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A HISTORY OF THE METROPOLITAN RAILWAY.
Volume 1: The Circle and Extended Lines to Rickmansworth.

By Bill Simpson. ISBN: 1 899246 07 X. Softback, 160 pages. Price £ 17.95.

The Metropolitan Railway as the first underground railway in the world acquired a pioneering ethos from its beginning. Railways had been busily engaged with the nationís commerce since the 1830s, but Londonís unique problems of overcrowding in the centre and the density of traffic and people meant that some form of transport was needed across the city. This had to have speed and outstanding capacity, well beyond the horse drawn vehicles of the time. The answer was, obviously, a railway. The story of that railway and its subsequent extension into Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Buckinghamshire is detailed in three books of which this is the first.

This volume, in its 160 pages, contains, with the text, more than 250 fine photographs, line illustrations and track diagrams. It is intended as a highly visual account of the original Inner Circle line and branch to Hammersmith. The extension line north is taken in this volume as far as Rickmansworth. There is much to compare with the present as these lines are as active now as they ever were under the administration of London Transport and Chiltern Railways.

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A HISTORY OF THE METROPOLITAN RAILWAY.
Volume 2: The Railway from Rickmansworth to Aylesbury, including Halton Camp Railway.

By Bill Simpson. ISBN: 1 899246 08 8. Softback, 160 pages. Price £ 18.95.

Following the popularly successful publication of volume 1 of Bill Simpson's pictorial journey of the history of the Metropolitan Railway, volume 2 continues the story from Rickmansworth to the town of Aylesbury. This also includes the RAF camp railway at Halton. With 156 half tone illustrations 60 line illustrations and 8 full colour pages accompanied with an informative text. As in volume 1 good use is made of the large format with full page illustrations.

The last of the three volume is due shortly.

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A HISTORY OF THE LONDON & BIRMINGHAM RAILWAY
Volume 1: Euston to Bletchley

By Peter Richards and Bill Simpson.
ISBN: 1 899246 09 6. Softback, 160 pages.
Price
£ 18.95.

Dr Peter Richards and Bill Simpson have combined their considerable knowledge of railway history to produce this first volume of the first main trunk line out of London. The exhaustive text is supported by 200 illustrations including photographs, some colour, maps, diagrams, timetables etc. The line is very clearly described and portrayed, and is sure to be of interest to people who wish to know more of the story of its construction and operation, including the branch lines. Combined with the volumes to follow; Bletchley - Rugby and Rugby - Birmingham it will make a highly collectable study of this so essential route.

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A HISTORY OF THE STRATFORD-UPON AVON & MIDLAND JUNCTION RAILWAY

By Dick Riley and Bill Simpson.
ISBN: 1 899246 04 5. Hardback, 160 pages.
Price
£ 24.95.

This is a cross country railway that developed a highly individual character. Like others of similar properties the Somerset & Dorset Joint and the Midland & Great Northern Joint, that became resolutely identified as independent concerns. The book portrays this using more than 250 first class photographs and many track plans and diagrams defining its strong individuality. The system formed a link in the centre of England between Stratford-upon-Avon, Blisworth, Towcester, Olney, Northampton and Banbury. Between them many small stations serving villages. As a history the book describes the origins of the railway joining with the larger railways around it. Through a period with the LMS using a Road/Railbus up until the final years with British Railways.

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PON AVON & MIDLAND JUNCTION RAILWAY

By Dick Riley and Bill Simpson. ISBN: 1 899246 04 5. Hardback, 160 pages.
Price
£ 24.95.

This is a cross country railway that developed a highly individual character. Like others of similar properties the Somerset & Dorset Joint and the Midland & Great Northern Joint, that became resolutely identified as independent concerns. The book portrays this using more than 250 first class photographs and many track plans and diagrams defining its strong individuality. The system formed a link in the centre of England between Stratford-upon-Avon, Blisworth, Towcester, Olney, Northampton and Banbury. Between them many small stations serving villages. As a history the book describes the origins of the railway joining with the larger railways around it. Through a period with the LMS using a Road/Railbus up until the final years with British Railways.

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THE HISTORY OF THE RAILWAYS OF OXFORDSHIRE
Part 1: The North

By Bill Simpson. ISBN: 1 899246 02 9. Hardback, 192 pages. Price £ 19.95.

This volume contains nearly 300 hundred photographs, maps, diagrams and line illustrations of the railways of North Oxfordshire, radiating from the City of Oxford itself. The book is complemented by a useful index for reference.

Some of the places included are Adderbury, Addlestrop, Akeman Street, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Aynho, Aynho Park, Bampton, Banbury, Bicester, Bicester Military Railway, Birmingham (Snow Hill), Blackthorn, Bletchingdon, Bletchley, Blisworth, Bloxham, Brackley, Brill & Ludgershall, Brize Norton, Calvert, Carterton, Cassington Halt, Chacombe Road Halt, Chalbury, Chipping Norton, Churchill, Combe Halt, Cowley, Eynsham, Fairford, Faringdon, Farthinghoe, Finmere, Finstock, Fritwell, Great Rollright, Handborough, Heyford, Hook Norton, Islip, Kelmscott and Langford, Kidlington, Kingham, Kings Sutton, Launton, Lechlade, Merton Street, Milton Halt, Morris Cowley, Oxford, Port Meadow, Rewley Road, Rollright Halt, Sarsden Halt, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Somerton, South Leigh, Tackley Halt, Wendlebury Halt, Witney, Woodstock, Wroxton, Yarnton.

