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An aim of the Return to Grantham project is to encourage readers to explore and enjoy more of Grantham's railway history and tradition for themselves.  Listed below are books, articles and other media which you may find of interest.

We are always discovering more, so if you know of a 'little gem' that has so far escaped our attention please get in touch - so we can enjoy it ourselves and add it to our list for the benefit of others.

Please be aware that inclusion in our list is not necessarily a recommendation, or a guarantee of quality or accuracy.

How can I get hold of a copy of one of these books or magazines?

 
Most of the publications listed on this page are long out of print.  However, today we are fortunate that international networks of second-hand book dealers enable the identification and purchase of many titles at relatively modest cost.  So try searching general booksellers' network websites such as AbeBooks.co.uk.

For magazines and periodicals, in the UK many of the railway preservation groups have bookshops, and some stock an extensive range of backnumbers of magazines and periodicals.  One such is the Vintage Carriages Trust, who are based at Ingrow on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in Yorkshire.

Some Grantham Railway Reference Sources: Books

Title (relevant content)AuthorPublisherYearISBN
LNER Album Volume 1 (13 photographs)Brian W. L. StephensonIan Allan Ltd.19700 7110 0155 3
The LNER Scene - An Album of photographs by Maurice W. Earley (plates 2, 3, 49, 57, 64, 70, 80, 85; dates 1932, 1937, 1955)Maurice W. EarleyOxford Publishing Co.19730 902888 34 X
LNER Album Volume 3 (10 photographs)Brian W. L. StephensonIan Allan Ltd.19760 7110 0669 5
The Grantham Rail Crash of 1906Harold BonnettBygone Grantham19780 906338 05 0
The LNER Remembered (includes several photographs taken at Grantham in the 1930s/40s by F.G. Carrier, J.P.Wilson and Peter Groom)J.S. Whiteley and G.W. MorrisonOxford Publishing Co.19790 86093 069 6
Trails of Steam Volume 6 - Trails through GranthamColin WalkerOxford Publishing Co.19790 86093 038 6
Smoke and Steam! footplate memories of the G. N. and L.N.E.R. in the 1920sHarold BonnettD. Bradford Barton Ltd.19810 85153 395 7
The Eastern Since 1948 (including pp. 41, 47, 76, 84, 130)G. Freeman AllenIan Allan Ltd.19810 7110 1106 0
The Eastern Yesterday and Today (esp. p. 28)G. Freeman AllenIan Allan Ltd.19820 7110 1185 0
Gresley Locomotive Album (including pp. 7, 11, 13, 16, 22, 23, 36, 51, 62, 73, 74, 78)Nick PigottD. Bradford Barton Ltd.19820 85153428 7
Grantham and RailwaysFrank CosseyBG [Bygone Grantham] Publications19830 906338 12 3
LNER Steam at GranthamRev. Arthur C. CawstonWild Swan Publications Ltd.19870 906867 45 2
Top Shed (2nd edition)P.N. TownendIan Allan Ltd.19890 7110 1827 8
Eastern Region Steam Twilight - Part One: South of Grantham (especially plates 147-204)Colin WalkerPendyke Publications19900 904318 13 3
Eastern Region Steam Twilight - Part Two: North of Grantham (especially plates 1-53)Colin WalkerPendyke Publications19910 904318 14 1
Britain's Greatest Railway Mystery: The Full Story of Grantham 1906Philip GreenPhilip Green - Context Books19910 951893009
Railways of Lincolnshire (Chapters 3 and 4)Paul AndersonIrwell Press1992871608 30 9
T. G. Hepburn Railway PhotographerIan Brown & Brian StephensonNottinghamshire CC Community Services in association with RAS Publishing19980 902751 22 0
An Illustrated History of Great Northern Railway SignallingMichael A. VannsOxford Publishing Company20000 86093 545 0
Great Northern Railway Engine Sheds - Volume 1, Southern AreaRoger Griffiths & John HooperBook Law / Railbus in association with Challenger (reprint)20011 899624 88 0
More Tales of the Old Railwaymen (pages 49 to 62 Three Generations on the LNER: Allan Richardson, Fireman and Driver)Tom QuinnAurum Press Ltd.20021 85410 862 X
The Great Northern Railway in the East MidlandsAlfred HenshawThe Railway Correspondence and Travel Society (RCTS)2003090 115 924
The Changing Face of Grantham (pages 77-82, 140, 153, 154, 172, 175, 188 and 192)John Pinchbeck and Gerry WrightThe Breedon Books Publishing Company Ltd.20041 85983 431 0
Steam Colour Portfolio - Eastern & North Eastern Region [Vol.1]Keith R. PirtBook Law Publications2005
British Railways Steam 1962-1966 (pages 62-72)Malcolm CastledineBook Law Publications20061 901945 60 X
Lincolnshire Railway Memories - A Tribute to the Photographs of Jack Cupit (pages 18-27, 100)Paul AndersonIrwell Press Ltd.20071-903266-78-5
A Friend in Steam - one man's lifelong passion for the steam railway (especially pp.12-13, 29-31, 88)W. Elgar DickinsonSilver Link Publishing Ltd.2007978 1 85794 290 3
Grantham In the News 1951-1975 (pages 7, 21, 22, 29, 35,36, 45, 59, 60, 62, 67, 71, 73, 74, 75, 110)John PinchbeckAt Heart Ltd.2007978-1-84547-141-5
Grantham in Focus (pp. 60-65)John PinchbeckAt Heart Ltd.2007978-1-84547-142-2
Keith Pirt's Colour Portfolio - Eastern & North Eastern Region Vol. 2Keith R. PirtBook Law Publications2008
Steam - the Mystic Harmony (b/w and colour photographs to accompany A Friend in Steam above - see especially pp. 34, 81, 98-103, 136 and rear cover)W. Elgar DickinsonSilver Link Publishing Ltd.2009978 1 85794 328 3
Keith Pirt Colour Portfolio - GranthamNick PigottBook Law Publications2010978 1 907094 89 7
Steam Memories: 1950s-1960s No.43: East Coast Main Line Part 2 Peterborough to Retford (pages 95 to 122)Neville SteadBook Law Publications2011978-1-907094-33-0
The Book of the Great Northern - The Main Line An Engineering Commentary Part Two: Welwyn North to Doncaster (especially pages 157 to 169).Peter J. CosterIrwell Press Ltd.2011978 1 906919 31 3

