Below is a list of books we currently stock – further details and screenshots will be coming soon.


“Agnes, a 500 Horse Power Corliss Valve Engine” by P.J.M. Southworth.. 2nd ed.

A detailed look at a Corliss valve engine now in preservation near Doncaster which is steamed regularly. Illustrated with 34 pictures and drawings. A4, 20 pages.

Price £4-75       packed weight 125gms.


“Pleasley Pit and its Steam winding engines” by P.J.M. Southworth.

A short history of the pit and its ancillary equipment with a detailed look at the two large and very different steam winding engines now in preservation in NE Derbyshire. Illustrated with 40 pictures and drawings. A4, 36 pages.

Price £5-50, packed weight 150gms.


“The Beam Engines of Elsecar, Leawood & Middleton Top” by P.J.M. Southworth.

A brief history of each engine along with a detailed look at their workings. Illustrated with over 55 photographs and drawings. A4, 43 pages

The three different engines that still exist on their original sites are owned by local authorities (Elescar under Barnsley, with the other two run by Derbyshire C.C.) all three have a slight connection with each other. Leawood is steamed in the summer and Middleton Top turned over by compressed air. Middleton Top was part of the now defunct Cromford & High Peak Railway.

Price £6-25, packed weight 180gms.


“Papplewick Pumping Station & its Beam Engines”   by P.J.M. Southworth.

With 24 of the original architectural and Watt engine drawings adding to the total of 59 illustrations, of which 32 are in colour, both the building and engines are described. Papplewick Pumping Station along with the 1884 James watt engines is arguably the finest example of Victorian engineering in the country. The buildings were refurbished in 2005 at a cost of £2.1m.

A4, 38 pages  £8-75      packed weight  180gm


“Some Early Robey Steam Engines” by P.J.M. Southworth

‘Some Early Robey Steam Engines’ was published by Peter Southworth in 1986. It was the first of five books he wrote on steam engines and went out of print some years ago. It has now been reprinted.

The photographs in the book were copied by Peter from two albums of albumen prints that for a short time came his way. They date from 1874 to 1886 and at one time belonged to Robey’s. They are not only records but were used in catalogues and adverts. The book is not intended to describe in detail the workings of a steam engine, but it is a small effort to publish photographs that may have otherwise remained hidden. A4, 44 pages, 58 photos and drawings, packed weight

£7.75 Packed Weight  210 gms.

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