Also included are the Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway and Works at Chipping Norton, and Bicester Military Railway.

Throughout the book are sections entitled "Our Working Lives", where the author has interviewed many people who worked on the railways. The interviews are not only fascinating but bring an important social dimension to the book. Those whose interviews are included are Dennis Hickman, Ernest Waters, Frank McCormack, Ern Castle, Frank Miles, Roger Morgan, Colin Lickorish, Ernie Hacker, Ken Bamton, Ivy Robbins, Mick Freeman, Fred Lynes, William Tustain , Ernest Lawton, Richard Keeys, William Chappell, Eddie Smith, Bert Lane, Alan Watkins, John Rowan.

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THE HISTORY OF THE RAILWAYS OF OXFORDSHIRE
Part 2: The South

By Bill Simpson. ISBN: 1 899246 06 1. Hardback, 192 pages. Price £ 19.95.

This second volume of the railways of Oxfordshire contains nearly 300 hundred photographs, maps, diagrams and timetables, together with an informative text of all the railways in the county south of the City of Oxford. This area, more so than the North of the county is the area of the typical GWR branch lines. From days of broad gauge to the diesel age, there is a variety of motive power and designs of railway buildings, from main line Didcot and Oxford to the terminus of the Wantage Tramway. This detailed book will not only be of use to the historian but enlighten those that are not able to recall any of it from memory.

Areas covered include Abingdon, Appleford, Appleford Halt, Aston Rowant, Aynho, Aynho, Bedlow, Bedlow Bridge Halt, Chinnor, Cholsey & Moulsford (Wallingford Road), Cowley, Culham, Didcot, Faringdon, Henley-on-Thames, Horspath Halt, Kennington Junction, Kingston Crossing Halt, Lewknor Bridge Halt, Littlemore, Morris Cowley, Oxford, Princess Risborough, Radley, Shiplake, Taplow. Thame, Tiddington, Towersey, Halt, Twyford, Uffington, Wainhill Crossing Halt, Wallingford, Wantage, Wantage Road, Wargrave, Watlington Wheatley, Witney.

This volume also contains sections entitled "Our Working Lives", where the author has interviewed people who worked on the railways. With the passing of time these interviews take on a greater significance, these personal accounts are as fascinating as they are enlightening. Those whose interviews are included are Bruce Coleman, Des Perry, Ken Bampton, Bill Simpson.

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THE OXFORD TO CAMBRIDGE RAILWAY: Forty Years On 1960-2000

By Bill Simpson  ISBN: 1 899246 05 3. Softback, 144 pages. Price £ 12.95.

Since Bill Simpson wrote his two volumes on the London & North Western Railway line between the two university cities much has happened. Partial closure came in 1968, yet petitions to reopen it came almost immediately, this has had partial success. The line between Oxford and Bicester was reopened in 1987, the line between Bletchley and Bedford never closed and still battles on.

Existing lines still continue to carry a great deal of freight. The book reviews the line during a forty year period in some detail and the prospects for its continuing development. This remains frustratingly undefined with speculation on the proposed east west link. In keeping with other Lamplight titles the book is well illustrated with well over 200 photographs, maps and diagrams as well as interviews recording personal memories.

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THE BANBURY TO VERNEY JUNCTON BRANCH

By Bill Simpson. ISBN 1 899246 00 2. Softback, 176 pages.
Price
£ 8.95.

A very popular history of a branch line that has been little written about. From its remote beginnings at Verney Junction, to the town of Banbury it was some 21 miles. On the way are the towns of Buckingham and Brackley and the villages of Padbury, Fullwell and Westbury, and Farthinghoe. This unique history has been recorded using more than 150 photographs, maps and diagrams. Of particular interest are the interviews with 20 former employees who lived in the towns and villages along the branch line. Sadly, all have now passed away, but their experiences, which reach back as far as the beginning of the twentieth century, are recorded here, making this history of interest to historian and enthusiast alike.

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THE WOLVERTON TO NEWPORT PAGNELL BRANCH

By Bill Simpson. ISBN: 1 899246 01 0. Softback, 144 pages.
Price
£ 8.95.

Only a four mile branch from Wolverton to the small town of Newport Pagnell but packed with detail. Two stations along the route at Great Linford that access the Grand Junction Canal, and at Bradwell with its ancient windmill. The line was intensively used by the thousands of men and the families working at the huge carriage works at Wolverton. This was established at first as a locomotive works by the London & Birmingham Railway. Development continued with the London & North Western Railway which built the town of Wolverton. Also included is a history feature of the Wolverton & Stony Stratford Tramway that served the works from the western side. In common with other Lamplight Publications this book also contains interviews with a number of former employees and local traders. Contains more than 150 photographs, maps and diagrams.

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THE DUNSTABLE BRANCH: Leighton Buzzard - Dunstable - Luton.

By Bill Simpson. ISBN: 1 899246 03 7. Softback, 144 pages.
Price
£ 8.95.

A branch from the main line of the London & North Western Railway at Leighton Buzzard for seven miles to Dunstable. This was later to extended to Luton by the Great Northern Railway giving a through connecting line. It was a very industrial line as it served the numerous sandpit workings of the area contrasting with Gossards womenís underwear factory.

Today the sandpit narrow gauge railway survives as a leisure interest and the book closely examines how this was once integrated with the standard gauge branch. The book is copiously illustrated with more than 150 photographs and diagrams including the wagon rope incline at Totternhoe Quarries.

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