   £26

Ballantyne, Hugh. Great Western Revival. Steam Portfolios 1. Super colour images of restored GWR locos hard at work. Recommended. Jane's, 1985, pp64, glazed boards. VG £4.50

Barman, Christian. The Great Western Railway's Last look Forward being a reprint of Next Station.   Originally published in 1947 this looks at the changes to services, locomotives, stations and signalling the GWR were planning, but in 1948 the railways were nationalised.   (hb) David & Charles, 1972, pp113, isbn 0 7153 5720 4.   VG, VG   (inscription inside front cover)   £5

Bastin, Colin Henry. The Turnchapel & Yealmpton Branch Lines. Memories of the delightful Turnchapel and Yealmpton branch railway lines. A lovely short history complete with many archive photographs, tables, station details and diagrams. (card cover) C.H. Bastin Publishing, 1989, pp30. VG £1

Bennett, Alan. Great Western Lines & Landscapes.   Business and Pleasure, Heritage and History.    Study of the GWR's business enterprise, accompanied by relevant illustrations in colour and b/w (posters, flyers, brochures etc) not previously published in book form.   (pb) Runpast, 2002, pp96, large format, isbn 1 870754 55 7.   VG    £5  

Bloom, Alan. Compiled by David Williams. Jarrold Railway Series 1 Locomotives of the Great Western Railway. A short photographic and technical study of the primary classes. (glossy card cover) Jarrold Colour Publications, 1979, unpaginated, isbn 85306 837 2. VG £0.50

Body, Geoffrey. Western Handbook - A Digest of GWR and WR Data. Volume two of two volumes published to mark the 150thanniversary of the Great Western Railway and its modern successor British Rail (Western). A broad ranging study with many photographs and associated details. (pb) BR(W), 1985, pp64, isbn 0 905466 70 5. VG £1

Booker, Frank. The Great Western Railway. A New History.  A comprehensive history of the GWR from its beginning until the final days.  Illustrated with b/w and colour photos.   (hb) David & Charles, 2nd edition with extra illustrations 1985, pp208, isbn 0 946537 16 X.   VG, VG   (has 2 loose pages)   £3

Bowden, Thomas & Mills, Bernard. Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge Saltash. A short history, with photographs, of this iconic structure. (glossy card cover) Peter Watts Publishing. 1983, pp24, landscape format. G (some staining to the bottom of front cover and first 2 pages) £0.50

Brunel, the GWR & Bristol. Edited by M. Harris this is a super study of the subject and is rather hard to find. (glossy card cover) Ian Allan, 1985, pp50, large format. VG £1

Bryan, Tim. Railway Heritage: Paddington Great Western Gateway. A portrait of the 'aristocrat' of London's railway termini. Very well illustrated study of this station charting major developments and events. (hb) Silver Link, 1999, pp112, large format, isbn 1 85794 102 0.   VG, VG    price clipped £4

Chapman, W.G. Cheltenham Flyer. A new railway book for boys of all ages. An excellent reproduction of the original 1934 work. (hb) Patrick Stephens Limited, 1971 (originally published in 1934 by The Great Western Railway) pp231, pull out illustration, isbn 0 85059 079 5. VG, VG £5

Chapman, W.G. Cheltenham Flyer. A new railway book for boys of all ages. An excellent reproduction of the original 1934 work. (pb) Patrick Stephens Limited, 1971 (originally published in 1934 by The Great Western Railway) pp232, isbn 0 85059 079 5. VG (small mark on front cover) £4

Clinker, C.R. The West Somerset Railway. A history in pictures with an account by C R Clinker.Short textual history accompanied by many b/w photographs. (pb) The Exmoor Press, 1980, pp64, isbn 0 900131 35 7. VG £1

Dale, Peter. Somerset's Lost Railways. Beautifully reproduced images of the S&D, Chard branches and all other branches and light railways, along with closure details. . (pb) Stenlake Publishing, 2001, pp48, landscape format, isbn 1 84033 171 2. VG £2.50