Some Grantham Railway Reference Sources - articles in periodicals and magazines

TitlePublisherIssuePagesArticle TitleAuthor
ArchiveLightmoor PressNo. 1, March 199437-42Change On The Great Northern – The photographs of the Rev. T.B. ParleyJohn Tatchel and Richard Tarpey
BackTrackAtlantic Transport PublishersVol. 2, No. 4, Winter 1988Front coverAugust 1961 colour photograph of A3 No. 60056 Centenary outside Grantham shedKeith Pirt
BackTrackAtlantic Transport PublishersVol. 3, No. 4, Sept-Oct 1989158-164A Diary of Decline (services on the GN and L&NW joint line 1948-1953)Charles Bayes
BackTrackAtlantic Transport PublishersVol. 3, No. 4, Sept-Oct 1989166-167The O2 Class Analysed (two - of four - colour photos at Grantham shed)Keith Pirt
BackTrackAtlantic Transport PublishersVol. 10, No. 5, May 1996276-277Colour Files - GranthamJohn Bateman
BackTrackAtlantic Transport PublishersVol. 11, No. 10, October 1997Front cover1946 colour photograph of A3 No. 2582 Sir Hugo with wagons of ironstone in the backgroundNRM/C.C.B. Herbert collection
BackTrackAtlantic Transport PublishersVol. 14, No. 1, January 20004-5Gresleys Through GranthamDerek Penney
BackTrackPendragon PublishingVol. 128, No. 3, March 2014155-157Visiting Grantham Shed in 1956 (colour photo feature from the J.T. Bassingdale collection)Editor?
British Railways IllustratedIrwell PressVol. 21 No. 3, December 2011106-111Coupling and Uncoupling at Grantham in the 1950s: 1Brian Bailey
British Railways IllustratedIrwell PressVol. 21 No. 4, January 2012164-168Coupling and Uncoupling at Grantham in the 1950s: 2Brian Bailey
Circle LineThe Cambridge Railway CircleNo. 84, May 200301-MarGetting to Grantham 1958 (the story of a spotting trip by train from Walsall to Grantham, via Derby and Nottingham)Mike Page
Circle LineThe Cambridge Railway CircleNo. 109, October 2012Oct-15Return to Grantham 1959-62 (more trips from Walsall to Grantham, with photographs)Mike Page
The Newsletter of the Great Northern Railway SocietyGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 7 (Jul 1982)7.09-7.12The Grantham Accident of 1906, Part 1Brian White
The Newsletter of the Great Northern Railway SocietyGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 8 (Sep 1982)8.11-8.14The Grantham Accident of 1906, Part 2Brian White
The Newsletter of the Great Northern Railway SocietyGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 9 (Nov 1982)9.09-9.13The Grantham Accident of 1906, Part 3Brian White
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 149 (Sep/Oct 2006)149.11-149.23The Grantham Accident, 19th September 1906 (a republishing of the above in one part, with photographs and postscripts)Brian White and Allan Sibley
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 150 (Nov/Dec 2006)150.08-150.09Correspondence on the above.various
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 151 (Jan/Feb 2007)151.08-151.09Further correspondence
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway Society151.09-151.11The Grantham Accident – Trades Unions and Premium ApprenticesDoug Brown
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 152 (Mar/Apr 2007)152.08Further correspondence including a photograph of Driver Fleetwood
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 152 (Mar/Apr 2007)152.18-152.19Vacuum Brakes and ‘Pulling the Strings’Allan Sibley and Paul Molyneux-Berry
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 153 (May/Jun 2007)153.08-153.09Further correspondence including a photograph of locomotive No. (3)276
The Newsletter of the Great Northern Railway SocietyGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 20 (Sep 1984)20.9-20.11The Staff at Grantham ShedHarold Bonnett
The Newsletter of the Great Northern Railway SocietyGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 23 (Mar 1985)23.inside front cover and 23.11-23.12Grantham ShedChris Duffell
The Newsletter of the Great Northern Railway SocietyGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 23 (Mar 1985)Supplement, page BGNR Locomotive Allocations, November 1905 – Grantham (includes Newark, Sleaford)Eric Neve
