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Geoff Williams' Aylesbury LNWR - Bob Williams - £24.95

The chance discovery in 1955 of the attractive old station at Aylesbury High Street, set Geoff on to a quest to record, research and ultimately recreate the scene in miniature, which resulted in two models of the station. This book, written by his son Bob, recounts in detail the two models of Aylesbury that Geoff built, including the methods and materials he used and the rolling stock and locomotives he created. From the early 1960's Geoff worked on the final version of Aylesbury and it this very fine model that forms the core of this book. Built to EM standards, it was ground breaking in many ways, not least in the effective use of perspective modelling to create a very convincing backdrop to the railway scene in a very limited space.

This book is fully illustrated with extensive photographs, plans and sketches, including a detailed new scale drawing of the station in 2mm scale, prepared by Steve Phillips from the original and frail LNWR drawings. Split into two sections, the first part of the book covers the building and restoration of the model, while the second half covers the research that went into creating it, including site photographs, maps, historic documents and sketches made by Geoff himself. Although Geoff only modelled the station at Aylesbury, this section of the book covers the whole branch including Marston Gate station, Mentmore Crossing and Cheddington where it joined the main line.

The book features full signalling details, comprehensive photographic coverage of all related structures, together with extensive information on the trains that used the branch, their sources of traffic and the rolling stock used. The book also contains a wealth of detail on numerous aspects of the LNWR and forms an excellent companion volume to Bill Simpson's 1989 book The Aylesbury Railway. [ More details ]


Unconsidered Trifles - Geoff Kent - £14.95

This book is a photographic record of the "lesser man made features" of our environment that stand witness to and remind us of times not long past. For the most part they are everyday unremarkable things that were commonplace from Victorian times up until the second half of the last century, but which have since been largely swept away by the constant tide of modernisation.

The author's fascination with these "unconsidered trifles" as he has named them (taking his cue from Autolycus in "The Winter's Tale") grew out of his hobby of building transport models of both road and railway subjects and his conviction that these models should reflect as accurately as possible the periods in which they are set.

Most of the pictures in this book have been taken in the last three or four years and show subjects which for the moment still exist and all of which are visible from public roads or footpaths. These images provide a rich visual source of these minor details, ideal for modellers and artists who wish to re-create scenes from our recent past. [ More details ]


Twilight of the Goods - Don Rowland - £14.95

Many years ago, Don Rowland set out to record the previously neglected subject of how goods were handled on British Railways. Gaining permission from the railway authorities, he sought to photograph and record the many thousands of goods wagons that then existed in out of the way sidings, busy marshalling yards and industrial sites. This resulted in an unrivalled collection of images and information which Don has been generously making available to fellow enthusiasts ever since, with his images illustrating numerous articles, publications and books.

Now nearly sixty years later in "Twilight of the Goods" Don relates how he started his epic quest and shows us through seventy seven selected images just how different the world of goods on the railways was before Beeching, Marples and the age of the Motorway.

We have endeavoured to make the captions informative and accurate for both the wagons and settings in each case and with a very few exceptions all subject photographs are accurately dated and their locations recorded. Many of the backgrounds are also interesting on various levels, all of which serve to illustrate just how very different so much was at the twilight of the era of traditional freight working on British Railways.The selection of images includes rolling stock built by and for private owners, British Railways and the four pre-nationalisation companies. [ More details ]

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