Don Breckon's Great Western Railway. A splendid book which showcases his evocative GWR paintings. Each plate contains a detailed commentary. David & Charles, 1992, pp80, landscape format, isbn 0 7153 0021 0. F, VG £9.75

Geens, Barrie. The Severn Valley Railway at Arley. A very detailed historical study of this GWR station, well illustrated with b/w photos and diagrams. (glossy card cover). Wild Swan, 1995, pp46, large format, isbn 0 906867 33 9. VG (some fading to front cover) £2

Geens, Barrie. The Severn Valley Railway at Arley. Signed copy A very detailed historical study of this GWR station, well illustrated with b/w photos and diagrams. (glossy card cover). Wild Swan, 1985, pp46, large format, isbn 0 906867 33 9. VG (some fading/edge wear to front cover) £6.00 signed copy

Gray, Peter W. Steam in Cornwall.Stunning colour photographs of the branch and main lines. Ian Allan, 1993, pp80, landscape format glazed boards, isbn 0 7110 2151 1. VG£6.95

Great Western Progress 1835-1935. David & Charles Reprints.   The GWR Centenary issue of The Times rapidly became a collector's piece and was soon reprinted in book form by the GWR. This is a new impression of the book which tells of the railways history and achievements, of its social attitude and future plans. (hb)   David & Charles, 1972, pp180, isbn 0 7153 5668 2.   VG, VG   (some foxing to title page)   £5

Great Western Railway. Towns, Villages, Outlying Works etc. Served by the Great Western Railway shewing the station to which goods and parcels should be sent, unless otherwise consigned by the senders, or unless standing orders exist to the contrary. 1938. scarce. Listed alphabetically by place name, this charts which GWR station goods should be sent to, the distance from the station and mode of conveyance from the station. (hb) GWR, 1938, pp896. VG cloth bound (name of previous owner on inside front cover) £40 Scarce

Great Western Collection. The Guild of Railway Artists with an explanation by Brian Hollingsworth.  Short introduction followed by 60 of the best work of Guild members. Each painting is full page on quality paper.   (hb)  BCA/Blandford Press, 1985, pp160, large format. VG, no dust jacket.  (inscription on front blank page)  £4

Grey, R.L. Great Loco Story. Churchward's work on the GWR. A thorough study of Churchward's locomotive development work on the GWR in the early years of the 20thcentury. (card cover) Quadrant Publications, 1947, 31 diagrams, 4 tables, pp56. VG (covered inscription) £1

Griffiths, Denis. Locomotive Engineers of the GWR. The author outlines the lives and contributions of each of the seven GWR engineers and the enormous impact on loco design, rolling stock and performance they had. Guild Publishing/Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1988, pp184. VG, VG £8.95

Griffiths, Denis. Locomotive Engineers of the GWR. The author outlines the lives and contributions of each of the seven GWR engineers and the enormous impact on loco design, rolling stock and performance they had. Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1987, pp184, isbn 0 85059 819 2. VG, VG £8.95

Hale, Michael. 'Twixt London and Bristol. B/w photo album with detailed captions, although taken in BR WR days, majority show former GWR locomotives, rolling stock, stations and other structures. (hb) Oxford Publishing Co., 1985, 209 b/w plates, large format, isbn 0 86093 364 4. VG, VG £6.50

Harris, Michael. Great Western Coaches 1890 - 1954. A very comprehensive history of GW coach development. This volume pays particular attention to the development of new designs and their structure and interiors and contains many photographs combined with lot lists of stock produced. (hb) David & Charles, 1966, pp160. VG, P (dust jacket is in a poor condition) £10

Jones, Richard. West Somerset Railway A View From the Past. A well illustrated volume which considers the line from its Broad Gauge origins through to the 1970s. (hb) Ian Allan, 1998, pp96, glazed boards, isbn 0 7110 2600 9.   VG   £5.50

Leech, Kenneth. The Great Western Railway "Kings" Commemorative Brochure celebrating 35 years of "top link" main line service. Very short study of the class with b/w photos. (card cover) The Stephenson Locomotive Society, Supplement to the November 1962 issue of the Journal of Stephenson Locomotive Society, pp8. VG   50p