The Newsletter of the Great Northern Railway SocietyGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 24 (May 1985)24.8Grantham Engine Shed (comment on ‘Grantham Shed’ article above)Sid Checkley
The Newsletter of the Great Northern Railway SocietyGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 30 (May 1986)30.8Grantham Shed (comment on Sid Checkley item above)John Hooper
The Newsletter of the Great Northern Railway SocietyGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 30 (May 1986)30.14Signal Stations (a list of First, Second and Third Class signal stations on the GNR at 1/1/1865)Chris Duffell
The Newsletter of the Great Northern Railway SocietyGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 31 (Jul 1986)31.9-31.10The Belton Park Military RailwayD.M. Jepson (from the magazine of the Lincolnshire Local History Society, Vol.4 No.1, published in 1969)
The Newsletter of the Great Northern Railway SocietyGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 32 (Sep 1986)32.6Belton Park Railway (comment/correction re. the above)Harold Bonnett
The Newsletter of the Great Northern Railway SocietyGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 33 (Nov 1986)33.13-33.14Belton Park Military Railway (further comment)Michael Back
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 111 (May 2000)111.14Belton Park Military Railway (request for information)B.H. Deer
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 112 (Jul 2000)112.14Belton Park Military Railway (includes a photograph)Richard Goodman and Rod Knight
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 121 (Jan/Feb 2002)Belton Park Military Railway (republication of items from Nos. 31, 32, 33)Allan Sibley (ed.)
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 167 Sep/Oct 2009)167.07A Previously Unknown GNR Locomotive?Bob Miller
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 168 (Nov/Dec 2009)168.08A Previously Unknown GNR Locomotive? (167.07)Ken Plant
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 40 (Jan 1988)40.2The Tables Turned (dispute between the GNR and its contractor, Jackson, re. completion of construction works near Grantham (Spittlegate cutting), from a report in The Stamford Mercury of 2nd July 1852)Adam Cartwright
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 124 (Jul/Aug 2002)124.01Barkston Station (front cover photo)n/a
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 126 (Nov/Dec 2002)126.08Barkston (corresp. re. Barkston, including date of opening of the station)various
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 127 (Jan/Feb 2003)127.08-127.09Barkston (further corresp. including method of turning locos on the triangle and photos)John Oxley, Doug Brown
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 128 (Mar/Apr 2003)128.17Barkston (further comment including on turning locomotives)Doug Brown and B.G. Cloxton
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 126 (Nov/Dec 2002)126.15The Grantham to Lincoln Line in 1934Peter Paye
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 129 (May/Jun 2003)129.04Current News (proposed inner relief road scheme affecting Station Road)
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 131 (Sep/Oct 2003)131.21Slip on the Great Northern Railway (land slip in Spittal-gate cutting on 13th October 1852)
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 136 (Jul/Aug 2004)136.12Stories from the Grantham Journal (reports of incidents and accidents from 1855, 1867, 1874, 1906, 1936, 1949 and 1957 to mark the newspaper’'s 150th anniversary)
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 145 (Jan/Feb 2006)145.07Allington Chord (chord officially opened 13th Oct 2005; first used 3rd Oct)
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 146 (Mar/Apr 2006)146.24Atlantics at Grantham (two photographs by John Oxley from the GNRS collection)
