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36 Transport

69283 AN A-Z OF RAILWAYS by Paul Atterbury

Antiques Roadshow pundit Paul Atterbury has assembled a wonderful collage of photos, memorabilia and detailed research. A is for Architecture, and the station buildings on show range from the elaborate Gothic of St. Pancras, just as sensational now as in the 1870s, or the classical columns of Bath Green Park, closed in 1966 (B is for Beeching), to the Arts and Crafts comfort of Bexhill and the stark postwar modernism of Chichester. B is also for bomb damage, and one of the most impressive photos here is a double spread of St. Pancras the night after a raid in 1942. Another poignant wartime scene comes under E for Evacuees, with children anxiously clutching their bags as they head into the unknown. Royal trains include the elegant ultra-modern Edwardian designs created for Queen Alexandra, and several other sections have fascinating period details, for instance Signals, Tickets, Tunnels and Turntables. Spectacular Viaducts are a Yorkshire speciality, with superb photos of the Settle and Carlisle, Lockwood and Knaresborough viaducts. No book on railways would be complete without a mention of the Wrong Kind of Snow, and sure enough we find it under Weather. 176pp, colour and b/w photos on every page.

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Intended as a nostalgic recollection of the 61 years of electric transport in Doncaster, as well as a glimpse of the many interesting features and incidents of daily life along the tram and trolleybus routes, this book will facilitate the re-living of many memories brought to mind by the photos. As large areas in and

around the town have been demolished and redeveloped since the demise of electric transport, it is hoped that the transport historian too will find added interest. Here are reminders of Doncaster in 1902 when trams first appeared, as it underwent its first major change from a small market town into a centre of industrial importance. Here are descriptions of the First World War, when the trams were staffed almost entirely by women and cars were fitted with a snow broom, a warning gong and a salt and sand trailer rebuilt from a York horse-car! 128 paperback pages with archive b/w photos and map. £14.99 NOW £6.50


HISTORY OF TRAINS: From Steam Locomotives to High-Speed Rail by Franco Tanel

The history of rail is full of iconic images, and this gorgeously illustrated volume focuses on spectacular engines. Starting with Puffing Billy and the original Rocket, photographed in loving close-up in the York railway

museum, we enter the world of the earliest rail journeys, as railway lines quickly became a sign of progress throughout Europe and beyond into Russia. The American type of locomotive with its huge funnel and cowcatcher is familiar from hundreds of cowboy films, and in 1865 George Mortimer Pullman introduced the refinement of a sleeping carriage, with heavy curtains to secure the privacy of women travellers. Posters of the Art Deco era proclaim the excitement of trains such as the Flying Scotsman, the Golden Arrow and the Simplon-Orient Express, while fascinating archive photos show the track of the Trans-Siberian railway being laid at the end of the 19th century. A spectacular modern photo shows two Chinese steam locomotives hauling a freight train on the Jitong line, the last in the world to be entirely steam driven. Other iconic engines are the distinctive British A4 class Mallard, South Africa’s Gigantic Garrats and the Amtrak Superliner. The final chapters takes us into the diesel age and the era of high- speed trains, featuring the Eurostar, the Ghan Railway of Australia, the Thailand-Singapore Express, the Pride of Africa and Peru Rail. 319pp, large softback. £15.99 NOW £7.50


First published in 1961 and here in 2010 reprint from Bounty Books, this is the book which led to John Griffith producing his Historic Racing Motorcycles, also available, cat. no. 69146. Here are 50 celebrated machines, all racing winners or holders of speed records and all of which represented a major leap forward in motorcycle technology. Writing at the time Griffith was, there was only one benchmark by which to judge the success of racing motorcycles, the Isle of Man TT Races, which remains today the most gruelling test of bike and rider in the world. Many of the 80 plus b/w photos and drawings here are shots of the bikes in TT action over those famous 37¾ miles, and you cannot help but marvel at the skill and bravery of the men who raced them. Arranged alphabetically from AJS to Vincent, there are 24 manufacturers featured, many, like Norton, by several models, and some, like Brough, Benelli and (pre- war) BMW by one outstanding example. From 125 to 1,000cc, 1907 to 1961 and from Britain, through Germany and Italy to Japan, any classic racing enthusiast will lap (sorry!) this one up. 106pp. £6.99 NOW £4


