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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - React & Revenge! (S3, V3 & V4) [DVD] [2015]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - React & Revenge! (S3, V3 & V4) [DVD] [2015]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 April 2016
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Wildlife World Hedgehog Care Pack
Wildlife World Hedgehog Care Pack
Price: £22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant purchase very well made, 4 April 2016
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Brilliant purchase very well made, placed in the garden 2 days ago and now have a resident hedgehog. it's a shame that the food packet had been punched as I had to throw this away, otherwise a great buy.


Amazon PowerFast USB Charger for Accelerated Charging, UK (compatible with all Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers)
Amazon PowerFast USB Charger for Accelerated Charging, UK (compatible with all Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers)
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 April 2016
Great Charger, Good buy 5 Stars


Skyblock
Skyblock

1.0 out of 5 stars Paid 64p for the game it downloaded ok, then ..., 5 Mar. 2015
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Paid 64p for the game it downloaded ok, then requested another 64p before it would open the game to enable you to play!! felt a little cheated!! then deleted as a result!!


London Railway Atlas
London Railway Atlas
by Joe Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best London rail atlas you will ever own., 26 Feb. 2015
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Having bought the previous editions since 2006 you wonder if there is room for improvement on what is already a fascinating and detailed railway atlas. It must now surely be the definitive work on the subject of London and its railways in map form. It is an invaluable addition to any enthusiasts book shelf with the 4th Edition being a masterpiece with a wealth of new information and superbly laid out. The chronology of dates relating to openings and closures on the map pages and index adds so much to the book. The gazetteer-Index is an invaluable listing of subsequent variations to place names along with dates and makes research so much easier. The inclusion of enlargements of specific locations that have seen a lot of change in the last 150 years or more like Cricklewood, New Cross and Kings Cross to mention but a few is breathtaking in its detail. A case in point is the enlargement of Stratford on page 77 and 78 showing the location in 1951 and 2014. It is simply stunning and conveys in these two pages alone the massive change there has been in much of the capitals rail network. Joe Brown the author/cartographer should be congratulated on his attention to detail and I only wish he would tackle some other of the larger conurbations in the UK like Glasgow or Industrial South Wales to add to his London atlas's.
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Green Diesel Era
Green Diesel Era
by Derek Huntriss
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest titles on the subject to date., 3 Jan. 2015
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Simply superb. Derek Huntriss has produced a must have photo album for any discerning BR diesel enthusiast. When most of the well known photographers were chasing the diminishing BR steam scene thankfully the likes of Bill Wright, Neville Simms, Peter Fitton and a few more were using valuable colour film recording the new diesel era.
The book is very much in the Capital Transport genre although published by Rails Publishing. However reading the small print they appear to be one and the same. The book is very well laid out with decent size pictures mostly one to a page with an informative caption. There are no chapters as such but the book is divided into three sections: Mainline diesels, diesel multiple units and finally diesel shunters. The book doesn't cover each class in chronological order (ie.class 20, 21 etc) but does group images of each loco type together so all classes are covered with several pictures of each. The cover picture isn't a one off to lure you into a purchase and I can safely say the same standard runs throughout the book. The only thing that struck me as odd was the inclusion of two images of BR blue class 50's albeit new, surely these are out of context with the book or have I missed something. The book is a worthy addition to any first generation BR diesel enthusiasts book shelf and a great accompaniment to the Green Diesel Days book by Derek Huntriss printed by Ian Allan in 2005. There are no duplicate images between the two titles either.


Gravy Trains: Book 1: Volume 1
Gravy Trains: Book 1: Volume 1
by Mr George Dixon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.88

4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any employees of the BR era., 24 Nov. 2014
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A very funny read and plenty of "mess room tales" to marvel at. With a career on the footplate taking me over some of the routes featured in the book and time spent in said mess rooms, one or two tales surfaced I remember from Bedford and Cricklewood Brent Recess days. The description of the Foreman at Cricklewood TMD had me in stitches. Being a young railwayman in the era of "Black and White" as the author refers to British Rail brought back fond memories of similar events when there were many more staff on the trains like secondmen and freight guards. To anyone outside of the industry some of it sounds far fetched but I can well believe much of the goings on having witnessed similar. The runaway 'Peak' on the Dunstable branch made me smile having been picking blackberry's with a driver as a secondman and watching our loco roll past us I can fully understand how such things can happen.
My only criticism would be some of the references to the goings on in the "Forest of Bean" seems to go off at a tangent and the book could really have done with some proof reading as it has a fair few spelling errors and lacks page numbers so have a book mark handy.


