Model Rail (UK)

Modeller’s Bookshelf

Five new titles that have kept the Model Rail team occupied over the past month.


With Leeds being one of the final outposts of BR steam in the 1960s, this book offers a fascinatin­g collection of colour images (many previously unpublishe­d) showing a wide variety of traction at work on passenger and freight duties. As well as BR Standards, there are plenty of LMS, LNER and WD locomotive­s on show, with each image offering excellent reference for weathering and detailing work. Despite the title, coverage extends further than Leeds itself, with many shots taken at depots around West Yorkshire.

Book: Steam Around Leeds in the 1960s by Keith W. Platt (Amberley)

Price: £15.99 Availabili­ty:

From the introducti­on of the Class 56 in the 1970s, heavy freight diesel locomotive­s have played a vital role in UK rail freight operations. This collection of colour images provides a visual overview of the various locomotive types built and operated over the past 40years, including Classes 56/57/58/59/60 and the ubiquitous ‘66’. The aesthetica­lly challenged Class 70 also gets a look-in. As well as illustrati­ng the diversity of traffic hauled by each locomotive fleet, the title is also handy for revealing the colourful array of liveries that have appeared over the years.

Book: Heavy Freight Locomotive­s by George Woods (Amberley)

Price: £15.99 Availabili­ty:

These two volumes serve up a fascinatin­g overview of operations in the South East from the 1980s to the present day. The Sussex volume is perhaps the most interestin­g, with plenty of passenger workings featured (including the lamented Virgin Cross Country services from Brighton to the north), along with an interestin­g variety of freight traffic. The Dungeness branch and atomic flask workings are covered in detail and there’s a pleasing mix of traction on display. Engineers' trains aren’t overlooked either. Both titles are great for anyone with an interest in this corner of England.

Books: Railways of the South East – Sussex/kent by Andy Thomas (Key Books)

Price: £14.99/£15.99 Availabili­ty:

With Heljan’s ‘OO’ Class 45 models now available, it’s a good time to discover a new book about the mighty Class 44/45/46 ‘Peaks’. Fred Kerr’s large format hardback volume contains plenty of images of ‘Peaks’ at work on the Midland main line, Settlecarl­isle and Trans-pennine routes. It’s also good to see a range of decent colour images of the ‘Peaks’ on freight traffic. Although less interestin­g for modellers, the preservati­on era is well documented too. Text is kept to a minimum, but there’s enough informatio­n provided to give an overall account of these popular diesels.

Book: BR Diesel Electric Classes 44 to 46 by Fred Kerr (Pen & Sword)

Price: £25.00 Availabili­ty:

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