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Scotland, the North East and Cumberland and Westmorland nostalgia railway books

Published: 11th December 2014

Last minute nostalgia Christmas railway books for all!

If you don’t want to battle the shopping crowds such as in Birmingham's 180 stall Frankfurt Christmas Market & Craft Fair or similar markets in other towns, rail.co.uk has been sent three more nostalgia railway books which will appeal to many.

They all follow a similar format and are perfect for dipping into at any time, especially while on a rail journey over the same routes where they exist. And if you are planning a holiday in these areas, they would make a great reference book to take with you.

Scottish Steam 1948-1967 ISBN 97807 5247 6872 – Brian Dickson

This is a 164 page softback book with colour covers and hundreds of photographs in date order with informative extended captions. Many steam sheds are featured from the smallest to the largest mirrored by the locomotives illustrated.

The whole of Scotland is covered as are a range of veteran Victorian built locomotives along with more modern LMS, LNER and BR built classes. The book is well worth the cover price of £15.99 from The History press.

Diesel Power in the North Eastern Region ISBN 97807 5249 3138

This is another 164 page softback book which looks at a defined geographical area operated by BR’s North Eastern Region which ended in 1967. And again, the format is as above with hundreds of photographs illustrating a broad range of diesel locomotives on all kinds of duties at many locations. The book also includes the diesel railcars amongst the fabulous selection of images, which are now long vanished from the main line but still operate on preserved railways. This excellent book costs £16.99 from The History press.

Cumberland and Westmorland Railway Pictorial 1948-1968

This 100 page softback book covers many railway aspects. The geographical location means that the author had a huge choice of locations to choose from ranging between the coast and mountains. Mountain routes were via Shap and Ais Gill There is also a completely diverse range of trains illustrated, steam, diesel and electric.

The 20 years covered here are from nationalisation to the end of steam and many rural routes which were closed by 1968. As with Mr Dickson’s other books, it is good value with over hundred illustrations, all well captioned and retails at £14.95 from Kestrel Railway Books.

All three books were authored by Brian Dickson, a well known Scottish author who is a volunteer steam driver at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. They would all make a suitable gift for anyone interested in the geographical areas and their associated railways.

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