Jacett Publications Blog

Railways in the landscape

My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was a railway picture book entitled Realms of the British Railway Landscape. Author David Goodyear drew together a superb miscellany of his own colour photographs where the train in question was seen as part of the surrounding landscape, rather than as a subject in its […]

Electric Pioneer

My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books is a biography of Alfred Raworth, a name perhaps not familiar to many people, but a person who was the mastermind behind the expansion of the third-rail electrification of the former Southern Railway from 1923 to 1939. Author Peter Steer has clearly carried out much […]

Useful Diesels

Most of the so-called ‘first generation’ diesel and electric locomotives that were introduced onto British Railways as a result of the 1955 Modernisation Plan have now been removed from service, although a fair cross-section have found their way into preservation. One of the more successful classes were the English Electric Class 50 diesels, first being […]

Southern Way 55

I have recently finished a proofread for Crecy Publishing on ‘Southern Way 55’, the latest edition of the ‘bookazine’ looking at all aspects of the Southern Railway (SR), the pre-grouping SR system and what has happened since 1948. SW55 featured two large articles, the first about the development of the railways through Dulwich and a […]

Started, but not finished

My latest proofread for Pen & Sword Books has, as its theme, stories about railway lines that were started to be built but, for different reasons, never finished. Author Mark Yonge has brought together the results of much detailed research on a cross-section of British railway projects, including the original Channel Tunnel scheme of the […]

The Brunels

My latest proofreading project, which I completed earlier today for Pen & Sword Books, was a biography of both Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his father, Marc Brunel. The manuscript was an overview of their respective careers and how they overlapped. A most interesting read; I certainly learnt some new facts such as Marc Brunel being […]

Some Swedes in London

My most recent completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was a manuscript about the life and times of the Volvo B7TL double-decker bus, many of which were used by the different bus companies in London from around 2002 to the start of the pandemic. (I understand some are still being used in the […]

Midland Railway 4-4-0s

My latest proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was another work in the ‘Locomotive Portfolios’ series, some of which I have worked on previously. The subject matter was the famous family of 4-4-0 tender locomotives built by the Midland Railway (MR) and its successor, the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMSR). From the 1870s […]

British Rail’s request stops

Earlier today I finished my latest proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this being a diary of one man’s eighteen-month plan to visit each and every request stop railway station on the domestic railway system. Author Anthony Hart has written a very easy-to-read account of his travels to each of these stations, some 152 […]

Southern Way 54

One proofreading series of projects that I am involved in is that for Crecy Publishing, the publication in question being the Southern Way. This is what might be described as a ‘bookazine’, which appears once every three months. I was recently asked to proofread edition 54, which featured the usual cross-section of topics with a […]