Beat the boredom with these railway reads!



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Times are tough and boredom is inevitable, especially for us rail enthusiasts. You may not be able to get out to the railways, but you can certainly bring them to you with these brilliant railway reads. There’s even a little something for railway modellers too…

Strathwood and Irwell Press Books

Strathwood’s fast and efficient mail order service is still open. They have ample stocks of over 200 different high quality railway titles in their warehouse in Bedford.

Dozens of them from themselves and Irwell Press are specially discounted between 35% and 50% right now to help you beat the boredom through these uncertain times.

Special offer: Buy any five books and receive the lowest price book FREE!

Get them here: or tel 01463 234004

FMR (Scale Model) ltd

Needing things for your layout, expanding your fleet or looking at a new project? FMR ltd are here to help. 

They have a large selection of rolling stock both new and pre-owned plus accessories, decoders, scenery, tools, paint’s, kits etc etc. 

FMR ltd remain open for web and phone orders and gift vouchers are also available. 

Browse the site: or call 01274 747447

Locomotives of China

Locomotives of China is the the definitive series on Chinese steam Locos with volumes covering:

  • JF1 and JS Classes
  • QJ Class
  • JF6 Family (JF6, PL2, YJ and SY)
  • The Foreign Steam Locos

The books cover history and background information on loco types and loco sighting information and they are all lavishly illustrated in black and white. They are a must have reference for those putting their Chinese image collections in order!

Price varies and discounts are available.

Get them here: or call 0758 405 0262

Dereks Transport Books

Dereks Transport Books are an independent book dealer based in the New Forest town of Ringwood covering all transport subjects.

All Books offered for sale by Dereks Transport Books are owned by them and kept in their own climate controlled store.

Each book is described including any defects or inscriptions present. You can find over 10,500 books in stock on-line.

Go to:

The Spirit of the Borders Railway

The Spirit of the Boarders Railway tells the story of the return of the Borders Railway told by a local enthusiast who has walked it and photographed it over many years; even proposing to his wife there.

He tells his own tales along with those of train staff, farmers along the line and construction staff. Lavishly illustrated, the book gives the true flavour of the impact of the return of the rails to this lovely part of Scotland.

You can grab this book for £12 including P&P.

Have a look for more information: or call 0131 440 4320

Freightmaster Publishing

For 25 years, Freightmaster Publishing has delivered a comprehensive national railfreight guide with Issue 97 being the most recent release.

Once Freightmaster reach their 100th issue – winter 20/21 to be released in December – it will be the last they publish. Despite this they will be available online with regular updates on a weekly basis.

Don’t miss these last issues and take advantage of Freightmaster’s Spring offer: 4 issues (97-100 inclusive) £62 and also receive a ‘free’ copy of Chasing Trains worth £19.50.

For more details visit:

A2B Models

A2B continues to trade online and customers can also shop over the phone or via a new Skype service.

They are also offering free postage on all orders above £10.00. Every customer who places an order during this period will be entered into a draw to win a £100 voucher to spend once the store reopens. The voucher will also be valid for online purchases.

Andy will also donate a percentage of profits from all sales to preserved railways – each customer to choose their preference -at the end of each month.  

Visit here to see more: or via Skype [email protected]

Golden Years of Rail Travel

Celebrate the heyday of passenger rail travel around Britain with this beautiful Times railway book.

Take a journey back to the boom time for Britain’s railways, through a unique collection of fascinating stories, photographs, posters and railway ephemera.

Leading railway author Julian Holland tells the story of an evocative period in Britain’s railway history – gone forever but never forgotten.

Find it here:

Walking Scotland’s Lost Railways

Walking Scotland’s Lost Railways is a lovely book that helps bring many of these disused railways back to life.

It is beautifully produced and highly illustrated with modern colour and period black and white photographs.

It’s also a book that is attractive enough and readable enough to inspire. Whittles Publishing wholeheartedly recommend this book, of which they expect to be making practical use of themselves.

Visit the website:

Jacett Publishing & Proofreading

Why not give your manuscript that ‘final polish’? I am a freelance proofreader and I have carried out more than one hundred proofreading projects on behalf of a number of publishers, including Mortons Media, Pen & Sword and Transport Treasury.

My website includes a blog which details some of the work that I have completed. The topics covered include railway, transport and historical subjects.

I can offer competitive rates and I am happy to look at appropriate manuscripts.  

Please feel free to contact me on [email protected], land line 01442 251540 or mobile 07748 773323.

Visit the website:

Stuck at home? We’ve got you covered!

The Railway Magazine, Heritage Railway and Rail Express know things are tough right now. Lots of you can’t get to the shops, or leave the house full stop. But – they are there for you, and they hope they can help you escape into the world of railways and locomotives.

Thanks to these unmissable offers on both print and digital subscriptions and single issues you can enjoy instant access on your favourite device, or they can deliver the latest issues direct to your front door.

Get these offers here:


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