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Many thanks to all for the positive response in the railway press regarding copies of various periodicals. If resident in the South East we still require more copies of Great Western Journal / LMS Journal then please contact us -details above.
Further to the blog of 29 April, having now had a chance to go through more of the recently acquired stock there are a number of titles that might be of particular interest i.e:
Decline of Steam*
Ian Allan. 1965. Author: Gifford.
Ground-breaking photography for the era and no doubt frowned upon by the so-called 'traditionalists'. Slight wear to both top and bottom of dust jacket (not uncommon with this particular publication) and partly visible scratch mark (about 1.5 ins long) to top of right-hand side on the front. Slight discolouration (age!) but pages otherwise clean and unmarked. Landscape format. 164 pages. B&W illustrations Price: £19.95
Steam in Scotland. Vols 1&2 *
Ian Allan. Vol. 1 1968. Vol. 2. 1972. Authors: Anderson & Cross
Atmospheric images of Scottish Steam at work in the 50s/60s. Minimal wear to top and bottom of dust jackets but pages clean and unmarked. Landscape format. Vol.1 164 pages. Vol. 2 114 pages. B&W illustrations. Price: £32.50 ea. total £65.00. If purchased as a pair and in ONE transaction Price: £55.00
Great Western Stations. Layouts and illustrations*
OPC. Vols.1-2 Reprints 1986/88 respectively. Vol. 3 1981. Author: Clark
In all instances: Minimal wear to edge of dust jackets. Pages clean and unmarked. Vols 1&2 Price: £22.50 ea. Vol. 3 Price: £25.00. No discount for quantity. We are a small business and NOT a charity!
Passenger services. Eastern Region. June- September 1963
London (inc. suburban services), Eastern Counties, East Midlands, The North.
Medium format. Minor discolouration (age!) but pages clean and unmarked. 440 pages. Maps
Passenger Services. North Eastern England. Sept 1962- June 1963
Medium format. Minor discolouration (age!) and two small ink stains on rear cover but pages clean and unmarked. 236 pages. Maps Price: £15.00
Passenger Services> Southern Main Line and Suburban. Sept 1960-June 1961
Medium format. Minor discolouration (age!). SLight wear to top of frnt cover, ditto top and bottom of spine (minor tear to latter) but nothing onerous. Pages clean and unmarked. 892 pages. Maps
Passenger Services. Western Region. June -September 1961
Medium format. Minor discolouration (age!). Slight foxing on both covers (nothing onerous) and 'vintage' sellotape across part of front cover and onto slightly worn spine. Otherwise, pages clean and unmarked. 604 pages. Maps Price: £15.00
Railway Observer (Bound Volumes)*
1963- 1969 inclusive. Bound volumes, wine coloured boards and gilt lettering on spine. Concentrates mainly on British locomotives with extensive stock listings, withdrawals, transfers, line closures/ improvements and a vast supply of detailed information for the historian. A5 format. Pages count variable. Good overall condition. No marks or creases Price: £12.00 ea- no discount for quantity
*Postage and packing: Chargeable at cost. Courier and Overseas ditto.
All items subject to availability. Prices quoted apply irrespective of the quantity ordered and apply to all individuals and members of all groups and organisations.
As with any business there is a need to periodically reinvent itself to reflect market changes.
Required: Good condition boxed second-hand Bachmann and Hornby 00 gauge models from the 1990s onwards. Although locomotives are not required at the present time, please forward details of any carriages or wagons available for sale.
Over the past few weeks we purchased a number of medium/small collections totalling almost 550 books and magazines (547 to be precise- we had to count them!) including many copies of Model Railway Journal and some Irwell, Wild Swan and Lightmoor Press titles.
As yet, there has just not been the opportunity to list most of them on the website but we hope to have quite a number at the following events within the next few weeks i.e:
12 May ALSRM, Rivermead, Reading
19 May 7MM NG, Littlehampton
Since the last update a number of additions have also been made to the following pages:
1). 'Out of Print/Second- Hand British Railway Books',
2). 'Magazines and Journals', and
... with more to follow as soon as is practically possible.
