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The publication of the first edition of Traction Recognition in 2008 was welcomed by modern scene enthusiasts as it provided a handy guide to all the locomotives and multiple units operating on Britain's main-line railways. It was reprinted twice before the second edition was published in 2011. The third edition is a fully revised volume, covering significant changes to the railways of Britain since 2011. Some franchises have changed in the period, such as Greater Anglia, and the next wave of new franchises are due from 2013 onwards. New types of rolling stock have also been delivered in the period, including: - the completion of the Class 379 'Electrostar' deliveries for the East Anglia franchise - final deliveries of Class 378s to London Overground - the completion of Class 172 DMU orders for Chiltern, London Overground and London Midland - Virgin Class 390 Pendolino sets which increased from 9 to 11 vehicles and were reclassified as 390/1 - the Vossloh Class 68 mixed traffic diesel locomotives which are due to be delivered later in 2013 - the one-off trials locomotive No 7099 built by General Electric to the same design as Freightliner Class 70 has arrived. These deliveries of new stock have allowed significant cascading of older stock. The author has also added for the first time a section on depots and depot undertakings. Colin J Marsden has recorded the changes over the past 3 years making this the most up to date traction recognition title on the market, and is a must have for any rail enthusiast.
Although, in 1948 British Railways inherited a number of multiple-units, the vast majority of which were EMUs designed for operation on the electrified networks around London, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle, over the next decade there was a revolution in the provision of motive power with the first-generation DMUS coming into service in large numbers and with further extensions to the Southern's electrified network requiring additional stock. As a result of the contraction of the railway infrastructure in the era after the Beeching Report, there was a considerable diminution in the acquisition of new stock in the 1960s and, by the late 1970s; there was a pressing need to replace many of the life-expired units still in operation. The arrival of the second-generation stock resulted in the withdrawal of much of the older equipment - although odd examples survived until the 21st century - and, over the past 20 years, there has been a continuing process of refurbishment and replacement. The contemporary DMU and EMU fleets are well covered in Colin Marsden's 'Traction Recognition', now into its second edition, but there remains considerable interest, particularly amongst the modeling fraternity, for comprehensive information about the historic rolling stock operated by BR. A single volume covering BR's diesel and electric locomotive fleet has been commissioned for publication in the autumn of 2011. This book is a companion volume covering the DMU and EMU fleets.
The railway line along the sea wall at Dawlish is one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of the railway network in Britain. In February 2014 it made headline news when storms battered Britain and a section of the wall and line collapsed into the sea. A team of engineers worked against the clock to repair the wall and the line but it was not reopened to passengers until nearly two months later. The impact of the closures on the South West was huge and reignited the debate about building an alternative route route inland. In this book, author Colin Marsden, who has an unrivalled archive of historical material on the line, presents the history of the line from Exeter to Newton Abbot, concentrating on the scenic section between Starcross and Bishopsteignton, with previously unpublished photographs and accompanying text. The final section of the book is devoted to the closure, rebuilding and triumphant reopening, as well as an analysis of the alternative routes proposed and why ultimately they are unlikely to be built The Dawlish Sea Wall has been a popular site for railway enthusiasts and photographers for many generations and this new book brings a fresh new look to this particularly scenic part of Britain's railway network.
While it was not until the late 1940s that the first main-line diesel locomotives were constructed for use in Britain, with the appearance of LMS Nos 10000 and 10001, diesel shunters had been under construction for use by the 'Big Four' railways for more than a decade. In many respects, it was the humble shunting locomotive that represented the first radical shift from steam power, with more than 100 diesel shunters in service by 1950, including many that were the progenitors of the ubiquitous Classes 08/09/10 0-6-0s constructed in huge numbers during the period. During BR's transition from steam, around 2,000 diesel shunters emerged from BR's own workshops and those of outside contractors, comprising a wide variety of types. Some of the resulting locomotives were traditionally associated with specific regions, such as the Andrew Barclay-built Class 06s which were based exclusively in Scotland, or with specific duties, such as the Class 07s built for Southampton Docks, but others, most notably the Class 08s, would be seen throughout the railway network. Even today, more than 40 years after the last of the class was built, several hundred examples of Class 08 still provide essential shunting services in freight yards and passenger depots throughout the length and breadth of the land. Despite their longevity and ubiquity, little has been written on the diesel shunters, and this new addition to the OPC list will be widely welcomed. Colin Marsden, whose earlier OPC book on the subject is both long out of print and much sought after, has compiled a pictorial history of the diesel shunter in Britain, from the earliest days under the 'Big Four' to the current, post privatisation period. Covering each type in detail, the author provides factual information such as dimensions, number sequences, power, speed etc, together with a photographic selection that highlights the various liveries that the class carried in service. In addition to those locomotives allocated to capital stock, the book also examines the various types of locomotive acquired solely for departmental duties, such as the quintet acquired from Ruston & Hornsby, and those numbered in the LMS's Engineering Department sequence.
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