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£9.95

THE CLIFFE HILL MINERAL RAILWAY
M.H.Billington

Softback, laminated cover, 78 pages, 64 black & white photographs, 15 maps & drawings.
[ISBN 1 871980 23 2]

A definitive account of the 2 ft. gauge railway that served the granite quarries at Cliffe Hill, Leicestershire. Opened in 1896, it was worked by a varied fleet of Bagnall locomotives, later joined by two Sentinel geared locomotives and a Kerr Stuart 0-6-0T. For a period there was also a standard gauge internal system employing two 0-4-0ST of typical contractor's design. Replaced by road haulage in 1948, one standard gauge and two narrow gauge locomotives survive. This new edition coincides with the centenary of one of them, the 2ft. gauge Bagnall 0-4-0ST ISABEL.

The book by Maurice H. Billington was originally published in 1974. This new edition has been completely revised and updated by David H. Smith (who has been closely involved with the preservation of the Cliffe Hill loco PETER) and includes new information, photographs and excellent scale drawings.

£19.95

THE EARLY YEARS OF THE MOTOR RAIL AND TRAM CAR COMPANY 1911-1931
W.J.K.Davies

Hardback casebound. 274 x 210mm, colour dust jacket, 120 pages, many black & white photographs and drawings.
[ISBN 1 871980 58 5]

Well known as the manufacturers of the famous ďSimplexĒ petrol and diesel locomotives this is the history of the first two decades of the Motor Rail Company from its inception in 1911 up to the change of name to Motor Rail Ltd in 1931. During this period the production of tramcars was almost as important as petrol locomotives. The book ends at the point where diesel locomotive production had begun and is complete with many illustrations and scale drawings.

The book ends at the point where diesel locomotive production had begun and is complete with many illustrations and scale drawings.

£6.00

INDUSTRIAL GWYNEDD (Volume 3: 1998)

Softback, 56 pages, 275mm x 208mm, illustrated throughout.
[ISBN 1 1871980 42 9]

The well researched articles in this issue include a detailed survey of the historic Ynys y Pandy slate mill on the former Gorseddau Tramway; Dorothea quarry Painting; A Study of Slate Workers in Wales, France and the USA; Broad Gauge Rolling Stock at Holyhead Breakwater.

£25.95

INDUSTRIAL NARROW GAUGE ALBUM
Andrew Neale

Casebound edition with laminated full colour dust jacket, 274mm x 210mm, 116 pages, 140 illustrations plus maps.
[ISBN 1 1871980 61 5]

This book gives an excellent overview of the many and varied industrial narrow gauge railways that have operated in Britain over the last century or so. It primarily consists of around 140 photographs of such railways, grouped into ten geographical areas and each with a detailed caption. All forms of motive power are illustrated from the horse to the electric locomotive and there is a good historical introduction.

The book is available both in softcover and casebound editions.

£19.95
INDUSTRIAL NARROW GAUGE ALBUM
Andrew Neale

Softbound, full colour cover 274mm x 210mm, 116 pages, 140 illustrations plus maps.
[ISBN 1 1871980 60 7]

£14.95
RESERVOIR BUILDERS OF SOUTH WALES
Harold D. Bowtell & Geoffrey Hill

Glazed boards, 130 pages, many photographs and maps.
[ISBN 0 9540726 2 6]

This is the sixth volume in the series of books researched and written by the late Harold Bowtell describing the temporary contractorís railways of all gauges used in the construction of Britainís water reservoirs. This one covers the whole of South Wales and in editing the original manuscript Geoffrey Hill has been careful to retain the late authorís style and format used in the previous volumes. Published by our friends in the Industrial Locomotive Society we are distributing it to retail and trade customers on their behalf.

£28.00

RUSTON & HORNSBY DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE ALBUM
Andrew Neale

Hardback, colour dustjacket, 112 pages, 96 photographs, 18 illustrations.
[ISBN 1 1871980 63 1]

Based on the very large archive of photographs taken by Ruston & Hornsby Ltd of their diesel locomotives under construction, or in subsequent commercial service, this new book includes a brief history of their production. Between 1931 and 1969 they built over 6,000 diesel locomotives, the majority being narrow gauge. The detailed captions to each photograph are based both on official records together with the authorís own research and his involvement for over fifty years with these locomotives.

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