Great Western Way (second edition)

Great Western Way (second edition)
The standard reference on the appearance of the GWR and its constituent companies.

Author : Lewis, John and the Company Stewards of the Historical Model Railway Society

Publication Year : 2009

publisher : Historical Model Railway Society

ISBN : 9780902835276

Binding : hardback - pictorial boards

The original Great Western Way (published in 1978) soon gained a reputation as the standard reference work on the way the Great Western and its constituent companies created their impression on the travel market through their house livery style. In light of new research the opportunity has been taken to completely revise the original and so the whole book has been rewritten, expanded and comprehensively illustrated.

The new edition, whilst based on the framework of the original, is a complete re-write including much new analysis and information that has come to light in the intervening years. It also includes a comprehensive set of source references which was missing from the earlier version. It also contains many new photographs, appendices and a colour chart. In addition, the relevant livery changes up to the end of the BR 'steam' period in 1968 have been added. The authors are the society's GWR group company stewards including Glyn Williams under the co-ordination of respected railway author John Lewis. Each one brings his unique area of expertise to the text.

Please note that this is a heavy book and that a parcel with just one copy will weigh around 2.2kg. For international orders you are advised to check postal prices and options on the Royal Mail web site.


Editor's Note
The Great Western Railway
Heraldic Devices and Painting Considerations
Passenger Carriages
The 'Brown' Vehicles
Freight Vehicles
Permanent Way and Signals
Buildings and Structures
Road Vehicles
The Absorbed Companies - Pre-Grouping
Broad Gauge
Vale of Neath Railway
Bristol and Exeter Railway
South Devon Railway
Cornwall Railway
Narrow Gauge
Shrewsbury Railways
West Midlands Railway
The Absorbed Companies - Absorbed at the Grouping
Alexandra (N&SW) Docks and Railway
Barry Railway
Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway
Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway
Cambrian Railways
Mid Wales Railway
The Van Railway
Welshpool and Llanfair Railway
The Mawddwy Railway
Vale of Rheidol Railway
Cardiff Railway
Midland and South Western Junction Railway
Neath & Brecon Railway
Port Talbot Railway
Rhondda & Swansea Bay Railway
Rhymney Railway
South Wales Mineral Railway
Swansea Harbour Trust
Taff Vale Railway
Painting Specifications
Carriage Interiors Standard Notice Boards
Passenger Carriage Numbering
Train Description Numbers
Locomotive Classifications
Locomotive Livery Changes
Telegraphic Code Names
Locomotive Headcodes
Taff Vale Railway Company Uniforms
Taff Vale Railway Locomotive Headcodes GWR Cast Letters & Numerals
Wagon Sheets and Ropes
GWR Rolling Stock under British Railways
Shed Codes and Markings on Locomotives
Sea & Air Liveries and a Final Miscellany
Colour Samples
Acknowledgements, Photograph Credits & Bibliography

Addenda & Corrigenda

Errata & Addenda

A document has been published detailing some Amendments and Additional Information that came to light soon after the book was published. You may download it here.


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