First published in 1963 and here in 2010 reprint from Bounty Books, Historic Racing Motorcycles is based upon a very popular series of articles written by John Griffith for Motor Cycling magazine in the early ’60s. In it he recounts the histories and examines the technical features of 42 very special machines built between 1906 and 1939 and all for either racing or record attempts. The

bikes are presented in strict chronological order which enables the reader to clearly track the evolution of high- performance motorcycles. We begin with frankly terrifying 1906 Matchless with its 2.6 litre J.A.P. V-twin engine, rear wheel driven via a belt directly from the end of the crank, no brakes, no suspension and a bicycle saddle for the rider. One Charlie Collier drove the brute at an utterly preposterous 90 mph at Brooklands! We see the first racing attempts from such well-known makers as Norton, Royal Enfield, Brough, Triumph, AJS, Rudge, Moto Guzzi, BMW, Husqvarna and Excelsior and ending with probably the noisiest, most interesting and ahead- of-its-time motorcycle ever, the DKW pump- supercharged, water-cooled two-stroke, with alloy cylinder head, cutting edge front and rear suspension and an immense petrol tank to cater for the hellish motor’s prodigious thirst. Full history and spec of every model is given, and there is a photo or two of every model featured. 87pp. £6.99 NOW £4

69168 TITANIC: The Tragic Story of the Ill-Fated Ocean

Liner by Rupert Matthews The sinking of the luxury liner Titanic on her maiden voyage in 1912 is one of the most dramatic stories in maritime history. The largest passenger steamship in the world, luxuriously fitted and with more advanced safety features than any of her rivals, she was proclaimed to be virtually

unsinkable. Just how and why she foundered on such a beautiful April evening is the subject of our book. The author explores the evidence behind the stories of heroism and cowardice related by survivors. There are over 100 illustrations and photographs of the Titanic, her crew and passengers, eyewitness accounts, personal memories, facsimiles of documents and registers of deceased passengers and quotes like ‘By 2.30am the extra men shovelling coal had got the Carpathia up to 15.5 knots’ and ‘Stone tried to signal the other ship but got no response.’ More than 1,500 people perished, many from drowning but more from hypothermia. Our book has chapters covering the North Atlantic Liners, Ice Warning, Women and Children First, The Band Plays On, The Rescue and much more. 208 pages in very large size softback. £9.99 NOW £4.50


MOVE - BYGONE TRANSPORT edited by Alan Powell Horse-drawn public transport operated in Sheffield from 1834 to the early 20th century, when horse- power finally gave way to the electric tram. Trams were phased out in 1960 but after a short retirement the Supertram returned in the 90s to convey shoppers to the

vast Meadowhall Centre. This amazing collection of archive photos documents the saga of Sheffield’s public transport from the late 19th century up to the late 20th. A horse-drawn tram on the road to Heeley advertises “Lewis’s 2/- Tea” while a Stagecoach at Hunter’s Bar in 1898 is reminiscent of Wells Fargo. An 1899 archive photo shows a huge throng on The Moor as the first electric tram makes its way down the congested street and passengers are in danger of falling off the open deck. Many of Sheffield’s electric trams are preserved in working order in the nearby tram museum at Crich. The age of steam arrived in Sheffield in 1838, and among the city’s many stations the Midland is the one that survives today, its grand Victorian classical architecture contrasting strangely with the 1960s blocks of flats surrounding it. Road transport finally dominated, with Pond Street bus station being renamed a “transport interchange”, but the popular Supertram shows no sign of giving up. 128pp, b/ w and colour photos on every page. £14.99 NOW £5

