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    Branch Line to Swanage  £18.95

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    Branch Line to Swanage - Updated to 1999

    The history, decline and revival of this much-loved senic branch line.

    120 photographs and maps

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    Devon Belle - Pullman Observation Car No 14.  £2.00

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    FROM AMBULANCE COACH TO LUXURY PULLMAN OBSERVATION CAR: A 100 year history of our Historic ‘Devon Belle’ Pullman Observation Car No. 14

    Full Steam Ahead  £9.99

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    Beautifully illustrated with photographs and artwork throughout, Full Steam Ahead is a passionate, charming and insightful look at Britain through the lens of one of its most momentous eras.

    Great Railway Eras: Wareham to Swanage  £18.95

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    The illustrations cover the demise of traditional steam, the introduction of diesels, touch upon the closure period and then emphasise the marvels of resuscitation achieved by so many lovers of this scenic branch. The triumphant entry of the first through train from the main line is vividly portrayed.

    Last Days of Steam: Southern Region  £14.99

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    Over 150 photographs appear in the book taken at locations in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, SOmerset and Hampshire, and including Weymouth, Isle of Wight, Bournemouth, Corfe Castle, Eastleigh, Launceston and Exeter area. A section contains photographs taken at the famous Barry Scrapyard where so many locomotives ended the days. Anyone with a interest in Railway history will be fascinated by this unique pictorial memoir.

    Swanage Railway Trust Magazine  £3.50

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    LATEST ISSUE - Swanage Railway Magazine

    Swanage: 125 Years of Railways  £16.95

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    The opening of the railway in May 1885 transformed Swanage into a respectable seaside resort. The Swanage branch was busy during the golden age of railways due to high passenger, clay, stone demands. Although not included in the Beeching Report, British Railways were determined to close the branch and after much resistance from the local community it closed to passenger traffic in 1972 and the track lifted except for the section to Furzebrook, retained for clay and later oil and gas traffic. Following closure enthusiasts rebuilt the dismantled section over a 30 year period adding three additional stations and today the Swanage Railway is a much acclaimed heritage line. This work, the first to cover the complete history of the branch from the first scheme in 1847 through the failed schemes of the 1860s, its rise and decline in a changing world and subsequent preservation are all told within 288 pages, supported by more than 240 photographs, maps and illustrations.

    The Great Railway Conspiracy  £14.99

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    The year is 1964 and a small boy passes his fifth birthday playing on a derelict railway line. The place is Upwey Junction in Dorset, where the Abbotsbury branch used to leave the main Lonodon to Weymouth railway. The last remnants of rail had been removed just a few weeks previously as part of a relentless process of railway closures in the Britain of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The boy is David Henshaw who came, like his contemporaries, to accept an ever-shrinking railway network as part of the British way of life. Only now, with the railways growing at a rate unprecendented in their long history, is the loss of so many useful routes so dearly felt. Inspired by such childhood memories, David Henshaw sets out to put the record straight in The Great Railway Conspiracy.