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MINOR RAILWAYS

Front PageMINOR RAILWAYS - 36th 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 55 9. Published: April 2024
Price: £5.00 including postage
(Note: Branch Line Society members should refer to BLN about receiving their complimentary copy)

MINOR RAILWAY MINI HISTORY SERIES

This is a new series of short histories of minor railways, which do not warrant a full Minor Railway History volume. They are written and presented very much in the same format and style, but with the content more condensed and less detailed.

The Mini Histories series are available as free downloads. Please respect copyright when using these downloads. You are welcome to download the books for personal use and research. Permission must be requested before reproducing any of the content in any form. Thank you. Further information about any of the railways described, or any corrections, are very welcome.

A list of those now available, in preparation, or proposed, is shown below.

IngoldmellsM1 - A HISTORY OF THE INGOLDMELLS MINIATURE RAILWAY
A short history of an east coast 7¼" gauge railway.

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Coate WaterM2 - A HISTORY OF THE COATE WATER MINIATURE RAILWAYS
A short history of two 10¼" gauge railways in the early 1950s.

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Hunstanton RailwaysM3 - A HISTORY OF THE HUNSTANTON MINIATURE RAILWAYS
A short history of railways on the Pier and at the South Beach.

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Plymouth Central ParkM4 - A HISTORY OF THE PLYMOUTH CENTRAL PARK MINIATURE RAILWAY
A short history of a temporary 10¼" gauge railway in the 1940s.

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Mini Histories IndexINDEX TO MINOR RAILWAY MINI HISTORIES
A complete index to M1 - M4

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Maidstone Zoo RailwayM6 - A HISTORY OF THE MAIDSTONE ZOO RAILWAY
A short history of a 2ft gauge railway in Kent.

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In preparation:
M5 - A HISTORY OF THE HERNE BAY MINIATURE RAILWAY
A short history of the 7¼" gauge railway on the Pier.
Research is complete, but production of the finished work is being delayed by the continued unavailability of items at the British Library, following a Ransomware attack there last October.

Proposed:
Glasgow International Exhibition 1901
Walton-on-the-Naze Pier Railway
Easthampstead Park, Wokingham
 

 

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 consideration 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 mean many of the books in the series are now out of print, but are detailed here for reference. However, many of them are now available as free downloads. Additionally, libraries local 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".

 

Skegness Front PageNo.9 - A HISTORY OF THE SKEGNESS MINIATURE RAILWAYS
The story of miniature railways in the well-known "bracing" east coast resort of Skegness, detailing their development, history and locomotives, set against the social and economic history of the resort. A definitive history of all the miniature railways and tramways that have operated, or were planned, in the area of the former Skegness Urban District Council. We follow the story from an early horse drawn tramway and the first miniature railway in the 1920s - through a lean time due to the influence of Billy Butlin, to the most well-known miniature railway in Skegness - a 10¼" gauge railway, which opened in the post Second World War era. The detailed history of the various locomotives operated on all the railways described in the book are also covered in a separate chapter.  A4 spiral bound with plastic covers. 181 pages. 28 colour and 42 black & white photographs. 13 maps and diagrams.
ISBN: 978 1 902368 53 5
Published: December 2022
Reviewed: Miniature Railway 58. Heywood Society Journal 92
Price: £22 plus £6 postage & packing

 

 

 

 

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. You are welcome to download the books for personal use and research. Permission must be requested before reproducing any of the content in any form. Thank you.

History One CoverNo.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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History Cover TwoNo.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




History Cover ThreeNo.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

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History Cover FourNo.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

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History Cover FiveNo.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.

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History Cover SixNo.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.
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History Cover SevenNo.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.

Lowestoft Miniature RailwayNo.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.