British Freight Trains Moving the Goods: The Amberley Railway Archive 3
British Freight Trains Moving the Goods: The Amberley Railway Archive 3
by Paul Manley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A fine Modern Freight Scene Pictorial Album., 24 Nov. 2014
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A rather fine Landscape size pictorial album measuring 6½ by 8½in depicting the modern freight scene in the UK. The captions are concise and informative with locomotive and train details including train reporting numbers (headcodes) etc. which is a breath of fresh air from the often bland "an eastbound coal train" type caption which can still appear in other books on the subject.This book is well researched and has a good mix of traffic considering the block train nature of UK freight scene these days. There are the usual classic location plus a good mix of other spots. The book is divided up into segments on each of the current and recently departed freight companies, GBRF, DB Schenker, Freightliner etc. The layout is a mix of full page images which are pin sharp along with cropped images to incorporate more on a page. The layout works well and all images are taken in fair weather (no mean feat in the UK). My only criticism and hence 4 starts not 5 would be for the book title "British Freight Trains" I would have expected to see images from the principalities as well. However nothing from Wales or Scotland and nothing from East Anglia, Southern and South Western England. In fairness the postscrpit on the rear of the book does highlight the fact most images are drawn from counties in Central and Northern England but I can't help thinking flows like the Channel Tunnel and Mendip stone not to mention South Wales steel have been overlooked or does this leave space for volume 2 ?
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Cumbrian Traction
Cumbrian Traction
by Gordon Edgar
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.73

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gordon has included several of the classic locations in this scenic part of North West England like Parton on the Cumbrian Coast, 7 Sept. 2014
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This book is a credit to the Counties railways and well produced by this accomplished Cumbrian railway photographer. Gordon has included several of the classic locations in this scenic part of North West England like Parton on the Cumbrian Coast and the glorious backdrop to Shap to quote but two, but the book has a wealth of previously unseen vantage points all accompanied by a very informative text to each photograph with accurate train details. The standard of photography is without exception to a very high standard with well composed images. Gordon isn't just a fair weather photographer either so there are several decent images in the snow or torrential rain which adds to the rich tapestry of the content. The pictures chosen concentrate on loco hauled workings (freight, passenger and charter) all post privatisation. I guess to some this doesn't portray the full "Cumbrian Traction" scene as the multiple units are missing but this does not detract from the books appeal and perhaps leaves scope for a volume 2 which can cover some of the multiple units that have and still do operate in this area.


BR Parcels and Passenger-Rated Stock: Full Brakes, Parcels & Miscellaneous Vans and Car-carrying Vehicles Vol 1
BR Parcels and Passenger-Rated Stock: Full Brakes, Parcels & Miscellaneous Vans and Car-carrying Vehicles Vol 1
by David Larkin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.49

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for the detail if not the photography., 27 Aug. 2014
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A welcome addition to David Larkin's existing books produced by Kestrel on freight rolling stock. Some of the pictures are those used in the long out of print "BR General Parcels Rolling Stock, a Pictorial Survey" by David Larkin (Bradford Barton pub.1978) but that aside this title amplifies some of the detail missing from the earlier book with more text and details of running numbers, diagram no's and detail variations etc. It is also much better laid out with chapters covering the different vehicle groups like BG vehicles, PMV's etc. Less cropping of the images from the earlier title is also an improvement but its true to say picture quality of some images isn't up to modern digital standards and could possibly have been improved with modern photo editing techniques.
I do however consider this excusable to keep cost down and because of the subject matter covered , few people were taking pictures of the vehicles covered in this volume when they were in traffic, so although not ideal as the book is all black & white with no colour preventing examination of liveries it is still a good book and would appeal to railway historians, enthusiast spotters and modelers alike.


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