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The Bradford Barton 'Squares' railway series

Introduced in 1973, publishers Bradford Barton, Truro, Cornwall produced many pictorial books of rail interest, each hardback book was almost square in shape and eventually covered virtually every aspect for the rail enthusiast.

Although railway related titles dominated, other transport interests were added to the series including a few other unrelated subjects.

We are not sure of how many titles were published in total but certainly over one hundred and fifty different titles were produced in this square format, all are very uniform in appearance and size and a very useful reference source, affordable and collectable series for the enthusiast. Early books had very thick board covers, replaced later with a more conventional hard cover.
Most books had 96 usually gloss printed pages, each with a full page illustration and an explanitory caption, the pictorial jackets were purely funtional and didn't owe a lot to design. 

Some of these books were later republished or reprinted by other publishers - often of a lesser quality.

The books listed below are those that were issued in the 'square' format with hard covers with dust wrappers, the later books with card covers are not included
These are NOT for sale, but a general reference with example dust wrapper illustrations.

We keep a good range of rail enthusiast books sometimes including these Bradford Barton books in the bookshop, you can check our stock by clicking this link - "Railway Books"

The title list below may not be complete, other titles will be added to this resource when new information becomes available.
Some help in completing the list has already been obtained and is much appreciated, thank you.

Title Published
G.W.R.
Great Western Steam around Bristol 1975
Great Western Steam at Swindon Works 1975
Great Western Branch Line Steam: 1 1976
Great Western Branch Line Steam: 2 1976
Great Western Steam Doubleheaded 1975
Great Western Steam In Action: 1 1973
Great Western Steam In Action: 2 1974
Great Western Steam In Action: 3 1974
Great Western Steam In Action: 4 1975
Great Western Steam In Action: 5 1975
Great Western Steam In Action: 6 1977
Great Western Steam In Action: 7 1978
Great Western Steam In Cornwall 1974
Great Western Steam In Closeup 1978
Great Western Steam In Devon 1973
Great Western Steam In South Wales 1973
Great Western Steam In The Midlands 1973
Great Western Steam In Wales And The Border Counties 1974
Great Western Steam In The West Country 1976
Great Western Steam Miscellany 1977
Great Western Steam Miscellany: 2 1977
Great Western Steam Miscellany: 3 1980
Great Western Steam Off The Beaten Track 1975
Great Western Steam On Shed 1974
Great Western Steam Preserved 1975
Great Western Steam South Of The Severn 1973
Great Western Steam Through The Cotswolds 1975
Great Western Steam Through The Years 1976
Great Western Steam Through The Years: 2 1978
More Great Western Steam Doubleheaded 1975
More Great Western Steam In Cornwall 1975
More Great Western Steam In Devon 1974
More Great Western Steam On Shed 1976
More Great Western Steam In South Wales 1974
More Great Western Steam In Wales And The Border Counties 1975
The Last Decade Of Great Western Mainline Steam 1976
L.M.S.
London Midland Steam Around Carlisle 1975
London Midland Doubleheaded 1978
London Midland Steam From Lineside 1975
London Midland Steam In Action 1974
London Midland Steam In Action: 2 1975
London Midland Steam In Action: 3 1975
London Midland Steam In Action: 4 1977
London Midland Steam In North Wales 1979
London Midland Steam In The North West 1973
London Midland Steam In The Peak District 1974
