The following books & track plans are available mail order from the publisher - Peter Scott. To order, send an E-Mail to scott.pe[at]btinternet.com with requirements and details. Payment can be arranged by Bank Transfer. Alternatively, send a cheque for the correct amount, payable to "P. Scott" to the following address: 93 Josephine Court, Southcote Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 2DQ. For further details send an SAE to this address or E-Mail to scott.pe[at]btinternet.com. The most recent additions are shown in RED.
MINOR RAILWAYS - 32nd Edition
This A5 size book runs to 36 pages and lists every known Standard Gauge Railway, Narrow Gauge Railway, Miniature Railway, Tramway and Cliff Railway - which offers rides to the public. Information shown for each railway includes: name, location, gauge, layout, length, OS grid reference and telephone number. This Web Site is based around this book. For more details see "Background" on Home page. Most earlier issues still available - please ask for details. Published yearly.
ISBN: 978 1 902368 50 4. Published: April 2020
Price: £5.00 including postage
(Note: Branch Line Society members should refer to BLN about receiving their complimentary copy)
TRACK PLANS OF MINOR RAILWAYS
A series of books covering all the Minor Railways in the British Isles. Each line has its own page and is shown with full track layout, sidings, sheds and with additional details and features. Each book has around 60 pages and is A5 size and comb bound with a plastic cover. These new third edition volumes have been fully updated and have all been redrawn to a much higher and uniform standard.
VOLUME ONE - SOUTHERN ENGLAND
Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Greater London, Kent (119 railways)
ISBN: 978 1 902368 38 2. Published: July 2013
Price: £9.00 including postage & packing. Limited stock
VOLUME TWO - MIDLANDS & EASTERN ENGLAND
Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk (135 railways)
ISBN: 978 1 902368 40 5.
Published: September 2014
Out of Print
VOLUME THREE - NORTHERN ENGLAND
Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland (122 railways)
ISBN: 978 1 902368 43 6. Published: October 2015
Price: £9.00 including postage & packing
VOLUME FOUR - CHANNEL ISLANDS, IRELAND, ISLE OF MAN, SCOTLAND & WALES
Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man. All of Ireland, Scotland, Wales (95 railways)
ISBN: 978 1 902368 48 1.
Published: October 2018
Price: £9.00 including postage & packing
MINOR RAILWAY HISTORY SERIES
This series of books aims to provide definitive histories of various minor railways, both miniature and narrow gauge. The subjects chosen have been rarely featured in written works before - this being a major force in selecting the railways concerned. The books are all fully researched, back to primary sources whenever possible - research for each usually taking some 2-3 years. Likely sales of the books restricts the production to spiral bound, A4 sized volumes - but of least 70 pages, fully illustrated with maps and track diagrams. Unfortunately, limited print runs all of the books in the series are now out of print, but are detailed here for reference. Local libraries to the railways concerned will have copies, as will the excellent Railway Studies Library within Newton Abbot Library in Devon. Those still in print, or being researched, are listed in the next section below. You can view limited pages from some of the out of print books in the Minor Railway Histories series on Google. Go to: Google Book Search and type in the book title - then click "Search".
Out of print titles
Some of the out of print books are now available as downloads. Please note they are as published (not updated), with only minor corrections.
Please respect copyright when using these downloads.
No.1 - A HISTORY OF THE ALTON TOWERS RAILWAY
Includes other Railways and Transport Systems at Alton Towers, together with the Railways at Lilleshall Hall and Trentham Gardens.
ISBN: 1 902368 06 1.
Published: May 1998
Reviewed: Narrow Gauge News 227
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No.2 - A HISTORY OF THE BUTLIN'S RAILWAYS
A detailed history of Billy Butlin's Amusement Park and Holiday Camp Miniature Railways, including other associated Railways and Transport Systems.
ISBN: 1 902368 09 6.
Published: February 2001
Reviewed: Narrow Gauge News 245
No.3 - A HISTORY OF THE WICKSTEED PARK RAILWAY
A detailed history of the 2ft gauge railway and park created by Charles Wicksteed in the Northamptonshire town of Kettering.
ISBN: 1 902368 15 0.
Published: November 2002
Reviewed: Narrow Gauge News 254
No.4 - A HISTORY OF THE THAMES SIDE PROMENADE MINIATURE RAILWAYS
A detailed history of the two 10¼" gauge railways operated by Harold Judd, which ran on the Thames Side Promenade in Reading, during the war and during the early 1950s.
ISBN: 978 1 902368 20 7.
Published: November 2005
Reviewed: Narrow Gauge News 272. Branch Line News 1010
No.5 - A HISTORY OF THE PAIGNTON ZOO RAILWAY
A detailed history of the Paignton Zoo Railway, from its opening as a 12" gauge railway during the Second World War, through its conversion to 10¼" gauge.
ISBN: 978 1 902368 25 2.
Published: September 2008
Reviewed: Miniature Railway 9.
No.6 - A HISTORY OF THE ERNEST DOVE RAILWAYS
Nottingham based Ernest Dove built a number of 7¼" & 10¼" gauge steam & petrol locomotives - the best known being his LMSR 4-6-2 "Coronation", now based at the Eastleigh Lakeside Railway in Hampshire. Less well known were the extensive tours he undertook between 1945 and 1951, mostly with two of his 10¼" steam locomotives.
ISBN: 978 1 902368 35 1.
Published: July 2012
Reviewed: Miniature Railway 20.
No.7 - A HISTORY OF THE CLEETHORPES MINIATURE RAILWAY
The story of the seaside miniature railway, from opening in 1948 to the present day Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, including the railways at Wonderland & Pleasure Island. A definitive history of this well-known and historic seaside miniature railway. Chapters cover a brief history of the resort of Cleethorpes, the first 10¼" gauge railway in 1948, its development through private and public ownership, the extension and regauging (to the unique gauge of 14¼"), to its return to private ownership through to the present day railway. A separate chapter covers the historical background to the many locomotives employed over the years. The miniature railways at Wonderland Amusement Centre and Pleasure Island Theme Park are also fully described in the final chapters. All research has been taken back to primary sources were ever possible. A4 spiral bound with plastic covers. 185 pages. 65 colour and 35 black & white photographs. 15 maps and diagrams.
ISBN: 978 1 902368 41 5.
Published: September 2015
Reviewed: Miniature Railway 33.
No.8 - A HISTORY OF THE LOWESTOFT MINIATURE RAILWAY
The story of a typical seaside miniature railway, from opening in 1948 on the South Pier, to relocation on the Esplanade in 1955, and closure in 1973. A definitive history of this 10¼" gauge railway, which opened during the post Second World War domestic holiday boom and closed as that market declined with the growth of overseas package holidays. That life span coincides almost exactly with the boom years for the typical British seaside resort. Chapters cover a brief history of Lowestoft, the railways on the South Pier and the Esplanade, and other miniature railways in Lowestoft. A separate chapter covers the historical background to the three locomotives employed over the years. All research has been taken back to primary sources were ever possible. A4 spiral bound with plastic covers. 99 pages. 17 colour & 23 black & white photographs. 8 maps & diagrams.
ISBN: 978 1 902368 46 7.
Published: March 2018
Reviewed: Miniature Railway 41.