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BR Corporate Identity Manual reprint

BR Corporate Identity Manual reprint

There have been some excellent new publications recently - see them all in our Recent Arrivals section. Outstanding among them is the reprint of the BR Corporate Identity Manual. A slight drawback from the customer's point of view is that being white and with no dust wrapper it has to be displayed wrapped in cellophane. From the untidy cataloguer's point of view the vulnerable unsullied cover is scary. Yesterday I took a deep breath, moved my coffee cup well out of the area, and unwrapped a copy; I was enthralled by the wealth of detail within. In the shop this remarkable book can only be judged by its cover so to give a better idea of the contents I've written a blog post about it with some pictures of the inside. Originally published at £75, it has now been reduced to £45. What a bargain!

Showcase update

Showcase update

We have updated our Out Of Print Showcase, adding over 60 books and time tables. New additions are marked with a +. Here's the link to the Showcase Index page.
Above (or maybe to the right, depending on your browser) is a rather crowded picture of the new additions to the time table sections.

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Stamford Station Canopy

Stamford Station Canopy

At last Network Rail have finished the work on our old home at Stamford Station. The new canopy is very fine indeed. It's been so exciting that we've completely forgotten that it is one year since we opened our new shop here in Scotgate.
To see more pictures of the new canopy have a look at our blog. There are also older posts on the canopy saga.

Plans for Oxford Goods Shed

Plans for Oxford Goods Shed

Among the dubious items remaining in Station House after we had removed everything saleable to our new shop was this crumbly roll of thirteen GWR plans for their goods shed at Oxford. They are unsaleable, we don't want them and so they are FREEEE to anyone who'll take them away. Read more about them in our blog.

Catalogue 103 - Railway Books

Catalogue 103 - Railway Books

Catalogue 103 was our last printed catalogue.
More than 1500 books old, rare and recent on British and foreign railways, and related subjects.
Maps, Periodicals, Time Tables, Official Publications.
Our next catalogue (104, no surprises there) is in preparation, and will probably be issued in early summer. Meanwhile we have a few copies of 103 left, which we'll send out on request.

Our railway catalogues have been issued regularly since 1974 and contain a larger amount of top quality material than is available from any other single source.
The printed catalogue contents are not listed on-line.

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New books recently added

New books recently added

Here are some of the latest arrivals at our new books stock. You'll spot part three of the Book Of The Halls, there are also histories of the Kyle line and Lincolnshire railways, a study of GWR eight coupled goods engines, a highly detailed atlas of the Southern Railway and a masterly account of the railways of the Woolwich Arsenal, a future classic if ever I saw one. Not in the picture are Mike Fell's engrossing book on the port of Goole and its railways, and Rails Along The Fathew, a 150th anniversary history of the Talyllyn Railway which has somehow eluded us for nearly a year. They can all be found in our Latest Arrivals section.
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Isle of Wight, Gresley and the new Baker Atlas

Isle of Wight, Gresley and the new Baker Atlas

Here are the three latest additions to our new stock : the fourteenth edition of the indispensible Baker Rail Atlas Of Great Britain And Ireland; a new history of the railways of the Isle of Wight and a study of Gresley's locomotives and rolling stock with particular emphasis on what has survived into the twenty-first century. All are smartly produced and well illustrated with colour and black and white photographs (no photos in the Atlas, but the maps are in colour). They can be found in our Latest Arrivals section.
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Atlas mountain ...

Atlas mountain ...

... would be a slight exaggeration, but we have had quite a few new ones in recently, some of which are shown here. There are also three volumes which failed to line up for the photo:
The London Railway Atlas
Atlas Ferroviare
Pre-grouping Atlas And RCH Junction Diagrams
all new since last autumn.
And now a fourth! the 14th edition of the indispensible Baker is now in stock.
The old hands will have noticed an interloper - the previous edition of the Pre-Grouping Atlas - of which we have two copies left at the old price. We thought they might be of interest to anyone preferring the smaller format.
As well as these new arrivals we list some thirty assorted atlases in our New Books Maps and Atlases section which you can reach from here.
Oh, and please also note the great improvement in photo clarity due to use of tripod (see nebulous Bradshaw's Hand Book below).

Deluxe Bradshaw's Handbook Back

Deluxe Bradshaw's Handbook Back

Welcome back the Special Collectors' edition of Bradshaw's Hand Book. It's been out of print for a couple of months but fresh supplies have arrived just in time for Easter. You'll find it in our Latest Arrivals section.
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Four new books

Four new books

Just in! Four cracking new books.
Cock O' The North, Gresley's bold experiment : history of the first P2 - the most powerful class of express passenger steam locomotives to operate in the UK.
London Railway Atlas - the fourth and greatly enlarged edition of a great favourite.
Railways Of The North Pennines : the rise and fall of the railways serving the North Pennine orefield
and lastly the long long awaited third volume of the History and Development of Railway Signalling In The British Isles series:
Freight Marshalling Yard Operation, Control and Signalling.
Find them all in our Latest Arrivals section
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Two books on Tyneside

Two books on Tyneside

Two interesting but quite different books on Tyneside railways just arrived - Stephen Chapman's latest in his ever-popular Railway Memories series and Beyond The Blaydon Races, volume 1 of Alan Clothier's masterly work on waggonways and railways in the south east Northumberland coalfield. This volume chronicles the lines reaching the Tyne at Lemington Staithes. These two are both listed in the Latest Arrivals section.
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Fame At Last!

