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ISBN: 9781841149219
AUTHOR: Don Bishop
Bodmin Wenford Railway
Bodmin Wenford Railway
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Most of our heritage railways today try to recreate the past in their local area to some degree. It is possibly easier for some than others, depending on what survives. But the Bodmin and Wenford Railway has managed to recreate the railway history of its locality to a much greater extent than most others and has indeed been labelled as the “National Railway Museum of Cornwall”.

The line has a superb collection of locomotives that once worked in Cornwall, including one of the famous Beattie Well tanks, a T9 and a 55xx Prairie tank from the steam era and Class 37 & 50 diesels from more recent times. This book shows how the steam era has been recreated by the unstinting efforts of the volunteers and staff at Bodmin over the past twenty or so years.

The railways around Bodmin have a long and interesting history. Indeed Bodmin had a railway before London – in 1834. In this book Don Bishop sets out to explain that history and how it fits in so well with today’s heritage Bodmin and Wenford Railway.Through the use of a small number of archive photos, text, maps and images of the heritage line he explains how both the former London & South Western and Great Western Railways competed for traffic from what was once the county town of Cornwall. Many of the lines in the area closed as result of the infamous Beeching Report, but the former GWR route between Bodmin Road, Bodmin General and Boscarne Junction defied final closure more than once to survive as today’s heritage line.

Don Bishop shows the line in action today through mainly “trains in the landscape” type images which also show how the line blends very well into the Cornish scenery. Through magnificent photography Don portrays the Bodmin and Wenford Railway at its best - a striking reminder for those who know the line, and an enticement to those who have yet to visit to do so and contribute towards its ongoing success.

Don Bishop has been a keen railway photographer for many years and travels widely around the UK looking for that often seemingly elusive “master shot”. Nowadays working professionally as a freelance photographer, concentrating on his steam and UK landscape shots, Don has an extensive collection of images of the UK steam scene and regularly has work published in magazines including several special features on his work. He also runs workshop days for people to learn about his techniques in getting quality landscape and steam railway photographs.Through his Steam Recreations brand he has organised many private photographic charter events at steam railways around the UK, including the Bodmin line, in an attempt to recreate scenes long past, with a particular emphasis on the 1950/’60s. He is the author of The West Somerset Railway, The West Somerset Railway Revisited, The South Devon Railway, and the Swanage Railway also in the Halsgrove Railway Series.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 921 9, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published July 2011.

Spirit of the West Somerset RailwaySpirit of the West Somerset Railway - £4.99
Don Bishop has captured the line working through all the seasons over some 18 years with a particular emphasis on “steam in the landscape” shots, particularly in the months between October and April when the light is at its best,
A Boot Up Bodmin MoorA Boot Up Bodmin Moor - £4.99
The ten walks in this book by Terry Faull are places around and about the Moor chosen to show that the scenery is as beautiful as anywhere in the West Country and that the area is steeped in history.
Images of Lancashire & Cheshire RailwaysImages of Lancashire & Cheshire Railways - £19.99

An addition to the burgeoning series of photographic studies based on images from the collection of Maurice Dart, Cornwall-based photographer and authority on steam and diesel locomotive types. This volume covers much of the twentieth century through to the end of the age of steam on railways in the counties of Lancashire and Cheshire.

The West Somerset Railway RevisitedThe West Somerset Railway Revisited - £16.99
This volume aims to show the West Somerset Railway at its best, running through the wonderful countryside and coast that surrounds it. All of the superb images by Don Bishop were taken between 2004 and 2009 and so show the line in its most recent form and at its very best.
The West Somerset RailwayThe West Somerset Railway - £12.99
Don Bishop has captured the line working through all the seasons over some 15 plus years with a particular emphasis on ‘steam in the landscape’ photographs showing the railway going about its business with the wonderful varied landscape around it.
Bod the Beast of BodminBod the Beast of Bodmin - £7.99
This unique and delightful illustrated comic-book tale by Endymion Beer is based on the sightings of the mysterious black beasts that are said to frequent the bleak moorland region of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.
Web Price: £14.99
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