69268 MV BALMORAL: The First 60 Years by Alistair

Deayton and Iain Quinn Balmoral and Waverley, two ships markedly different, but built within two years of each other, are a reminder of the heyday of coastal cruising, when many such ships took holidaymakers on day trips to resorts the length and breadth of the country. Here is a celebration of the

first 60 years of MV Balmoral’s career. She operated in the Red Funnel fleet for 20 years. Then, moving to Bristol, she became the last vessel purchased by P&A Campbell for the pleasure steamer services down the Bristol Channel and across to Wales. As well as service in the South West, she was used in North Wales, even making sailings to Douglas in the Isle of Man, where she was used to serve as a tender to Swedish American Line Kungsholm. In 1980, the company ceased trading and, after a short lay-up, MV Balmoral moved to Dundee, to become a floating restaurant. This move was unsuccessful and she was purchased for use as a pleasure steamer again. In 1986, she returned to service and to the Bristol Channel where she still operates today. In 2002, she was fitted with new engines that have increased her lifespan considerably. In conjunction with her stable-mate she now operates over a wide area on the Clyde, the Thames, North Wales and the South Coast. What a career! 160 paperback pages very lavishly illustrated with colour plates, with MV Balmoral A Brief History, Timeline: Ownership and Captains, Timeline: Appearance and Liveries, and Gazetteer of Ports called at under WSN Preservation. £14.99 NOW £6.50


Describing the story of the last few hours of the sinking ship, and the author’s miraculous escape as she plummeted to the ocean floor 14,000 feet below, for Gracie’s account remains today the most accurate of all the eyewitness recollections. On the night of 14th April 1912, awakened by the shuddering of a huge iceberg puncturing the side of the ship, Colonel Archibald Gracie was quickly dressed and on deck to see the aftermath of what was to become the most famous collision in history. By morning, he was standing on top of an overturned lifeboat awaiting rescue from the freezing North Atlantic. 178 paperback pages with 80 b/w archive photos.

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62491 TON-UP LANCS by Norman Franks The book is subtitled ‘A Photographic History of the 35 RAF Lancasters that each Completed 100 Sorties’. There are firsthand accounts of the experience of flying on ops, 200 photos reproduced, and each aircraft’s history recorded. The most famous is Queenie (R5868), the only one still in existence and which can be seen in the Bomber Command Hall at RAF Museum Hendon. She, as with some others, have some controversial counting regarding the actual number of operations flown, which this book covers in full. Such controversies can also be explained by the detailed listing of each raid flown by each pilot and crew during 1942 to 1945 on sorties all over Germany, Northern Italy, during support missions before and after D-day, as well as in attacking V1 rocket launcher sites in Northern France. 224 very large pages, 200 photos. £22 NOW £6

65477 BLOOD, IRON AND GOLD: How the

Railways Transformed the World by Christian Wolmar

The opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of a transport revolution. From Panama to the Punjab, from Tasmania to Turin, the author describes the vision and determination of the pioneers who developed railways that would one day span continents, as well as vividly recreating the back-breaking labour of the navvies who endured horrific working conditions to build this global network. The rise of the train also stimulated daring feats of engineering, architectural innovation. 373 pages illus in colour and b/w with maps. £25 NOW £5

66584 DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION by Jeremy Clarkson

Buckle up and brace yourself -, the fuzzy-haired leader of the Top Gear pack is back and would like to tell you what he thinks about some of the most earth- shatteringly fast and jaw-droppingly gorgeous cars in the world. The world according to Clarkson is a perplexing place filled with thorny subjects like the prospect of having Terry Wogan as president, why you will never see a woman driving a Lexus and why everyone should spend a weekend driving a digger. Quirky and humorous. 412pp in large softback. £13.99 NOW £1.75

66941 20th CENTURY CLASSIC CARS: 100

Years of Automotive Ads by Phil Patton and Jim Heimann

Offers a lavish visual history of the automobile, decade- by-decade, via 400-plus colourful print advertisements from the Jim Heimann Collection. Henry Ford jump- started the age of the automobile with the first assembly-line car in 1908, the Model T. Over the next century the automobile evolved from chugging workhorse to tailfin-era showboat to sleek status symbol, complete with sleek hood ornament. With an introduction and chapter text by New York Times automotive writer Phil Patton, as well as an illustrated timeline, this volume highlights the technological innovations, major manufacturers and dealers, historical events, and influence of popular culture on car design. Here are car trends as reflection of the zeitgeist, from the thrifty VW Beetle, Firestone tyres, Chrysler and Pontiac, station wagons and chevrolets to the lumbering, gas- guzzling Hummer. Time-travel through the Automobile Age, with a collection that puts you in the driver’s seat. 9½” x 11½”, 480 pages. A Taschen publication. ONLY £23


