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23/8/20  Some important news regarding our shipping policy to Canada here


It's becoming apparent that some very recent US Railroad books are going out of print quite rapidly. Short print runs (sometimes of a few hundred) are the reason. For example, 21 Morning Sun books have gone Out of Print in the past 18 months. Sometimes these books are difficult to find on the second-hand market, and will often command silly asking prices when they do appear. Coming sometime today, a new category on the website: "New, But Out of Print".
We have several new books, fresh from the publisher, which appear in this category. These will be at their original asking price, or sometimes below. This is a chance to buy these books, and just to be clear, these will almost certainly be the last copies we can obtain. In most cases we only stock 1 or 2 copies of each title, so stock is very limited.


Some new products arriving soon. We can obtain any of these, so please let us know if you are interested.

Silverlake Images: Following quickly on the heels of their recently announced Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Vol. 35, is a new series of publications based on manufacturers’ and builders’ catalogs. All too often the comment is heard that the photo captions in books contain no solid information. Often the reader can gather the same captioned info by looking at the photos themselves. The new series is called Manufacturers’ Catalog Archive and it will provide data and information right from the builders’ own sales and reference literature. The first two titles are: Book 1 – Jordan Spreaders & Russell Snow Plows and Book 2 – Browning Locomotive Cranes Vol. 1. The Jordan / Russell book will be 96 pages and the Browning will be 74 pages. These are based on carefully preserved original builders’ catalogs that have been digitally scanned. Printed on high quality gloss paper, these 8 ½ X 11 soft cover books feature a series number on the spine. Perfect for the collectors out there! Books 1 and 2 are already in production and are expected to be in stock around August 19. Already a Book 3 – BUDD Passenger Cars and a Book 4 – Bethlehem Steel Facilities have been announced with a delivery date scheduled for late September. More details to follow. All titles will remain in production for as long as demand warrants. Additional topics are in the works and they run from Porter locomotives to RDC’s and beyond.  The RPC Vol. 35 is complete, all arrangements have been finalized and press time is being scheduled. If all goes as planned the book should be shipping in mid to late September.

Withers Publishing: A new title. BNSF Locomotive Directory 2019 – 2020 should be available by the end of August. In typical 6 x 9 soft cover format this is a 192 page book. It is expected to be typical of their directories and will feature colour images of each class as well as up to date roster info.

5/8/20 News of a book from the SPH&TS, "Los Angeles Division by John R. Signor". Several of our customers have asked if we can supply this new book. In short, the answer is "No". We did email the SPH&TS in June, asking if they would supply us with copies, but haven't even had a reply. Sadly, this is not untypical of US RR Historical societies. (C&OHS is the one exception)

We can only suggest that you make your own arrangements to buy a copy from a US dealer. It's not economic for us to buy from retail dealers, unless customers are prepared to pay cover price, plus the costs of getting a book here, plus something for our profit. We have found that customers won't do this, and I don't blame them. If anyone is a member of the SPH&TS, and can give them a nudge to answer our email, we would still like to carry copies of this book (and more SPH&TS titles). Just as an example as to how expensive single book purchase is this $80 (£61) book would cost another $62 (£47), when ordered from the Society to ship to the UK. (£108, and don't forget to add on your currency conversion charge on your credit card!) Other US retail book dealers may be cheaper.


News reaches us of a new volume of Railway Prototype Cyclopedia (Volume 35). If you are familiar with these very highly rated titles, you need to know that this volume is very different in that it has 385 pages and will be priced at £75-£80. Details below. Please let us know if you would like a copy, as we will not be ordering any "spare" copies  Due Autumn 2020.

Volume 35 is a special super-sized edition comprising 385 pages, which contain much useful prototype information in one extensive, comprehensive article on the following subject:

 Genesis of The A.A.R. Standard 40' Box Car: a part of the continuing series covering 20th century American box, automobile, and refrigerator car designs, the 385-page article by Pat Wider centers on the Association of American Railroads' Standard Box Car of 1937. The A.A.R. design of 1937 was a further development of the American Railway Association's Standard Box Car of 1932. Improvements included increased inside dimensions, better riding trucks, standardization of vendor-supplied car body components, improved friction draft gear and automatic air brake systems, longer-lasting wheels, stronger designs and floors, and safer and easier to operate power hand brakes. Brief histories of the standardization and impact of these various sub-systems on the railroad industry through World War II are included as well as descriptions of several post-war developments. This volume provides the ideal prelude to the 6-inch taller A.A.R. alternate standard box cars built during and after the war.

