A rather belated Happy New Year to all.
After a rather quiet 2019 for book publishing we have already been busy this year. We have four books to produce before Easter although one is not a Railmac title. Two books are well underway and we hope to have them finished shortly. The Mini Profile we started late last year is now being produced as a stand alone title. We will provide more details over the next week.
We are well into the next book in the Mini Profile series and hope to get it to the printer after the Christmas break. Meanwhile we would like to wish everyone the compliments of the season.
The first Stations Remembered book was well received but other commitments have prevented us from working on further titles. Hopefully we should be back into publishing again in the next month or so.
Update 29/9 – We have updated our price list and the new list can be found on the Price List page. We have reverted to splitting the railway books into states again and have separated non rail titles into their own category.
Stations Remembered – Bowmans, Balaklava & Owen is now in stock and will be released on 1st October.
Update 15/9 – The first Stations Remembered book is now at the printer and will hopefully be released at the end of the month.
Update 18/8 – We have completed the first Stations Remembered book (Bowmans, Balaklava & Owen) and it is currently at the proofreading stage. Hopefully it will be at the printers by the end of this month.
The next title will be in the Mini Profile series after all as we have to slot in a new Pichi Richi Railway book. This one is a brief history with details of operational rolling stock.
9/8. Work is progressing on the first book in our new Stations Remembered series, but we have had to make a number of format changes.
Our original plan for the series was to provide a pictorial record of some of the stations we have lost over the past 50 years. More of a nostalgic look at the infrastructure that we once had rather than a comprehensive historical survey. However, as we progressed with the production of the first book we decided to include a few historical notes, some tabulated data and the occasional ‘then and now’ photograph. As we progressed even further we thought a brief note about some of the stations we hadn’t photographed would complete the picture. By doing this we could eventually cover all the former SAR stations.
What we haven’t even attempted to include are train timetables, loadings and train working as this would be a book in itself.
Although these books are the same size as our Mini Profiles we haven’t included them in that series as they will be in a different format. Like the Ballarat Mini Profiles we started out thinking we could get the initial group of stations into one book, but it was not the case. Even with the very basic details we are providing we didn’t have enough room and have already split the first book. However, by doing this we are now including smaller stations or stopping places to enable us to cover a complete section of track in one book.
The first Stations Remembered book will cover stations between Bowmans and Owen; Bowmans, Saints, Balaklava, Ridgway, Woods and Owen. We have provided an updated cover below.
We have also introduced a new page to our website, this time looking at Model Railways.
Update 7/7 – The work in progress cover is attached for the first of our Stations Remembered books, but please note the photograph may change before it goes to print. Stations covered include Bowmans, Saints (just a mention and one photo), Balaklava, Halbury, Owen, Truro, Stockwell and Plush’s Corner. Although the front cover photograph and some inside contain a train the emphasis will be on infrastructure, rather than just trains.
We have been making slow progress with our next book but hope to have a cover ready soon. It will be the first of our Stations Remembered series and will cover the stations at Bowmans, Saints, Balaklava, Halbury, Owen, Truro, Stockwell and Plush’s Corner.
We have added another page to our website – Book Covers. Eventually this will contain an image of every book published in the Railmac range. This will compliment our Book List page. It is still a work in progress as we have only completed a few pages to date.
Our Gallery pages have had additional images added and they have now reached the 500 mark. We have also added some additional new page headers our website.
Update 31/5 – We had added a few more images to our website, which brings the number of images in our Gallery pages to around 480. With the scanning of our own negatives and transparencies we have reached the 50,000 mark but are still not quite half way. We will now have a break from scanning and start working on the next Mini Profile.
We had just updated our price list page. We have been busy scanning and cataloguing negatives and transparencies but will be starting on the next Mini Profile shortly.
We had originally intended to go to Maitland Steamfest again this year but as our plans have changed we are delaying Rails around East Greta Junction until next year. We will be slotting in another title and we will provide details soon.
We have also added another 25 photographs to our Gallery pages.
