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Asian Railways

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This page lists books dealing with the railways of Asia, including India, China, Japan and the Middle East.  Books on the Trans-Siberian Express and on railways in the Asian part of Russia will be found in the European section.

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4-8-2 + 2-8-4 5ft 6in Gauge Beyer-Garratt Locomotives for the Bengal-Nagpur Railways, Beyer Peacock, Locomotive Engineers, Manchester, 1940, pp8.  Reprinted from the Railway Gazette.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  Details of Garratt locomotives built for operation in India.  £16.50

4-8-2 + 2-8-4 Meter-Gauge Beyer-Garratt Locomotives for Far Eastern Railways: Ordered by the Ministry of Supply for the War Department, Beyer Peacock, Locomotive Engineers, Manchester, 1945, pp8.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  Reprinted from the Railway Gazette.  Details of Light-Type (War Standard) metre-gauge Beyer-Garratt Locomotives built for use in far eastern railways during the war.  £16.50

Adley, Robert  To China for Steam, Blandford Press, 1983, pp153.  Hb.  Very Good in a Very Good dust wrapper.  Based on three extensive visits to China and illustrated with the author's own colour photographs.  £3.95

Behrend, George and Kelly, Vincent  Yatakli Vagon: Turkish Steam Travel, Jersey Artists, 1st edition 1969, pp259 with 90 illustrations.  Hb.  VG/Fair.  Tears to the dw edges with slight loss.  £24.50

China Railway Atlas: Mongolia – Taiwan, Quail Map Co., 2nd edition 1998, pp40.  The second edition is twice the size of the first edition published in 1993.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  Covers the whole of China plus Mongolia and Taiwan.  £8.50

Clark Peter  Locomotives in China, Roundhouse Press, Australia, 1983, pp120.  Pb.  VG-.  Loss of colour and some wear to the spine.  Illustrations and brief details of the principle steam, diesel and electric locomotives of China.  £9.50

Demery, Leroy; Forty, Ralph; DeGroote, Raymond; and Higgins, Wallace  Japan By Rail,  The Map Factory, 1985, pp160 plus pp8 of coloured plates.  Published as a supplement to Electric Railways of Japan.  Pb.  VG- with superficial wear to the covers.  An American introduction to Japanese railways.  £2.95

Ellis, Royston  India by Rail, Bradt Publications, 1989, pp230.  Pb.  VG.  Details of: The Indian railway network, trip planning, how and where to buy tickets, the Indrail Pass, train and station accommodation, rail history: steam locomotives, and popular destinations.  Useful for anyone planning a visit to India.  £2.95

Garratt, Colin  Iron Dinosaurs Last Steam Locomotives of the World: South East Asia, Blandford, 1976, pp189, including 57 coloured shots.  Small format Hb.  Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust wrapper.  Steam in Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines.  £2.95

Garratt, Colin  China's Railways: Steaming into a New Age, PSL, 1988, pp144 with numerous b/w & coloured illustrations.  Hb.  VG+/VG with a half-inch tear at the top of the front dw fold.  An introduction to China's railways, written at a time when they were still largely steam worked and when new steam locomotives were still being built.  £5.95

Haslbeck G and Wardale D  Steam on Four Continents Part.3 Asia (Vol.1), 1991, pp128. Large landscape format.  Glazed Boards. VG.  One-cm graze on the cover.  Coloured plates from Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand and Indonesia.  Text and captions in both English and German.  £14.50

Hughes, Hugh and Jux, Frank  Steam Locomotives in India Part 1: Narrow Gauge, Continental Railway Circle, 2nd enlarged edition 1980, pp96.  The first volume of the original series, first published in 1969.  Pb.  VG with slight loss of colour down the spine of the covers.  An illustrated study with locomotive lists.  £8.50

Hughes, Hugh  Steam Locomotives in India Part 2: Metre Gauge, Continental Railway Circle, 1977, pp96.  Pb.  VG.  Slight loss of colour on the spine of the covers.  An illustrated study with locomotive lists.  £8.50

Hughes, Hugh  Steam Locomotives in India Part 3: Broad Gauge, Continental Railway Circle, 1979, pp96.  Pb.  VG.  Very slight creasing at the top corner of the covers.  An illustrated study with locomotive lists.  £8.50

Hughes, Hughes  Indian Locomotives: Part 1 - Broad Gauge 1851-1940, Continental Railway Circle, 1990, pp112.  Card Covers.  Very Good.  Lists and describes the ten thousand 5ft 6in gauge locomotives put into service in India between 1851 and 1940.  £8.50

Japanese National Railways: A General Description, Japanese National Railways, 1962, pp59 with numerous tables.  Pb.  Fine.  An introduction to Japan's railways.  In English throughout.  £2.95

Japanese National Railways  Condensed Time Tables: Express Trains on Principle Lines, 1962.  Small format Pb.  Fine.  Effective October 1st 1962.  A folded leaflet in English.  £0.95

Japanese National Railways  Facts and Figures, 1962, pp64 with a folding map of the Japanese railway system.  Small format Pb.  Fine.  An illustrated booklet with numerous tables and charts.   In English throughout.  £3.95

Jordan, Peter; Paget, Richard and Charlesworth, David  India 'No problem Sahib!': A State by State Tour of India and Her Railways, Three Counties, 1989, pp96.  Signed by all three authors.  Large Format Hb.  Fine in a Fine dust wrapper.  Well-illustrated in colour throughout.  £12.50