London Midland Steam In The Midlands 1974
London Midland Steam In The East Midlands 1975
London Midland Steam In The Northern Fells 1974
London Midland Steam In Yorkshire 1975
London Midland Steam North Of The Border 1973
London Midlands Steam On Shed 1978
London Midlands Steam On Shed 2 1978
London Midland Steam Over Shap 1973
London Midland On The Ex L&Y 1975
London Midland Steam Skipton - Carlisle 1976
More London Midland Steam In The North West 1975
S.R.
More Southern Steam In The West Country 1975
More Southern Steam On Shed 1975
More Southern Steam South And East 1974
More Southern Steam South And West 1975
Recollections Of The Southern Between The Wars 1976
Southern Branch Line Special 1 - Bodmin And Wadebridge 1979
Southern Branch Line Steam 1976
Southern Branch Line Steam: 2 1977
Southern Branch Line Steam: 3 1980
Southern Electrics - A Pictorial Survey 1975
Southern Steam 1923 - 1939 1976
Southern Steam Doubleheaded 1977
Southern Steam From Lineside 1974
Southern Steam In Action 1974
Southern Steam In Action 2 1975
Southern Steam In Action 3 1976
Southern Steam In Action 4 1977
Southern Steam In Close Up 1977
Southern Steam In Works - Brighton Ashford Eastleigh 1978
Southern Steam In The West Country 1973
Southern Steam Locomotives Survey - The Adams Classes 1978
Southern Steam Locomotives Survey - The Bulleid Light Pacifics 1976
Southern Steam Locomotives Survey - The Bulleid Merchant Navy Pacifics 1976
Southern Steam Locomotives Survey - The Drumond Classes 1977
Southern Steam Locomotives Survey - The Early Maunsell Classes 1976
Southern Steam Locomotives Survey - The Later Maunsell Classes 1976
Southern Steam Locomotives Survey - The Urie Classes 1977
Southern Steam Locomotives Survey - The Wainwright Classes 1976
Southern Steam Miscellany 1 1977
Southern Steam On Shed 1975
Southern Steam On The Isle of Wight 1975
Southern Steam South And East 1973
Southern Steam South And West 1974
Southern Steam Through The Years 1976
L.N.E.R.
LNER Steam 1923-1948 1977
North Eastern Steam In Action 1974
North Eastern Main Line Steam 1981
North Eastern Steam from Lineside 1974
North Eastern Steam In Northumbria 1973
LOCOS
BR Standard Class 9F 1975
BR Standard Britania Pacifics 1975
Electric locomotives Of The World 1977
Gresley Locomotive Album 1982
LMSR Locomotives 1923 - 1948 1976
LMSR Locomotives 1923 - 1948 Volume 2 1976
LMSR Locomotives 1923 - 1948 Volume 3 1976
LNER Locomotives 1923-1948 1977
LNWR Locomotives Of C.J. Bowen Cooke 1977
London Midland Steam Locomotives 1975
London Midland Steam Locomotives Volume 2 1975
North British Locomotives Built 1833-1948 For Railways In Britain 1978
North British Locomotives Built 1857-1956 For Railways Overseas 1978
North Eastern Steam Locomotive Album 1975
North Eastern Pacifics - A Pictorial Survey 1974
Stanier 8F - Study Of The LMSR Class 8F Locomotive 1978
Vulcan Foundries Locomotives 1832 - 1956 1976
DIESELS
A Pictorial Survey of Standard Gauge Industrial Diesels Around Britain 1977
BR Diesels And Electrics Around Britain 1976
BR Diesel Miscellany 1 1979
BR Diesels Doubleheaded 1977
BR Diesels In Action 1974
BR Diesels In Action 2 1975
BR Diesels In Action 3 1976
BR Diesels In Action 4
BR Diesels In Action 5 1980
BR Diesels In The Highlands 1976
BR Diesels In Close Up 1974
BR Diesels In Detail 1979
BR Diesels In The Landscape 1975
BR Diesels On Midland Region 1974
Branch Lines Around Britain In The Diesel Era 1975
Diesels In London And The Home Counties 1974
Diesels In The West Midlands And Central Wales 1975
Diesels On Cornwall's Main Line 1973
Diesels On Eastern Region 1974
Diesels On Midlands Region 1974
Diesels On Scottish Region 1975
Diesels On Shed 1976
Diesels On The Devon Main Line 1974
Diesels On Western Region 1974
