Commercial books

The Association has received number of books to review recently


Some of them are not related to the G&SWR area, some have a connection



Glasgow Central Station   Through Time - Michael Meighan                                          Amberley


The cover says it all - the Heilandman's Umbrella - with trams and soot compared to the current cleaner but perhaps less atmospheric view.  Covering the pre history, the construction and development not only of the station but the services which emerged from therein, and also the Hotel, this small book includes anecdotes as well as the necessary facts in a  personable and familiar format which is well associated with this publisher, and their series of books on Scottish railway interest, as well as the railways of further afield.  The street schemes, showing trams, buses and the fashions of the ages are covered in detail. 


It takes a good book to cover the thirteen, now fifteen platforms of the High level station and include the low level lines, in  away to hold both the Glaswegian and the railway enthusiast, but this book embraces both, and even a recollection of the 1960 European Cup final gets a mention!


From the blue train, to the APT, the torpedo building to the Royal Mail facilities and steam services from Cathcart circle to Royal Scot this book is a welcome edition for anyone who has enjoyed an arrival or departure from arguably one of the finest termini in the country. 


96 pages   £14.99



Starlight Specials    The overnight Anglo Scottish Specials -   Dave Peel                          Amberley


The starlight Specials were a series of overnight anglo-Scottish trains which ran from 1951 - 1963.  Designed as competition against a new bus service, the trains ran from St Enoch to St Pancras, and Waverley to Marylebone station.  Initially very popular, they had their share of success, failure, mismanagement, and were eventually stopped - just at the time when air travel was beginning to take off.  An excellet use of emplty mainline coaches, catering was provided (and became part of the problems).


As well as detailing the history of this service there are copies of handbills, timetables, booking data and a wealth of very interesteing and previously unseen photos.  The departure from Galsgow was in the early evening, and down either the Canal line to Dalry and Kilmarnock, or the Barrhead line photos of both lines feature.


An excellent book which comes recommended.


The West Highland Railway -  120 Years   - John McGregor                                            Amberley


Celebrating 120 years since the line opened to Fort William, this delightful paperback contains a wealth of photographs, almost all of which appear new or previously unseen.  Subjects covered include the earliest trains and views, through North British, LNER and British railways days to the current ScotRail stock, and colour photos, which of course show the line in its majestic beauty.


Thirty three chapters which cover Locomotives, the line from Glasgow to Craigendoran, Planned Glasgow and North Western Railway, the South part of the line, the Invergarry line, Sleeper services, freight workings, Snow, Steamers, Fort William and several chapters on the Journey, and more recent developments including loco depot and repositioned terminus at Fort William.  The reproduction is fine, the colour photos are crisp and clear and the text interesting and engaging.


This is a fine book for the enthusiast, the hill walker, the historian and an ideal coffee table book which every enthusiast of Scottish railways deserves.


127 pages, £19.99  


The West Highland Railway        - John McGregor                                                         Amberley


96 pages   £14.99


The Mallaig Extension of the West Highland Railway -  John McGregor                            Amberley


Following on from The West Highland line, this book covers, as you might imagine the Fort William to Mallaig line.  There are good features on the locomotive shed, the terminus locations in Fort William, and the line itself, including colour and black/white images from the early days to the current scene.  Stations which have suffered from little coverage - Lochailort and the Loch Eilside stations in particular are given  coverage as well as Morar and of course Glenfinnan. 


96 pages  £14.99