Black Friday sale: 30% off your favourite railway books

Black Friday

This weekend only, you can get a huge 30% off your favourite railway books, just in time for Christmas! Selected titles include:

Rail Express Train Formations Handbook

Rail Express Train Formations Handbook brings together a collection of detailed and informative articles from the pages of Rail Express magazine. Over the years, the magazine’s dedicated modelling section, Rail Express Modeller, has published dozens of superb pieces on the formation of trains in the diesel and electric era, and how they can be re-created in model form.

Each the result of years of research, these articles have become highly valued by historians and modellers alike. In response to public demand, what follows is a compilation of some of the most interesting and useful train formations articles from REM over the last 15 years. Covering operations as diverse as power station coal traffic, nuclear and military trains, Travelling Post Office (TPO) workings, grain traffic and the ever-popular Scottish push-pull trains, the articles outline the huge variety of different vehicles used and what is available to model them accurately.

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Also included is a couple of route specific pieces, tackling trains on the famous Woodhead Route and West Highland Line, which are easier than ever to model with ready-to-run products thanks to the recent explosion in RTR locomotives and rolling stock in N, OO and O gauge.

Even if you’re not a modeller, there’s a great deal of information to enjoy, with dozens of superb photographs that will bring back happy memories of the last four decades.

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The End of Steam

The End Of Steam cover

The End of Steam not only covers in detail the final few months of British Rail steam on the main line in 1968, leading up to the ‘last’ train of all, the ‘Fifteen Guinea special’ of August 11, 1968, but much, much more.

For British Rail steam did not end there: steam cranes were used on the national network for many years afterwards, and British Rail kept one last line in steam until it sold it off in 1986 – the Vale of Rheidol Railway. A chapter also looks at the occasions on which the post-August 1968 steam ban was broken!

The End of Steam covers the last steam in British industry too – a sector in which the last steam locomotive retired as recently as 1992, and the story of Britannia Pacific Oliver Cromwell, which returned to the main line 40 years later. The last steam engines built in Britain for ‘real’ as opposed to tourist or enthusiast purposes are detailed, along with the story of how steam returned to the national network in 1971.

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East Lancashire Railway

East Lancashire Railway cover

As British Railways phased out its final steam locomotives, interest in reopening closed railways was growing. More and more new railway preservation schemes sprang up to reopen sections of line swept away following the infamous Dr Richard Beeching report, The Reshaping of British Railways.

In 1968 a group of like-minded railway enthusiasts got together to preserve a three-and-a-half mile line, based at Helmshore in Lancashire. The East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society faced hurdles at every turn, being thwarted by British Rail’s unrealistic demands for purchasing the line and an unsupportive local council casting doubts about the scheme’s viability, forcing the volunteers to move to a new base in Bury.

Since reopening to passenger services between Bury and Ramsbottom in July 1987, the ELR has grown from humble beginnings into one of the UK’s leading heritage railways and a top North West visitor attraction. It’s a story of triumphs and disappointments, showing how determination, partnerships and hard work can make dreams come true.

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Sam Hewitt

Let off some steam...