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Author Guest Post: Tim Hillier-Graves

Gresley and Thompson – A Controversy Analysed and Untangled

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Author Guest Post: Steve Bartlett

Worcester’s Great Western Diesel Railcars

Working on the Severn Valley

Steve Bartlett

Ex-GWR Diesel Railcars – Worcester

Allocation – April 1960







Many will be familiar with the role ex-GWR diesel railcars played on Severn Valley passenger services. They could be seen daily working from Hartlebury to Bewdley, Bewdley to Tenbury Wells & Woofferton and on the Kidderminster – Bewdley – Shrewsbury line. On the latter most GWR railcar worked services only went as far as Bridgnorth, although at least one went through to Shrewsbury daily; the balance was worked by engine and coaches.

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The Story of Reliance Motor Services

It started in 1917 as a horse-drawn carrier and grew to become one of the UK’s most respected family-owned independent bus companies. Along the way, Reliance Motor Services touched the lives of several generations in small villages across the Berkshire Downs. This short video supports the history of the company written by David Wilder and Barrie Hedges and published in April 2020 by Pen & Sword.

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Guest Post: Howard Piltz

In this new guest post, Pen and Sword Transport author Howard Piltz explains the inspiration behind his new book Aircraft and Aviation Stamps.

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Author Guest Post: David Mather – The Final Years of London Midland Region Steam

The years leading up to the end of steam on BR in 1968 were a time for many railway enthusiasts to pull out all the stops in a last-ditch attempt to record on camera the ever dwindling stock of steam locos still working on our railways. I was amongst those, lucky in that the north west of England was their final stronghold. My home in Bolton was close to the busy Manchester to Preston line, the route of what became the last ‘named train’ to be steam hauled, ‘The Belfast Boat Express’ to Heysham Harbour. From Preston, travelling the West Coast Main Line between Wigan North Western and Lancaster Castle stations became a regular week-end activity, venturing over Shap to Carlisle when opportunity arose. Most of these journeys were steam hauled, usually by a ‘Black 5’ or one of the last ‘Pacifics’, the Britannias, while shutters were kept clicking as grimy 8Fs and 9Fs hauled their freight through smoke filled stations.

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Author Guest Post: Jim Blake

Today we have a guest post from Pen and Sword author and transport photographer Jim Blake. Jim has written numerous titles for Pen and Sword which can be viewed here.

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Meet the author: Malcolm Clegg

Today on the blog we have an exclusive interview with Malcolm Clegg. Here Malcolm tells us more about his upcoming release British Steam Locomotives Before Preservation.

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Meet the author: Andrew Bartlett


…or at least we would have done had it not been for the fact that we’re in lockdown in Yorkshire, while Andrew’s in a similar situation 100 miles away in Leicestershire. So we thought who better to interview Andrew about his new book…than Andrew himself!

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Author Guest Post: David Maidment

A Privileged Journey

Over the past three or four years I’ve given talks to many railway clubs and groups and am often asked to share my experiences as a railway enthusiast boy and young man, which seems to resonate with so many of us brought up in the nineteen-forties and fifties. For then most small boys were trainspotters – and no-one seemed to worry that were allowed to roam round Britain’s railway stations with a duffle-bag filled with a notebook and pencil, an Ian Allan ABC spotters’ book, a few sandwiches, a fruit pie and a bottle of Tizer. I just had to visit my cousin, a district nurse, to get the smuts from my eyes after a day round the London termini.

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Britain’s Tramways: West Midlands Metro – Gareth David

To mark the publication of my new book – a history of Croydon (London) Tramlink – this is the first in an occasional series taking a look at Britain’s urban light railways, and begins with a visit to Birmingham and a trip on its fast-expanding West Midlands Metro.

The system that was originally known as Midland Metro opened almost exactly a year before Tramlink, on 30 May 1999, and there are a number of parallels in the history of the two systems, both making extensive use of former railway alignments and both suffering from financial difficulties in their early years.

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