Jacett Publications Blog

Back on the Southern Railway

I have today finished a new proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one being about the life and times of the Lord Nelson class of steam locomotives built by the Southern Railway (SR) in the late 1920s. The book looks at the early days of the class, from when the prototype, 850, was […]

East Anglia

I have today completed a new proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one about minor railways in East Anglia. Written by Rob Shorland-Ball, it is an overview of a myriad of minor railways that were located within the East Anglian area, mainly in Norfolk and Suffolk. My impression was that the book would […]

Last Days of British Steam

I have today finished a new proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one being a picture book about the ‘Last Days of British Steam’. The period of time covered is from 1960 to 1968 and is the combined work of two photographers, Malcolm Clegg and Peter Cookson, the subject matter being a miscellany […]

Return to Wales

I have today finished a new proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one being about the railways of the Sirhowy Valley in South Wales. Written by well-known author John Hodge, the manuscript is an illustrated history of the railways in this part of the world, constructed primarily to serve the needs of the […]

Something Completely Different

Ian Thornburrow-Dobson is the son of a work colleague of mine and I was asked to do a proofreading exercise on his new book ‘The Fractured Heartstone’. Without giving too much of the plot away, it is a ‘Lord of the Rings’ type story. I must be honest and say that I am unfamiliar with […]

United Counties Buses

I have completed a further transport-themed proofread for Pen & Sword Books, this one covering the buses and other road vehicles used by the former United Counties Bus Company. From 1921 to 2014, this company ran bus services across a cross section of counties such as Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The book was divided up […]

Croydon Tramlink

I have today completed a new proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one being about the history of the Croydon Tramlink. The manuscript covered the conception, building and operation of this fascinating system. Chapters were also given over to topics such as the unfortunate accident in 2016 at Sandilands, and, on a happier […]

Vintage Buses

I have today completed a further proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one being about the history of the Reliance Bus Company, a family-run business that was located close to Newbury, in Berkshire. Rather than being a look at the vehicles used, the history concentrated on the owners and a cross-section of company […]

Trams and Trains

Recently I have completed a further two proofreading projects for Pen and Sword Books, both of which were on transport subjects. The first of these was a picture book about the famous ‘Feltham’ trams, originally built for service in London between the two world wars. When the first examples appeared in the late 1920s, they […]

Llanelly West to Carmarthen

I have today completed a new proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one a pictorial album about the section of railway line between Llanelly West and Carmarthen. According to the author, this book is to be the first of a series about the railways in this part of Wales. Although only a short […]