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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 Stock 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.

A Broad Gauge Album

When a visitor to Newton Abbot's Town and GWR Museum produced an album of railway photographs dating from the latter part of the last century, curator Felicity Cole soon realised that she had an important find on her hands. 

The album proved to contain a substantial photographic record of the final years of the broad gauge, with many of the photos relating to Newton Abbot, and the final gauge conversion of the South Devon Railway main line and Torbay Branch.  The owner of the album lent the collection to the museum, and copies were made for the GWR museum's archive.

The museum then invited local historians and the members of the Broad Gauge Society to examine the material, and the published album presents a selection of the photographs, with caption material provided by these researchers.   (A number of the photographs were featured in a large 2006 display, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the GWR in Newton Abbot.)  This album is probably the most comprehensive published record of Brunel's great vision as a working railway, as well as chronicling the conversion to "narrow" gauge.

Compiled in association with BGS members, copies are still available from the Newton Abbot Town Museum .



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 hoping to reprint it - 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.