Lightmoor Press

Quality and profusely illustrated railway history books
British Railways : The First 25 Years
& British Railway History in Colour
In the third volume of this remarkable colour series, author Neil Parkhouse presents another exciting and extensive collection of pictures, which are again further illuminated with maps, tickets, public and working timetable extracts and other ephemera of the period. Those who knew the lines featured will delight in how they have been brought back to life within these pages, as so very little of what is depicted remains today. Barnwood shed closed in 1964 and Eastgate in 1975; both sites have since been redeveloped, with that of Eastgate completely lost beneath a superstore.
So sit back and enjoy a journey along the Midland Birmingham & Bristol route from Defford, just inside Worcestershire south through Ashchurch. Explore the Midland branches to Evesham and Upton-on-Severn via Tewkesbury, then re-join the mainline through Cheltenham to Gloucester with its' Eastgate station, extensive good yards and dock branches and Barnwood locomotive shed.
And delight in the colour of it all!
280pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, casebound with printed board covers.
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Supplement for Gloucestershire Railways volume 1 First edition
This supplement contains 48 additional pages and photographs added to the second edition of Neil Parkhouses' Gloucestershire Railways volume 1 covering West Gloucestershire and the Wye Valley lines. The supplement is being produced to allow purchasers of the first edition to obtain the added material without purchasing the new edition of the book.
48 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, casebound with printed board covers.

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Gwyn Briwnant Jones present a small selection of photograhs by Ifor Higgon, who recorded over 1,000 railway scenes between 1924 and 1967. This period sees many changes, from the Cambrian Railway soon after grouping through the Great Western period to the end of regular steam traction on British Railways.
An interesting record of the golden era of British steam set against stunning North Wales mountain and coastal scenery.
72 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, card covers.
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By the mid 1850s, Shrewsbury had become an important railway centre and several proposals were made to link the county town to the Welsh coast. In addition to passenger traffic, the coal, lead and stone mining district to the west of Shrewsbury, whilst not large, offered steady traffic, and so a railway from Shrewsbury to Welshpool was promoted locally.
96 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, card covers.
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Lightmoor Press Great Western Steam 1934-1949 - Photographs by Normal Lockett (Mike Arlett & David Lockett) 9781899889464
For this second volume of Norman Lockett’s photographs, we move to his favourite railway, the Great Western and, in particular, the main line between Bristol and Plymouth.
Beginning in the mid 1930s, Norman captured the GWR’s last great era, before the Second World War and then Nationalisation brought to an end nearly 125 years of company history. Living in Plymouth and later back in Weston-super-Mare (where he was born), he often chose picturesque locations which seem not to have been frequented by other photographers. He captured a fascinating array of GW main line workings, from the top link expresses down to the humblest of auto workings, along with numerous freight trains and the occasional branch line service. All but a few of his photographs were taken on glass plate negatives, Norman’s preferred medium, to which we have returned for the scanning process.
With text and extended captions being provided by Mike Arlett (along with additional coaching stock information from John Lewis), GWR enthusiasts will find much to delight herein, whilst disciples of railway photography will appreciate the work of a ‘master’ of his art. In the present day era, when the next train along is likely to look exactly the same as the previous one, we can all wallow in an age when locomotive types were in such abundance that surprises were always just around the corner, when services were often comprised of whatever carriages were available, or goods working made up of a huge variety of wagons.
In short, sit lineside with Norman and just watch the trains go by!

160 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper with colour laminated printed board covers.
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Lightmoor Press Western Region Steam 1950-1965 - Photographs by Normal Lockett (Mike Arlett & David Lockett) 9781899889600
Taking full advantage of technological advances made with cameras and film during the Second World War, most railway photographers began converting over to celluloid during the 1950s. By the time the 1960s dawned, those still using glass plate negatives were few and far between but one of them was Norman Lockett.
A modest man, Norman had gained a reputation of being ‘the photographer’s photographer’, the one all the others appreciated. Yet despite its superb quality, the vast majority of his output has never been published. This is something we have been putting right as we now reach the third volume in this landmark series, with every single illustration again having been scanned from the original glass plate. Each photograph is supported by detailed captions and text by Mike Arlett. By the 1950s, Norman was starting to venture farther afield, a process which was accelerated even further by, first, a move to Bath with his work and, second, a chance meeting with fellow photographer Ivo Peters. Becoming firm friends, Norman now had access to additional transport in the shape of Ivo’s famous Bentley.
Thus, within these pages, we now travel across not only Norman’s native Somerset and into the adjoining counties but to a diversity of locations across much of the former network of the Western Region of British Railways. Thus we have views as far apart as the Tamar Bridge, Chester, Swindon, South Wales, Hereford, the Dovey estuary, Gloucester, the Cotswolds and many other lineside locations visited either as a ‘one off’ or on several repeat occasions. So here is your opportunity to enjoy the ‘Indian summer’ of Western Region steam, followed by its all too rapid and much lamented demise, as seen through the lens of a ‘master’.

192 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, casebound with printed board covers.
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A detailed and extensively illustrated work on the history, geography and working of the GWR Well branch, formed from the Whitham to Wells east Somerset Railway and the Cheddar Valley & Yatton Railway which both linked with the Somerset & Dorset Railway at Wells.
Author Richard Harman. 272 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, hardback with printed board covers.
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