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  • Book – A Manual for Diesel Loco and DMU Drivers

    Many books have been written on diesel traction, but there haven’t been any since the 1960s that give an in-depth explanation of how diesel locomotives and DMUs actually function and what is involved in driving them. This “Manual for Diesel Locomotive and DMU Drivers” addresses these and many other pertinent topics, including the knowledge required to drive trains safely and effectively, and the attributes that make a good driver. This comprehensive and insightful manual also considers railway rules, route knowledge, preparing locomotives & DMUs, driving trains “on the road” and the serious matters of traction failures, assisting failed trains and the many incidents that can occur along the way. It provides a fascinating insight into the life of a train driver and will appeal to those who drive trains, aspire to do so, or the general rail enthusiast.

    Publisher : Platform 5 (19 May 2022)
    Language : English
    Hardcover : 240 pages, A4 format
    ISBN-13 : 978-1909431898

    Here’s a summary by the author, DEPG driver and WSR Diesel Traction Inspector John Leach : The book is 240 pages long, hard back and in A4 format. It includes 87 diagrams, 39 tables and many photos, particularly of loco parts. Very roughly, it is a balance of 50/50 traction and the other knowledge required by a Driver. Please note that it is a manual for Drivers, and does not convey the depth of knowledge required by fitters, although there are cross references to other works (such as the BR manual ‘Diesel Traction’, 1962) for those requiring much deeper information. My own work is technical, but is a step down from ‘Diesel Traction’, with many of the diagrams being illustrative rather than technically correct, as I  have tried to illustrate the basic working of various pieces of equipment. It is titled, ‘A manual for diesel loco and DMU drivers’.

    And from the publisher, Platform 5 : This book focuses on the role and duties of heritage railway diesel drivers and secondmen, but contains little that should not be comprehensible to anyone with an interest in diesel traction and footplate matters. The author is a fifth-generation railwayman who began his footplate career in 1970 and is now a diesel driver and traction inspector at the West Somerset Railway. Of the book, he writes, “It is the standard of knowledge that was required of me by BR, and that which I now seek to pass on to others”.

  • Book – Backtracking Around V by Bernard Mills

    This new book is the fifth in the popular series of ‘Then and Now’ books by Bernard Mills and is entitled ‘Backtracking Around Plymouth, Looe, Liskeard, Three Stations for Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow‘, which must be one of the longest book titles that we have come across !

    This is a new book, the profits from which will go into the D1010 restoration fund.

    Publisher : Pen & Ink (2022)
    Language : English
    Softcover : TBA
    ISBN-13 : TBA

  • Book – BR Swindon Type 1 – Class 14 – Vol 1

    This comprehensive study of the BR-Swindon Type 1 locomotive, later known as Class 14 has been published in two volumes. This first volume covers the life of the class under BR ownership. The second volume covers the life of the class in industry and preservation.

    Well researched by Anthony P. Sayer, these books are an absolute ‘must have’ for all who are interested in these sturdy and well-built machines.

    Proceeds from the sale of this book go to the D9518 Restoration Fund

    Click here to view the second volume.

    Click here to view the Book Review of the first volume.

    Click here to view the Book Review of the second volume.

  • Book – BR Swindon Type 1 – Class 14 – Vol 2

    This comprehensive study of the BR-Swindon Type 1 locomotive, later known as Class 14 has been published in two volumes. The first volume covers the life of the class under BR ownership. This second volume covers the life of the class in industry and preservation.

    Well researched by Anthony P. Sayer, these books are an absolute ‘must have’ for all who are interested in these sturdy and well-built machines.

    Proceeds from the sale of this book go to the D9518 Restoration Fund

    Click here to view the first volume.

    Click here to view the Book Review of the first volume.

    Click here to view the Book Review of the second volume.

  • Book – Class 37s in the Far West

    160 printed pages of A4 filled with the details of English Electric Type 3 Class 37s at work in the ‘Far West’ of the UK, an area defined by the authors as being west of Taunton and west of Yeovil. Plenty of detail, plenty of photographs (all in colour), nicely reproduced and backed up with plenty of interesting text. The authors, Stephen C. Marshall and Roger Geach, have combined their massive knowledge with a detailed database of workings from 1965 onwards, so it is a good read for anyone who appreciates the rugged power and reliability of the class and the scenic variety that is typical of Cornwall.

    This is a new book, the proceeds from which will go into the D1010 restoration fund (by agreement with the authors).

    Publisher : Budleigh (8 Nov. 2019)
    Language : English
    Hardcover : 160 pages
    ISBN-13 : 978-0995566514

  • Book – Clayton Type 1 – Class 17

    This comprehensive study of the ‘Clayton’ Type 1 locomotive, later known as Class 17 was published in May 2021 and has become the definitive reference work on this unusual and short-lived Class of locomotives that once numbered 117 examples.

    Carefully researched by Anthony P. Sayer, this book is crammed full of detail and is an absolute ‘must have’ for all who are interested in these curious machines, of which only one remains in existence today.

    Click here to view the Book Review by Neale Long.

    Hardback, 374 pages, 280 photos/diagrams.

