Latest News

1/11/17 Many thanks to all of our friends, colleagues and customers who made the NMRA Convention at Derby this weekend such a great experience. Special thanks to Steve Dennison and his team for the organisation of the Convention, and congratulations to David McLaughlin on his installation as President. We'd also like to thank Robin Swan for all his support during his 12 months as President in 2016-2017.

5/10/17 Only a few days to the Winchester O Gauge Continental & American Meet. Saturday, 14th October. As always we will be bringing a good selection of North American and Continental books. If there is any particular item you would like to have a look at, please email, ( and we will make sure it's in the car. Meet details here

10/9/17 If you are a fan of Industrial railways, don't miss our offer of 10 copies of Industrial Railway Record for only £30, post free. 

18/7/17 Have a look at a selection of new books from our latest featured publisher, Garbely Publishing of New Jersey, USA. A group of quality titles, and we have already sold two, so get your order in quickly...

20/6/17 As usual, TVNAM was a very enjoyable event, even in the heat! Fewer through the door, apparently, but we still managed to sell many more books than last year. Thanks to Nick and his team for organising it, and hopefully the event will be held again in 2018.  Our next event is at Winchester in Octoberbut we would hope to bring some books to a Black Diamonds meet in the summer, probably in August.

30/5/17 We are sometimes asked: "How does it all work?", so here is a quick snapshot of what we do. Firstly a book we have bought is assessed. It is scrutinised, page by page to check for annotations, creasing, missing pages etc. The boards and dust wrapper are checked: sometimes the book is cleaned, small tears to the DW are repaired or the DW is covered. A condition description of the book is written, and a photograph taken. A realistic and competitive price is decided. The description and photograph of the book are uploaded to the website and a unique identifying number is computer generated and assigned to the book. The book is placed in the "Latest Additions" category and at least one other. Some books are featured on the front page of the website. This process does take some time, but our customers know that every book has had a thorough scrutiny and been give a very accurate description before it is offered for sale. The book will be removed from the Latest Additions category, typically after about 2 weeks, but remains live on the website in other categories. 

Next Time: How we prepare for a show. 

29/5/17 Just to confirm that at the moment we are very unlikely to buy in UK Railway books, unless they are published by RailRomances or Wild Swan. We are very happy to buy books relating to North American Railways/Railroads and will almost certainly make a very good offer for such books.

4/4/17 A belated thanks to the Calder Northern group of the NMRA for organising a really good event at an interesting venue on Saturday. As usual at these NMRA Meets, we met a lot of great people, and sold a lot of books!

17/1/17 A really good day at Benson with the NMRA on Saturday. Well organised and very friendly as you would expect. Thanks to all the organising committee: we're looking forward to the 2018 Meet already... We sold plenty of books, but we still have a really good selection to choose from. Looking to hit 1,000 North American listed soon!

6/12/16 Did you know that we always have a large number of books waiting to assessed, catalogued and listed for sale on the website. At the moment we have about 1,000 UK books, 200 "World" books and about 750 North American books in this category. For example we have over 50 Morning Sun titles to list, and many OPC and Middleton Press just waiting to be bought. You can help us to get rid of this backlog simply by buying books: and remember: WE PAY THE POSTAGE

9/9/16 In a slight alteration to the website, the following American publishers now have their own category with us: Heimburger House, Pruett and Staufer. As we get more and more North American books it seems to make sense to divide them up as much as possible. Hopefully this may make searching a little easier. 

4/8/16 Please note that as from today we will be unable to accept CHEQUES in payment for small amounts (ie under £20). Unfortunately, charges for processing cheques mean that it is now uneconomic for us to take them for smaller amounts. As an alternative, payment by credit or debit card, PayPal or BACS are all welcome. 

11/10/15 An interesting article by David Wilcock in "Steam Railway" magazine (No. 446 Ocober-November 2015) in which he discusses the value or otherwise of treasured railway book collections. Linda and Rob were interviewed for the article along with fellow booksellers Nigel Bird, Robert Humm and Stuart Manley (Barter Books). We all gave basically the same message: that not all railway books have a value in the second hand market at the moment, due to previous large print runs by Ian Allan, Bradford Barton, David & Charles etc. Dealers will usually want to buy quality books, but we know that there are many that we can't make an offer on. This is certainly a shame, but there are so many collections available now. We alone are asked to buy books about 8 to 10 times every week, and we have to decline the vast majority of offers. It's not a particularly hopeful read, but a realistic one. But as a bonus (?) there is a picture of Linda and Rob in the article....    

8/10/13 International Customers. Please see our  How to buy page for important information about ordering books.
We are able to take Credit/Debit card payments over the telephone. Just ring us on 01335 330965 with your requirements and we will try and send you your books on the same or next working day.
If you decide to pay by cheque, please let us know which book(s) you have ordered when you post your letter. We are also vey happy to arrange to meet you at any of the events we attend, so that you can collect your books from us in person. 
Remember: we offer FREE postage on ALL items posted to UK Addresses. The price you see on the website is the price you pay: there are NO hidden extras.

11/12/13. No apologies for re-posting this entry. One customer recently wrote: "This type of book is not easy to find but the seller has a great stock for those interested in modelling US rail roads."  So, have a look at our ever growing number of quality North American books. All can be found in our "North American" category. Many of our North American books are virtually unobtainable in the UK, so why not take advantage and remember that all these books, any quantity,  are posted to any address in the UK FREE. No need to pay expensive postage from the USA.