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BGS Publications   

These are among many publications now out of stock; sometimes these may be obtained through a note on a BGS newsletter, or via the BGS email group.

Alternately some publications may be obtainable from 2nd hand booksellers.

Where sufficient interest is found for certain BGS publications, they may be reprinted.  If you are interested in a particular Broad Gauge publication, please drop a line to the BGS Publications Officer.

BGS - Out of Print Publications

Over the years the Society has produced a number of publications about the Broad Gauge, though often of reasonably small print runs.  Some of these BGS titles are shown here, as if there is sufficient interest in certain publications, they be may be reprinted.  Please let the BGS Publications Officer know if you would like to obtain a certain book, as 2nd hand copies come into stock occasionally.

Publications do crop up from time to time on book resellers lists, and the internet is also a good place to keep a look out.

Atmospheric book cover

Brunel's Atmospheric Railway - compiled and edited by Paul Garnsworthy.

Featuring high resolution images of William Dawson's 25 Atmospheric Railway watercolours, this publication has a large page size in landscape format, at 363mm wide by 297mm high.

This publication was a joint venture with the 'Friends of Devon's Archives', illustrating the atmospheric system under construction, and in use on the South Devon Railway.

Each artwork consists of a plan, section and views to each side of the line from Exeter to Totnes, occupying a full page; with the opposite page containing a commentary accompanied by two modern comparative views.

This large book comprises 104 pages, and includes information on the development of atmospheric traction, William Dawson and his family, and a full history of the atmospheric system on the South Devon. 

'Brunel's Atmospheric Railway' is currently out of print, but we are considering ways of getting extra copies printed.  Please make any enquiries to the BGS Publications Officer.


Taunton in the 1880s - a BGS publication.

A chance conversation at a local Model Engineering club brought this photo collection to light.  Most of the photographs were taken at Taunton, and it is likely that they were taken in the period 1885-7.

The originals were mostly 6" x 4" prints, and not of the best quality.  Although some have been published before, all have been included in this publication in the original sequence, and includes many complementary standard gauge subjects.

This 2001 book is currently out of print, but we are now in the process of getting it reprinted - please let us know if you would be interested in purchasing a copy.


The Broad Gauge in Cornwall - edited by Mike Jolly and Paul Garnsworthy.

A collection of 20 photographs of the broad gauge scenes in Cornwall held by the Royal Institution of Cornwall.  They cover the whole line from the Royal Albert Bridge to Penzance, along with Launceston, Penryn and St Ives.

There is also a map of the routes and some information about the West Cornwall Railway's narrow gauge locomotives, which worked the dual-gauge line alongside their broad gauge counterparts.