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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 41 - Summer 1980

Book Review

Two new publications received in April are both welcome fare for the preservation minded enthusiast. Both were compiled by Pete Nicholson, the Editor of Railway Times, and that fact is a guarantee of a very high standard of accuracy and presentation.

Diesel Locomotives in Preservation (Vol. 1) is devoted to Standard Gauge Industrial Locomotives and its pages record all known diesel locomotives in preservation in the British Isles, including those at preservation centres, on preserved and tourist lines and station exhibits in playgrounds, etc. There are no less than 38 photographs, one or two to a page, with histories of the locomotives illustrated, and there is a comprehensive tabulation of the 154 in the categories covered by the publication. Our own yellow peril', the Kerr Stuart, is selected for special mention as a rather unattractive, but nevertheless historic diesel loco. We won't argue about that description!

Vol. 2 will contain an illustration of every locomotive of BR and LMS origin now in preservation - 31 in total - and petrol engined locos and railcars will be covered by a later volume. Vol. 1 can be obtained from Pete Nicholson, Railway Publishing, Southwood Lane, Cheltenham, Glos. GL50 2QH - at £x.xx + xxp P&P - and is good value and recommended.

Rising Steam (another Vol. 1) is a pictorial record of the first 25 steam locomotives to be rescued from Barry Scrapyard and restored to working order by railway enthusiasts. It is published by the Barry Steam Locomotive Action Group, 24 Highlands Road, Seer Green, Beaconsfield, Bucks. HP9 2XN - at £x.xx + xxp P&P - and every locomotive is treated to a full page picture and a comprehensive caption. Try to write the list of 25 before you see the book. There are 12 GWR, 4 Southern, 7 LMS and 2 BR Standards - and you deserve a pat on the back if you can complete the list without cheating! Over 110 locomotives have now been rescued from Barry. Not all will be restored, but we hope at least one of Quainton's restoration successes will appear in Vol. 2 of this very worthy record of the devotion of enthusiasts to the preservation of steam.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1980 and so does not reflect events in the 30+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Book Review - Quainton News No. 41 - Summer 1980

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