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Start your Western Chronicles collection while stocks last. See Track Record Press Shop on the menu to browse and buy. Collect  ALL  74 and earn yourself a  FREE  copy of WESTERNS VOL. 4 - to be published close to the finish of the Chronicles series. But you MUST have collected all 74 to qualify for the FREE copy of the last in the Westerns series.

Start your Western Chronicles collection while stocks last. See Track Record Press Shop on the menu to browse and buy. Collect ALL 74 and earn yourself a FREE copy of WESTERNS VOL. 4 - to be published close to the finish of the Chronicles series. But you MUST have collected all 74 to qualify for the FREE copy of the last in the Westerns series.


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DON’T MISS OUT ON WESTERNS VOL. 3

Now at the printers…proof awaited the covers back and front are shown here, its dedicated ISBN number will be 978-1-78972-659-6. Price reduced from £32.99 as a thank you for your patience. Order from the catalogue on publication. Proof expected in the next five days.    Also, If anyone has changed their postal address during the wait for this volume, then please email us (see FAQ page for email address) with your new postal address and the same goes for anyone who wants to check their order. Thank you on behalf of the authors.

Now at the printers…proof awaited the covers back and front are shown here, its dedicated ISBN number will be 978-1-78972-659-6. Price reduced from £32.99 as a thank you for your patience. Order from the catalogue on publication. Proof expected in the next five days.

Also, If anyone has changed their postal address during the wait for this volume, then please email us (see FAQ page for email address) with your new postal address and the same goes for anyone who wants to check their order. Thank you on behalf of the authors.


D1003 OUT NOW! THE LATEST IN THE ACCLAIMED CHRONICLE SERIES FROM…

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JOIN THE CLASS OF 74 AND GET THIS FREE BOOK!

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JOIN THE CLASS OF 74!

Join the class of 74 and get yourself this FREE book. It is to be published as a FREE gift to those who collect ALL 74 of the Chronicle books - you must have all 74 to qualify. It’s our way of saying thanks to you all and will be the very last in the Westerns Volume series.


THE WESTERN CHRONICLES - A FEW PAGE EXAMPLES…

Above: some sample pages from Left: D1000; Middle: D1001 and right: D1002, showing just a smidgeon of the beauties in these publications, D1002 demonstrates it is not all about the Westerns either.


WHAT THE RAILWAY PRESS SAY ABOUT US…

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SEPTEMBER 2019 BY EDITOR CHRIS MILNER

WESTERN CHRONICLES SERIES: D1000 AND D1001: “THE author has immense knowledge about the ‘western’ diesel-hydraulic locomotives that worked on the Western Region of BR from 1961 to the late 70s, and his own publishing company has embarked on an impressively ambitious project to document the life and times of each of the 74 class members within its own book. This kind of book is very much a departure from normal publications that would cover the class in a single extensive volume, but this is a series that will evolve into a comprehensive work of reference, covering what was a very popular class of locomotive and will allow any number of volumes to be bought, depending on which were your favourites. Full marks to the author for devising a new concept.”

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AUGUST 2019 BY EDITOR PAUL BICKERDYKE

D1000 WESTERN ENTERPRISE: “THE author has embarked on an ambitious, but worthy, project to detail the life and times of all 74 Class 52 ‘Westerns’ - each in their own self-contained book. The ‘Westerns’ were, of course, one of the most popular types of diesel loco ever to run in this country - but nothing like this has been attempted before and the series should add up an impressive piece of work.”


OUR PLAUDITS FROM RESPECTED AUTHORS…

RESPECTED AND LEADING AUTHOR KEVIN ROBERTSON, BLUE PULLMAN, KESTREL RAILWAY BOOKS, 2005

RESPECTED AND LEADING AUTHOR KEVIN ROBERTSON, BLUE PULLMAN, KESTREL RAILWAY BOOKS, 2005

“Adrian Curtis, author of Cast of Thousands proved unfailingly helpful after I phoned him out of the blue and helped enormously in filling in much of the hitherto missing detail about these images.”

