Full Size The Wantage Tramway

Discussion in 'Book Corner' started by Simon, 3 August 2017.

  1. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    Available now:

    From Wild Swan, a brand new and much enlarged edition of Nic de Courtais' 1981 book on this iconic prototype.


    Printed and produced by Amadeus Press in Cleckheaton. Softback, gloss laminated cover and sewn spine, heavily illustrated, 96 pages, ISBN 9781912038718, £18.95.

    Available direct or from any good bookseller.

    In common with all Wild Swan books this will not be available at reduced prices from Amazon or any of the other cut price merchants.

    Simon Castens
  2. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

    Could I reserve a copy to pay and collect at Telford please, Simon?

  3. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    Yes, with pleasure. Would you like a signed copy?

  4. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

    That would be much appreciated!
  5. queensquare

    queensquare Western Thunderer

    Picked up my copy from Simon on Monday. Highly recommended, a gem with some fabulous pictures.

  6. John Bruce

    John Bruce New Member

    Picked mine up from Simon today, well worth the wait.

    John Bruce.
  7. Arty

    Arty Western Thunderer

    Hi Simon, could you put my name on one please - I'll
    collect at Telford if that's OK.

  8. Is it possible to order a signed copy via the Titfield website? If so then how please (he says hopefully)
  9. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    Thank you and yes to Richard and yes to decauville1126.

    I have a good number of signed copies and will watch out for your order.

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  10. My order has now been placed for a signed copy. Shame so little of the line remains to be traced since the loss of the trainshed at Wantage, but at least I've had lunch a few times in "The Volunteer".
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  11. My signed copy arrived safely and swiftly from Simon this morning. As always, very well produced and I think some previously unpublished pics. Nothing earth shatteringly new but a definite must-have for anyone who likes the Wantage line.
  12. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    On Saturday 16th September we are having an "official" book launch for The Wantage Tramway at the most excellent Vale and Downland Museum in Wantage town centre.

    Come along and meet Nic de Courtais, the author, and Chris Turner, the noted railway historian. Over a number of years Chris conducted interviews with people who had first hand experience of using the tramway, the results of which feature in the book.

    Book Launch poster.jpg

    The museum itself is an absolute gem, with completely free admission and with extensive displays covering the town and locality including a "walk in" recreation of a Wantage tramway coach.

    There is a museum shop and cafe and I will have a range of Wild Swan titles with me. I'm hoping to bring a relevant model railway along too, but in the event that I fail the museum has its own model railway which will amuse you and is suitable for chilren to get involved with.

    Thank you very much to Suzie Tilbury the curator and Kate Pozzolli the museum manager for allowing this to take place.

    Books apart, I can't stress just how good the museum is in its own right. I was quite bowled over by its quality and size when I visited with Chris a couple of weeks ago.

    Hopefully see some of you there!

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  13. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    I am very happy to say that Robin Gay has very kindly "been volunteered" to bring his exquisite model of Wantage to the book launch.