MacDermot, E T. History of the Great Western Railway. Vol. 2 1863 - 1921. Revised by C.R. Clinker. This 2nd volume takes the company from a period of financial challenge, early gauge conversations, major expansion in the West Country, the end of the broad gauge and the vast array of locomotive and technical innovations of the early 20thcentury. (hb) Ian Allan, 1989, pp362, pull out map, isbn 0 7110 0412 9. VG, VG   £6

Maggs, Colin G. The Calne Branch. Well illustrated study of this GWR branch. (pb) Wild Swan, 1990, pp112, large format, isbn 0 906867 89 4. VG £15.00

Nabarro, Sir Gerald. Severn Valley Steam. This book covers the building of the line and its subsequent operation until the late 1960s. A small section considers the very early preservation period. (pb) Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1971, pp108. G (covered inscription on front page) £2.00

Nock, O.S. History of the Great Western Railway. Volume 3 1923-1947. Considered by many to be the authoritative work on the GWR, this 3rd volume looks at the development of the GWR up to nationalisation. (hb) Ian Allan, 1967, pp268. VG, VG £10.00

Nock, O.S. History of the Great Western Railway. Volume 3 1923-1947. Considered by many to be the authoritative works on the GWR, embracing all facets of the development of the GWR Ian Allan, 1982, pp268, isbn 0 7110 0304 1. VG, VG £15.95

Nock, O.S. History of the Great Western Railway. Volume 3 1923-1947. Considered by many to be the authoritative work on the GWR, embracing all facets of the development of the GWR. Ian Allan, 1967, pp268. VG, VG £14.95

Nutty, E.J. GWR Two-Cylinder Piston Valve Steam Locomotives.   Scarce publication.   Comprehensive study, illustrated with b/w photos and drawings.   (pb) E J Nutty & Sons, 1977, pp107.   VG   £10 scarce

Pearse, John, Marion & Stephen. Twyford and the Great Weston Railway. 160 Years of History. This is the third version of a booklet first published by the Twyford & Ruscombe Local History Society in 1980 under the title The Broad Gauge Railway at Twyford. Although on Twyford and the surrounding area, it summarises much of the early history of the GWR. (pb) Twyford & Ruscombe Local History Society, 1994, pp60, isbn 0 948245 09 3. VG £3

Potts, C.R. The GWR and the General Strike (1926). Locomotion Papers 194. Short, well illustrated history. (pb) Oakwood Press, 1996, pp136, isbn 0 85361 488 1. F £6.00

Riley, R.C. Great Western Album. Excellent b/w photographs with detailed captions cover all facets of the GWR lines. Ian Allan, 6th impression 1974, pp115, isbn 0 7110 0073 5. VG, VG £4.95

Riley, R C.  Great Western Album No. 2.  B/w photos with detailed captions of the GWR in the period 1923-1947.  (hb) Ian Allan, 2nd impression 1971, pp112.  VG, VG    £4    

Riley, R.C. & Waller, Peter. The Power of the Castles. A super study of the Castles from their inseption to their late BR days. Oxford Publishing Co., 2003, pp112, large format. F, no dust jacket £8.50

Robertson, Kevin. 150 Great Western Years. Well illustrated study of the GWR covering broad gauge, signaling, locomotive records, goods services and many other subjects. (glossy card cover) Kingfisher Railway Productions, 1985, pp56, large format, isbn 0 946184 12 7. VG 50p

Robertson, Kevin & Abbott, David. GWR The Badminton Line: A Portrait of a Railway. An exceptional volume which provides a full account of the construction of one of the GWR main lines. Fully illustrated with unique contemporary photographs, plans, layouts and costings. Near pristine copy, highly recommended. Alan Sutton, 1988, pp233. F, F £5.75

Robertson, Kevin & Abbott, David. The Marlborough Branch. The Railways of Savernake and Marlborough. An infrequently seen volume. A detailed history of this short lived line with many archive photographs, maps, tables, building plans and station layouts. Irwell press, 1990, pp90, large format, isbn 1 871608 12 0. F, VG (small nick on top of dust jacket of spine) £13.95

