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Happy New Year to everyone.

We have decided to cease trading as “Linda Tinker Railway Books” and retire. Reasons include the arrival of two grandchildren and upcoming building work to our house meaning there will be no room for books. This will also give us a chance to focus on other interests. We are sorry to leave such a thriving business which we started from nothing in 2011, but we feel the time is right.

Books will continue to be sold through the website as normal, and you are still welcome to visit us to buy books by appointment. We have decided to stop attending live events and shows, so these are the only ways you can now buy books from us. We will no longer be able to take orders for new books from the USA from Monday 17th January 2022.

Our final closing date is not yet determined, but will be around Spring this year. When we have a definite date, we will let you know.

We would like to thank all our customers for your support over the years. 

Linda & Rob


We have reluctantly taken the decision to suspend all International Shipping until further notice. This is due to the large percentage of packages which are now going missing, causing upset and stress to both ourselves and our customers. IF YOU ALREADY HAVE BOOKS ON BACK ORDER FROM US, THESE ARE NOT AFFECTED AND WE WILL EMAIL YOU WHEN WE SEND THEM. We will keep this decision under review, and let you know when International shipping resumes. 


Our last ever order for new books from the USA will be Monday, January 17th 2022. This means we will be unable to supply the March and April Morning Sun releases. Contact us before this date to order any "new" book on our lists. 


Fantastic weekend at the NMRA(BR) Convention in Derby. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, and much money passed to the traders. Thanks to the Black Diamonds for the invite, and special thanks to Steve D for all his support over the past few years. And yes, the predicted conversation below did happen........


In just 7 days time we will have hopefully set out our stall at the NMRA BR National Convention in Derby (CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS). PLEASE, PLEASE let us know by Wednesday 20th October if you would like us to bring any particular book or books you would like to buy, or even just have a closer look at. Sensible people have already done this, and they won't be disappointed. Just trying to avoid the following conversation.....

Customer: "Have you got a copy of Colorado's Mountain Railroads by Bob LeMassena ? I think I've seen it on your website.

Me: Yes we have, but I haven't brought it.

Customer: (sadly) Oh, I've been looking for a copy for a couple of years now. I hoped you would have brought it. Moves away without buying.....

Me: (THINKS) So if you knew we had it why didn't you email or call to ask us to bring it.......

This happens at least once at every show...



Morning Sun releases for Winter 2022. Please contact us if you would like to order one or more.

January 1st 2022 Guilford Rail System in Color Vol 1

Travel the entire Guilford Rail System from its western end in New York State to lines in eastern New England. This volume features striking photography of all the lines all major engine types and operations, covering from the formation of the system in the early 1980s to its renaming as Pan Am in 2006. Also Included is a look at the former Delaware & Hudson, Boston & Maine, and Maine Central lines.

MInnesota Mining Railroads in Color Vol 2

This volume features the Reserve Mining Company and Erie Mining Company and their successors. These two private industrial mainline railroads were constructed in the mid-1950s to support new taconite iron ore-processing operations and fielded a wide variety of first-generation diesel models. This book details the history of these operations as well as locomotives and rolling stock that were used by the companies.

Observation Car Color Portfolio Vol 5 SAL-YW (softback)

February 1st 2022 1950s Freight Car Color Guide Vol 1 Box Cars

The 1950s are arguably the classic era for freight cars, pre-dating the mergers that would erase many venerable roads and leave us with new names such as Penn Central, Seaboard Coast Line, and Erie-Lackawanna. In the 1950s, "boxcar red" was everywhere, but colorful new paint schemes were arriving and turning heads. It was the final decade of friction bearings and roofwalks, and the ultimate years of stock cars, ice-bunker refrigerator cars, and even the XM 40' boxcar.

Canadian National Power in Color Vol 4 Switchers

This volume continues the coverage of Canadian National’s motive power fleet with a focus on switchers. General Electric industrial-size units are featured along with the standard fare of Alco/MLW, EMD/GMD, and CLC end-cab units. The small handful of Whitcombs used by the CN are included, as are the GMD/CN-built “Sweeps”.

Soo Line Color Portfolio (softback)

This book features the distinctive red and white locomotives, freight cars, and early wine-colored equipment of the Soo Line. Cabooses, passenger and freight trains, equipment, and structures are also included in this full-color book.