Morris Oxford Series MO (70th Anniversary) was released in Australia on Tuesday 26th February.
Happy New Year! February came around very quick and we are now looking at new titles again.
Morris Oxford Series MO (70th Anniversary) is now at the printers but we do not envisage it being released until early next month.
We have decided to leave the release of the Morris Oxford Series MO (70th Anniversary) until early next year. We are still working on other titles but will have a break over the festive season.
The Morris Oxford Series MO (70th Anniversary) book is still at the proofing stage.
Although we have been working on other projects some preliminary work has been undertaken on Rails around East Greta Junction and also Rails around Port Waratah. We have decided to produce another railway book next rather than a bus book as it would have given us two non railway titles in a row. The bus book can be produced any time at short notice.
Both Ballarat books were released on 7th October, together with The Lakes Railway book for the Milang Railway Museum. The Morris Oxford Series MO (70th Anniversary) book is still at the proofing stage.
We have also added about 40 new images to our gallery pages.
Update 28/9 – Both Ballarat books are at the printer and should be ready early in October. The Morris Oxford Series MO (70th Anniversary) book has been completed and is at the proofing stage.
9/9 – The first Ballarat book is complete and with the printer. The second book is also complete and at final proofing stage. A release date for both hasn’t been finalised yet but it is most likely to be in early October.
We have started working on the Morris Oxford Series MO (70th Anniversary) book which is planned for release later this year. The following title should be Rails around East Greta Junction but we may slip in a bus book instead. We have unpublished manuscripts from the late Robert Birrell and may use one of these in the Mini Profile format.
In early 2019 we are considering producing another book about Peterborough, replacing the current Peterborough – a railway town (which will soon be out of print). It will be in the larger format and not in the Mini Profile series.
The first Ballarat book is completed and at final proofing stage before going to the printer. The second Ballarat book is still under production, but shouldn’t be too far behind it.
Update 23/7 – We have finally been able to spend some time on the Ballarat book, in between our other projects. Although the book is only a pictorial it has become evident that we cannot squeeze all the information into one book, without leaving out some interesting subjects. We have now split the contents into two books; Rails around Ballarat – Buildings & Infrastructure and Rails around Ballarat – Locomotives and Rolling Stock. This has meant a renumbering of the Mini Profiles currently in production.
Mini Profile 18 – Rails around Ballarat – Buildings & Infrastructure
Mini Profile 19 – Rails around Ballarat – Locomotives & Rolling Stock
Rails around East Greta Junction
Morris Oxford Series MO (70th Anniversary)
The two Ballarat books will be released at the same time.
We have still been working on other projects and have done very little work on Rails around Ballarat. In mid June we did visit Ballarat to take a couple of present day photos for the book, but the end of July release is now looking very unlikely. We are actually running so late we may have to bring the Morris Oxford book forward as it needs to be finished well before the end of the year. There is no deadline for Rails around East Greta Junction.
We have recently added a few more images to our Gallery pages and there are now around 450 in total.
As our other projects have taken up most of out time we haven’t done any more work on Rails around Ballarat recently. All being well we do plan to finish the book by late July. The cover has not yet been finalised but we have attached a ‘work in progress’ copy. We’ll keep you informed of progress.
Amongst our other projects we are still working on Rails around Ballarat. Although we originally envisaged the coverage of this book would include nearby stations such as Ballan, Beaufort, Creswick and Lal Lal the amount of material available for just the city and immediate surrounds have caused a rethink. We were also going to include Ballarat’s trams but, together with the nearby stations, they have now all been put aside for future publications instead.
We have been concentrating on other projects during the month but have spent a little time working on Rails around Ballarat. We do not envisage any new book releases until the middle of the year, again due to our other commitments. However, the following are scheduled for production sometime during the year:
Mini Profile 18 – Rails around Ballarat
Mini Profile 19 – Rails around East Greta Junction
Mini Profile 20 – Morris Oxford Series MO (70th Anniversary)
As we have already had some orders for Rails around Yass we are releasing it now, rather than wait for the next book to be ready.
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