Book­shelf es­sen­tials

Model Rail (UK) - - OPENING THE BOX -

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.

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