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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 – A Pyramid of Diesel Hydraulics

    This new book about the Western Region’s Diesel Hydraulics has been published by Mike Woodhouse and Graham Howell and is based on their experiences and notes from their careers at Old Oak Common, Laira and Swindon Works from the late 1950s onwards. This fascinating book became sold out within a few weeks of publication and we are pleased to have supported the reprinting of a further batch to satisfy the demand.

    Click here to go to the BOOK REVIEW that has been kindly provided by DEPG member Neale Long.

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

    Publishers : Mike Woodhouse and Graham Howell
    Language : English
    Softback: 146 pages, A5
    ISBN-13 : Not Applicable

  • 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 – Changing Engines by Michael Hollick

    This high quality hardback book by Michael Hollick was published by the LNWR Society on 17th July 2023 and delivers an interesting picture of the early days of diesel traction in the Birmingham area.

    Click here to go to the BOOK REVIEW that has been kindly provided by DEPG member Neale Long.

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

    Publisher : London & North Western Railway Society
    Language : English
    Hardcover: A4, 140 pages
    ISBN-13 : 978-0-9570158-6-9

  • 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 – Hydraulic Memories

    This new book about the Western Region’s Diesel Hydraulics has been complied by ROGER GEACH using images from the vast repository at TRANSPORT TREASURY.

    This is a new book, the proceeds from which will go into the D1010 Restoration fund.

    Publishers : Totem Publishing
    Language : English
    Hardback: 80 pages 273 mm x 215 mm, 85 colour images,
    ISBN-13 : 9781913893446

  • Book – pre-owned – A Pictorial Record of the DIESEL SHUNTER

    A Pictorial Record of the DIESEL SHUNTER DIESEL HYDRAULICS by Colin  Marsden  published by Oxford Publishing Co.

    This book is the original 1981 edition.

    If you have books 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 – CLASS 50 a Pictorial Journey

    CLASS 50 a Pictorial Journey by David Cable published by Pen and Sword.

    If you have books 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 – CLASS 50s in Operation

    CLASS 50s in Operation by David N.Clough published Ian Allen Publishing Limited.

    This book is as new.

    If you have books 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 – DELTICS Super Profile

    DELTICS Super Profile by R.M. Tufnell published by Haynes Publishing Group.

    If you have books 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 – DIESEL Memories

    DIESEL Memories by Roger Siviter published by The History Press.

    If you have books 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 SEMAPHORES

    DIESELS AND SEMAPHORES (1985 edition)  by Roger Siviter published by Oxford Publishing Company.

    If you have books 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 NATIONWIDE Volume 1

    DIESELS NATIONWIDE Volume 1 by Keith Montague published by Oxford Publishing Company.

    If you have books 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 NATIONWIDE Volume 2

    DIESELS NATIONWIDE Volume 2 by Colin Judge published by Oxford Publishing Company.

    If you have books 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 NATIONWIDE Volume 4

    DIESELS NATIONWIDE Volume 4 by Colin Judge published by Oxford Publishing Company.

    If you have books 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 – 35 Years of Main Line Diesel Traction

    35 Years of Main Line Diesel Traction, by Colin Marsden  published by Oxford Publishing Co.

    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 – AC Electric Locomotives of British Rail

    AC Electric Locomotives of British Rail by B Webb & J Duncan, published by David & Charles Locomotive Studies – Newton Abbott.

    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 – All Change for the West

    All Change for the West by G F Gillham published by Kingfisher Railway Productions.

    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 – APT – A Promise Unfulfilled

    This copy is pre-owned and has been donated to the DEPG for the purpose of raising funds for the upkeep of our locomotive fleet. Please help the DEPG  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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