Piazza Italia 2018
Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Well, what a water- based experience that turned out to be! It rained almost continuously on both days with just the odd glimmer of sunshine for some light relief. Overall, that proved not to be a deterrent and according to the local press almost 80,000 visitors braved the conditions.
Below are a number of images taken over the two days. The first is completely untouched and the headlights of the lead vehicle clearly demonstrate what conditions were like. The other images more or less speak for themselves with comments added if considered appropriate.
During one of the (albeit) brief periods of sunshine a rare LaFerrari arrives. Only 500 were built (Project Code 150) with the last model produced being sold at auction in the 'States for $7.5M in 2016 -all proceeds going to the National Italian American Foundation's Earthquake Relief Fund for the benefit of those affected by the earthquake in Central Italy - source: Wikipedia.
If contemplating a purchase, the UK price would now be circa £2.5M!
Amongst the line-up of classic Minis (with one exception!) the plainest example on the extreme right-hand side and partly obscured by the corner of an awning was also probably one of the most interesting- a Mk 3 Cooper S.
Only 1572 of this model were built- source: Mini Cooper Register: www.minicooper.org- and remained in production until 1971 which by then only left the somewhat lacklustre Mini 1275GT available along with the more everyday models. A number of reasons were put forward as to why production of the Cooper S was discontinued. But, by looking at the photograph one reason might have been that to accelerate the process they were made to look as plain as possible by finishing in an overall colour (all previous models were two-tone) and with only a small badge on the boot lid denoting that they were a Cooper S. By looking no different to the other models in production at the time they would have doubtless lost their individuality which could have been a determining factor leading to a subsequent reduction in sales. In other words, the aforementioned process was no doubt probably orchestrated - by stealth.
Production continued, albeit it with details differences by both Innocenti in Italy and Authi Cooper in Spain until circa 1975 but that is another story. For further details visit: www.minicooper.org
Although production of the Mini Cooper (albeit it with a number of mechanical differences) recommenced under the Rover marque from 1990 until 2000, there was something rather special about the earlier models that stood them apart from the later models.
Agreed that there has been no updates since last July but exhibitions, work and other commitments got in the way.
Nevertheless, between then and now content has been gradually added to the website and that continues to this day with more to come.
Enclosed below for perusal are a selection of images.
The first set, immediately at the end of this blog, were taken at the Great Dorset Steam Fair last August.
The middle set were taken on Boxing Day which is an annual occurrence when local traction engine owners go out for a run and then park their engines in The Carfax (Horsham's main square).
The third set (immediately below) is a reminder that this weekend sees the return of the ever-popular 'Piazza Italia' to Horsham on Friday 30 March and Monday 1 April.
Expected is probably one of the largest gatherings in the country of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Mc Clarens and other supercars along with a display of Classic Minis and BMW Minis, a large market, music street entertainment and much more - all complimented by a wide selection of restaurants, coffee houses etc.
The event normally attracts (weather permitting) thousands of visitors from all over the UK and for further details go to: www. horshampiazzaitalia.co.uk
Piazza Italia 2017
Boxing Day December 2017
Great Dorset Steam Fair August 2017
With available space becoming very much at a premium, positive action proved necessary regarding the increasing number of out-of-print railway books and miscellanea in stock. At that point, a major rethink and revised purchasing policy proved necessary with further details shown on the page titled 'Selling to Us'.
To avoid the risk of being overwhelmed, the direct consequence was the need to go through all secondary stock, reducing the price of almost 1,000 items i.e: long-standing books including many duplicates, preservation guides, stocklists, timetables, miscellanea etc and selling them at exhibitions.
That all took effect from the beginning of April onwards and remaining items should be available this weekend on 29/39 July at the Bluebell Railway Collectors Fair. For details please visit: www.bluebell-railway.co.uk and 'click' on 'Events'. See you there!
Over the two weekends at the beginning of the month. the Mid Hants Railway held events to commemorate 50 years since the end of steam traction on the Southern. The penultimate event took place between 7-9 July which by coincidence were the same days and dates in 1967!
Becuase of other commitments, it only proved possible to attend on Friday 7 July and credit must go to the Mid Hants for all the planning, work (and no doubt expense!) involved in making it a success.
