Harz Railways Bookzines and others of interest

dunnyrail

dunnyrail

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The last batch arrived today. Now I need to find some space for the best part of a foot of new books on my bookshelves when I have read them all. This pic does show the difference in sizes.
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dunnyrail

dunnyrail

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Hi Jon,

I have now received my copy. What a great issue. Has lots of useful information. Thanks for recommending it to me.

Regards

MTheStrong
Glad you liked it.
 
dunnyrail

dunnyrail

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DEPARTMENTAL MULTIPLE UNITS £4.60

This is probably not of much interest from the Garden Railway inspiration point of view, though perhaps maybee? But wow what an interesting read. To see the many and different kinds of kit that BR created for all sorts of uses, depot tractors, training, rail cleaning even tree lopping and many more. I pondered over this when I saw it and had a free quick look. So glad I finally bought it though, great read. Cover seen with my great find 2018 West Somerset Timetable bookmark!
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dunnyrail

dunnyrail

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I took a trip to Stamford last Saturday, just wanted to add another Weatherspoons to my list and visit Robert Humm in his new bookshop. The Station is a superb Survivor and the following pic shows the view from the footbridge just after retraining from my service that I caught at Peterborough.
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I managed to find an unexpected book on Slot Machines by David Voice, no not the things you find on a Seaside Pier but UK Cable Cars. Rather an interesting find. David has done a few interesting and different Tram Books.
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Whilst I was in the Humm Bookshop I noticed a small German book on the Selktalbahn by ‘alba’, now at what I thought was a price of £20 I convinced myself that I already had it. But when I got home it was not the Book that I had got by the same publisher. That is shown on the left of the following Pic. So off I trotted to Stamford again for the Selktalbahn one in the right. Got a nice surprise as due to the poor writing the price was £12, enough change out of a twenty for a couple of beers on the way home - result. Now I have the two books that they have produced of the Harz NG.
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The Selktal Book was well worth my getting, though many of the pictures are the usual suspects there are enough previously unseen by me ones in it to justify the cost.
 
PhilP

PhilP

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Jon,
How many pages does the David Voice book run to?

Are / were there many cable-hauled tramways in the UK. - Excluding inclines and funiculars. :think::think:
 
dunnyrail

dunnyrail

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Jon,
How many pages does the David Voice book run to?

Are / were there many cable-hauled tramways in the UK. - Excluding inclines and funiculars. :think::think:
133 Pages. Lists systems at:-
Highgate London
Edinburgh
Birmingham
Brixton Hill London
Matlock
Upper Douglas Isle of Man
Swansea
Llandudno
Not that many but all were pretty interesting, Birmingham particularly so as it used a Steam Tram to shunt the cars round the Depot at Hockley Bridge. At £25 for a Non Hardback Book it is possibly a little on the pricy side, but the content is relatively obscure so one imagines that the print run would be quite modest.
 
PhilP

PhilP

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Thanks for the info Jon.. :)
 
dunnyrail

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At the Show in Arlesley yesterday I managed to pick up this interesting German Language Book.
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The Waldenburgerbahn is an interesting Swiss Railway as it is currently the (to my best belief) only 750mm Gauge non rack Railway in Switzerland. Currently Electrified and possibly a plan to be converted to Metre Gauge sometime it is well worth a trip if you are in that neck of the woods. A short hop from Basel it runs from Liestal to Waldenburg through a pretty Valley. There may still be some Steam action with one of the original GE 3/3 0-6-0t Steam Locomotives dating from around 1903, though you would need to check before travel as to this availability. Earlier Locomotives included some System Brown 0-4-0’s and an 1883 0-6-0 with Stainz Type Valve Gear and skirts to hide the motion, most odd. Another 0-6-0 with outside frames and angled Pistons certainly enlivened the variety in the earlier years. In 1936 an 0-8-2 appeared which appeared to be still working in the 50’s later with 298.14 an Austrian 0-6-2 appearing in the 70’s to delight the locals.

What interested me a great deal was the Stock list for this predominantly Passenger Railway. This in 1966 included 10 Bogie Coaches, 4 Permanent Way Wagons and 20 Goods Wagons comprising 8 Ko Vans, 10 Mo Opens and 2 OMo Bogie Opens. This strikes me as a good balance to aim for with a resonance sized Garden Railway. Of course for a line with a greater preponderance of Freight things would be somewhat different.

There is a lovely Picture of a Mixed Train stopping at Hölstein with 2 Vans next to the Engine, 2 Coaches and an indeterminate amount of Wagons on the rear. This pic shows Staff checking out Large Parcels either from or to the the Train and a Trolley being perambulated away from the Train by a Local with what looks like Fruit of Chicken boxes. Meanwhile the Driver of the 0-6-0 ”Waldenburg” looks anxiously back awaiting the Right Away. Marvelous value for just £5.00
 
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Excellent find and handy summary, thanks.
 
dunnyrail

dunnyrail

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I managed to track down some Pictures of the line when I visited it in 2007.

I forgot to mention that when the line was built it was Mixed Gauge after leaving the Platforms at Liestal with 4 Rails I.E. the NG completely in the middle till it turned Sharp Right after a short distance to head up the Valley alone. The first pic shows in the rear right distance the Embankment built around 1923 to separate the 2 lines.
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Electrification came to the line in 1953 with other than the loss of Steam everything carrying on as before, Trains also having Carriages and Mixed Wagon / Passenger Trains to move Freight as well. The units in these pictures are the replacement ones for the originals. This occurred in 1985 with some of the older ones migrating to Austria for a sadly never occurring reopening of the closed part of the Mariezell Line to Gusswerk. When I visited early this century the Track was certainly still in place leaving Mariazell. These Cars have apparently migrated to the Museum at Prora in East Germany. Certainly well traveled cars. The small 4 wheeled Vans originally on the line are a very close match for LGB Toy Train ones.
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A few Wagons still survive, presumably predominantly for Engineers duties and this little lot were present at Leistall. G212 was not listed in the 1966 survey of Freight Vehicles so may just have been a conversion from a couple of the 4 wheel Vans, though my assumptions of stock may be a little out looking closer at Weights there appears to have been just 1 Bogie Open and perhaps 1 Bogie Van so these 2 may be them though the numbers are different. However the Stock Totals are correct by Type.
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