Books and other publications

Fifteen Shillings Change

Fifteen Shillings Change by Kerr Stuart & Co Ltd. Re-printed by the Industrial Railway Society. ISBN 1901556575 Softback 280mm x 21mm, 30 pages, 14 illustrations.

A wonderful facsimile of a brochure produced by Kerr Stuart in 1929 to advertise the considerable economies of Diesel over steam. The title refers to an alleged 75% saving in operating costs. Enough technical detail for interest without be overwhelming and remarkable prophetic.

Price £8.34 including P&P. Profits shared between Kerr Stuart 4415 project and the Industrial Railway Society.

Kerr, Stuart’s Internal Combustion Locomotives

Kerr, Stuart’s Internal Combustion Locomotives by Allan C. Baker. Published by the Industrial Railway Society. ISBN 978190155697-1 Hardback with dust jacket, 260mm x 210mm, 140 pages, over 100 photographs.

In the last three years of their existence Kerr, Stuart & Co Ltd built 25 Diesel locomotives including of course the pioneer locomotive 4415. Five of them still survive today. Allan Baker has been able to draw on the considerable volume of Kerr Stuart source material contained in .the Hunslet Engine Co Archive to produce a well written technical account of the various locomotives.

If you are wondering why the title refers to ‘internal combustion’ rather than just Diesel, Kerr, Stuart’s did dabble in some very arcane petrol powered machines in the early part of the 20th Century which are also

Price £36.00 including P&P. Profits shared between Kerr Stuart 4415 project and the Industrial Railway Society.

FR Gravity Trains

FR Gravity Trains, by Peter Johnson is an A5 booklet containing a series of articles originally published in the FR Magazine with contributions from historians Michael Seymour & Michael Lewis and reminiscences from former employee of the old FR Co. Tom Davies and Will Jones; £1.00 each.


Extended Index for Boyd’s Bible

Jim Hewett and the late Keith Bradbury compiled this extended index to the 1975 edition, and subsequent reprints, of Boyd’s Bible. Sorting is by subject and the list runs to 48 A5 pages, rather more than the one in the book! A real bargain at £5.00 each, post paid.


Heritage Group Album

The Heritage Group Album contains a very full account, with accompanying photographs, by Philip Vaughan Davies of his involvement with the FR during the period of the ‘takeover’ in 1954-55, together with a series of photographs of the derelict railway, taken in 1954 by John Snell. £2.00 each.