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Details of books and publications wholly or mainly concerning the Severn Valley Railway and the Wyre Forest Line. Books in print are normally stocked in SVR gift shops. Those not in print can often be found in shops and sales coaches run by preservation groups.

Books and publications in bold are referenced as sources on this wiki site.


Title Author Date ISBN In print? Comments
Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway J. Randall 1863 No Available as an eBook on
The Severn Valley Railway D.J. Smith 1968 No 60 page history published in association with the Severn Valley Railway Society
Severn Valley Steam Sir Gerald Nabarro MP 1971 0710070640 No History of the pre-1963 railway and early days of preservation, by the former Chairman.
Railways of the Severn Valley Michael Hale 1973 095019512 No Pre-preservation photos of the SVRSevern Valley Railway and other local railways
The Severn Valley Railway at Arley Barrie Geens 1985 0906867339 No
The Severn Valley Railway John Marshall 1989 0946537453 No History of the pre-1963 railway and early days of preservation.
Steam Portfolios 6: Severn Valley Railway Andrew Bell 1991 0711019738 No
When There Was Steam Tony Barfield 1994 1-85648-190-5 No Memories of a Western Region fireman based at Kidderminster Shed
Severn Valley Locomotives As They Were Tom Ferris 1995 1857800303 No
The Tenbury & Bewdley Railway Keith Beddoes & William H. Smith 1995 1 874103 27 5 Yes
Severn Valley Railway Memories Christopher Magner 1997 Privately published No 1950 to 1970 with additional information
The Severn Valley Railway: A Past and Present Companion Roger Siviter 1995 978-1858951454 Yes The whole route from Shrewsbury to Worcester (Nostalgic Collection). Reprinted 2008
Severn Valley Railway. A View from the Past Michael A Vanns 1998 978-0957589803 Yes Pre-1965 illustrated history. Reprinted 2013
The Jazzer and the last Manning, Wardle Michael Shaw 1998 0953290301 Yes Illustrated history of 686 The Lady Armaghdale and 2047 Warwickshire
A Pictorial History of 2968 The Mighty Mogul Richard Greaves and Jim Norman 2001 0954150805 Published by Stanier Mogul Fund, copies often available on sales stall
Railway Moods, The Severn Valley Railway Mike Heath 2005 1841144444 No
The Railway at Kidderminster in the 1940s A.J. Turley 2005 0953786927 Yes
Country Railway Routes, Kidderminster to Shrewsbury Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith 2007 9781906008109 Yes
The Branch Lines of Worcestershire Colin C. Maggs 2009 9781848683440 Yes Also available as e-book, ISBN 9781445625669
Severn Valley Railway Recollections John Stretton 2010 9781857943535 Yes
The Severn Valley Railway, volume 2: A Second Past and Present Companion John Stretton 2010 978-1858952642 Yes
Arley, a glimpse of the past Barrie Geens 2010 9780953477579 No
Severn Valley Railway Recollections, The Story of the Big Flood Phil Sowden 2012 9781857943924 Yes
The Last Years of Steam in Shropshire and the Severn Valley Michael Clemens 2014 9781781552940 Yes Illustrated history, including Tenbury Branch and CM&DPLR
Severn Valley Railway Journey, Kidderminster to Bridgnorth David C Williams 2014 9781857944365 Yes
Severn Valley Railway: 50 Glorious Years Robin Jones 2015 9781909128651 Yes 'Bookazine' format
Severn Valley Railway: Railway Heritage Guide Michael A Vanns 2017 9781473892040 Yes
The District Controller's View No 10: The Severn Valley P. WebbFrancis Webb, Locomotive Superintendant/Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London and North Western Railway 1871-1903 1901056279 Yes BRBritish Rail or British Railways operations including WTTs, loco allocations etc
Fifty Glorious Years - celebrating 50 years of the Class 50 locomotives Craig Taylor and Jonathan Dunster 2019 Yes Limited edition of 500 published by Class 50 Alliance Limited. A behind-the-scenes story of the planning, preparation and delivery of a year of events including seven mainline railtours and the highly successful Class 50 Golden Jubilee gala at the SVRSevern Valley Railway which brought together 11 members of the class.

SVRSevern Valley Railway Publications

Title Date In print? Comments
Severn Valley Railway Album 1974 No 140 b/w photographs compiled by David Williams
SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition 1998 No
From the Window 2018 Yes Available free from SVRSevern Valley Railway ticket offices or as a PDF download.
Severn Valley Railway Visitor Guide 10th Edition 2018 Yes
Severn Valley Railway News 2019 Yes Published quarterly. Latest edition: Issue 205 Spring 2019

Other References

Details of other books which do not relate directly to the Severn Valley Railway but include information used in this Wiki.

Title Author Date ISBN In print? Comments
Great Western Coaches 1890-1954 Michael Harris 1966 0-7153-5502-3 No
Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal J Ian Langford 1974 0-900404-22-1 No
An Historical Survey of Great Western Engine Sheds 1947 E Lyons 1974 0 902888 16 1 No
A history of GWRGreat Western Railway goods wagons Vol 1 AG Atkins, W Beard, DJ Hyde, R Tourret 1975 0-7153-6532-0 No
A history of GWRGreat Western Railway goods wagons Vol 2 AG Atkins, W Beard, DJ Hyde, R Tourret 1976 0-7153-7290-4 No
Rolling Stock Recognition:2 - BRBritish Rail or British Railways & Private Owner Wagons Colin J. Marsden 1984 0-7110-1403-5 No
Red For Danger L.T.C. Rolt 1986 0 330 29189 0 Yes Regularly reprinted
A history of GWRGreat Western Railway goods wagons AG Atkins, W Beard, DJ Hyde, R Tourret 1986 0-7153-8725-1
The Cleobury & Ditton Priors Light Railway MRC Price 1995 0 85361 447 4 Yes
British Railways Wagons – the first half million Don Rowland 1996 0-7529-0378-0 No
The Oxford Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway John Boynton 2002 0 9540839 0 3 No
The GWRGreat Western Railway at Stourbridge and the Black Country, Volume 1 Clive Butcher 2004 0 85361 627 2 Yes
Barges and Bargemen (A social history of the Upper Severn Navigation 1660-1900) Barrie Trinder 2005 1-86077-361-3 Yes
The BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. Story Martin Beckett and Roger Hardingham 2010 978-0-946184-42-2 Yes Includes ‘The BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. List’ Tenth Edition
Civil Engineers Wagons Vol 1: British Railways 1948-1967 David Larkin 2011 978-1-905505-23-4 No
Civil Engineers Wagons Vol 2: Early British Rail 1967-1977 David Larkin 2012 978-1-905505-24-1 No
Civil Engineers Wagons Vol 3: Later British Rail 1978-1994 David Larkin 2013 978-1-905505-25-8 No
BRBritish Rail or British Railways Mark 1 & Mark 2 Coaching Stock Hugh Longworth 2013 978-0-86093-650-3 Yes
GWRGreat Western Railway Goods Wagons, a Historical Survey AG Atkins, W Beard, R Tourret 2013 978-0-96093-657-2 Yes Expanded from the 2 volumes published in 1975-76
The Kidderminster and Stourport Electric Tramway Company Ltd. David Voice 2017 978-1-910654-13-2 Yes
British Railways Pre-Nationalisation Coaching Stock Volume 1 GWRGreat Western Railway and LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Hugh Longworth 2018 978-0-86093-675-6 Yes

See also

List of shops