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The publications below are listed in date order within each category. The comments are purely the webmaster's personal opinions and are meant as a guide and not a definitive description. Some of these books may be out of print, so the ISBN numbers are included where available for ease of searching.

TECHNICAL/HISTORICAL REFERENCE BOOKS

BRITAIN'S NEW RAILWAY

O. S. Nock

1966

Ian Allan

 

A detailed look at the engineering and development aspects of the WCML electrification south of Weaver Junction.

ELECTRIC EUSTON TO GLASGOW

O. S. Nock

1974

Ian Allan

ISBN 0-7110-0530-3

As above, but detailing work on the northern section to Glasgow - written just as this section was being made operational.

BRITISH RAILWAYS DRIVER'S MANUAL A.C. ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES

BRITISH RAILWAYS

1973
?

 

BR.33056/40 ISSUE 1

Official facts and figures about the various Classes (limited Class 87 information - not built at the time of printing). Drivers duties, proceedures, etc.

AC ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES OF BRITISH RAIL

Brian Webb & John Duncan

1979

David & Charles

ISBN 0-7153-7663-2

Excellent in-depth technical coverage of Classes 80-87, with a wealth of facts and figures, also provides a snapshot of the fleet as it was in 1978.

MOTIVE POWER RECOGNITION:1 LOCOMOTIVES (1st Edition)

Colin J. Marsden

1981

Ian Allan

ISBN 0-7110-1109-5

A useful spotter's companion of the time, featuring dimensions / performance details not easily found elsewhere.

MOTIVE POWER RECOGNITION:2 EMUS (1st Edition)

Colin J. Marsden

1982

Ian Allan

ISBN 0-7110-1165-6

As above, but concentrating on the EMU fleet of the time. Perhaps LMR units don't quite get the same level of attention as their SR counterparts - one suspects C.J.M. is more of a Southern Electric fan! Good for archive dimensions, formations, operating areas.

BRITISH RAIL FLEET SURVEY 6 Electric Locomotives

Brian Haresnape

1983

Ian Allan

ISBN 0-7110-1332-2

Good background information on BR's electric locomotive fleet from SR "Booster" locos through to Class 87. See also Vol 5 "High Speed Trains" (ISBN 0-7110-1297-0) for info on Class 370 APT-P.

MODERN RAILWAYS PICTORIAL PROFILE:7 CLASSES 81-85

Colin J. Marsden (editor)

1984

Ian Allan

ISSN 0264-3642

General overview of the AC fleet, with interesting archive photos. Magazine format.

BR ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES IN 4mm SCALE

R. S. Carter

1985

Ian Allan

ISBN 0-7110-1501-5

Essential reference material for all OO-scale modellers - and a mine of useful dimension and performance information. The late R.S.Carter's line drawings are superb.

THE POWER OF THE AC ELECTRICS

Brian Morrison

1988

Oxford Publishing Company (Haynes Publishing Group)

ISBN 0-86093-246-X

Mainly pictorial with brief histories and details of each class, together with some of R.S.Carter's line drawings.

BRITISH RAIL FLEET SURVEY 11 Overhead Line Multiple-Units

Alec Swain

1990

Ian Allan

ISBN 0-7110-1902-9

Good overview of the evolution of BR's EMU fleet from LNER & MR designed units to Class 322. Useful technical information.

BRITISH RAIL MAIN LINE ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES

Colin J. Marsden & Graham B. Fenn

1993

Oxford Publishing Company (Haynes Publishing Group)

ISBN 0-86093-446-2

Summary histories of each class, with 4mm scale line drawings up to Class 91. Lots of photographs covering the early years up to the time of publication.

BRITISH RAIL MAIN LINE ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES

Colin J. Marsden & Graham B. Fenn

2001

Oxford Publishing Company

ISBN 0-86093-559-0

Updated edition of the above, including Class 92, Eurotunnel Class 9, and Class 373 power cars.

