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#1 slilley

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 19:04

I am pleased to be able to let people know that contracts are about to be signed for a book on the Southern Region Class 71 and Class 74 locomotives.

 

It will look at their construction, work, modifications, and withdrawal with many new photographs to illustrate the text. 

 

Research has been ongoing since 2014 using a variety of original sources and it is hoped that publication will be around September 2017.

 

Any information on both classes, and photos or other material which could enhance what has been gathered already will be most gratefully received.

 

Best wishes

 

Simon


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Posted 24 June 2017 - 15:42

After much research and writing and re-writing, this afternoon I completed the manuscript for the forthcoming book on the Class 71s and Class 74s.

 

According to the little counter in the corner there are 56,677 words. I just hope they are all the right ones in the right order.

 

Just need to put the finishing touches to the photographs now.


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Posted 02 July 2017 - 15:47

After months of grind and toil, my book on the Class 71 electric and Class 74 electro-diesel locomotives is done. The CD is burnt and going off to the publisher tomorrow. All being well it will hit the bookshops in September.


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Posted 02 July 2017 - 19:07

Brilliant. If it's a good as the one on the Boosters , I shall look forward to getting a copy.


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Posted 03 July 2017 - 18:16

Brilliant. If it's a good as the one on the Boosters , I shall look forward to getting a copy.

 

Well thank you very much. I have certainly tried to match the quality. Plenty of new information on both types in it. I wont spoil it for you. 



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Posted 03 August 2017 - 18:54

Just to give you all an update, the Class 71/74 book has now reached the stage where it is awaiting design. Once done I will be getting a set of proofs to go through and check. That should be around early September so I am told.

 

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 18:11

I must admit this is one book I'm looking forward to for obvious reasons.

Not inough info or good photographs / pictures available of both classes in my opinion.

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 21:21

Looking forward to this Dave but not as much as I would be if there was also an n scale 71 on the way too!

 

Regards

 

Gerry



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Posted 01 September 2017 - 11:00

I must admit this is one book I'm looking forward to for obvious reasons.

Not inough info or good photographs / pictures available of both classes in my opinion.

 

Thank you for the kind thoughts. We have tried to include  plenty of previously unpublished photos. I spent a lot of time at the National Archives at Kew so there will be plenty of new stuff on both types. Just hope people enjoy it when it comes out. Proofs have not arrived yet incidently. Will keep you guys posted.

 

Best wishes

 

Simon


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 15:22

I've been advised that proofs could be with me by the end of next week. Crecy would like to get the book published in time for the Warley show at the NEC in November.

 

If that happens I would probably go up there on the Saturday, if anyone wants a signed copy lol!!


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 16:10

I've been advised that proofs could be with me by the end of next week. Crecy would like to get the book published in time for the Warley show at the NEC in November.

 

If that happens I would probably go up there on the Saturday, if anyone wants a signed copy lol!!

Hope the photos are better than some recent publications.   Charlie


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 18:23

Hope the photos are better than some recent publications.   Charlie


Agreed Charlie. There have certainly been a good number of titles released of late, especially of my favourite BR blue era. Buy as you say, the bulk of them spoiled by dire photographic reproduction.
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#13 slilley

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 13:26

Agreed Charlie. There have certainly been a good number of titles released of late, especially of my favourite BR blue era. Buy as you say, the bulk of them spoiled by dire photographic reproduction.

 I have tried my best with the photos for both classes. I have tried wherever possible not to use images used previously. I am fortunate in that my wife is a dab hand with Lightroom which can do all sorts of wonders with quite mediocre pictures.

 

I'll soon know if we have been successful when the proofs arrive.


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 19:09

The text only proofs have now arrived from the publisher, and I have made a start on going through them making sure no gremlins have crept in. I know there are one or two queries to resolve. Fingers crossed I'll get that done in the next few days and it can go off to design.


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#15 slilley

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 18:31

Well I have no finished going through the text proofs. A few minor tweaks needed here and there. Details have now gone back to the publisher, so lets see what comes after the design phase.



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 15:55

Well the second set of proofs arrived today, so I'll be spending the next few days working my way through them all page by page. Hopefully if there are any gremlins we can spot them and eradicate them.

 

Simon


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 18:59

The gemlin hunt is now over. The book has now gone off to the printers. Fingers crossed we found them all!!

 

Simon


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 19:03

The gemlin hunt is now over. The book has now gone off to the printers. Fingers crossed we found them all!!

 

Simon

 

Clearly your blue-pencil chappie needs to be at your side....



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Posted 01 November 2017 - 19:04

Clearly your blue-pencil chappie needs to be at your side....

I needed to make sure you read it properly you see!!!!


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 18:53

Further update on the 71/74 book.

Barring any last minute hitches it will be available at the Crecy stand at the Warley MRC show on Saturday week.

Usual caveats apply obviously.


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 21:29

Will it be available elsewhere?



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Posted 16 November 2017 - 19:40

Will it be available elsewhere?

 

Should be in all the usual places Southern Way is sold. Warley is the launch weekend as I understand it, so long as it is ready in time.


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Posted 16 November 2017 - 20:04

Thanks. Will keep an eye out.



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Posted 22 November 2017 - 19:10

Heard this afternoon that the books have left the printers, so looks like we should be ok for release at the Warley MRC show at the NEC on Saturday.

 

Usual caveats still apply!!

 

Simon



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Posted 23 November 2017 - 09:25

Heard this afternoon that the books have left the printers, so looks like we should be ok for release at the Warley MRC show at the NEC on Saturday.

 

Usual caveats still apply!!

 

Simon

Excellent news,

 

May i ask, as there is a little confusion at the moment, is this  "'southern way' special number 14"

 

Cheers

Dave