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General Bibliography (including GCR & LNER)

The grouping of 123 railway companies in 1923 into the 'big four', the Great Western Railway, the London Midland Scottish Railway, the London North Eastern Railway and the Southern Railway was the inspiration for the structure adopted to navigate the website. Within Warwickshire only three of the big four operated, the GWR, LMS and LNER, with the latter only having a very small presence; the section of the former Great Central Railway's mainline dissecting the North-East of the county through Rugby. Therefore we have divided the bibliography to reflect the principal themes of the website - the 'GWR', 'LMS', 'LNER' and 'Miscellaneous'. The GWR was not affected by the grouping in the county with no other railway company being absorbed. However this was not the case with the LMS which was a new company and which within the county absorbed the Midland Railway, the London North Western Railway¹ and the Stratford Midland Junction Railway, the latter having absorbed the East & West Railway and the Evesham, Redditch & Stratford upon Avon Railway Junction Railway in 1909.

'Miscellaneous' was created to address the number of branch lines not owned by the railway companies, mainly colliery branch lines although some significant branches existed serving power stations, quarries and commercial premises and has yet to be addressed to any significant depth. Cadbury's, the Edge Hill Light Railway and the Foleshill Railway are just three that come immediately to mind. It was also designed to provide short cuts to specific themes, such as engine sheds and hopefully one day, the goods yards and each locomotive seen on the website.

We have therefore chosen to provide a separate bibliography for the LMS and GWR whilst the LNER has been included under the 'Other and General' heading. Books covering the post-1948 period of British Railways are listed according to the geographical area that they cover. Therefore books covering an area operated by only one of the pre-1948 railway company are listed under that company, whereas books addressing two or more areas have been listed under the 'Other and General' heading. As the website has focused primarily on the LMS and GWR it is to be expected that there is only a small list of books under 'Other and General'. We hope this will change in the future when the numerous industrial and colliery branch lines are included within the website.

¹ Whilst the Harborne Railway was an independent company up to 1923 with a separate Board of Directors and paying dividends on its own shares, it was operated by the LNWR for much of its life and for that reason it has been treated as being part of the LNWR.

The captions and the histories of the stations and routes on this website have been written by the contributors consulting many resources, not least from the many articles and books that have been published over the last century. Therefore much of the detailed information contained within the website is due in great part to the efforts of the authors of the publications listed below. We wish to take this opportunity to both express our recognition and our thanks for their dedicated research and hard work.

