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Recommended reading on miniature and narrow gauge railways

(not just 7¼" gauge)

 

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Books on miniature railways

 

 

ABC Miniature Railways

Townsend, Holroyd & Butterell

Ian Allan (www.ianallanpublishing.com), April 2000, ISBN 0-7110-2713-7

This latest, 2nd edition by the current team of editors, (the first ABC Miniature Railways was by B.G.Wilson in the early sixties followed by an edition edited by Robin Butterell circa late sixties/early seventies), is a pocket guide to over 160 miniature railways in the UK that are open to the public. Each entry includes location and contact details where available, a short description and locomotive list. With a black & white photo on most pages but not of every line. Softback, glossy colour card cover, 122 x 183mm, 96 pages.

 

The Great Cockrow Railway

Jeremy Clarke

Ian Allan (www.ianallanpublishing.com), 1995. ISBN 07-110-2421-9

The story of Ian Allan’s famous 7¼" public railway including antecedents at the Greywood Central Railway. Many black and white prints of the line and colour prints of the locomotives and rolling stock. Softback, glossy colour card cover, A4 format, 46 pages.

 

Sir Arthur Heywood & the 15” Gauge Railway

Mark Smithers

Plateway Press (www.plateway.co.uk), ISBN 7-871980-22-4

Definitive history of the Victorian railway engineer and his 15” gauge railways. Heywood conceived the idea of 15" as the minimum gauge for serious railway operation, and devoted much of his life to promoting the concept. Includes full description of Heywood’s railways at Dove Leys, Duffield Bank and Eaton Hall, plus notes on other railways (notably the Ravenglass and Eskdale) which his work influenced. The book includes full details of both locomotives and rolling stock. Hardback, 280mm x 215mm. 184 pages, 130 photographs, 37 maps & scale drawings.

RECOMMENDED

 

Miniature Railways Past & Present

Arthur Lambert

David & Charles (www.davidandcharles.co.uk), 1982, ISBN 0-7153-8108-1

Featuring the early history of miniature railways, Bassett-Lowke, 15" gauge as a means of transport, RHDR, between the wars, the last 30 years – 7¼" gauge expands, 10½" gauge in parks & leisure centres, new 15" gauge lines. Hardback, 172mm x 250mm, 96 pages, 109 b & w photos.

 

Fifteen Inch Gauge Railways

David Mosley and Peter van Zeller

David & Charles (www.davidandcharles.co.uk), 1986, ISBN 0-7153-8694-8

This excellent book features the work of Sir Arthur Heywood, the influence of the Cagney Brothers, the work of Bassett-Lowke and Greenly, RER, Fairbourne, RHDR & other pre-war lines, postwar developments, developments to 1985, development of steam locomotives, internal combustion locomotives, passenger carriages and wagons, Setting up a miniature railway, track construction and maintenance, signalling and operation. Plus case studies on Southport, Ravenglass, Romney, and Liverpool. Hardback with dust jacket, 172mm x 250mm, 96 pages, 79 b & W photos, 15 maps & illustrations.

 

The Surrey Border & Camberley Railway

Mitchell, Townsend & Shelmerdine

Plateway Press (www.plateway.co.uk), ISBN 1-871980-15-1

History of "the most ambitious 10¼” gauge railway of all time" and its antecedents the Foxhill and Farnborough Miniature Railways. Laid down in 1938, the SB&CR connected Farnborough and Camberley 2½ miles away.   Chapters cover the origins of the 10¼" gauge, history of the Foxhill and Farnborough railways; construction and operation of the SB&CR; and a biography of all 13 locomotives, The book is illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs, maps, contemporary advertisements, tickets etc. Softback, two colour card cover, 173mm x 235mm. 125 b&w photos, 6 maps & track diagrams.

 

Steam on Britain’s Miniature Railways - 7¼" to 15"

Robin Butterell

Bradford Barton (no longer in business), 1976. ISBN 0-85153-237-3

A pictorial study, hard back with dust jacket, 215mm x 222mm, 96 pages, 112 b & w photos with accompanying text.

 

The Miniature Locomotives of David Curwen

Little & Holroyde

Published by the Narrow Gauge Railway Society, ISBN 978-0-9554326-1-3.

Available through Camden Miniature Steam Services (www.camdenmin.co.uk)

RECOMMENDED

 

Miniature Railway magazine

http://www.miniature-railway.com/

Published three times a year and covers railways from 5" to 15" (with occasional ventures to smaller and larger).

RECOMMENDED

 

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Videos / DVDs on miniature railways

 

 

Miniature Line Memories

Available through Camden Miniature Steam Services (http://www.camdenmin.co.uk/MiniRail.htm)

Lovely film for anyone with an interest in British miniature railways, from 7¼" to 22" gauges. Using film from the 1920s up to the turn of the century. Presented by the late Robin Butterell, the leading authority on the subject, this is a most enjoyable look at the development of miniature railways.

RECOMMENDED

 

The best of MINIATURE RAILWAYS

Graham Whistler Productions (www.gwpvideo.com)

Covers some of the best 5", 7¼", 10¼" and 12¼" lines in Great Britain including the Moors Valley, Stapleford Park and Great Cockrow railways.

 

Miniature Pleasures volumes 1, 2 and 3

Used to be available from The Railway Channel on-line shop, but the website has recently closed down.

Giles Favell of the South Downs Light Railway travels the UK in search of interesting miniature railways.

RECOMMENDED

 

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Books on narrow gauge railways

 

 

QUARRY HUNSLETS OF NORTH WALES

The Great (Little) Survivors

Cliff Thomas

The Oakwood Press (www.oakwoodpress.co.uk), 2001, ISBN 0 85361 575 6

The definitive book on the Hunslet 0-4-0s which were built for use in Welsh quarries. Largely concentrates on Dinorwic and Penrhyn locos but also covers others.

RECOMMENDED

 

THE LEIGHTON BUZZARD LIGHT RAILWAY

Sydney Leleux

The Oakwood Press (www.oakwoodpress.co.uk), 1996, ISBN 0 85361 460 1

Provides extensive information on the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway and the surrounding sand pits.

 

One of a series of books on the narrow gauge railways of the south of England available from Middleton Press (www.middletonpress.co.uk)

RECOMMENDED

 

Industrial Railways of the South East

Chalk Pits Museum

Middleton Press (www.middletonpress.co.uk), 1984, ISBN 978 0 906520 09 3

RECOMMENDED

 

Feldbahn-Museum Guldental (www.feldbahnmuseum-guldental.de) have a book (in German) on the history of their location and their extensive collection of 600mm gauge equipment.

 

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Videos / DVDs on narrow gauge railways

 

 

The Ivo Peters' Collection - Volume 4 NORTH WALES NARROW GAUGE STEAM 1959/60

RAILSCENE Ltd

49 mins of film mostly covering the Padarn and Penrhyn quarries, but includes the Talyllyn and Festiniog railways.

 

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Model engineering books

 

 

So You Want To Build A Live Steam Locomotive

Joseph F. Nelson

Available from www.discoverlivesteam.com

 

The Amateur's Lathe

L.H. Sparey, ISBN 0-85242-288-1

Available from Camden Miniature Steam Services

Virtually the standard work on small (3½" Myford or similar) lathework since its original publication in 1948.

Camden Miniature Steam Services stock a large range of useful workshop books on machining, foundry- and sheet metal-work, etc.

 

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Useful links

 

AbeBooks (superb website for locating out-of-print books)

   
 
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