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 149 (Sep/Oct 2006)149.04Grantham to Skegness (from GNN index)
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 179 (Sep/Oct 2011)179.01Photograph of High Dyke signal box
The Rationalisation of the Grantham-Nottingham Line by Don Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 160 (Jul/Aug 2008)160.20-160.22The Rationalisation of the Grantham-Nottingham Line (Gonerby - Radcliffe-on-Trent) - Part OneDon Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 161 (Sep/Oct 2008)161.16-161.21The Rationalisation of the Grantham-Nottingham Line (Gonerby - Radcliffe-on-Trent) - Part TwoDon Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 162 (Nov/Dec 2008)162.14-162.17The Rationalisation of the Grantham-Nottingham Line (Gonerby - Radcliffe-on-Trent) - Part ThreeDon Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 163 (Jan/Feb 2009)163.12-163.13The Rationalisation of the Grantham-Nottingham Line (Gonerby - Radcliffe-on-Trent) - AddendumDon Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 164 (Mar/Apr 2009)164.08-164.13The Rationalisation of the Grantham-Nottingham Line (Gonerby - Radcliffe-on-Trent) - Part FourDon Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 165 (May/Jun 2009)165.10-165.19The Rationalisation of the Grantham-Nottingham Line (Gonerby - Radcliffe-on-Trent) - Part FiveDon Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 166 (Jul/Aug 2009)166.09-166.17The Rationalisation of the Grantham-Nottingham Line (Gonerby - Radcliffe-on-Trent) - Part SixDon Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 172 (Jul/Aug 2010)172.12-172.13The Grantham-Nottingham Rationalisation (GNNs 160-166): Matters ArisingDon Anderson
The Layout Development of the Grantham Area by Don Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 179 (Sep/Oct 2011)179.15The Layout Development of the Grantham Area Part 1: IntroductionDon Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 179 (Sep/Oct 2011)179.16-19The Layout Development of the Grantham Area Part 2: The Southern Approach (i)Don Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 180 – November / December 2011180.15-19The Layout Development of the Grantham Area Part 2: The Southern Approach (ii)Don Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 181 – January / February 2012181.14-20The Layout Development of the Grantham Area Part 2: The Southern Approach (iii)Don Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 182 – March / April 2012182.16-23The Layout Development of the Grantham Area Part 3: Grantham Station (i)Don Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 183 – May / June 2012183.14-21The Layout Development of the Grantham Area Part 3: Grantham Station (ii)Don Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 184 – July / August 2012184.11-15The Layout Development of the Grantham Area Part 3: Grantham Station (iii)Don Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 186 – November / December 2012186.14-21The Layout Development of the Grantham Area Part 3: Grantham Station (iv)Don Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 187 – January / February 2013187.18-23The Layout Development of the Grantham Area Part 3: Grantham Station (v)Don Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 188 – March / April 2013188.11-13The Layout Development of the Grantham Area Part 3: Grantham Station (vi)Don Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 191 – September / October 2013191.14-18The Layout Development of the Grantham Area Part 4: The Northern Junctions (Grantham North Jn [exclusive] to Barkston North Jn, including Ambergate Yard) (i)Don Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 192 – November / December 2013192.17-22The Layout Development of the Grantham Area Part 4: The Northern Junctions (Grantham North Jn [exclusive] to Barkston North Jn, including Ambergate Yard) (ii)Don Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 193 – January / February 2014193.14-19The Layout Development of the Grantham Area Part 4: The Northern Junctions (Grantham North Jn [exclusive] to Barkston North Jn, including Ambergate Yard) (iii)Don Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 194 – March / April 2014194.11-15The Layout Development of the Grantham Area Part 4: The Northern Junctions (Grantham North Jn [exclusive] to Barkston North Jn, including Ambergate Yard) (iv)Don Anderson
