As we have about 80 titles from the Calgary Group of British Railway Modelers of North America (BRMNA), a new category has been created. Mostly costing just £5 these landscape pictorials of about 30 pages provide some great B&W shots of the locomotives or areas described. Plenty of explanatory text, and maps usually included. Listing of these titles has begun, and will take as long as it takes.
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.
MORNING SUN Hardback titles for 2020
Erie Lackawanna in the Conrail Era Volume 3 1991-1999 Jan 5th
Louisville & Nashville Through Passenger Service In Color Jan 5th
New Have Power In Color Vol 1 Diesel Cab Units Feb 1st
The Monongahela Railway In Color Vol 2 Feb 1st
Norfolk Southern In Color Volume 2: 1999-2019 March 1st
Santa Fe Power In Color Vol 3:Electro-Motive Switchers and 4-Axle Hood Units March 1st
Rio Grande In Color Volume 6: Tennessee Pass April 1st
Long Island RR Multiple Unit Cars Volume 1: Cars Built 1905-1949 April 1st
A reminder of the up-coming Morning Sun titles for the rest of 2019. All obtainable from us, please let us know asap if you want one.
Santa Fe Power In Color V2: Electro-Motive E, F, & Cowl Units Nov 1st
Monon In Color V2 Nov 1st
Penn Central In the Conrail Era V1: 1976-79 Nov 15th
Burlington Northern Washington V1: The Old SP&S Nov 15th
UK POSTAGE CHANGE.
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.
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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.
ALL BOOKS SENT POST FREE IN THE UK
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...
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 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 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 on this 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.
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.