This comprehensive article includes 5 tables, 15 historical railroad industry sidebars, 33 industry trade ads, 47 U.S. patents, 72 diagrams, and 428 B&W photographs of 10-foot inside height (or slightly less) A.A.R. Standard Box Cars of 1937 built from May, 1936, until December, 1948. The article includes much valuable information on the relevant box cars for the following railroads: A&EC, A&WP, ACL, AT&SF, B&O, BM, C&EI, C&O, CG, CGW, CIL, CN, COPR, CP, CR, D&M, DL&W, Erie, FEC, Georgia, GM&O, IHB, ITC, KCS, L&C, L&N, LS&I, LV, M&StL, MEC, NADHM, NC&StL. NdeM, NH, NJI&I, NKP, NP, NPF, NS, NSD, NYC, ONT, P&LE, PM, RDG, RSCX, SAL, SL-SF, Soo Line, Southern, SP, T&NO, T&P, TC, UP, VGN, W&LE, WAB, WM, WofA, and WP.


Quite a few North American Books now going Out of Print. We have 1 or 2 copies of each of these. If they interest you grab them now before they appear on the secondary market at ridiculously inflated prices.

The Great Northern (Yaremko) (SOLD OUT)  Shade Tree's SP Historic Diesels Vol. 7, 1 left, SP Historic Diesels Vol. 20 SOLD OUT and PRR Diesel Pictorial Vol. 3 (Withers) 2 left


Another revision of the website is now complete, where we have added categories for more North American books. This includes some more Roads such as CSX, Delaware & Hudson and The Southern Railway as well as the promised Rock Island Line and Norfolk & Western. Freight and Passenger have been split, but the Freight AND Passenger category remains to cater for those books which cover both aspects. As always, please use the search facility, or feel free to email and ask, or telephone and ask.


We have just completed a revision of the website book categories. As we now have less than 700 UK books, they have all been catalogued under one category "UK Railways & Trams". All UK books are now only in this one category. You can still find individual UK books, or groups of books using the "search" box. You could search for the author, or "LMS" for example. Or you could have a swift look through all of them, which doesn't take as long as you would think.

This will free up space to add more North American categories. Roads such as Rock Island and Norfolk & Western will get their own category, and I will split the "Freight" and Passenger books. All this is happening in the next few days. Comments welcome. 




Applicable from 11/7/19

When shipping to the following UK areas or postcodes, parcels over 2kg will carry an extra charge, due to RM and Courier costs. Please contact us for further details before placing an order. We will do our best to send your parcel as economically as we can. 

Northern Ireland

Scottish Highlands - AB36-38, AB55-56, FK17-21, IV1-39, IV52-54, IV63, KW1-14, PA21-40, PH19-26, PH30-41, PH49-50

Scottish Islands - HS1-9, IV40-51, IV55-56, KA27-28, KW15-17, PA20, PA41-49, PA60-78, PH42-44, ZE1-3

Channel Isles

Isle of Man

Isle of Wight


News for our European Customers. Our courier company has recently increased prices for delivery to mainland Europe, possibly in some kind of preparation for Brexit. This means that our shipping costs will increase, as we cannot afford to subsidise this service. We hope that customers will think that the increase is reasonable, and will continue to buy books. 


We can obtain any of these listed in print Morning Sun books direct from the USA. All books are NEW, and we can supply both Hardback and Softback books.

Many of these titles are already available on the website, as either new or s/h copies.

PRICES: Softbacks all £40-£45, partly dependent on the £-$ exchange rate.

Hardbacks: MS have different prices dependent on when the book was published. Please ask for our price which reflects the published price but is partly dependent on the £-$ exchange rate.


15/11/18  Don't forget we can get you any in-print title from Morning Sun, White River, Carstens, The Railroad Press, The C&O Historical Society, Signature Press, Withers, Garbely Publishing, Bob's Photo, The outer Station Project, Depot Square Publishing, Old Line Graphics, Shade Tree Books, Railroad Avenue Enterprises and more. You only have to ask...

5/10/18 A few final tweaks to the website "redesign"in consultation with our designers, Welford Media. Now all the new categories are visible on all devices, including phones and tablets. At the bottom of the home page you can now link to our Facebook and Twitter pages, should that kind of thing appeal to you.