18/10/18 Just over a week to "Union Station" the NMRA British Region Convention. Details of venue and times can be found here. Of course, we will be taking a great selection of new and second hand books, but as we always say: "We just can't bring everything". So if there is something you would like to look at, please contact us, and we'll make sure it's packed. We will be there from about 12 noon on Friday 26th, and will be open for business as soon as we have set up. We usually start to pack away early Sunday afternoon, giving you about 48 hours to browse and buy. We are happy to take pre-orders at the show: for example, Morning Sun have just released news of their plans for the first four months of 2019. And something very new for the 2018 Convention will be the world debut of "Flimsy Jack's Memorabilia Emporium", where Jack will be selling all manner of railroad ephemera that isn't books: photographs, slides, timetables, brochures, plans, catalogues etc. All at very low prices only 50p or £1 !! Do drop in: you may find something of interest....
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.
1/10/18 The NA books have now been placed in their new categories! I may decide to split the Logging/Industrial and the Freight/Passenger categories and lose one or two of the lesser used ones such as "Beebe" or "Technical". Any feedback on this exercise is welcome. I'd be especially keen to hear about any glaring errors, or if you think a book should be moved to another category. I'm no expert on the North American scene, and with over 1200 books to categorise, there are bound to be mistakes. Apologies in advance. Just to emphasise again: our "search" option remains the best way to find a book on the website: just type in a key word and all the titles with that word will appear.
26/9/18 Astute and regular visitors to the website will realise that changes are being made to how we are listing and categorising books. As the vast majority of our stock is now North American, it seemed right that we should attempt to redefine how we list those books. All will still be listed in "All North American Titles", but we have done away with all but 5 publisher categories and replaced these with categories relating to NA companies and with categories relating to NA interests, such as steam, diesel, Interurban etc. Hopefully this will enable enthusiasts to concentrate on their area of interest. This has meant that we have had to contract the number of UK categories as the number of UK books we offer continues to slowly dwindle. Our "search" option remains the best way to find a book on the website: just type in a key word and all the titles with that word will (should!) appear.
This is very much a work in progress and having now gone through about 35% of the NA books, I would estimate that it will be another 5-7 days of work to complete this exercise. I will post an update on here once the work is complete. Thanks for your patience, and remember you can always telephone or email us with queries. Comments onthis exercise are also welcome.
17/9/18 Thanks to everyone at the Seaboard Southern show on Saturday, especially the chaps who helped with the heavy loading/unloading of the books. I don't think I have ever packed away so quickly! A great show, good customers, good layouts and good sales. Also great to see some familiar faces, and meet new enthusiasts. Hope to be back in 2019.
29/7/18 Interesting to hear from some potential sellers of collections. One pointed out to me that one US Railroad book in his collection was "going for £102 on Amazon" and expected a "a good price" for it from me. I had to gently point out that 1) £102 was an asking price, not a selling price, 2) The seller was a bucket shop based in the USA, and that makes the price even more unattractive to UK customers, 3) US books tend to sell for more in the US, as there is a "slightly" bigger market and 4) if I offered that particular book for £100, it would be sitting on my shelves for ever. Needless to say, we couldn't come to an agreement on a price as he wanted £70 for a book I would try to sell for £30. Fortunately, this person was the exception in my experience: most folks are happy to accept sensible prices for their books, and realise that we booksellers have to have at least a chance of making some profit.
28/7/18 Coming soon! A complete run of Wild Swan's LMS Journal. Numbers 1-38, plus the Preview and Anniversary issues. Contact us asap if you would like the whole set, as individual issues are sure to go quickly.
27/7/18 Currently listing some very hard to find Milwaukee Road publications, by Bilty and Wilkerson. Also back in stock, a superb copy of Garden's British Columbia Railway, which is expensive, but well worth the money.
16/7/18 A collection of about 250 North American books has just arrived. Milwaukee Road, Pennsy, Logging and Modelling feature strongly. Keep looking as we start to list them.
4/7/18 If you are at all interested in SP steam, we have a superb book on offer: Joe Strapac 's "Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive Compendium". Visit the details page for this book (here) to read the very interesting history of this almost legendary volume. Important to mention that we have obtained some of the last few copies from the USA. This book will never be reprinted. "Once the're gone, the're gone. No talk or thought of a reprint."
25/6/18 Sadly, the weak £ and rising shipping costs mean that we will be increasing the price of new Morning Sun Books from £48 to £50. This small increase only applies to our latest order which arrives some time this week. We won't be increasing all our MS prices, unlike another seller, and we still think that we are the cheapest source for new MS books in the UK at £50 posted. Come and buy from us at a show, and we may be able to give you a small discount...
23/6/18 Just received news of Morning Sun's releases for the rest of 2018. Worth noting that MS will charge you $81 to ship one book from the US to the UK. That's £61 before currency conversion charges which will be another £1. Or you can order from us for just £50, posted in the UK.
22/6/18 A few more reductions on a few more North American books, some as much as 50% Have a look here, here, here, here and even here! Not an exhaustive list, just a few to look at.
20/6/18 Reductions of at least 20% on all books published by Four Ways West.
13/6/18 We've just added another category at a suggestion from a customer. This is "New North American Books", where books that are fresh from the publisher are listed. Some of them do date back a few years, but these are all "new" as opposed to pre-owned or second hand.
1/5/18 We had a great time at Mech Models Americana weekend. Superb layouts, nice food, Harleys and most important, fantastic people. Special thanks to Barry of Mech Models for being a marvellous host and to Jim of The Black Diamonds for organising a plan for the day. We sold a good amount of books and can't wait for the 2019 event!