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British Rail Shunters - The Final Years

Recently added to the ‘Britain’s Railway Series’ from Key Publishing is this collection of views of British Rail shunting locomotives and their roles on the privatised railway.

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Class 68s in Profile

Another recent addition from Key Publishing is this in-depth look at Direct Rail Services’ (DRS) Class 68s. The company ordered an initial 15 in 2012 to complete the replacement of its elderly Class 20s, but the Stadler-built locomotives have proved far more versatile.

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Flying Scotsman: the amazing story of the world’s most famous locomotive

Eight years on from its last publication in print, Andrew Roden has re-released and remastered his bestselling volume Flying Scotsman in e-book form on Kindle and Apple iBooks, incorporating new information and insights and the locomotive’s career following its triumphant return to service in 2016.

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Railways around York: Four decades of change

York has always been a nexus for the railways, and the imposing station built by the North Eastern Railway was at the time of its construction the largest in the world.

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BOOK REVIEW: Class 47 adventures

A recent addition to the Key Books portfolio from Key Publishing is this latest edition on Class 47s by Ian McLean. This is the third book in the series on Class 47s and covers movements from Inverness to Newquay.

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Book review: Devon's Railways

With significant investment and recent improvements to the rail network in Devon, this timely release from Key Books reflects the diverse nature of passenger and freight operations on lines to the North and East of the county since the 1980s.

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Book review: Highland Railways

This recent publication from Key Books looks at the magnificent scenic rail routes north from Perth through the Scottish Highlands to Inverness and beyond, reflecting four decades of diesel traction.

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Book review: Railways of the South East book review

Recently added to Key Books’ British Railways series is this picture album capturing views of locomotive hauled passenger, freight and engineering trains in and around Kent.


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Modelling BR Engineers’ Wagons: Part two

Following on from the first volume (HM164), this latest bookazine from Key Publishing continues the story of British Rail's (BR) departmental wagon fleet and this time attention focuses on the evolving air-braked engineers’ wagon fleet into the mid-1990s