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Another new title OUT NOW!

In conjunction with the Class 504 Preservation Society

The Manchester to Bury 'Lecky' Line         and the Class 504 EMUs

This 172 page A4 sized book follows a similar layout and format to The Decline of British Railways in Bury and Rossendale and focuses on the popular Bury to Manchester commuter line and the much-missed Class 504 EMUs. 

The book takes a look at the line, its history, stations, signal boxes, along with a detailed study of the unique and iconic Class 504 EMUs, which operated on the line from 1959 until it was closed to BR services in August 1991. The line now, of course, is part of the Metrolink tram network, but is now much changed from the era when the '504s' were in charge of services.

The book has been produced on a voluntary basis by Simon Thomas and Andrew Coward, on behalf of the Class 504 Preservation Society, who are working on the long term restoration of the sole-surviving Class 504 Bury to Manchester EMU at the East Lancashire Railway. All profits generated by the sales of the book will go directly to the restoration of 504451. 

The book is priced at £18.50, inclusive of free postage and packing (if ordering from outside of the UK, please contact us for a postal quotation - free postage offer does not apply to overseas orders).

If you wish to order a copy of the new book, which will be available on general sale from 1 September, please pay online using Paypal by clicking the button below, or it can be ordered by post via the Class 504 Preservation Society Website (www.class504preservationsociety.co.uk). 

If you are buying the book as a present for someone in the same house as the book is being delivered to, please add a note in the comment section when making your payment and it will be sent with a blank address label. Books are posted with an address label showing various book designs on the label, but blank postage labels can be used on request.






East Lancashire Railway
Back in time: 1987-1999

It is no secret that The Decline of British Railways in Bury and Rossendale remains the most popular title of the books that I have produced over the past few years. Almost 1,500 copies of the book were sold, raising over £5,500 for the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society and the East Lancashire Railway Holdings Company Ltd. 

Continuing the story of the railways in Bury and Rossendale, East Lancashire Railway Back in time: 1987-1999 continues to tell the story of the railways in the local area, focusing on the efforts of the wonderful band of volunteers who have worked so hard over the past three decades to turn the Heywood to Rawtenstall line into one of the UK's leading heritage railways.

The book is the first of what I hope will be a short series of books providing a comprehensive history of the preservationists. The first volume looks at the period of 1987, when the railway first opened to passenger services between Bury and Ramsbottom, and 1999, when the railway had grown into a much larger organisation running between Bury and Rawtenstall, and was working to return passenger services to Heywood. 

The book covers all of the main events in the history of the ELR in a bright and lively format, featuring 228 pages, over 500 images (mainly high quality colour photos) and a detailed text. Virtually all the locomotives that worked on the railway during the period are also featured within the book. It is believed to be the most detailed history of the modern-day East Lancashire Railway ever produced and is available for just £17.50 including free postage and packing. The book has been limited to 750 copies, so please order to avoid disappointment.  

If you would like to buy a copy of the book, you can pay using Paypal by clicking on the button below. All books are sent by second class Royal Mail post in secure plastic padded envelopes. We endeavour to send all books out within five working days of receipt of order, but please allow up to 21 days for delivery. 

If you are buying the book as a present for someone in the same house as the book is being delivered to, please add a note in the comment section when making your payment and it will be sent with a blank address label. Books are posted with an address label showing the book designs on the label, but blank postage labels can be used on request.

Please note that if you live overseas and would like to order a copy of the book, please send a message to me via the 'Contact Us' facility for a quote with postage, as the costs of sending the books overseas are often expensive and we regret that we are unable to offer free post and packing on overseas orders.




Once again, all profits generated from the sales of these books will be split equally between the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society and the East Lancashire Railway Holdings Company to assist in their work preserving the railway between Heywood and Rawtenstall. 


Left: The cover image for the book feature the National Railway Museum's V2 60800 Green Arrow, seen running through Burrs in 1998 during a photographers charter train whilst the locomotive was being run-in following overhaul.Photo courtesy of Terry Eyres. 






An Illustrated History of the Midland Metro T69 Trams

Following a very positive reaction to SUPERB - A tribute to the Manchester Metrolink T68 and T68A Light Rail Vehicles, I have now produced a new book about the Midland Metro T69 trams, which have been running in the West Midlands since the opening of Midland Metro in May 1999. An illustrated history of the Midland Metro T69 Trams is now available.
 
The book has been written by Andrew Coward and is priced at £17.50 (free postage and packing). All profits from its sale will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, to support the vital work this organisation does in providing care and support to people suffering from cancer.

The 160 page book tells the complete story of the T69 trams from their inception through to their rundown. Containing over 350 colour photos and a detailed text, this is the most comprehensive book produced to date on this unique class of trams. The T69 fleet is now being replaced with a new fleet of Spanish-built CAF Urbos 3 trams, so this book is also a tribute to the staff at National Express Midland Metro, who have worked so hard maintaining and operating the T69 fleet for the past 16 years.

800 copies have been printed and once these have been sold it is unlikely that there will be any further reprints. Copies are available now for just £17.50 (including free postage and packing). To purchase a copy please press the 'Buy Now' button below. 


Please note that if you live overseas and would like to order a copy of the book, please send a message to me via the 'Contact Us' facility for a quote with postage, as the costs of sending the books overseas are often expensive and we regret that we are unable to offer free post and packing on overseas orders.















































SUPERB - A tribute to the Manchester Metrolink T68 and T68A Light Rail Vehicles

SOLD OUT!

I regret that all copies of SUPERB have now been sold and no further copies will be printed. Thank you to everybody who bought the book and supported me during the production. The book raised just over £3,000 for Bury Hospice to assist them in their efforts for caring for people at the end of their lives.














































The Decline of British Railways in Bury and Rossendale

SOLD OUT

I regret that I now have no copies of The Decline of British Railways in Bury and Rossendale remaining, so I am unable to accept any further orders for this book.  

There are still copies of the book available for sale from Ian Allan Bookshop in Manchester, or from the East Lancashire Railway, but if you would like to order a copy, please do not delay, as no further copies can be supplied.