General Bibliography GWR - Books GWR - Magazines LMS Bibliography

Title Author(s) Publisher
The Blitz - Then and Now Volume 2 Editor W Ramsey Battle of Britain Prints International Ltd
ISBN 0 900913 54 1
History of the British Railways during the War 1939 - 45 R Bell The Railway Gazette in 1946 (no ISBN)
Nuneaton & Bedworth: Coal, Stone, Clay & Iron:
Forgotten Railways in North Warwickshire
Peter Lee Amberley Publishing IBSN 978-1-84868-970-1
Aylesbury to Rugby including the Brill Tramway Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith Middleton Press ISBN 1904474918
British Railways Locomotives - Combined Volume and Locoshed Book Anon Ian Allan ISBN various as different for each year
BR Steam Locomotives Complete Allocations History 1948-1968 Hugh Longworth Oxford Publishing Company ISBN 978-0860936619
British Locomotive Catalogue 1825-1923 Volume 3A Midland Railway
and its constituent companies
Bertram Baxter Moorland Publishing Company ISBN 0 903485 52 4
West Midlands Industrial Steam in Colour Part 1 (Non National Coal Board) Terence Dorrity Irwell Press ISBN 978 1 906919 70 2
BR Mark 1 & Mark 2 Coaching Stock Hugh Longworth Oxford Publishing Company ISBN 978 0 86093 650 3
Railway Breakdown Cranes Volume 1 Peter Tatlow Noodle Books ISBN 978 1 906419 69 1
Two Centuries of Railway Signalling Geoffrey Kichenside and Alan Williams Oxford Publishing Company ISBN 0 86093 541 8
Book 187 - Morris Conveyors (March 1931) Herbert Morris Ltd Herbert Morris, Loughborough
Industrial Locomotives of the West Midlands (1947 and 1957 versions) Various members The Birmingham Railway Club
Industrial Steam Locomotives of Central England (Reprinted 1969) Compiled by R.C. Evans Warwickshire Railway Society Publication
Celebration of Steam – West Midlands J.B. Bucknall Ian Allan Publishing ISBN 0 7110 2250 X
Railway Steam Cranes J Brownlie John Browlie SBN 09502965 0 3
Severn Valley Railway Stock Book (7th Ed) Compiled by D Williams Severn Valley Railway Company ISBN 0 90731500 3
Mechanical Appliances for Handling Railway Traffic G Bulkeley The Railway Gazette (1921)
The Mechanical Handling of Goods C Woodfield Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd (1921)
The Design of Typical Steel Railway Bridges W Thompson The Engineering News Publishing Co. (London) 1908
The History of Blue Circle P Pugh Cambridge Business Publishing (ISBN 1 871341 01 9)
Oil on the Rails A Coppin HMRS (ISBN 0 902 835 17 3)
Petroleum Rail Tank Wagons of Britain R Tourret Tourret Publishing (ISBN 978 0 905878 09 6)
Brunel's Timber Bridges and Viaducts Brian Lewis Ian Allan ISBN 978-0-7110-3218-7
The Girder Bridge after Brunel and others PSA Berridge Robert Maxwell 08 007095 7
R-O-D, The Railway Operating Division on the Western Front WAT Aves Shaun Tyas ISBN 978-1-9002-8999-3
Obstruction Danger Adrian Vaughan Patrick Stephens Ltd ISBN 1-85260-055-1
Signalling in the Age of Steam Michael A. Vanns Ian Allan Publishing ISBN 9-780711-023505
Private Owner Wagons - A Fifth Collection Keith Turton Lightmoor Press ISBN 9781899889228
The Steam Age in Colour Dr R Preston Hendry and R Powell Hendry Blandford Press
Rugby's Railway Heritage Peter H Elliot Anderson Publications ISBN 0907917062
Signalman’s Reflections Adrian Vaughan Silver Link Publishing ISBN 0 947971 54 8
Railway Signal Engineering (Mechanical) (reissue of 1932 revised 3rd Edition) L.P. Lewis Revised by J.H. Fraser Peter Kay ISBN 1 899890 041
The Long Haul – The Life and Times of the Railway Horse Bryan Holden J.A. Allen & Company Ltd ISBN 0 85131 395 7
Railway-owned Commercial Vehicles S.W. Stevens-Stratten and W.J. Aldridge Ian Allan ISBN 0-7110-1689-5
Birmingham ABC Railway Rates Book (1935) N/A The Railway and Shipping Publishing Co. Ltd
Works and Depots - Wagon Repairs Ltd N/A Drew & Hopward Ltd
Railways of the West Midlands - A Chronology 1808 - 1954' Charles Clinker The Stephenson Locomotive Society
British Carriage & Wagon Builders & Repairers 1830 – 2006 Chris Sambrook Lightmoor Press ISBN 13 9781899889273
Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company John Hypher, Colin and Stephen Wheeler Runpast Publishing ISBN 1 870754 34
Private Owner Wagons – A First Collection Keith Turton Lightmoor Press ISBN 1 899889 12 4
Private Owner Wagons – A Second Collection Keith Turton Lightmoor Press ISBN 1899889 14 0
Industrial Locomotives of West Midlands Compiled by R Shill Series Editor R Hateley Industrial Railway Society ISBN 0 901096 70 9
The Practical Design of Plate Girder Bridges (1920) Harold Hughes Bird Charles Griffin & Co. Ltd. (No ISBN)
Frankie's Place - An article on the Newdigate Colliery Railway Mike Kinder & Ray Fox Railway Bylines August 2002
Railways in Focus Photographs from the NRM Collections Ed Bartholomew and Michael Blakemore Atlantic ISBN 0-906899-91-5
Working Steam Series Stanier 8Fs Jeff Ryan, David McIntosh and George Moon Ian Allan ISBN 0-7110-2894-X
The Ironstone Quarries of the Midlands Part 2 - The Oxfordshire Field E Tonks Runpast Publications ISBN 1870754026
Birmingham Railway Scene CC Dorman Town & Country Press Ltd
A History of Slipping and Slip Carriages C Fryer Oakwood Press ISBN 0853615144
Shakespeare’s Railways J Boynton Mid England Books ISBN 095222481X
Square Deal Denied E Gibbins Leisure Products ISBN 0952103931
The Signal Box Signalling Study Group Oxford Publishing ISBN 0860932249
Railway Signalling and Communications Various St Margaret’s Technical Press Ltd
A Century of Railways around Birmingham and the West Midlands - Vol One John Boynton Mid England Books ISBN 0952224844
A Century of Railways around Birmingham and the West Midlands - Vol Two John Boynton Mid England Books ISBN 0952224852
The Big Four in Colour 1935 – 50 D Jenkinson Atlantic Transport ISBN 0906899621
RCH Handbook of Stations’ for both 1929 and 1956 RCH RCH
Birmingham and the Black Country Nigel Welbourn Ian Allan Publishing ISBN 0711028443
The Weston Collection Philip Weston Wyvern Publications ISBN 0907941087
British Railways Past & Present - Warwickshire Roger Siviter Past & Present Publishing ISBN 1 85895 1607
A Passage Through Time in a Warwickshire Parish Aston Cantlow & District History Society Aston Cantlow & District History Society
Steaming into Birmingham Richard Coleman and Joe Rajczonek WD Wharton ISBN 1 899597 04 02
Pre-Grouping in the West Midlands PB Whitehouse Oxford Publishing Co ISBN 0 86093 328 8
Branch Lines of Warwickshire Colin G Maggs Alan Sutton Publishing ISBN 0 75090317 1

General Bibliography GWR - Books GWR - Magazines LMS Bibliography

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