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Going by Train

The Complete New Zealand Railways Story

Due for release in October. Pre-order your copy now!

Railways played a pivotal part in the development of New Zealand’s economy, towns and cities, and helped shape a distinctive culture. This is a comprehensive account of our railways story, from the earliest days of the colony, through rail’s growth and golden days, slow decline and recent resurgence. Fully illustrated, and written in a very readable style, rail fans and general readers alike will enjoy its wide-ranging topics, generous illustrations, anecdotes and personal accounts.

SPECIFICATIONS: 9781775593553 |Cover & Jacket | 260 x 183 mm / 10.25 x 7.25 inches | 312 Pages | Colour

Railway Season

Celebrate the days when trains were trains, individual expresses had their own character, serving their passengers in style in the restaurant car, and connecting services ran over picturesque branch lines that were a very part of the countryside they served. Railway Season captures all our railway yesterdays with panache.

This is indeed a railway book like no other, a portfolio of word portraits by an enthusiast who knows his subject intimately and is never at a loss for a telling example.

Though this is not specifically a book about the countryside, inevitably it looms large since even intercity trains run through it, as demonstrated in the chapter ‘A country journey like no other’, which also emphasises the author’s West Country background. But whatever your interest in railways and wherever your favourite part of the countryside, there is much here for you. The chapter on railways for pleasure perhaps sums it all up.

SPECIFICATIONS:  Cased and Jacket | 195 x 135 mm | 192 Pages |

Great New Zealand Railways

Sit back and enjoy the ride while Graham Hutchins takes you on a journey of discovery around New Zealand. In the style of Michael Palin, Hutchins describes a dozen unique train journeys, accompanied by many superb photographs of New Zealand’s incomparable scenery. For tourists, the book will be a personal travelogue, in which the main features of the landscape, as seen from the train, are described as the journey unfolds; for railway enthusiasts, the book will be essential reading, including some little-known historical and technical information, a look at the lines we have lost, and with many exciting new photographs.

The railway lines profiled in the book (from south to north) are:
The Kingston Flyer
The Taieri Gorge Railway
The Seasider (Dunedin – Palmerston)
The TranzAlpine Express (Christchurch – Greymouth)
The Weka Pass Railway (Waipara – Hanmer area)
The TranzCoastal (Christchurch – Picton)
The Capital Connection (Wellington – Palmerston North)
Wellington – Johnsonville
Wellington – Wairarapa (Masterton)
The Art Deco Express (Paekakariki – Napier)
The Overlander (Wellington – Auckland)
Auckland – Waitakere

SPECIFICATIONS: Cased with Jacket | 280 x 210 mm | Full Colour Throughout | 160 Pages |

Farewell to Trains

David St John Thomas is Britain’s one-time bestselling railway author, who built a formidable publishing empire first based mainly on railways. In ‘Farewell to Trains’, he summarizes his lifetime’s passion. Personal reminiscences and evocative descriptions of railway life are interspersed with extracts from over 65 years of the author’s railway writings, and illustrated throughout with archive photography.
In this poignant love letter, the author says farewell to the restaurant cars, the sleeping carriages, the non-stop expresses and the cheap excursion trains, the local stations bustling with the railway’s peripheral trades and liveried staff, the semaphore and signal boxes, and of course the great steam engines.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 284 mm x 216 mm | 256 Pages |