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I am about to start moddling in N Gauge in BR Late Crest (roughly 1960) hopefully in the North-West region, more specifically in the Manchester/Wigan area. With this as a starting point, I want to try to get a book or few that have good photos of scenery, stations and the like and have good descriptions of the locos, carriages and freight that would have operated in teh area at the time. I have searched through what seem like endless pages on the internet fruitlessly, so am hoping you can steer me in the right direction please.
 

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For information on stations, track layouts and the like, try the Middleton Press www.middletonpress.co.uk they do a huge range of books on various lines around the UK. May possibly go back a bit too far for your intended period.

It is probably best to get to a specialist railway bookshop and do some serious browing. The East Lancs Railway may be one potential source, and you are not too far from Embsey station near Skipton, on the Embsey and Bolton Abbey line, which has one of the largest railway bookshops in the country embseyboltonabbeyrailway.org.uk

Hope this is of help,
John Webb
 

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You could also try the "Railcentres" series that are/were published by Ian Allan, I know I have got the one on Sheffield which gives a lot of data on the area and services.

Is this of any assistance?

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John
 

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>the "Railcentres" series
I have Leeds & Bradford - the adjective - "Exhaustive" seems appropriate.

I would echo the suggestion that you visit specialist book shops and browse; a lot of exhibitions have one or more book sellers too. For the period you are modelling, colour photography was becoming more common so you might get some colour guide as well. For the mid 50's period I model, it's almost all black and white. The other thing I've noticed is that most of the subjects are locomotives. The trains and general railway infrastructure get much less of a look in.

And finally, keep an eye on places like "Bookends". I picked up a collection of Eric Treacy photographs in one of those. Presumably some publisher did a limited rerun.

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Not quite Wigan but there is a book on Bury and the surrounding area area which I picked up from one of those clearance outlets and indeed there are a couple in the shopping centre near Bury station which always seem to have some local railway books in. I should imagine you'll probably find a boatload of books on your area, try doing a search on amazon for some keywords and see what comes up.
 

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>indeed there are a couple in the shopping centre near Bury station
That's a good point; local shops are more likely to stock railway books about the local area than any other railway category which makes getting books about up t' North in t' South rather more difficult. Books about railways in Oxfordshire? no problem.

David
 
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