Rail Books - Free UK Postage on Orders Above £20!
Rail Books - Free UK Postage on Orders Above £20!
Cart 0
Railway Signalling and Track Plans
Ian Allan

Railway Signalling and Track Plans

Regular price £20.00 £0.00 Unit price per

Bob Essery's series of essays on the working of the steam railway is becoming an essential reference for steam railway practice in the UK with a view to providing modellers with the prototype information necessary to build and operate layouts in a realistic way.

This latest is not a book of track plans in the C J Freezer mould, but an account of how track came to be built the way it was, and the requirements that Parliament laid on the operating companies. The reader will learn about the proper positioning of catch and safety points, the rules relating to facing points, running lines and goods loops, with examples of operation from training manuals of the steam era. Thus the reader will be able to design layouts that contain elements drawn from the real railway, rather than copying what appears in the model railway press.

The account of signalling and block working is also very strong, with practical information about the changes that took place over time. Unusual subjects such as the railway telegraph network (and thus telegraph poles) are also covered with a further section on signal boxes, point rodding and locking signals with points. Throughout, the text is related to the statutory requirements of the day and the development of technology - such as vacuum brakes - that significantly changed operating practice.

Plenty of text supported by a profusion of photographs, packed with detail and often demonstrating startling truths about the prototype railway that don't show up in most models. 

Softback, 112 pages, black & white photographs, drawings

ISBN: 9780711032156

Most orders are dispatched within two-three working days of receipt of cleared payment. If there is going to be a significant delay (more than 10 working days), we will contact you and, where possible, give you an estimated dispatch time.

Please be aware that advance orders will be sent as soon as the relevant book has been published. 

When placing your order, please ensure that you add the correct full shipping address to your order. This includes house number, street name, zip code/post code. If parcels are returned on account of an incorrect shipping address we will contact you to seek the correct address and also ask that you pay a contribution towards posting the parcel to you a second time. Similarly, if a parcel is returned to us because the local mail service is unable to deliver it (or you do not collect it from the designated collection point), we will contact you and ask you for a contribution towards the cost of shipping to you for a second time. 


All orders over £20.00 are post free to all UK addresses. For orders of £20 or less, a £1.50 postage fee will be added. These are normally sent via Royal Mail 48 Hour (the business equivalent of 2nd class mail) which is not tracked. If you require tracking for your, tracking options are available for a small fee. If the service that you require is not shown, please get in touch with us and we can quote for your desired service.

Large, bulky or high value orders may be split in to multiple consignments or sent via courier. There is no additional charge for this and you will be advised at the order fulfillment stage if this happens.


Overseas orders are charged based on weight, and postage will be automatically calculated at checkout. For a postage quotation, please add the items you want to your cart and proceed to the checkout. All orders are usually sent via Air Mail - this is not tracked. If you required your order to be tracked or sent by a different service, please contact us, preferably before checkout.

Royal Mail will only accept parcels up to 5kg in weight (2kg for Canada). If you are ordering multiple items that exceed these limits, please contact us first so that we can advise you of the appropriate shipping rate.

Due to the high volume of parcels going missing, we are no longer able to send untracked orders via third party mail handling services such as Parcel Motel. We are able to send untracked parcels to bona fide PO Box addresses, friends and family members and to work addresses.

Some countries charge import taxes and we suggest that in these cases, you asked for your order to be tracked so the local taxation authorities can trace your parcel.

Please note that courier services are unable to deliver to PO Box addresses. If you usually use a PO Box address, you will need to supply an alternative address if you require shipping by courier. 

Updated: 1 January 2021