CHRIS CHAPMAN, AUTHOR, WESTERN GLORY, KINGFISHER PRODUCTIONS, 2002.


AND HERE’S WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY…

JUDY WARDELL: Excellent books very detailed and informative well illustrated with many colour and black and white photographs also many interesting diagrams just contains everything you need to know about these wonderful locomotives a must for Western enthusiasts. Excellent customer service when ordering or if you ask a question. I cannot wait for the next book.

GARETH JONES: Good quality information and books full of detail which is a must for Diesel Hydraulic followers.

BRIAN LITHERLAND: Excellent range of books, predominantly on the class 52 Westerns. The books are very well written and illustrated by the author. Very factual and informative. Looking forward to these latest additions to the collection of books that they publish.

STEPHEN KELL: Just received the first two books Westerns volume 1 & 2 Crewe and Swindon built locos superb books just can't put them down can't wait to order the next books from Track Record Press.


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D1048 Western Lady, Liskeard, May 29, 1975. Picture: © A. Curtis

D1048 Western Lady, Liskeard, May 29, 1975. Picture: © A. Curtis


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THE HOME OF THE WESTERN CHRONICLES

Track Record Press was formed in 2018 by renowned Western Region Class 52 diesel-hydraulic locomotive author, researcher and historian, Adrian Curtis.

He was accompanied is this project by a number of like-minded enthusiasts who, during the course of their 25-year journey, formed the Western Locomotive Research Society, membership of which is by invitation only.

They have worked tirelessly to produce the most comprehensive insight into the working lives of the 74-strong fleet, which is available to visitors of this website as a free resource. Accompanying this is a groundbreaking publishing venture, the Western Chronicles which deals with the history of everything associated with the fleet in individual locomotive books.

These are available to purchase from this website. Adrian has enjoyed a long and varied career in journalism, including working as a sports reporter for the London Evening Standard, Mail on Sunday and the Press Association and the triple award-winning Cambridge Independent. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists and the Society of Authors, having written 18 books on the subject of the Class 52s since his first work on the fleet, Western Anthology, was published by F&W Publishing in 1978.

Some of his work is available to peruse in the British Library and the National Railway Museum. He was also on the founding committee of the Western Locomotive Association in 1974 which went on to preserve D1062 Western Courier, which along with their other engine, D1013 Western Ranger, is still working today on the Severn Valley Railway. He remains a member to this day.

Adrian lives in Cambridgeshire with wife Christine, and son Samuel, both of who are in the media industry, and not forgetting, of course, his latest rescue dog Millie.

THE HOME OF THE WESTERN DATABASE

This new railway publishing venture aims to provide profiles on locomotive classes, chiefly the Western Region diesel-hydraulics as well as offering visitors to this website a FREE database resource of Class 52 information, locomotive by locomotive.

The 74 Western Class 52 locomotives that ran on the Western Region of British Railways between 1961 until the withdrawal of the final four in February, 1977, provide the main focus for this database, concentrating as it does on the work of all 74 engines chiefly between the years 1973-77.

This database has been collated from BR documents in the public domain and sightings from enthusiasts throughout the aforementioned years.

With the help of the Western Locomotive Research Society, the site aims to continue to collate information for the database and welcomes input from enthusiasts and groups via the email contact details on this website.

We hope this database will provide enthusiasts and historians as well as photographers with an insight into the lives of the fleet during 1973-77 and in the case of photography, help provide photographers with the relevant background information for their captions.

If publishers or enthusiasts wish to use any content in this area, either on forums or elsewhere, please do ask for permission, it is only polite and respectful and will all those that do so, please credit the website in any work used outside of this domain. This can only help increase more possible workings for the database.

Name plate of D1000 at Swindon while on test on April 1, 1962. Picture © Adrian Curtis Collection

Name plate of D1000 at Swindon while on test on April 1, 1962. Picture © Adrian Curtis Collection


 

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