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  • Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Issues 1-25. Professionally Bound in 8 Volumes.

SALE ! £200 off.  Now only £195, or £150 if you can collect from us.

We have, for a number of years, offered for sale single copies of this great reference series of books titled Railway Prototype Cyclopedia which helps to expand knowledge of the prototype. Created by Ed Hawkins and Pat Wider, each volume includes in-depth articles including many photographs, diagrams, rosters and other items. Now we can offer this unique set of volumes, numbers 1-25, many of which are very difficult to find.

Railway Prototype Cyclopedia, or 'RP CYC' for short, is a series of soft cover, perfect-bound books that provides invaluable information in a single source with a focus on railroad equipment built or in use during the 1920s through 1950s. This was the "Golden Age" of railroads when steam locomotives and first generation diesels ruled. Volumes 1-5 are each 96 pages in length, Volumes 6-10 and 13-15 are each 105 pages, Volumes 11, 12, and 16-25 are 113 pages. Included are articles on freight and passenger cars, locomotives, and structures. Some articles include information about selected scale models that relate to the subject. RP CYC provides high quality, large format photographs of the prototype equipment and scale models. Every photograph selected for publication is large enough for you to see as much detail as possible. Photographs include those taken by the builders as well as in-service mainly during the 1920s through 1950s and occasionally the 1960s. Most photographs are B&W, but there are a significant number of colour examples too. The articles are also supported with technical data including applicable plans, diagrams, and comprehensive roster information. These books were published 1997 to 2012 and are in excellent condition throughout. They have been professionally bound in black cloth boards with gilt lettering. Bought separately, these would cost over £600.


An index to all issues is available here. 

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Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Issues 1-25. Professionally Bound in 8 Volumes.

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