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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 – 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 – 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 – British Railways Stinks

    The strange title of this book is easily explained: ‘stinks’ are to chemists what ‘sparks’ are to electricians – unintentional but unavoidable outcomes of their work. This unusual and surprisingly interesting book by Dave Smith and Colleagues covers the unseen and unsung background work of the Railway Chemists as they supported a huge range of the activities of the railway. It is well worth a 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 – Class 50 – Life and Times Series

    This book by well-known author Colin J. Marsden is a 160-page history and celebration of the English Electric ‘D400’ Type 4 that became Class 50 under the TOPS classification scheme. This work covers the development of the class from the DP2 prototype, the duties of the class over the years, the mid-life refurbishment and the decline, to the point of publication in 1991.

    This BRAND NEW but 30 year old 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 the REGIONS – LMR

    This book by well-known author Gavin Morrison is a pictorial study of diesel-hauled workings on the vast and varied London Midland Region and includes BW photos ranging from LMS 10000 through to HSTs. Some photos of WR hydraulics are included from the early 1960s when both ‘Warships’ and ‘Westerns’ were regular visitors to Crewe and Birmingham. Plenty of nostalgia has been captured by this volume of the Regions series.

    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 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 – I tried to run a railway

    This well-known autobiography about the rise and fall of professional railwayman Gerard Fiennes is essential reading for those who are interested in the Beeching era and the events that followed it. Written in an off-the-cuff style, it is entertaining as well as interesting and tells the story of a man who really believed that railways could be adapted to the times, rather than just rushed towards oblivion.

    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 Class 47 Years

    This book by well-known author and photographer Bernard Mills covers the glory days of the Class 47s in Devon and Cornwall and is packed full of colour photographs taken from the 1960s onwards. Perfect for followers of the Brush-BR Type 4s.

    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 33s

    This book by well-known authors Brian Morrison and John Vaughan covers the 98 locomotives of the Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company’s (BRCW) Type 3 design, later to become Class 33 (and nicknamed ‘Cromptons’) that were introduced to BR in January of 1960, initially on the Southern Region but later to be found roaming much further afield.

    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.

  • Book – pre-owned – The Power of THE 47s

    Covering the Brush/BR Sulzer Type 4 locomotives now known as Class 47, these versatile locomotives could be seen in many parts of the BR network hauling almost any kind of train. Several still operate on the mainline today, close to 60 years since their first introduction. 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 Brian Morrison, published in 1980.

    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.

  • Book – pre-owned – The Power of THE 50s

    This book by well-known author John Vaughan covers the first 12 years of the English Electric ‘D400’ Type 4s that were introduced to BR in 1967, initially on the West Coast Main Line and then later in the southwest of the UK where they attracted a huge following.

    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 DELTICS

    Covering the English Electric ‘DELTICS’, later known as BR Class 55, these 22 locomotives made their mark by being the first 100mph diesel locomotives on BR and they transformed services on the East Coast Main Line out of Kings Cross. 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 1986.

    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.

  • Book – pre-owned – The Power of the PEAKS

    Covering the Derby Sulzer Type 4 locomotives of classes 44, 45 and 46, collectively know as the ‘Peaks’, this famous class of locomotives could be seen in many parts of the BR network hauling almost any kind of train. The history of the class from inception to date of publication has been captured in just over 200 black-and-white photographs in this well-known book by Keith Montague, 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.

  • Book – pre-owned – The Western Class 52s

    This book by well-known author and photographer the late Norman Preedy presents a memory of each of the 74 members of the class using BW photographs taken by Norman in the years 1969-1977.

    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 – TRIBUTE TO THE FORTYS

    “TRIBUTE TO THE FORTY’S – 1958 to 1986” published by the CLASS 40 APPEAL in 1986.

    This booklet is rather unusual and appears to be quite rare. “TRIBUTE TO THE FORTY’S – 1958 to 1986” is a paperback booklet, A5 in size (21 x 15 cm) with 100 printed pages and more than 200 photographs, all in black and white except those on the cover page. The booklet was published by the CLASS 40 APPEAL in 1986 and was clearly a success because seven members of the class have made it into preservation, including two mainline-registered examples.

    This rare pre-owned booklet 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 – WR DIESEL-HYDRAULICS

    “WR DIESEL-HYDRAULICS” by Norman Preedy and G F Gillham, 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-hydraulic classes of Type 2 and upwards through their halcyon days. 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 – Western Venture

    86 printed A4 pages filled with 120 photographs (all BW) covering each of the 74 members of this much-loved class of locomotives on a variety of workings across the Western region, from the late 1960s through to the withdrawal of the class in February 1977. The photographs are mostly those of Barry Nicolle and are mostly previously unpublished. This book combines the talents of the photographers and the subject knowledge of the authors and is essential reading for all fans of the class.

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

    Publisher : Budleigh (03 Sep 2021)
    Language : English
    Softcover : 86 pages
    ISBN-13 : 978-0995566521

    Click here for the book review page.

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