Trade Titfield Thunderbolt News

Discussion in 'Resources' started by Simon, 24 September 2010.

  1. adrian

    adrian Flying Squad

    I'd wager they still have a selection of the books on their bookshelf though!
  2. iak63

    iak63 Western Thunderer

    May the future be productive and enlightening.
    Best wishes on the new venture.
  3. Wagonman

    Wagonman Western Thunderer

    Let me add my congratulations and best wishes to Simon for this momentous move. With all due respect to my own publisher, Wild Swan is still the yardstick by which all the others are measured – and usually found wanting. The only thing I miss from my paste-up days is the whiff of the Cow Gum; for the rest of it give me Quark or InDesign any day.

    More power to your elbow!

  4. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

    As a Wild Swan junkie, I have absolutely no idea why anyone would choose to label them as Dead Duck! Running a specialist book publishing operation must rank as one of the most rewarding ways of putting something back into a hobby/interest. Congratulations Simon.

    I have long admired the products of Wild Swan. Not the cheapest but a quality book warrants quality materials which will stand the test of time. I have been guilty of buying a book more because of its superb feel or style than its specific content, and have widened my interests as a result! There have been recently some wonderful books published with creative layouts and graphics, although the traditional Wild Swan quality styling remains pretty timeless and works well.

    Respect to those who make the effort to research and lay out fascinating technical treatises and histories, and to those who publish them so that others may enjoy and learn.
  5. D6331

    D6331 Western Thunderer

    Great news - well done Simon!

    Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year !!

    Roger Swan (not often wild these days)
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  6. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

    Ahh, so that's what it was. Well done and good luck for the future.
  7. Captain Kernow

    Captain Kernow Western Thunderer

    Didn't see this coming, but what incredible news!

    Good luck, Simon, but I guess we're all going to have to make our own tea or coffee when we visit the shop now, you're obviously going to be far too busy getting the Camerton Branch trilogy out, together with Severn & Wye Vols. 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9...:p

    Oh, and this now makes it a lot easier for me to put in my annual request for a reprint of S&Y Vol 3!!
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  8. Tim V

    Tim V Western Thunderer

    Yes, I suppose it's out to Walcot, looking for the elusive cafe that has tea, coffee, biscuits....
  9. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    I can announce that LNER Wagons Part 4B Standard and other designs has now been sent to the printers and should be available in time for the Easter shows, I have given the publication date of 1st April on Neilsen:p

    Dustjacketed hardback uniform with earlier volumes, 184 printed pages, 240 illustrations, ISBN 9780953877119, price £38.95.

    Available from your favourite bookseller who can pre-order now and will have copies as soon as they are available.

    I am also happy to accept pre orders directly, if this suits anyone then please email me at:

    Trade enquiries welcomed too at the same e-mail address to any bona fide retailers reading this who'd like to stock the book (and others in the range too)

    I am still working on a new Wild Swan website to replace the current temporary arrangement, this should be available shortly and will set out ideas for the future in a bit more detail.

    I also now have a printed list of all available titles which I am happy to supply to anyone who would like one.

    Other new titles are in the pipeline too.

    Apologies for "blatant plug" aspect of this post, I hope to return to DMU, PMV, track in garden etc soon:confused:


    Wild Swan Books Ltd
  10. Dog Star

    Dog Star Western Thunderer

    As well as being - probably - the best railway bookshop in the country, the oddest things can happen when visiting this emporium, today was no exception and Simon has captured the various activities on the Titfield Thunderbolt facebook page.

    Dashed good chocolate biscuits, thank you.
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  11. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    And there's a sudden rash of likes from WTers infested by Facebook!
  12. Captain Kernow

    Captain Kernow Western Thunderer

    I'm starting to come to the conclusion that I'm missing stuff by not being 'on' Facebook, but I still can't bring myself to get involved. My loss, I suppose.
  13. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    It's no loss. I'm there under duress, as a lot of my friends are spread over the UK and the rest of the world. It's a useful-ish way to keep in touch.

    In fact, I "left" Facebook a few years ago. I closed my account, thinking it deleted. Then some of my modelling work was shared by JLTRT on their page, it got some interest and I thought it might be worth a new account and a proper page to showcase my work.

    Imagine my surprise to discover my old account lurking there, just waiting for me to crawl back. Think Hotel California: you can check out any time, but you can never leave. You're better off never checking in, believe me.
  14. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    I'm with you there, Captain. However, I suspect if you have a business it's considered quite important nowadays. As for me, I have a few proper friends. Everyone else are acquaintances, much as I may enjoy their company. And how someone can ask to be your "friend" on the basis of having met you once escapes me.

    I'll take your advice, Heather and not check in. In fact, as I said when I came in, if this is a club that'll have me I don't think I want to join..... (Only joking as far as WT is concerned, of course!)

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  15. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    He he, Dad, I think you've just about got it....
  16. Ian G

    Ian G Western Thunderer

    I did spot it on FB before here but still umming and arring if I need it.

    Ian G
  17. Phill Dyson

    Phill Dyson Western Thunderer

    Need what?
  18. Ian G

    Ian G Western Thunderer

    the LNER wagons book.
  19. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Western Thunderer

    Every modeller needs LNER Wagons:thumbs::cool:
  20. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

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