This page gives some further information about NERA publications
NERA (North Eastern Railway Association) publications are available by post or at selected meetings from the Sales Officer, 15 Woodside Drive, Darlington. DL3 8ES
Prices are quoted in GB pounds (Sterling). Cheques should be made payable to the "N.E.R.A". Please allow 28 days for delivery, however some comb-bound publications can be temporarily out-of-stock for short periods. Cheques will not be banked until the order is completed and dispatched. Prices by post are applicable to members in the UK only. Overseas members are advised to include an open cheque with their order.
A brief description of some of our publications
'A History of the Hull and Scarborough Railway’ edited by John Addyman and Bill Fawcett
The line opened in 1846-7 to serve an agricultural area adjacent to the East Riding coast, but soon developed a booming tourist trade for Bridlington and Filey. Tourism peaked around the early 1900s, but gradually declined to almost disappear by the late 1960s. Following the Beeching Report of 1963 on British Railways' finances, the railway from Hull to Scarborough was extremely lucky to avoid complete closure. After a hard fight, common sense prevailed and the line was reprieved to become grant-aided from 1969. This was entirely justified as it now carries many more passengers than it did 100 years ago.
This new history covers the line's story from its authorization, the architecture of its buildings and details of each station's development. The traffic it carried is fully explained, and there are comprehensive chapters on train services, proposed railways to connect with it, signalling and level crossings, and how the line avoided complete closure.
Retail Price 24.95 GB Pounds, post free within the United Kingdom
or direct from the Publisher: Kestrel Railway Books, PO Box 269, SOUTHAMPTON SO30 4XR
Tel: 01489 798141
'A History of the Newcastle and Berwick Railway’ by John Addyman
The history of the Newcastle and Berwick Railway (N&B) was selected as a suitable subject for a book to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the North Eastern Railway Association. Although the N&B provides one-sixth of the East Coast Main Line’s mileage it has never had a detailed account of its origins and development. Its existence is not a forgone conclusion as a hard battle had to be fought to get it built and, following declining freight and passenger traffic, it was even proposed for complete closure in 1983. Electrification in 1991 and an upsurge in rail travel now sees it with a secure and profitable future. This history covers the remarkable events leading up to the authorization of the railway, explains its choice of designs for structures and buildings, together with the development of its signalling and train services. The three main stations, Morpeth, Alnmouth and Tweedmouth together with the Kelso branch are given detailed coverage.
‘G T Andrews’ by Bill Fawcett
George Townsend Andrews (1804-55) is best known for his railway buildings, most designed during the decade 1839-49 for George Hudson, the first Railway King. A time of hectic expansion in the railway system, it saw a rapid evolution in the types of building required, something we can follow through Andrews’ work. This ranged widely: as well as about ninety passenger stations, he designed warehouses, engine sheds, workshops and even gasworks and coalyards, as well as three graceful arches through York’s medieval walls. Notable works include York (old) station, one of our best surviving examples of an early terminus on the Euston pattern, and Hull station, whose elegant hotel was briefly one of the largest outside London. Small-town stations, such as Filey and Richmond (Yorks) are particularly rewarding, the latter being Britain’s best picturesque Gothic design of the early railway age.
Other fields brought works as varied as Halifax Infirmary, Harrogate’s Montpellier Baths and White Hart Hotel. His main focus was York where, as well as numerous houses, he designed head offices for two banks and the Yorkshire Insurance Company as well as the De Grey Rooms (assembly rooms) and the Collegiate gothic buildings at the heart of York St. John University. Churches were not overlooked and range from ten which were either new or almost totally rebuilt (as at Newton-on-Ouse) via extensive restoration schemes to some minor re-ordering.
The book explores the patronage which gave rise to these works as well as the buildings themselves, and is divided into two sections. The first is a chronological account of Andrews’ career, highlighting on route such building types as are not looked at in the second part. The latter is a survey of particular building forms, with a detailed focus on works such as the first York station
Special Reduced Price at Meetings 12.00 GB Pounds, price by Post within the U.K. 18.00GB Pounds
‘Newcastle and Carlisle Railway’ by Bill Fawcett
The Newcastle & Carlisle Railway is arguably the best surviving example of an early trunk line, retaining most of its original masonry bridges and stations unscathed by later developments. Conceived in 1824, the scheme was delayed by difficulties, finally getting its Act in 1829. Cash-flow problems helped to spin out the construction period. Despite completing some major works in 1833-4, there was only a limited traffic prior to the public opening of the first section in March 1835, with completion in 1838 as the first railway to cross the island of Great Britain. Apart from a brief flirtation with George Hudson, the company enjoyed a prosperous independence until 1862, when it merged with the North Eastern Railway. Even then it retained a separate management within the NER down to 1870, which is taken as the end date of this history.
