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Updated 05/03/17 Refer to 'Our Blog'
Railroad Trading /75D Railway Books specialise in current and out- of print books mainly about railways plus DVDs covering the steam /diesel transition period to-date in both the US and UK.
Our business commenced in 1999 afer (thankfully) managing to escape from the every- day grind. The initial reaction was ' to do something 'constructive' which started by going through all the railway books in the collection (including several books on more than one subject ) and the decision then was then made to keep the best and sell the rest. After booking a stand at a local exhbition and selling most of them we have not looked back.
At that point in time, thought was given to leasing a retail premises. However, in an area where (metaphorically speaking) even at 1999 prices a dog kennel would have cost at minimum in excess of £90K that idea was soon discounted. Subsequently, the decision was then made to concentrate on exhibition work, mail order and internet sales which continues to this day.
The name under which we specialise mostly in North American Railway books, magazines and DVDs
75D Railway Books
The name under which we specialise in mainly new and out-of -print books mainly about British Railways and other aspects of transport. 75D was the shed code for Horsham in steam days
We offer a mail order service and welcome enquiries by 'phone, post or e-mail. Mastercard and Visa are accepted. Alternatively, why not visit our stand at any of the exhibitions attended- mainly throught the South East.
We normally work within an area eastwards from (say) Dover/ Folkestone, westwards to the Sussex / Hampshire border and northwards as far as Reading in order to keep costs under control. The only exception being the NEC each November but that is kept under constant review.
At each event there are normally a selection of books on special offer which are clearly marked 'Exhibition Price Only' and it must be emphasised that the prices quoted only apply to purchases to be made at that particular event
Our home is a thriving market town with at the last count, at least 25 coffee houses (or businesses providing the facility) and over 27 restaurants with the number ever- increasing. In both 2006 and 2012 Horsham was listed as one of the top 6 places to live in the UK. For details visit:: www.visithorsham.co.uk
At easter time one cannot afford to miss the popular Italian weekend billed as Piazza Italia which is a three day car fest with countless super cars ie. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, plus 'Italian Job' minis i.e. Classic Minis and the BMW Minis and much much more..... and when the weather's fine, the event normally attracts about 100,000 visitors from all over the country. For details visit: www.horshampiazzaitalia.co.uk
And not forgetting....
Horsham Rail History
Regular train services and about an hour to and from London Victoria.
Although once the junction of lines to both Guildford and Shoreham which closed in 1965 and 1966 respectively, there is still a strong rail presence locally. Unlike many places, the goods yard is more or less intact and these days is used for the storage and maintenance of both Windhoff MPVs and Network Rail Stoneblowers. The yard has also been extended to accomodate facilities for the new Thameslink trains due to come into regular service.
Locally based Industrial Designers Messrs Wilkes and Ashmore were involved in the design of Brush Type 4 (latterly Class 47), Hymek and Brush 'Falcon' locomotives and other BR projects.