Diesels West 1979
DMUs Nationawide 1976
The Warships - BR Class 42 43 Diesel Hydraulics 1979
The Westerns BR Class 52 Diesel Hydraulics 1976
Western Region Diesel Hydraulics 1974
MISC.
BR Standard Steam In Action 1974
BR Standard Steam In Close Up: Volumme 1 1979
BR Standard Steam In Close Up - Volume 2 1980
Border Steam 1978
British Narrow Gauge Steam 1973
British Steam Around The Regions 1977
Cornwalls Railways - A Pictorial Survey 1972
Great Central Recalled 1978
Industrial Narrow Gauge Railways In Britain 1975
Industrial Steam 1976
Irish Railways In The Heyday of Steam 1979
L.P.T.B. Rolling Stock 1933 - 1948 1981
LMSR Steam 1923-1948 1975
Light Railways Of Britain Standard Gauge And Narrow Gauge 1975
Memories Of Steam Around Britain 1975
Mineral Railways In The West Country 1975
Modern Rail Album 1974
More British Narrow Gauge Steam 1974
Narrow Gauge Steam Out Of Portmadoc 1980
On The Isle Of Man Narrow Gauge 1978
On The Welsh Narrow Gauge 1980
Recollections Of The Southern Between The Wars 1976
Scottish Branch Line Steam, 1977
Scottish Railways In The Heyday of Steam 1979
Scottish Main Line Steam" 1979
Scottish Steam In The 1920s 1975
Scottish Steam Miscellany 1977
Specials In Action 1975
Steam Around Britain In The Seventies 1977
Steam In The Western Highlands 1978
Steam On Britain's Miniature Railways 7 1/4" To 15" Gauge 1976
Steam On The Brighton Line - A Pictorial Survey 1975
Steam On The S.N.C.F 1976
Steam On The Somerset And Dorset 1975
Steam On The Waverley Route 1978
The Later Years Of Metropolitan Steam 1977
The Last Decade Of Scotish Steam 1979
The Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway 1976
The Lynton And Barnstable Railway 1979
The Midland Railway - A Pictorial History 1978
The Railways Of Devon 1974
The Railways Of The Republic Of Ireland 1975
The Tralee And Dingle Railway 1977
Vale Of Rheidol Pictorial 1975
Welsh Railways In The Heyday of Steam 1979
FOREIGN
Articulated Locomotives Of The World 1975
Austrian Steam From Lineside 1975
British Steam Locomotives Overseas 1977
Diesel Superpower Around The World 1978
European Steam In Action 1974
European Narrow Gauge Steam Volume 1 1975
European Narrow Gauge Steam Volume 2 1975
New Zealand Steam Spectacular 1976
Portugese Steam From Lineside 1977
South American Steam 1977
Steam In Australia 1977
Steam In India 1976
Steam In The Andes - A PictoriaL Survey 1973
Steam Superpower Around The World 1976
OTHER TRANSPORT
Airliners Of The World 1978
American Flying Boats - A Pictorial Survey 1974
Aviation Workhorses Around The World 1977
British Float Planes - A Pictorial Survey 1976
British Flying Boats - A Pictorial Survey 1973
British Trams - A Pictorial Survey 1978
European Trams - A Pictorial Survey 1978
Midland Red Buses 1980
Municipal Buses Of The 1960s 1975
Preservation Aircraft Of The Two World Wars 1976
RAF Fighters 1918-1937 1975
Traction Engines In Close Up 1980
U.S. Persuit Aircraft 1918-1936 1975
War In The Air 1975
World Float Planes - A Pictorial Survey 1977
World Flying Boats, A Pictorial Survey 1975
TOPOGRAPHICAL
Bridges Of Britain 1973
British Caves And Potholes 1975
Britain's Old Metal Mines - A Pictorial Survey 1974
Britain's Holiday Waterways 1975
Canals In Wales 1977
Dartmoor 1973
South Devon 1975
Waterfalls Of The World - A Pictorial Survey 1974
OBSCURE
British Banks And Banking 1975

All books from the series were issued in pictorial paper dust wrappers,

We like to keep a few titles from this series in our bookshop.

If you have any comments, corrections or queries, we will be glad to hear from you; please email us: havebooks.co.uk

Page last updated with corrections: 20 February, 2018


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