A number of years ago, Les Gilpin and I sat down to prepare a list of books conceivably for the Cumbrian Railways Association to publish. Since then, the books we have published now total 24 titles (25 if you include the Maryport & Carlisle 150 special edition of the Journal). At our committee meeting last March, I was asked to produce a list of further books that could be produced. The new list covers books that are either in preparation at the moment or those that will fill gaps in our existing booklist. Authors for these latter books will have to be sought, though a recent publication was produced by a “team” of researchers and writers, which was quite successful. There are pitfalls with this method, but it is a process worthy of further development.
In submitting the new list to the next committee meeting, one proviso was that someone else should take on the management of these new publications. The skills for this job are not great, it just needs someone that can look at proposals and give advice on the synopsis of the work, ensuring that a wide remit is fixed. With many of our books, sales would not have been so great if we concentrated on the railway history alone. To increase possible sales, industrial and local history should be covered as well as the railway story. A spin-off from this method also puts the railway into context with the wider world.
Over the years, books published by the CRA have given us a strong income, which is the envy of many other line societies. This allows the Association to develop other facets of their activities for the benefit for the members and the general public alike. Specialist equipment has been bought and additions made to our collection over and above the very generous donations we get from our members. It is important that this success is continued into the future and it would be a shame if this success cannot be further built on for the benefit of current and future railway historians.
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|Cumbrian Railways Today||John Peel||158|
|The Electronic Telegraph||David Hunter||160|
|Aw Maks o’ Specials||John Peel||162|
|Letters ( Coast loco-hauled services, Kents Bank, Heversham Station ,LYR Invalid Saloon at Ulverston, Railways at War Special Journal)||163|
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