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Steam South West

Steam South & West
by Michael Messenger, £16.00

A pictorial record of the last days of British Railways steam, illustrated with a personal selection of the authorís black and white photographs, many published for the first time, and ranging from Cornwall and Devon to the Isle of Wight.

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The Pentewan Railway
by M J T Lewis, £25.00

A fully revised and extended history of Cornwall's best known narrow gauge railway. Starting as a horse-drawn tramway for carrying china clay, later rebuilt as a narrow-gauge steam railway by an internationally famous engineer. Its fortunes were inextricably linked to the picturesque harbour of Pentewan where it was an intimate part of the local community.

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Fayle's Tramways
by Chris Legg, £16.00

Clay mining in Purbeck - Two hundred years of railways on six different gauges - a story told with detailed personal knowledge of the mines and railways. It tells of the many aspects of clay mining and processing, locomotives and rolling stock, personalities, merchants and miners, and the school train.

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Caradon & Looe
by Michael Messenger, £18.00

Some of the richest copper mines in the United Kingdom, a rare Cornish canal and a railway uniquely engineered to convey the minerals by gravity combine to make a fascinating story. Very much a local story, part of the railway survives as the picturesque Looe branch.

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Royal Albert

Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge
by John Binding, £14.00

Brunel's solution to getting the Cornwall Railway across the very considerable obstacle of the River Tamar at Saltash was the magnificent Royal Albert Bridge. Its unique design and handsome proportions make it one of his most outstanding works, with an aura of grace and majesty all of its own. A deeply researched work.

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Inclined Planes

Inclined Planes in the South West
by Martin Bodman, £15.00

In much of the south west, inclined planes provided an essential means of transport for industry. Mines, quarries and limekilns all utilised cable-, rope- or chain-hauled planes in the period 1780-1950. Canals, too, as well as early railways, adopted them as an engineering solution.

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Culm Valley

The Culm Valley Light Railway
by Michael Messenger, £15.00

The full history of the pioneer light railway that became the Great Westernís much loved Hemyock branch, one of Devonís most picturesque branch lines. Famous for its milk trains and gaslit carriages, it ran for nearly a century.

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North Devon Clay

North Devon Clay
by Michael Messenger, £14.00

The three-foot gauge Torrington & Marland Railway was built by the international engineer John Barraclough Fell to provide an outlet for the ball clay industry. It was succeeded by the Colonel H. F. Stephens conceived and engineered North Devon & Cornwall Junction Light Railway.

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The Redlake Tramway & China Clay Works
by E. A. Wade, £8.00

This three-foot gauge line was built deep into the heart of Dartmoor to open up the Redlake china clayworks. This full account also recounts the story of the works and the lives of the workers in this remote location. The Zeal Tor tramway is also described.

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The Struggle for the Cornwall Railway
by Hugh Howes, £14.00

The Cornwall Railway had a long and very difficult gestation. Finance was a continual problem and the first engineer was replaced by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This deeply researched book tells well the story of this vital broad gauge line.

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