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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+ 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.
+ 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.
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
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
Colin Iron Dinosaurs Last Steam
Locomotives of the World: South East Asia, Blandford, 1976, pp189, including
57 coloured shots. Small format Hb.
in a Very
in Indonesia, Taiwan and the
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
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
at the top
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
National Railways: A General Description, Japanese National Railways, 1962, pp59 with numerous
tables. Pb. Fine.
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
in a Fine
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
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.
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
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, 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
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
in a VG
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
J N Railways of India,
D&C, 1974, pp192. Hb.
in a Very
excellent one-volume introduction to the railways of India.
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-
wrapper with slight wear to the
A well-illustrated account of the authors' rail travels in China.