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  North Eastern Railway Branch Lines: Lesser Railways Around Darlington The Fighting Cocks, Croft Depot, Forcett and Merrybent Branches by Robin B Coulthard & John G Teasdale.

72 pages, A4 size, printed on gloss art paper with a gloss colour card cover. Over 95 colour & mono photographs, with numerous line drawings, diagrams and tables.

The Fighting Cocks branch began life as an integral part of the Stockton &Darlington Railway main line between North Road and a point east of Fighting Cocks station. That status was lost first when the S&DR was absorbed into the North Eastern Railway (NER) in 1863, and secondly when the NER diverted passenger traffic to a newly-constructed line in 1887.

The S&DR constructed branches off its main line, and one of these, the Croft Depot Branch which opened in October 1829, is described next – very much a rural backwater serving the local community.

The final two lines to be covered, the Forcett Railway and the Merrybent & Darlington Railway, both started life as independent undertakings; they were constructed by entrepreneurs mainly to exploit local deposits of limestone which was crucial to the growing iron and steel industry on Teesside. In due course, both would be absorbed into the NER or its successor, the London & North Eastern Railway.

The origins, construction and operation of all four lines is followed through to closure.

ISBN 978-1-911360-13-1. Price £11.95 Nett.

The book is in the best traditions of the North Eastern Railway Association, with loads of great photos and maps on high quality paper, with plenty of railway detail. It should also appeal to those communities that were so effected by these branchlines.

Chris Lloyd, The Northern Echo, Saturday December 8, 2018

For modellers with a liking for branch line prototypes, this 72 page book is a welcome breath of fresh air amid the seemingly endless studies of GW and SR branch lines published every other week.

Railway Modeller, March 2019.

  A History of North Eastern Railway Signalling.
Editor: Neil Mackay, with co-authors Richard Pulleyn, Nick Fleetwood and Mick Nicholson.
  320 pages, A4 size, printed on gloss art paper throughout with a casebound colour cover. 450 illustrations of which 95 are in colour, with numerous line drawings, diagrams, tables and appendices. A reprint of this sought-after book is announced, the first to be devoted exclusively to the historical development of signalling on the North Eastern Railway. It is the product of many years of extensive primary research, drawing on original source material whenever possible, and has been written to interest a broad cross-section of readers. Those with a general interest in the NER will find detailed insights and explanations of this little understood subject. Signalling professionals and serious students have not been overlooked: there is ample technical information. For modellers there is a wealth of material including scale drawings, and a chapter covering the special techniques involved in making miniature versions of the distinctive NER slotted post signals. Adherents of other railways will find much of interest to compare with their own favourite lines.

From its rudimentary beginnings the development of signalling in north-east England is placed in its historical context and brought to life. The sceptical attitudes of the NER management towards signals, interlocking and the block system are examined and contrasted with the views of the Board of Trade and the public. Further new ground is broken with a fascinating account of the development of relevant signalling rules & regulations, followed by descriptions of telegraph and block signalling equipment, lever frames, and the wide variety of signals themselves. The wide range of signal cabin styles is carefully analysed and illustrated. There are numerous track and signalling diagrams for a broad cross-section of locations from simple block posts and wayside stations to iconic centres such as York and Newcastle.

Exceptionally, a chapter is devoted to the history and organization of the men and management, highlighting how signalmen’s conditions of employment were enhanced by the NER’s pioneer acceptance of union representation. Analysis of a selection of relevant accidents has been used to show the heavy reliance placed on the skills and abilities of staff, and the often draconian punishments for those who made even a simple error. The adoption of new technology in the early Twentieth Century is also covered, demonstrating that by the end of its independent existence in 1923, the company had some highly advanced systems in operation, though still clinging to such outdated features as slotted posts and board signals.

ISBN 978-1-911360-19-3. Price £27.00 Nett.