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Birkenhead Tramcar Manufacturers 1859 - 1913

Birkenhead Tramcar Manufacturers 1859 - 1913

Author: Rob Jones

Pages: 100 Size: 21cm x 30cm Paperback ISBN 9781899241415

15.00

Many people in the Wirral know that Birkenhead had the first tramway in the British |sles but very few realise that they had the first tramway factory in the country, a business that continued from 1860 until just before the First World War.

The book is generously illustrated throughout with over 100 original black & white and over 70 colour images and is the result of over 35 years research by the author. It records the story of the tramcar manufacture in the town which made over 3,500 tramcars, many for export overseas. Amongst the Birkenhead firsts was the manufacture by George F Milnes & Co of the first interurban type electric trams for the Isle of Man in 1893.


Rails Across the Isle of Man in the 1950s

Rails Across the Isle of Man in the 1950s

Author: Adrian Kennedy

Pages: 64 Size: 20cm x 20cm Paperback ISBN 9781913555054

9.99

The 1950s was probably the final decade in which the glorious transport heritage of the Isle of Man of the golden age was to be experienced. The decline in the island as a holiday destination from the early 1960s, as its traditional market discovered the summer sun of the Mediterranean, compounded the gradual deterioration in the finances of all of the operators. By the early 1970s, the steam railway had been reduced effectively to a service linking Douglas and Port Erin.

During the 1950s enthusiasts made their way to the island to record its historic transport scene. More than six decades on, these views are now as historic as the lines and equipment that they recorded. Featuring some 60 images, the vast majority of which are believed to be unpublished, this book is a pictorial journey through the superb transport heritage that once served the island.



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Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

Snaefell - A Mountain and a Railway

Author: Andrew Scarffe

Pages: 160 Size: 29.7cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9780993014543

14.99

The Snaefell Mountain Railway was the first mountain railway in the British Isles. Opened in August 1895, it was built in only eight months by pioneering Victorian engineers at a time when electric traction was in its infancy.Today, the Victorian tramcars still climb to Snaefell’s summit, 2036 feet above sea level, where the mountain scenery and views are unrivalled.

This book tells the story of the Snaefell Mountain Railway and also of the mountain itself. It recalls the history of the railway, from the first attempts to build a steam railway to the summit through to the present day. The rich social history of the mountain, mining, folklore and wildlife is also described.

Illustrated throughout with colour and black and white photographs, many of which have not previously been published.



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Power, Poles and Platelaying: Keeping the MER on Track

Power, Poles and Platelaying: Keeping the MER on Track

Author: George Hobbs

Pages: 104 Size: 30cm x21cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060235

19.95

The Manx Electric and Snaefell Mountain Railways are famed for being pioneering ventures in electric traction in the British Isles. Over the years their fleets of historic trams have continued in service with relatively few apparent changes.

The infrastructure which supports their operation is a very different matter. Developing technology, modern techniques, and changing attitudes to the working environment have all affected the operation and maintenance of the heritage railways. The Victorian and Edwardian tramcars have changed little in appearance, but are now supported by twenty-first century railway practices.

This book examines the civil,structural and electrical engineering needed to support the railways. It covers the railway as originally constructed, major upgrades and continuing maintenance, and includes some of the details of the changing circumstances and regulations in which these well-loved railways continue to operate.



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Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary 2018 - A Pictorial Souvenir

Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary 2018 - A Pictorial Souvenir

Author: Andrew Scarffe and Barry Edwards

Pages: 32 Size: 30cm x21cm Paperback ISBN 9780993014512

9.95

****SORRY, THIS BOOK IS CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK***


The Manx Electric Railway celebrated its 125th Anniversary with a week of special events during September 2018.

This souvenir booklet gives a behind the scenes account of how the anniversary week was planned and describes each individual event.

Beautifully illustrated throughout with colour photographs.


One Horse Power - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876

One Horse Power - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Since 1876

Author: Barry Edwards

Pages: 96 Size: 21cm x 21cm Hardback

10.00

Special Offer Price = Normally RRP £16.95

In this book, local transport author, Barry Edwards, tells the story of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway.

Opened on 7 August 1876 and at a time when tourism on the Island was flourishing, the tramway went from strength to strength, being extended several times and with an ever increasing fleet of trams and horses.

Through two World Wars, financial crises and declining passenger numbers the tramway in more recent times has emerged into Government ownership, with refurbished trams and a planned complete relay of the track, as part of the Douglas Promenade refurbishment, albeit with a single track with passing loops, from Esplanade Lane to the Sea Terminal. There are also plans for a new car shed on the existing site at Derby Castle.

Perhaps most importantly, visitors and residents alike will be able to enjoy the delights of this Victorian tramway for many years to come. This book endeavours to tell the story with an informative text and a wealth of illustrations, many not previously published. Maps and a complete fleet list are included.


