Wagons of the middle British Railways era – David Larkin (6.5/10)

A good overall book, though somewhat impenetrable for those of us who were not 'there' during this period and who don't love 'there' now either. Lots of photos and a ton of history and details on the make, batch, diagram and other bits of train lore that you pick up as you study the bleed … Continue reading Wagons of the middle British Railways era – David Larkin (6.5/10)

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Private-Owner Wagons in Colour – David Ratcliffe (9.5/10)

Another in the series of the 'For the Modeller and Historian' books produced by Ian Allan Ltd this volume's focus is on the UK's private-owner wagon fleet. Not all of it to be sure, but a fair chunk of it. And what's more, for those of you interested in scale railway modelling, there are some … Continue reading Private-Owner Wagons in Colour – David Ratcliffe (9.5/10)

Echoes of Honor – David Weber (7.5/10)

This is book eight in my read everything in the Honorverse odyssey, and to be frank I'm tiring. As the series has developed, Honor's character has deepened and my enjoyment of her has deepened along with it. What I'm concerned about though is the authors including large sections of the narrative focusing on the other side … Continue reading Echoes of Honor – David Weber (7.5/10)

The Electric Railways of Victoria – S E Dornan & R G Henderson (9.5/10)

Published in 1979 by the Australian Electric Traction Association, this is the most comprehensive book on Melbourne's electric railways I've ever read. Quite apart from the historical significance of the work, is the well written narrative of the painful and over-long process to bring ELectric Traction to AUstralia's other big city. Sadly now long out … Continue reading The Electric Railways of Victoria – S E Dornan & R G Henderson (9.5/10)

In Enemy Hands – David Weber (8/10)

After 6 novels, you have to wonder what else David Weber can come up with in the Honorverse. Honor's clawed her way up through the ranks, she's been blown up, cut up, shot up,  and yet through all that she's kept her humanity intact. In this the seventh book of the franchise Honor's facing her … Continue reading In Enemy Hands – David Weber (8/10)

Rail Guide 2016 – Colin J Marsden (9.5/10)

Interested in knowing about every locomotive, EMU, DMU, Coach and Track Machine operated in the United Kingdom by Operator? Then this book is the one you need to buy. Another Ian Allan publication this book's divided into lots of sections: Train Operating Companies, Freight Operating Companies, Infrastructure Companies, Train Engineering Companies, Rolling Stock Hire Companies, … Continue reading Rail Guide 2016 – Colin J Marsden (9.5/10)

British Railway Goods Wagons in Colour – Robert Hendry (8.5/10)

Another in the series of the 'For the Modeller and Historian' books produced by Ian Allan Ltd this volume's focus is on BR's goods wagons. And the focus covers not only the BR system; there's also the private system of the National Coal Board (NCB) and others to boot. There are some highly useful images … Continue reading British Railway Goods Wagons in Colour – Robert Hendry (8.5/10)