Roche, T.W.E. More Great Westernry. Well illustrated look at the GWR in England and Wales, main lines, branches and also lesser known activities. (pb) Town & Country Press, 2nd impression 1971, pp92.   G (some foxing and wear)   £1

Rowledge, J.W.P. GWR Locomotive Allocations. First and Last Sheds 1922-1967.   Lists where the locomotives were based at 3 periods in their life, 1922 first shed, 1947 last GWR shed and then 1967 last BR shed. Also gives withdrawal dates.   (hb) David & Charles, 1986, pp176, glazed boards, isbn 0 7153 8820 7. VG £5

Russell, J.H. Freight Wagons and Loads in Service on the Great Western Railway and British Rail, Western Region. A very detailed study of the exceptionally wide range of freight wagons and associated novel and extreme loads carried by the GWR and BR WR. Considered the authoritative work. (hb) Oxford Publishing Co., 2000, 353 figs, large format, isbn 0 86093 155 2. F, VG £20.00

Russell, J H. Great Western Miscellany Volume 2. Crisp b/w photographs with detailed captions of coach interiors, new stations and interior shots of Swindon works. (hb) Oxford Publishing Co., 1979, 137 b/w plates, large format, isbn 8 0 86093 029 7.   VG, VG   £8

Russell, J.H.   Great Western Wagons Appendix. A further selection of GWR wagons and cranes.   Contains 337 b/w photos and scale drawings with detailed captions.   (hb)   Oxford Publishing Co., 1974, pp193, 337 figs, large format, isbn 0 902888 03 X.    VG, VG   £25

Russell, J.H. The Banbury and Cheltenham Railway 1887 - 1962. A splendid book looking at all stations on the route, the motive power used and the many vibrant aspects of this GWR line. 248 illustrations and 32 maps. Oxford Publishing Co., 1977, pp140, 248 illustrations, large format. VG, VG £8.95

Simmons, Jack (edited by). The Birth of the Great Western Railway. Extracts from the Diary and Correspondence of George Henry Gibbs. Gibbs was one of the original directors and these diary extracts show him as a shrewd, level headed man loyal to Brunel and determined to get the innovative line built. A seldom seen work. Adams & Dart, 1971, pp96, isbn 0 239 00088 9. VG, VG £7.95

Slinn, J.N. Great Western Way. A description of distinctive features of the GWR with particular reference to the liveries of locomotives, rolling stock, road vehicles, buildings and uniforms, an account of permanent way and signal practice and notes on the original liveries of the companies it absorbed.   Comprehensive reference work with many b/w photos, drawings and colour chart.   (pb) Historical Model Railway Society, 1978, pp274, isbn 0 902835 03 3.   G   (stain to bottom of first 6 pages, some wear to cover and there appears to be a page cut out between pages 10-11)     £16

Smith, Martin (edited by). Peto's Register of Great Western Railway Locomotives Volume One:   King 4-6-0s. A well illustrated reference work with details of the class's background, development and their working lives.   (hb) Irwell Press, 1995, pp96, large format, isbn 1 871608 50 3. VG, VG (has 4 loose pages)   £12

South, Raymond. Crown, College and Railways. How the Railways came to Windsor. A detailed study of the origin of the lines to Windsor. Barracuda Books Ltd., 1978, pp136, isbn 0 86023 071 6. VG, VG price clipped £6.95

Tanner, G. The Calne Branch. A well researched and illustrated volume on this much loved branch. Many archive photographs and maps. (card cover) Oxford Publishing Co., 1972, pp64. VG £3.50

The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway. Part 1. Preliminary Survey. A highly detailed work with numerous photographs and tables, and some pull out sections. (card cover) The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, pp62, isbn 0 901115 17 7. F £6.50

The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway. Part 1. Preliminary Survey. A highly detailed work with numerous photographs and tables, and some pull out sections. (pb) The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, 1968, pp62. VG   (some wear to cover)   £5

The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway. Part 2. Broad Gauge. A very comprehensive study which includes many tables, diagrams and photographs of Broad Gauge locomotives. (pb) The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, reprinted 1976, pp56, colour frontis, isbn 0 901115 32 0. VG £6