Great Northern NewsGreat Northern Railway SocietyNo. 195 – May / June 2014195.17-21The Layout Development of the Grantham Area Part 4: The Northern Junctions (Grantham North Jn [exclusive] to Barkston North Jn, including Ambergate Yard) (v)Don Anderson
Steam DaysRedgauntlet PublicationsNo. 80, April 1996199, 200, 201-214High Days at GranthamMike Thompson
Steam DaysRedgauntlet PublicationsNo. 211, March 2007Cover; 132-146Steam Days at GranthamA.J. Ludlam
Steam DaysRedgauntlet PublicationsNo. 235, March 2009147-157Britain's Titled Trains 34: 'Tees-Tyne Pullman'Roger Haigh
Steam DaysRedgauntlet PublicationsNo. 253, September 2010Classic Enthusiasts' Railtours: 'The Pennine Ltd.' An article about a special train titled The Pennine Limited which ran on 26 April 1958 from King's Cross to Euston via Leeds, Stockport and Crewe. Between Grantham and Leeds it was crewed by Driver Eric Ranby and Fireman E. (Ted) Matsell. There are three photographs in the article of a gleaming No. 60157 with the pair of them in charge and sometimes visible in the cab.Andrew Wilson
Steam DaysRedgauntlet PublicationsNo. 267, November 2011659-671BR Standard ‘9F’ 2-10-0s on the Great Northern Section of the Eastern RegionChris Andrews
Steam WorldSteam World PublishingIssue 130, April 1998Aug-15Call Sign ‘GX' The author describes working at Grantham South box as a Telegraph Lad from December 1941.Peter Keys
Steam WorldSteam World PublishingIssue 183, September 200218-23 (esp. 21-22)Express Engines ExtraordinaryDavid Percival
Steam WorldSteam World PublishingIssue 198, December 20038-10, 12-14Grantham: East Coast ParadiseJohn Hall
Steam WorldSteam World PublishingIssue 245, November 200708-DecNight Mail PorterG.D. Wells
Steam WorldSteam World PublishingIssue 250, April 200853 (lower illustration)No. 60112 [of 34F] at Weymouth on 25 August 1963
Steam WorldSteam World PublishingIssue 256, October 200822-26New Findings On The Passenger '9Fs'David Percival
Steam WorldSteam World PublishingIssue 266, August 20098-13 (esp. 12)Memories of a Telegraph LadKen Hook
Steam WorldSteam World PublishingIssue 303, September 201234-35 (centrefold)Great Shot! (No. 60112 of 34F at Waterloo on 25 August 1963)Nigel Harris / Tony Butcher
Steam WorldSteam World PublishingIssue 321, March 201418; 54-57Performance on the North Eastern Region (K.R. Pirt photo of No. 60047 at Grantham); Eclipse? (article illustrated with several photographs south of Stoke Summit by Noel Ingram)Andrew James; K.R. Phillips and R. Townsin
Steam WorldSteam World PublishingIssue 354, December 201636-41All Lines Lead to Loughborough (the author's spotting vists to Grantham from Loughborough in the late 1950s are described, also Saturday trips by the Loughborough Railway Society to Barkston)Peter Roulston
The Railway MagazineThe Railway Publishing Co. Ltd.November-December 1949 and January 19501949-11 / p366-368 1950-01 / p13British Locomotive Practice and Performance. Praise for a Grantham locomotive crew on the ECML.Cecil J. Allen
The Railway MagazineIPC Transport Press Ltd.Vol. 117 No. 848 December 1971643-645Firing Trip on 60114 – Night work with an A1 in the 1950sGeorge Ball
The Railway MagazineIPC Media Ltd.Vol. 152, No. 1,265 September 200622-27Grantham - The mystery solved, 100 years on? (re. the high speed derailment of 1906)Nick Pigott
The Railway MagazineIPC Media Ltd.Vol. 152, No. 1,266 October 200625-26Grantham Crash: The real 'mystery' is why the most obvious question was never asked!Nick Pigott
The Railway MagazineIPC Media Ltd.Vol. 154, No. 1,282, February 200837-40A Day In The Life Of A StationNick Pigott

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