Fame At Last!

Hope you all saw the Guvnor's moment of glory on Great British Railway Journeys. If you missed it it can be found on the BBC iplayer, it's the Oakham to Cambridge episode.
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New Stock

New Stock

Two handsome new books just in are Andrew Dow's masterly work on railway track The Railway : British track since 1804 and Peter Johnson's lively album Narrow Gauge Lines Of The British Isles. We also have a new Middleton in the Eastern Main Lines series - Nottingham To Boston.
All these and much more are to be found in our Latest Arrivals section.
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City Link

The failure of City Link, the carriers we have used for many years to deliver large or valuable parcels on the British mainland, has been reported in the press. Until we can find a suitable replacement for their service we have resorted to offering Royal Mail services for larger consignments. Alas, they are neither cheap, nor insured, nor tracked.
Customers who want a consignment of more than two or three books, and consider the rates offered at our checkout are excessive, are welcome to phone or e-mail to discuss alternative arrangements. The same applies to customers wanting insurance or tracking for their parcels.
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Magazine Runs

A popular section of our old site gave a listing of all the runs of bound journals we had on offer. We have now reinstated this section on our new site and have produced an up-to-date list of all our runs of Railway Magazine and other classic and modern periodicals, together with society and institutional journals and proceedings. All these goodies can be viewed from here.
It isn't possible to order these runs on-line because most of them are fairly bulky and - unless collected by the buyer - will need special arrangements for delivery. If you are interested in any of them simply phone us on 01780 766266, or e-mail books@roberthumm.co.uk. Payment may be made by card, cheque or cash. There would be no problem in making payment for a run through the site as a Special Order when the delivery charge has been agreed.

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Michael Portillo's Bradshaw

For his television programme Mr Portillo uses a copy of Bradshaw's Tourist Handbook. He refers to it as a "Bradshaw's Guide" which is inaccurate. The real Bradshaw's Guide is the well-known series of monthly time tables published between 1839 and 1960, of which we have including some listed in the Secondhand Showcase on this site. The time table Bradshaw's Guide contains no tourist information, except for hotel advertisements.
Original copies of Bradshaw's Tourist Hand Book (the correct title for Mr Portillo's 'guide') are unfortunately extremely scarce. The individual parts turn up from time to time, but to get all four together is most unusual. The one Mr Portillo is using came from us (of course!) but it is only the second complete set we have ever seen. Sadly we have no more, even of the individual parts, to offer at present.
Bradshaw also produced an annual publication called Bradshaw's Railway Manual, Shareholders' Guide And Directory. This doesn't have any tourist information, either.

Now for the good news

So much for originals. Now for the good news : not one but two reprints of the Portillo set have been produced and both are on offer in our New Books section. You can use the Search Box to find them quickly by entering the reference codes.

Reference : G2855 . Title : Bradshaw's Guide. Hand Book 1. 2. 3. 4. A complete year set of the four regional parts for 1866. Paperback, with an enlarged page size for easier reading. £24.95

Reference : G2893 . Cover title : Bradshaw's Hand Book 1. 2. 3. 4. (from title page : Bradshaw's Descriptive Railway Hand-Book Of Great Britain And Ireland.) A reprint of the actual volume used on the TV programmes. £10.00

Reference : A3999. The de luxe version of G2893 - Special Collector's Edition at £25.00

Which to choose?

G2855 Bradshaw's Guide. Hand Book 1. 2. 3. 4. Is complete with all the illustrations, advertisements and maps. It is not the same edition as that used in the TV programme, but is only three years later and any variations will simply reflect the growth of the railway system in that time. The print size is slightly enlarged for easier reading.
Note that this edition is temporarily out of print. We hope to get new stock early in 2015. Meanwhile we have left the entry on the web site, but it cannot be ordered.

G2893 Bradshaw's Descriptive Railway Hand-Book Of Great Britain And Ireland. For Portillo fans this has the virtue of greater authenticity. It is a reprint of the actual volume used on the TV programme, except that it does not include the advertisements, nor all the town plans, and perhaps not all of the illustrations. It is a neater volume - a nicely-produced hardback in the original size, and is excellent value.

G3339 The same contents are now available in a de luxe edition, on high quality paper with a leather binding. It is a handsome production and at £25, still very good value.

Pocket-sized? We were asked whether Bradshaw's Descriptive Railway Hand-Book would slip in the pocket, being in a smaller format. It would have done, in its single parts, but as a stout little hardback it is certainly too large for the average pocket (or handbag). Nevertheless it's slightly more portable than Bradshaw's Guide. Hand Book 1. 2. 3. 4.

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