Manx Electric Railway Past & Present

Manx Electric Railway Past & Present

Author: George Hobbs

Pages: 140 Size: 21cm x 30cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060143

19.95

The Manx Electric Railway is famous as a Victorian survival but the fact is not as simple as it seems.The unique
tramway, like any other, exists to take people where they want to go. Without passengers there would be no tramway and so the MER has survived by adapting.

Covering the eighteen miles from Douglas to Ramsey, this book contains a fascinating collection of old and new photographs. Wherever possible the new photographs have been taken from the same vantage point as the old and so show what has altered as well as what has stayed the same.


Trains and Trams of the Isle of Man (Second Edition)

Trains and Trams of the Isle of Man (Second Edition)

Author: Barry Edwards

Pages: 160 Size 28cm x 22cm Hardback ISBN 9781907945939

21.50

This book is an up-to-date photographic survey of the eight surviving railways of the Isle of Man. The oldest of these had its beginnings in 1823, the youngest is hardly out of its infancy.

The photographic journey is accompanied by informative captions supported by a short historical text describing each of the railways.

Detailed maps and a complete fleet list complement this title, making it one of interest to railway enthusiasts across the world as well as many of the visitors to the Isle of Man who want a lasting souvenir of their journey on one or more of the heritage railways.

This Second Edition, published in October 2015, contains over 80 new photographs and many that were previously in monochrome are now reproduced in colour. A small selection of colour images of the closed steam lines have also been included, none of which have been published before. Each of the text sections have been updated to September 2015 and a couple have been almost entirely re-written following further research. Finally, the fleet list is also revised and correct to September 2015.


Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Isle of Man Railway Journey

Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Isle of Man Railway Journey

Author: Tom Heavyside

Pages: 96 Size: 24cm x 17cm Hardback ISBN: 9781910356029

18.95

This tour of the Isle of Man's steam operated railway lines gives not only the joys of the splendid trains in full colour but also the impressive changing scenery in its natural hues.

The book contains 120 colour photographs as well as large scale maps and other details of local history.

The author has an intimate knowledge of the island's railway lines having already compiled four other books on the Isle of Man's rail system.


Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Douglas - Laxey - Ramsey

Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Douglas - Laxey - Ramsey

Author: Tom Heavyside

Pages:96 Size:17cm x 24cm Hardback ISBN 9781906008758

18.95

The Manx Electric Railway was a pioneer in electric traction and has become a national icon. In this book a full length journey is enjoyed from Douglas to Ramsey together with visits to the Douglas Horse Tramway, the Groudle Glen Railway, the Snaefell Mountain Railway, the Great Laxey Mine Railway and the Ramsey Pier Tramway. Illustrated throughout with both historical and up to date photographs.


Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Douglas to Port Erin

Narrow Gauge Branch Lines: Douglas to Port Erin

Author: Tom Heavyside

Pages: 96 Size: 24x17cm Hardback ISBN 9781901706550

18.95

The combination of superb scenery, vintage rolling stock and an unusual guage make this steam rrailway one of the main attractions on the Isle of Man to this present day. This album illustrates its great appeal to both enthusiasts and visitors alike.


Stops Along the Manx Electric Railway

Stops Along the Manx Electric Railway

Author: George Hobbs

Pages: 140 Size: 21cm x 30cm Paperback ISBN 9781908060099

18.95

The Manx Electric Railway is unique. Built at the dawn of the electric era, towards the end of Queen Victora's reign, it still uses its original rolling stock. The line runs for almost 18 miles through spectacular countryside up the east coast of the Isle of Man. Its antique vehicles continue to serve both the local population and visitors as the tramway has done for more than 120 years.

This photographic survey illustrates every stop from Douglas to Ramsey, and shows the surroundings, infrastructure and the trams which call at each. The pictures are the result of the author's long-term interest in the MER and demonstrate that it is a living railway as well as a priceless part of Manx industrial heritage.


Trains of the Isle of Man  Post Nationalisation (Transport Features of the Isle of Man Series)

Trains of the Isle of Man – Post Nationalisation (Transport Features of the Isle of Man Series)

Author: Stan Basnett

Pages: 96 Size: 21x30cm Paperback ISBN 9781899602049

15.00

This book documents in pictures the operation of the Isle of Man Railway in Government ownership since 1978. It includes a rare insight into some of the restoration work that has gone on since that date.


Trains of the Isle of Man  The Ailsa Years (Transport Features of the Isle of Man Series)

Trains of the Isle of Man – The Ailsa Years (Transport Features of the Isle of Man Series)

Author: Stan Basnett

Pages: 96 Size: 21x30cm Paperback ISBN 9781899602636

15.00

This book documents in pictures the operation of the Isle of Man Railway during its most turbulent period from 1967 to 1978 when it was purchased by the Isle of Man Government. Although Lord Ailsa was only involved for the first four years, the period owed much to the investment that he put into the railway and without which, it would surely have been lost forever.


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