Jacett Publications Blog

The ‘New Era’ of BR Branch Lines

My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was a manuscript covering the subject of surviving domestic railway branch lines from the early 1970s to the present day. The author was Paul Shannon, a well-known railway photographer; the book itself split Britain into regions and each chapter highlighted a specific region. Mr Shannon […]

WR Steam Locomotive Depots

My latest completed proofread for Pen & Sword Books was a picture album covering the subject of steam locomotive depots on the Western Region (WR) from 1948 to 1966. The manuscript was compiled by Laurence Waters, who is part of the team that looks after the Great Western Society’s photographic archives at Didcot. The manuscript […]

HST

My latest completed railway proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was a manuscript entitled ‘High Speed Trains to the North of England’ . Author David Mather has put together a well-illustrated work about the iconic High Speed Trains (HST) of British Rail and the post-1994 network, serving as a potted history of these hard-working […]

Railway Travel in World War Two

My latest completed railway proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was a book on a hitherto neglected subject, that of travel on the domestic railway system during the Second World War. Author Peter Steer has drawn on many different sources in order to write a book challenging what has been the accepted view about […]

A Group of Really Useful Engines

My latest completed proofread for Pen & Sword Books was a biography of Robert Riddles, British Railways’ last steam Chief Mechanical Engineer and designer of the ‘standard’ fleet of steam locomotives. Written by Colin Boocock, the story starts by highlighting the so-called ‘Austerity’ engines designed by Mr Riddles during World War Two, including the 2-8-0s […]

William Adams

My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was a biography of William Adams, steam locomotive designer and chief mechanical engineer for the North London, Great Eastern and, most famously, the London and South Western railways. Written by John Woodhams, the story looks at William’s life and his many achievements. As far as […]

Accident

My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was a manuscript about the 1988 Clapham Junction railway accident. Written by Greg Morse, the book charts the events leading up to the accident, what happened on the day of the accident, the subsequent enquiry and conclusions reached, and then concludes with a look at […]

A Northampton Time Machine

I recently completed a new proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one on the subject of ‘Northampton’s Trams and Buses’. The author was David Beddall  and I have proofread a number of his previous books. The latest manuscript covered the history of public transport in Northampton and the surrounding area, beginning in the […]

Back to the early days

My latest completed proofread for Pen & Sword Books was a manuscript about the British-built ‘Planet’ and ‘Samson’ locomotives, originally built in the early 1830s for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, and which became not only the first steam engines to be built in quantity (as opposed to one-off machines), but the trailblazers for many […]

Colourful Contrasts

My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was a picture book entitled Britain’s Changing Train Liveries: Four Decades of Change. Author David Goodyear had drawn together more than two hundred pictures from his collection illustrating the myriad of train liveries to be found in the UK since the early part of the 1980s. Although […]