If you like fun facts, then you’ll like some of the snippets that Ray Hamilton has dug up for his latest book, For The Love Of Trains. Did you know that the Wuppertal Suspension Railway in Germany once carried a baby elephant? Or that Wagons-lits founder Georges Nagelmackers competed in the 1900 Paris Olympics? Sadly, it doesn’t offer much to for the serious railway enthusiast and makes common mistakes (such as referring to Pullman cars as carriages). But it could be a potential stocking filler if you’re already planning your Christmas shopping. Price: £9.99 Availability: Summersdale Publishers Ltd, 46 West Street, Chichester PO19 1RP Web: www. summersdale.com I Tried To Run A Railway should be on every railway enthusiast’s bookshelf, especially now that it’s been reprinted as a handsome paperback. Gerard Fiennes was a maverick among BR managers, becoming chief operating officer to general manager of the Western Region. His tale of getting BR management to release the first ‘Britannias’ to the Great Eastern Main Line is almost worth the cover price alone – as are recollections of his run-ins with driver Bill Hoole. If you want to learn about the politics behind BR, this is the place to go. Price: £10.00 Availability: All good railway bookshops.