Jordan, Peter; Paget, Richard and Charlesworth, David  India 'No problem Sahib!': A State by State Tour of India and Her Railways, Three Counties, 1989, pp96.  Large Format Hb.  VG in a VG dust wrapper with a tiny internally-repaired nick in the dw at the base of the spine.  Well-illustrated in colour throughout.  £10.50

Kanchanaburi: Spirit of the Death Valley Railway and The River Kwai Bridge, Indoor Design Co Ltd, 1987, pp64.  Large Format Pb.  VG-.  Vertical crease where the front cover folds open.  A brief illustrated history in both English and (presumably) Siamese.  £4.95

Le Cheminant, Steve; Murphy, Vernon; and Rhodes, Michael  Extreme Steam, Tele Rail Publications, 2000, pp128. Large Format Hb.  Fine in a Fine dust wrapper.  "Stunning colour photographs of Chinese steam." Most of the photographs were taken during the bitterly cold winter months, when temperatures regularly fall as low as minus 30 degrees centigrade.  £9.50

Le Cheminant, Steve; Murphy, Vernon; and Rhodes, Michael  21st Century Extreme Steam, Tele Rail Publications, 2003, pp168.  Large Format Hb.  Fine in a Fine dust wrapper.  A second album featuring over 300 colour photographs of Chinese steam.  £9.50

McPhee, Brian  Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore by Rail, Bradt Publications, 1993, pp210.  Pb.  Very Good+.  An introduction to the railways of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.  £2.95

Nock O S  Railways of the World: 5 Railways of Asia and the Far East, A & C Black, 1978, pp226, colour frontis, 88 photos and 42 maps.  Hb.  Fine / Very Good+.  The railways of India, Thailand, Malaya and Japan.  £8.50

Pritchard R N  Industrial Locomotives of the People's Republic of China including preserved and minor railway locomotives, Industrial Railway Society, 1996, pp92 plus 28 illustrations.  Handbook PRC.  Card Covers. VG with slight creasing at the bottom rear corner of the covers.  Details of known steam, diesel and electric industrial locos of China.  £5.95

Railways in China, China Railway Publishing House, China, 1980, pp163.  Hb.  Fine/VG+.  In a VG slipcase.  All all-colour album celebrating Chinese achievements in railway construction over the past 30 years.  All text & captions are in both English and Chinese.  £24.50

Satow, Michael and Desmond, Ray  Railways of the Raj, Scolar Press, 1980, pp118.  Foreword by Paul Theroux.  Inscription.  Large landscape format Hb.  VG/VG.  The spine of dust wrapper is slightly sunned.  Illustrated chapters on Pioneers & Pioneering, Engineers & Fire-Carriages, and Pleasures & Pains of Travel followed by a section of "plates" starting on page 50.  £8.50

Satow, Michael and Desmond, Ray  Railways of the Raj, Scolar Press, 1982, pp118.  Foreword by Paul Theroux.  Large landscape format Pb.  Fair with a three-inch crease across the top corner of the cover, and a one-inch tear at the base of the spine. Illustrated chapters on Pioneers & Pioneering, Engineers & Fire-Carriages, and Pleasures & Pains of Travel followed by a section of "plates" starting on page 50.  £5.95

Streatfeild-James, Douglas  China by Rail, Trailblazer Publications, 1st edition 1997, pp384.  Pb.  VG.  "The essential guide to independent rail travel in China."  £2.95

Talbot E  Steam in Turkey: An enthusiasts' guide to the steam locomotives of Turkey, Continental Railway Circle, 1981, pp124.  Pb.  VG.  Slight loss of colour down the spine, slight creasing at the back page corner of the covers (right at the corner).  A historical survey of the development of railways in Turkey, followed by detailed lists of Turkish steam locomotives.  Well-illustrated throughout.  £9.50

Theroux, Paul  The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train through Asia, BCA, 1976, pp342.  Hb. Very Good / Very Good.  Paul Theroux's memorable rail journey through the Middle East, India and South-East Asia to Japan, returning through Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express.  £3.95

Theroux, Paul  The Imperial Way: By Rail from Peshawar to Chittagong, Houghton Mifflin, 1985, pp143.  Hb.  VG+ in a VG dust wrapper.  Pictures from the camera of Steve McCurry in full colour throughout. An evocative portrayal of India and her railways.  £3.95

Theroux, Paul  Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train through China, Hamish Hamilton, first edition 1988, pp494.  Inscription.  Hb.  Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust wrapper.  A fitting sequel to The Great Railway Bazaar and The Old Patagonian Express.  £4.95

Tickner, John; Edgar, Gordon; and Freeman, Adrian  China: The World's Last Steam Railway, Artist's and Photographers' Press, 2008, pp176.  Very Large Format Hb.  Fine/VG+.  "A photographic essay."  A wide-ranging collection of colour photographs taken over a ten-year period by the three authors.  £24.50

Westwood J N  Railways of India, D&C, 1974, pp192.  Hb.  Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust wrapper.  An excellent one-volume introduction to the railways of India.  £7.50

Whitehouse P B  China's Railways: Today’s Image, Millbrook House, 1986, pp36.  Pb.  VG.  An all-colour album of Chinese railways in the 1980s.  £2.95

Whitehouse, Patrick and Maggy  China by Rail, Century Hutchison, 1988, pp208.  Large Format Hb.  Fine in a VG- dust wrapper with slight wear to the dust wrapper edges.  A well-illustrated account of the authors' rail travels in China.  £6.95

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