  • Book – Green Diesel Days

    96 printed pages filled with colour photographs covering a wide range of diesel locomotive classes, plus some multiple units, almost all in green livery except where it was relevant to show the alternative livery. This book is organised into separate chapters that cover each region of British Railways as they existed in the 1960s and each chapter carries an introductory text before launching into pictures and captions.

    Unlike some books in this series, this volume is not just a ‘picture book’ because the photos are highly varied and worth dwelling upon. This plus the interesting captions make it good value for money and that is why we are offering it.

    This is a new book, the proceeds from which will go into the General Loco fund .

    Publisher : Amberley Publishing (2019)
    Language : English
    Softcover : 96 pages
    ISBN-13 : 978-1-4456-9453-5

  • Book – Plymouth to Penzance

    100 printed pages of A4 filled with interesting views of workings in that very special territory, west of Plymouth. Plenty of detail, plenty of photographs (almost all in colour), nicely reproduced and backed up with interesting captions. The author, Roger Geach, has an obvious affinity with the area covered by this book. His knowledge of the workings – and the best locations to photograph them – in this area is second to none.

    There are over 30 photos of ‘Westerns’ along with many others of classes 08, 20, 25, 31, 33, 35, 42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 50, 60, 66, 67 and HSTs. This is a great read.

    This is a new book, the proceeds from which will go into the D1010 restoration fund (by agreement with the author).

    Publisher : Budleigh (1 Nov. 2016)
    Language : English
    Hardcover : 100 pages
    ISBN-13 : 978-0995566507

  • Book – pre-owned – BREL Locomotive Works

    This book by well-known author John Vaughan is a pictorial study of the six major facilities that were amalgamated into British Rail Engineering Limited in 1970, namely Crewe, Derby, Doncaster, Eastleigh, Glasgow and Swindon works. This BW picture-packed volume covers the wide range of heavy engineering work involved in keeping the 1970s and early 1980s fleets of locos and rolling stock in good condition – it is a very interesting read.

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help D1010 by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – British Rail Main Line Locomotives

    This book by author and journalist Pip Dunn is a 176-page reference work covering all of the classes of loco that have run mainline on BR metals over the years 1960 through to 2013, from Class 14 to Class 92 and contains a load of detailed information about each class and sub-class.

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help D1010 by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – Diesels and Electrics on Shed

    ‘DIESELS AND ELECTRICS ON SHED – Volume One – LMR’ by Rex Kennedy and Oxford Publishing. This pre-owned book dates back to 1979 and being a 96-page hardback, the book itself is is in excellent condition, but the dust cover is a little jaded. The author has gathered a good selection of monochrome photos from depots and stabling points all over the LMR covering the sixties and seventies, from the LMS 10001 to the Class 56.

    This pre-owned hardback book is offered for £10, the proceeds of which will go directly to the D1010 restoration fund.

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help our cause by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – DIESELS ON WESTERN REGION

    “DIESELS ON WESTERN REGION” by H L Ford, published by Bradford Barton in 1974.

    The book is one of a well-known series that was published at a time when books on diesels were not so readily available as they are now. This book is faded and discoloured on the jacket but the inside is still in very good condition and contains plenty of black-and-white photos covering all of the diesel classes of Type 2 and upwards that worked in the Western Region of BR, including a great view of ‘Hymek’ D7035 departing from Williton in one of the last years of the branch while still under BR operation. This is one of the most sought-after books of this series.

    This pre-owned first edition hardback book is offered for £15, the proceeds of which will go directly to the D1010 restoration fund.

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help our cause by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – Looking back at AC ELECTRIC Locomotives

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help D1010 by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – Looking back at CLASS 24 & 25 Locomotives

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help D1010 by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – Looking back at CLASS 26 & 27 Locomotives

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help D1010 by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – Looking back at CLASS 31 Locomotives

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help D1010 by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – Looking back at CLASS 33 Locomotives

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help D1010 by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – Looking back at CLASS 37 Locomotives

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help D1010 by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – Looking back at CLASS 47 Locomotives

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help D1010 by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – Looking back at CLASS 50 Locomotives

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help D1010 by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – Looking back at ENGLISH ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help D1010 by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – Looking back at PEAKS

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help D1010 by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – Looking back at SULZER Locomotives

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help D1010 by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – Looking back at TYPE 5 Heavy Freight Locomotives

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help D1010 by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

  • Book – pre-owned – The Power of THE 40s

    Covering the English Electric Type 4 ‘D200’ class, later known as BR Class 40, these were amongst the first ‘pilot scheme’ diesel-electric locomotives that were introduced by BR back in 1958. Although heavy and underpowered compared with later designs, they were put to good use on passenger and freight workings and were based in all regions except the WR and SR. The history of the class from inception to date of publication has been captured in just over 200 black-and-white photographs, plus some in colour, in this well-known book by John Whiteley and Gavin Morrison, published in 1978.

    This pre-owned first edition hardback book is offered for £10, the proceeds of which will go directly to the D1010 restoration fund.

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the restoration of D1010. Please help our cause by purchasing this book. Thank you very much !

    If you have books or magazines that you want to donate to us, please email contact@depg.org or use the contact form so that we can provide a postal address to you. We appreciate your efforts to give us more items to sell to raise funds for the DEPG fleet.

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