The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway. Part 3. Absorbed Engines, 1854-1921. A highly detailed study of all of the absorbed engines, along with detailed text, diagrams and photographs. (pb) The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, reprinted 1976, pp101, colour frontis, isbn 0 901115 33 9.  VG £14

The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway. Part 4. Six-Wheeled Tender Engines. Detailed study of these locos with many b/w photos and drawings.   (pb) The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, reprinted 1976, pp96, colour frontis, isbn 0 901115 34 7.   V G   £20

The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway. Part 8. Modern Passenger Classes. This considers both 4 and 2 cylinder engines and is a highly detailed study with numerous, tables, diagrams and photographs. (pb) The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, reprinted 1974, pp40, isbn 0 901115 19 3.    VG £5

The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway. Part 8. Modern Passenger Classes. This considers both 4 and 2 cylinder engines and is a highly detailed study with numerous, tables, diagrams and photographs. (pb) The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, 1953, pp40. VG £6.95

The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway. Part 8. Modern Passenger Classes. This considers both 4 and 2 cylinder engines and is a highly detailed study with numerous, tables, diagrams and photographs. (card cover) The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, 2ndedition 1968, pp40. G + (cover not attached to book) £4.95

The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway. Part 12. A Chronological and Statistical Survey. A highly detailed work with many tables and photographs. (glossy card cover) The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, 1974, pp189.  VG  (1 lose page, wear to spine)    £18  

The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway. Part 12. A Chronological and Statistical Survey. A highly detailed work with many tables and photographs. (pb) The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, 1974, pp189.   VG  (some wear to cover)    £18 

The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway. Part 13. Preservation and Supplementary Information. A very comprehensive study with detailed text and photographs. (pb) The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, 1983, pp44, isbn 0 901115 60 6. VG   £9

The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway. Part 13. Preservation and Supplementary Information. A very comprehensive study with detailed text and photographs. (glossy card cover) The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, 1983, pp44, isbn 0 901115 60 6. VG £9.50

The Taunton to Minehead Railway. A short history and description of the line.   Short history of the line complete with a number of archive photographs. (card cover) MDRT, 2ndedition May 1971, pp32. VG £2

Vaughan, Adrian. A Pictorial Record of Great Western Signalling. Authoritative work on all facets of GWR signalling with 154 plates and many figs and illustrations. (hb) Oxford Publishing Co., 1975, pp160, 154 plates, large format, isbn 0 902888 08 0. VG, VG (some sunning to spine edge of dust jacket) £16.00

Vaughan, Adrian. Glory Days Western Engineman.With both colour and b/w images, this is based upon the autobiography of Bob Nicks, who joined the GWR in the late 1920s and is a frank examination of the life of an engineman. Ian Allan, 2002, pp96, landscape format glazed boards, isbn 0 7110 28826. F £6.95

Whitehouse, Patrick & Thomas, David St John (Editors). The Great Western Railway: 150 Glorious Years. David & Charles, 1991, pp208, large format. F, VG £5.95

Whitehouse, Patrick & Thomas, David St John (Editors). The Great Western Railway: 150 Glorious Years. Including excellent sections on loco sheds and work shops, the diversity of freight carried, summer holiday workings, and the organisation and management. A lovely book. Book Club Associates/David & Charles, 1984, pp206, pull out map, large format. F, no dust jacket £3.00

Williams, Archibald. Brunel and After. The Romance of the Great Western Railway. Originally published by the GWR in 1925, this is a PSL reprint of the story of the GWR from 1833 to 1924. Also contains 78 illustrations.   (hb) Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1972 (originally printed in 1925 by the Great Western Railway), pp207, large pull out map, isbn 0 85059 092 2. VG, VG £5

Wilson, Roger Burdett. Go Great Western. A History of GWR Publicity. The GWR was exceptionally good at promotion and PR and was also a substantial publisher. This work portrays the origin and utilisation of a host of promotional items and media.   (hb) David & Charles, 2nd extended edition 1987, pp208, glazed boards, isbn 0 946537 38 0.   VG   £5