Credit card companies are currently increasing security for on-line purchases. Our Card processors ("Opayo") have told us that their anti-fraud measures have been strengthened in the past few days. This means that you MAY have difficulty in completing an order on this website. This might be because your card issuer requires two-step verification. Other reasons can include forgetting to enter your CV2 code (last 3 digits on the back) when using a credit card, or not realising that the system times out after 15 minutes of "inactivity". "Inactivity" could mean that your internet connection has failed. Apologies for this, but we are powerless to do anything to mitigate these measures.


MORNING SUN TITLES 2021. Please let us know if you wish to order any of these.


September 1, 2021

Canadian National Power In Color Volume 3: Covered Wagons (Passenger & Freight) by Stephen M. Timko

Rio Grande In Color Volume 7: Front Range by Jeff Simley

October 1, 2021

Circus and Carnival Trains In Color: A Fond Look Back at Their Equipment and Operation by Robert J. Yanosey

Minneapolis Northfield and Southern Railway In Color by Aaron Isaacs

November 1, 2021

Electric Railways of North America In Color Featuring the Photography of Matt Herson Volume 1 by George W. Hamlin

Soo Line Power In Color Volume 1: Switchers & Covered Wagons by Stephen M. Timko

November 15, 2021

Penn Central and Conrail Trackside with Engineer Chip Syme by Chip Syme

Missouri Pacific Power In Color: Diesels 1948-1982 by Greg Stout


September 1, 2021

Observation Car Color Portfolio Volume 1: A&WP-CB&Q by Robert J. Yanosey

Featuring A&WP, AA, AC, AFT, AMT, ARR, AT&SF, B&LE, B&M, B&O, BAR, BCH, BCR, BN, C&EI, C&IM, C&NW, C&O, CAGY, CB&Q and others!

October 1, 2021

Observation Car Color Portfolio Volume 2: CG-FEC by Robert J. Yanosey

Featuring CG, CGW, CHP, CN, CNJ, CP, CR, CRR, CS, CSX, D&H, DL&W, D&M, D&RGW, DM&IR, DO, DT&I, EBT, EJ&E, EL, ERIE, FCP, FdeC, FDS, FEC, and others

November 1, 2021

Observation Car Color Portfolio Volume 3: FW&D-MTA by Robert J. Yanosey

Featuring FW&D, G&F, GM&O, GTP, GTS, GTW, HICO, IC, ICG, IRC, KCS, L&N, LIRR, LV, MILW, MON, MP, MRL, MTA, and others

November 15, 2021

Observation Car Color Portfolio Volume 4: N&W-RI by Robert J. Yanosey

Featuring N&W, NA, NdeM, NH, NJDOT, NKP, NP, NRHS, NYC, NYO&W, NYSW, ON, P&WV, PC, PGE, PHD, P&N, PRR, QNS&L, RDG, RF&P, RI, and others

28/4/21 Whispers that White River are set to publish a new 600 page book on Shays. More  details when we get them.

9/4/21  White River are to publish a new book titled Fifty Years of Amtrak Trains – A Comprehensive Survey of Every Amtrak Route Since 1971. Promised is a 256 page account of all routes and services offered by Amtrak in its 50 year history. B&W and color images will be supported by maps and promotional art to tell the complete Amtrak story. The quality and appearance will be of the typical White River larger format offerings. Probable price from us around £80.


Just to clear up a question we were asked a couple of days ago by a customer. "Do you charge extra if I use PayPal to buy a book?" Of course the answer is "No." We aren't allowed by law to charge extra for credit card transactions, and I think the same applies to PayPal, or indeed BACS, or cheques. In fact our pricing policy is very simple. The price of the book you see on the website is the price you pay: No postage charges in the UK, nothing extra for PayPal, Credit Card, Debit Card, BACS, cheque or cash. Simple.


All mail being sent from the UK to USA & Canada is facing severe delays because of the impact of Covid-19 and record volumes of mail arriving in these countries.
Therefore, from today (26th October 2020), we will no longer ship to North America until further notice. This applies to orders made through our website and all our sales platforms. We apologise for having to take such drastic action, but having despatched orders some 6 months ago which are still undelivered or lost, we feel we have no alternative. 

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.


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. 

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.