BRITISH MULTIPLE UNITS: Volume 3 CLASSES 302-390

Ashley Butlin

2001

Coorlea Publishing

ISBN 0-948069-19-8

Dates, reformations and disposals of AC and dual-voltage EMUs.

THE ALLOCATION HISTORY OF BR DIESELS & ELECTRICS: Third and Final Edition: Part Four

Roger Harris

2004

Roger Harris

 

Life-histories of every electric locomotive with a TOPS number: 99.9% accurate too!

SPARKS

Charles Buchanan

2006

Triangle Publishing

ISBN 0-9550030-1-6

In-depth historical information on the history, development and lives of classes 80-92.

THE AC ELECTRICS

Colin J Marsden

2007

Ian Allan

ISBN 0860936147

Summary histories of loco and EMU types, based largely on the author's earlier works and website.

GENERAL AC ELECTRIC INTEREST BOOKS

BR (MIDLAND REGION) ELECTRICS

B. Nicolle

1979

Oxford Publishing Company

SBN 86093-056-4

Class by Class photographic record of the MR fleet in the late seventies - brings back memories.

ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES ON THE WEST COAST MAIN LINE

Roly Longhurst with Michael Oakley

1979

D. Bradford Barton

ISBN 0-85153-355-8

Basic technical overviews of each class.

TRAINS IN THE EIGHTIES 2 ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES

series

1980

Ian Allan

ISBN 0-7110-1092-7

Just photographs of ACs in the late '70s and 1980. A5 landscape magazine format. See also Vol 1: InterCity125 & APT (ISBN 0-7110-1091-9) if you're a Class 370 fan.

100 YEARS OF ELECTRIC TRACTION

Colin J. Marsden

1985

Oxford Publishing Company

ISBN 0-86093-325-3

General coverage of all electric traction, with slight emphasis on Southern Region units and locos. Good historical interest.

THE AC ELECTRICS (Rail Portfolios 13)

Chris Shaw (compiler)

1991

Ian Allan

ISBN 0-7110-1938-X

All colour photographic record from early years to Class 91s & MkIVs.

GENERAL REFERENCE BOOKS

PROFILE OF THE CLASS 76s & 77s

David Maxey

1981

Oxford Publishing Co.

SBN 86093-156-0

Good photographic record of 76s and 77s in action at home and abroad.

ROLLING STOCK RECOGNITION:3 DEPARTMENTAL STOCK

Colin J. Marsden

1984

Ian Allan

ISBN 0-7110-1446-9

Features the Flatrol!!!

DIESEL DISPOSAL VOLUME 5 (ELECTRIC CLASSES)

A. K. Butlin

1986

Coorlea Publishing

ISBN 0-948069-04-X

Provides detailed records of periods in store, as well as early disposal information.

DIESEL & ELECTRIC DISPOSAL

Ashley Butlin

1987

Coorlea Publishing

ISBN 0-948069-06-6

General details of disposal, less detail per loco than above.

DIESEL & ELECTRIC DISPOSAL

Ashley Butlin

1990

Coorlea Publishing

ISBN 0-948069-10-4

As above, updated.

BR DIESEL & ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE DIRECTORY

Colin J. Marsden

1991

Oxford Publishing Company (Haynes Publishing Group)

ISBN 0-86093-486-1

Invaluable reference for renumbering histories, introduction, withdrawal, naming dates, disposal details etc.

BRITISH RAILWAYS MARK 1 COACHES

Keith Parkin

1991

HMRS / Pendragon Books

ISBN 1-899816-07-0

Invaluable reference source for Mk1 stock.

DIESEL & ELECTRIC LOCO REGISTER (Third Edition)

S. A. Sugden

1994

Platform 5

ISBN 1-872524-55-9

Good quick reference for number series conversions, dates etc. Less detailed than the Diesel & Electric Loco Directory, but easier to carry!

PRESERVED LOCOMOTIVES OF BRITISH RAILWAYS

Peter Fox and Peter Hall

2001

Platform 5

ISBN 1-902336-20-8

Good reference for just about every locomotive and multiple unit which has survived beyond initial withdrawal.



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