SOUTHERN SUNSET '67 - buy now for Christmas and help several special charities- stock running out fast!!
Update: November 28 2018
SOUTHERN SUNSET '67 by John H Bird - We were thrilled that the hardback version of our book sold out in just 122 days this time last year. So we reprinted it as a softback at the beginning of 2018 and now we are coming to the end of that edition too, so if you would like to own a copy act quickly..... before they are all gone!
As one online reviewer has said:
" A Wonderful visual experience for those of us 'at a certain age' who stood line-side with our Combined Volumes in the 60's. Unique style and structure and an evocative 'must read' for those who were there. Photo of the Newport mound of scrap parts in Cashmore's yard is astonishing. Every page a memory jerker. Whole book well illustrated, documented and poignantly dedicated...."
....and, in the spirit of the season of giving and goodwill, if you order direct from ourselves we will donate the full purchase price less postage, packing and handling charges to our two favoured charities, the British Lung Foundation and Send A Cow. That means each copy sold between now and Christmas will generate at least £10 to be divided between two very worthy causes. We will also send a matched amount to SarcoidosisUK which is campaigning to raise funds for research and support for sufferers of this little known but potentially fatal disease.
To buy a copy now (maybe the ideal Christmas present for a railway enthusiast) and help three worthy causes, please click on the book cover logo below.
You can also purchase the book direct from Ian Allan bookshops in London and Birmingham, from Bill Hudson booksellers the Alton Model Railway Shop and from Heritage Railway bookshops including those at Alresford (Watercress line), Havenstreet (Isle of Wight Steam Railway), Swanage, Tenterden, Sheffield Park (Bluebell Railway), Bridgnorth (Severn Valley Railway) or from Amazon (Prime customers get free postage)
John Bird has written three previous books on the subject, SOUTHERN STEAM SURRENDER, SOUTHERN STEAM SUNSET AND WATERLOO SUNSET, all long out of print, but each described as the definitive works on those exciting but ultimately sad events in the mid-1960s. Few who were alive at the time can forget those days of mixed emotions when steam gave way to electric and diesel traction, going out in a blaze of glory with a large following of enraptured enthusiasts.
SOUTHERN SUNSET '67 is somewhat different to its predecessors-it is a mainly pictorial tribute to every one of the 122 main line steam locos that survived on January 1st 1967, as well as those on the Isle of Wight and in Departmental Service, backed up with plenty of factual information, informative captions and a special feature on the last weekend of steam, the aftermath and ultimate survival of some of those locomotives.
With around 300 top quality photographs, the majority never seen in print before, this book represents amazing value and will make a wonderful gift to any railway enthusiast.
144 glossy 150gsm pages, Softback, size 11" x 8.5".
Price £16.99 -ORDER NOW DIRECT FROM OURSELVES carefully packed and sent by 1st class post FREE.