SEXIEST CARS The Hottest Hundred! by Vicki Butler-Henderson

Vicki Butler-Henderson is Britain’s best known female automotive journalist. She was driving competitively when she was 12. This book features her choice of 100 of the fastest, biggest, most powerful, loudest and above all downright sexy objects that have ever roared down a strip of tarmac. Reading like a Who’s Who (or What’s What) of automotive splendour, what she regards as a sexy vehicle is subjective. All the expected names are included - Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Maserati, Porsche, Lotus and Bentley - all expensive, many noisy and often with nowhere to put the shopping. 208 large pages, copiously illus in colour. £19.99 NOW £4

67159 JUNKERS JU87 by Helmut Erfurth The Black Cross series covers important and technically interesting German aircraft types and includes numerous construction drawings, sketches and photos from original sources. The Ju87 is simply one of the best known and distinctive aircraft of World War Two, commonly known as the Stuka, an abbreviation meaning dive-bomber. The prototype, ironically powered by a Rolls Royce Kestrel engine, first flew in the spring of 1935. In 1938, the Ju87 was used in combat for the first time by the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. All nine of the Luftwaffe’s Stuka squadrons took part in the attack on Poland. With technical details, b/w photos. 80pp in softback. £10.99 NOW £3.50


The Pembrokeshire Coast has always been a hazardous area for ships entering and leaving the Bristol Channel and the major ports of Liverpool and Glasgow. Considerable losses of life, vessels and cargoes have occurred and still today, ships hit the offshore reefs. Our book covers the shipwrecks around St. David’s, St. Brides Bay, Ramsey Island and the North Pembrokeshire Coast to Porthgain. A chronology of losses gives names and dates of over 230 shipwrecks. Slim softback. 32pp, illus. £3 NOW £1.25

67756 GREAT SAILING SHIPS: The History of

Sail from its Origins to the Present edited by Franco Giorgetti

The sailing ship remains the undisputed sovereign of the seas, despite her heyday being 200 years ago. For four centuries sail ruled the globe. Master carpenters and seamen built and piloted these exquisite yet intrinsically dangerous vessels, and sail’s history is punctuated throughout by heroic events, great tragedies, romantic adventures and economic fortunes made and lost. This immense work of historical research is a spectacular catalogue of the world’s most famous and beautiful ocean-going ships. Here are the sailing ships still in existence, both working vessels and those in dry dock, the great vessels of the past no longer with us but preserved in painting, photo and literature and even those from antiquity that we know of from the ancient scribes, legend and folklore. 600 photos, plans and


artworks, almost all in colour and many full page, and some 100 ships altogether. 304pp, 10½”×14¼”. £30 NOW £12


Britain’s Aircraft Ruled the World by James Hamilton-Paterson

In 1945 Britain inherited the title of the world’s pioneer and leading builder of jet aircraft, yet just 20 years later the designers, the incredibly brave test pilots and the legendary companies for which they worked, such as Avro, Hawker, Vickers and de Havilland, were either gone or facing a very bleak future. Planes like the sleek Comet, the world’s first jet airliner, the awesome delta-winged Vulcan bomber which could be thrown around the sky like a fighter, the Hawker Hunter, quite possibly the best-looking jet fighter ever, and not forgetting the rulebook-shredding English Electric Lightning, which could climb ten miles in two minutes are recalled. The author takes us back to those glory years when innovative British aircraft made their debuts several times a year, and their pilots were the rock stars of the age. 288pp, photos. £20 NOW £7.50

