The Branch Line Society



The Society offers for sale to members only a number of publications which are sold with a significant discount from the Recommended Retail Price.

Members receive a free copy of both "Passenger Train Services over Unusual Lines booklet PSUL" and the "Guide to Minor Railways" when these are published.

Non-members should note that the Passenger Train Services over Unusual Lines booklet, and the Guide to Minor Railways booklet, are both available from the Sales Officer at a price of £5.00 each which includes post and packing.

The Sales Officer is also able to supply - to members only - books and maps from a variety of publishers.

Generally, the Society will try and sell those books which are of interest to a significant number of members and which can therefore be purchased by the Society in bulk and the discount received passed on to members.

Details of books for sale through the Society are shown below. All prices include Post (2nd class) & Packing.

Platform 5 Publications
We have recently reached an agreement with Platform 5 and will shortly start stocking some of their books. The first book we are able to supply to members will be:

Locomotive Register 2021 by Andy Chard — The cover price is £24.95 but we are able to offer it to our members at the exclusive price of £20.50 which includes P & P.

The Railways of Manchester
A major new A4 hardback Platform 5 publication by Andy Chard (272 pages) is released on 24 May 2021. The cover price is £40 but we expect to be able to offer it to our members for about £30 including UK P&P. It is a thorough examination of the railways, trains, tramways, stations, depots and railway builders of the region. Two centuries of rail transport, including many world firsts, are brought together to give a fascinating insight into how it has shaped this great industrial city. The reader is taken on a journey from the earliest trains, continuing through the upheaval and evolution of the 19th & 20th centuries to the present, with current operators, heritage railways and modern trams. Industrial and narrow gauge railways are also covered; their largely unseen operations have been critical to the movement of just about every form of goods imaginable. The information and history are brought to life with over 350 photos (some by our very own Ian Mortimer), covering 170 years. These illustrate Manchester's great variety of trains and railway locations, plenty of which have now gone. Photos show scenes from 1850 to the present and many have never been published before. They show how much change the railways have witnessed and embellish this analysis of Manchester's railways past and present.
Expressions of interest by email, text or letter to Graeme Jolley, please to gauge demand for the order. Please do not send any money at this stage.

The current stock of all other available books is as follows (all prices include P & P)
From Crecy Publications 
Liverpool & Manchester Atlas£21.00
Southern Railway Atlas£19.00
Then & Now Atlas£14.00
European Atlas£20.00
Bakers Atlas£15.00
SW & Central Southern England£27.00
Book 1 - Scotland & IOM£10.00
Book 2 - Eastern£12.00
Book 3 - Western & Wales£10.00
Book 4 - Midlands & North West£12.00
Book 5 - Southern & TFL£12.00

Orders for all the above can be made via an Email to Graeme Jolley, Sales Officer (See contacts page) and an electronic invoice will then be raised for payment or, alternatively a cheque (payable to “Branch Line Society” ) can be sent by letter to Graeme - address at the back of BLN.