This book explores the background to the railway, including the canal schemes, roads and coach services which preceded it. It looks in detail at its promotion and construction, and explores the tensions between the engineer, Francis Giles, and his directors, who included several with wide experience of colliery waggonways. All aspects of the railway receive due attention, ranging from its financial performance, train services and traffic, to the recruitment of early staff. Individual chapters look at the development of the company’s locomotives and rolling stock; its bridges and other engineering works; its permanent way and its buildings. Fresh light is cast on many aspects of the railway and the personalities involved. The book is copiously illustrated, with many of the maps and pictures in colour, and contains measured drawings of representative bridges and buildings by the author as well as locomotive drawings by John Fleming and J.S. MacLean
Retail Price 18.95 GB Pounds, price by Post within the U.K. 24.95 GB Pounds
'North Eastern Railway Architecture, Volume 2' by Bill Fawcett
This volume explores the full range of buildings produced in the period from the early eighteen fifties, where Volume 1 left off, to Peachey's departure at the beginning of 1877. These range from stations, grand and modest, including such lost gems as Barnard Castle, to the locomotive workshops, such as Gateshead, whose early evolution is fully explored.
This 200 page A4 size publication is printed on gloss art paper throughout with a casebound colour cover. There are in the order of 260 monochrome photographs and line drawings together with 16 pages of colour illustrations.
Retail Price 15.95 GB Pounds, price by Post within the U.K. 20.95 GB Pounds
'North Eastern Railway Architecture, Volume 3' by Bill Fawcett
This volume picks up the story of North Eastern Railway architecture at the start of 1877, when William Bell began his almost forty year stint as architect, and follows it through the LNER and British Railway periods down to 1995, when the York railway architects office was disbanded, in the run up to railway privatisation.
The Bell period saw many ambitious new buildings, such as the stations at Darlington Bank Top and Tynemouth, a considerable enlargement of the company's workshops, and some fine office buildings, as well as a wide range of small stations and other works. An outside architect, Horace Field, was called on for a new headquarters in York and an office in London, both of considerable quality. This volume also looks at some building types which have not received much recognition - such as the railway's stables and housing.
The last three chapters show how railway architecture evolved and adapted to a very different world from that in which the NER's buildings were conceived.
As in the earlier volumes, this book sheds new light on the personalities involved, and is fully referenced to enable the reader to pursue the story further or in more detail.
This 256 page A4 size publication is printed on gloss art paper throughout with a casebound colour cover. There are in the order of 260 monochrome photographs and line drawings together with 24 pages of colour illustrations
Retail Price 18.95 GB Pounds, price by Post within the U.K. 23.95 GB Pounds
This album combines a photographic record of the original rolling stock of the Hull, Barnsley and West Riding Junction Railway and Dock Company, or as it was popularly known (and officially so after 1905), the Hull and Barnsley Railway with scale drawings and well -researched history for each design. Details on livery, alterations to their appearance, equipment and re-numbering are included.
The designer of the stock was William Kirtley, locomotive Superintendent of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway engaged temporarily as Consulting Engineer. From being appointed H&BR Consultant on 19th February 1883, Kirtley produced drawings and specifications of the locomotives for the Board's approval in under a month. Given the short timescale and his background all the rolling stock bore a striking resemblance to existing LCDR designs.
This 56-page A4 size publication is printed on gloss art paper throughout with a stitched gloss card cover. All the original album pages are reproduced to A4 page size. There are numerous 4mm = 1ft scale line drawings of all vehicles portrayed
Special Reduced Price at Meetings Only for £3.50, not available by post
At the time of his death Robert Stephenson was considered a far greater engineer than his father or any of his contemporaries, and his outstanding accomplishments demanded that he should be buried in Westminster Abbey. Over the last 150 years his reputation has suffered by much of his credit being ignored or transferred to his father. Samuel Smiles in writing his Lives of the Engineers is guilty of starting the erosion of Robert’s image. How many hundreds of books have followed Smiles and credited the design and building of Rocket to George Stephenson rather than to Robert? Robert was entirely responsible for it – George was far too busy building the Liverpool and Manchester Railway at the time.
This book describes Robert Stephenson’s main achievements and his significant influence in the design and building of locomotives and railways for Britain and other countries. His influence on the development of the locomotive from the crude products of the second decade of the nineteenth century to the capable machines of 1840s is fully covered in Chapter 3. The difficult and unprecedented bridges over the Tyne, Menai, Nile and St. Lawrence are described in Chapters 5 to 8.
This 176 page A4 size publication is printed on gloss art paper throughout with a casebound colour cover. There are in the order of 110 monochrome photographs and line drawings together with 4 pages of colour illustrations. ISBN 1-873513-60-7
Retail Price 15.95 GB Pounds, price by Post within the U.K. 20.95 GB Pounds
'North Eastern Record, Volume 2'
This book covers the rolling stock of the North Eastern Railway and the Hull & Barnsley Railway. Written by our members this publication is profusely illustrated with 187 black & white photographs, 28 colour plates and 46 line drawings plus numerous tables. In the same format as Volume 1, its 176 pages are packed with information for the railway modeler and general enthusiast
Retail Price 5.00 GB Pounds
Reduced Price, Only Available via NERA Meetings and Sales Stands at Exhibitions