68341 SPITFIRE: Portrait of

a Legend by Leo McKinstry The Spitfire, captivating in its grace and beauty, thrilling in its speed and power, by its heroic role in the Battle of Britain has become a national icon of patriotic courage. Leo McKinstry tells the entire Spitfire story from its beginnings as the brainchild of Supermarine’s Reginald Mitchell in the early 1930s, through its epic WWII service, to its final operational days with the RAF

in the 1950s. Using a vast amount of previously unpublished material, interviews, pilots’ and engineers’ reminiscences, engineering reports and official records this critically acclaimed book rediscovers in minutest detail the aircraft famed for giving Britain her finest hour. Photos. 435pp paperback. £9.99 NOW £4


PLANS by Alan Postlethwaite Full specifications for 30 different layouts of a more adventurous kind, building on the seven basic configurations: end to end, out and back, dumb bell, simple and double ovals, figure of eight and reversing loop. Controls can be clockwork, battery, radio, digital or even live steam manual control. Each layout comes with a summary description, design features, control principles, operation, construction and accessories, together with a layout diagram clearly labelled with colour coded loops and sections. The Chiltern Link is an 00 gauge triple oval on two levels, representing an imaginary cross-country line between, say, Wokingham and Aylesbury, with stations and yards from the Big Four 1923 grouping. 112pp, colour photos and layout diagrams. £15.99 NOW £5

68417 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE by Jonathan Harvey

The Volkswagen Beetle or in the USA, the Bug, is a legend, the definitive motoring icon which consistently ranks as one of the greatest cars of all time. Following the Nazis’ demise, the KdF-Wagen (Strength-through-Joy Car, as Hitler named it) factory was liberated by the Americans. Step forward Heinz Nordhoff, who modernised and streamlined production ensuring the car rolled off German production lines for 30 years, followed by a further 25 years’ uninterrupted production in Latin America. Beetle enthusiast Jonathan Harvey has teamed up with automotive publishers Haynes to produce this definitive book on the history, production, engineering and everything else to do with his favourite car. Every single Beetle incarnation from every country in which it was sold is meticulously described, with all styling retouches, engine improvements and suspension revisions duly noted. 400 colour and some early b/w photos. 168pp, 8½”×11".

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68423 YESTERDAY WE WERE IN AMERICA: Alcock and Brown First to Fly the Atlantic Non- Stop by Brendan Lynch

When John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown made the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in June 1919 it was a triumph of navigation, flying skill and rare courage. The Mancunians survived continuous cloud, snow, ice and a near-fatal stall in their open-cockpit Vickers Vimy, as well as a damaged exhaust and a non- functioning wireless. With no modern aids, depending solely on dead reckoning, they landed in Derrygimla, Galway, only 20 miles north of their target destination. They had covered 1,880 miles in their 16-hour marathon from Newfoundland to Ireland - until then, the longest distance ever flown. Staff from the Marconi radio station were the first to greet the Atlantic conquerors but they refused to believe that the fliers had crossed the ocean. 256 pages with photos and a map of the route. £19.99 NOW £6

68634 TEST PILOTS: The Frontiersmen of Flights by Richard Hallion

A typical successful test pilot is an individual who possesses advanced training in a scientific or technical field and who has excellent basic aircraft handling skills. Here a brilliant young historian reveals the real role of the test pilot from Kitty Hawk to the Moon in an insightful and broad survey of flight testing from medieval tower jumpers to astronauts. He focuses on the test pilot as a vital link between designers, the hardware they produce, and the flying public and covers a largely unexplored subject, the burgeoning field of aerospace history. He manages to convey a sense of excitement, danger and technical accomplishment. 347pp softback, illus. £15.95 NOW £5



Set among the most beautiful scenery in Wales, the Ffestiniog Railway has entranced visitors since the days of Queen Victoria. Now it is the most popular narrow- gauge railway in Britain running a 13.5 mile mainline in miniature from the coastline into the mountains. Edward Paget-Tomlinson is renowned for his work on and paintings of railways, canals, waterways and ships. This book contains 37 paintings, each full page and in colour, and 18 pen-and-ink drawings of this rather special railway in Snowdonia that were commissioned for the Railway Heritage Paintings Project. The book also has sections on the history of the railway and the artist’s life and work plus a railway map. 11" x 7" landscape softback. £14.99 NOW £4.50

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