Over that weekend, visiting locomotives of types appropriate to the era were:
35006 Class MN 4-6-2 'Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company',
34081 Class BB 4-6-2 '92 Squadron',
34053 Class BB 4-6-2 'Sir Keith Park', and
80078 BR Class 4 2-6-4T
along with the existing fleet including: 41312 Ivatt 2-6-2T, 76017 BR Class 4 2-6-0 and Hampshire Unit No. 1125.
In addition to normal passenger trains and to add realism, a Boat Train was recreated along with demonstration freight trains and brake van specials.
Below is a selection of photographs taken at the event and when taking into account the crowds, limited photographic locations and trying to keep out of the blistering heat (!)
many images had to be confined to nothing more than snatch shots. Nevertheless: Enjoy!
Visitors to the site over the over the past few days may have noticed that the details of more US Railroading Books and DVDs have been entered. There are still almost 100 DVD titles to go and that does not include the British titles and the updating of other sections.
This all takes time and has to be fitted in with other work, home and regular commitments etc. However, the intention is to try and do a bit more several times a week before moving the website to the next level.
This coming Saturday and Sunday i.e. 24/25 June there is the increasingly popular model railway weekend at the Bluebell Railway.
We intend to be there in the Carriage and Wagon section at Horsted Keynes and on the same floor level as Bachmann and other stands. See you there.
For further details visit: www.bluebell-railway.co.uk Click on 'Events'.
US Railroading books are now being listed starting with the Morning Sun titles so therefore please 'click' on the appropriate link on the left-hand side.
Page 'Selling to Us' modified and therefore please 'click' on the respective link.
Also, below are some images taken over the Easter weekend during 'Piazza Italia' enjoy...
For the latest arrivals click on 'British Railway Books. Recent Arrivals' and folowing- on from this further titles should (hopefully) by with us by the end of next week.
If in the Horsham area over the Easter weekend one of the major events taking place is the ever-popular and not to be missed 'Piazza Italia' on Fri 14th, Sat 15th and Mon 17th April.
100s of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and other supercars are expected along with 'Italian Job' minis, a large market, music, street entertainment and much more - all complimented by a wide selection of restaurants, coffee houses etc.
Over the three days the event normally attracts (weather permitting) about 100,000 visitors from all over the country and for further details visit: www.horshampiazzaitalia.co.uk
Images from previous events are shown below:
Titles sold removed from lists of 'British Railway Books'/ 'Out of Print Railway Books' and with a break in exhibition work further updating to follow including new stock plus inclusion of American Railroad Books/DVDs etc
For the latest additions to stock please refer to ' British Railway Books Recent Arrivals'.
Over the festive season and when the opportunity permits, the intention is to add further and better particulars for each book and then continue with the work of building the website
Events scheduled for the first quarter of 2017 are now listed under 'Exhibitions'
In between time Compliments of the Season to all and look forward to seeing you in 2017
Two new titles added to stock refer to ' British Railway Books Recent Arrivals'
IMPORTANT: For those attending the Reading Trade Show at Rivermead on 3 Dec please NOTE that because of an apparent double- booking the date has now been changed to the folllowing Saturday i.e: 10/12/16 - details at: www. guildford0gaugegroup.org.uk
After a number delays and false starts i.e. mostly everyday commitments: work, exhibtions, home and a multitude of other things etc - nothwithstanding badly- worded website builder instructions (!) - the new website is gradually beginning to take shape.
This is all going to take time. Nevertheless, these are early days and there is still an awful lot of work (plus fine-tuning) that remains to be done.
We have commenced listing stock starting with new books i.e. new arrivals and publications. That itself is a reasonably straightforward job. but the only caveat to that must be added is that the stock changes rapidly - especially after an exhibition! Nevertheless, it is intended to make regular updates.
After listing the new books attention must turn to the out-of-print titles- but that is another matter altogether. There are many and it is very time-consuming job!
For the remainder of the year the exhibitions to be attended are:
29 Oct: Seaford
05 Nov: Angmering, West Sussex
26/27 Nov: NEC Birmingham -the big one!
03 Dec: Originally Rivermead, Reading but see below...
10 Dec: Amended date. Rivermead, Reading
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