Jacett Publications Blog

Scottish Railways in the 1980s and 1990s

My latest proofreading project which I have undertaken for Pen & Sword Books is a picture book looking at Scottish Railways during what could be described as the ‘Sectorisation’ period of the British Rail system during the 1980s and early 1990s. Drawing on the photographic collection of author Peter J. Green, the reader is taken […]

Steam Across The Regions

My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books has been on a railway subject, this one entitled ‘Steam Across The Regions’. It draws on the photograph collection of David Knapman and is a ‘journey’ across Britain, covering all the regions of BR. The 1960s are the period of time covered, although Mr Knapman […]

British Steam Locomotives Before Preservation

My latest railway proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books has been a picture book highlighting a cross-section of the many standard gauge steam locomotives that have been preserved in the UK. The book draws on the photographic collections of author Malcolm Clegg and colleague Peter Cookson to draw attention to the pre-preservation careers of […]

Railways of Oxford

I have today completed a further proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, the subject matter being the ‘Railways of Oxford’. The manuscript describes how the railway system evolved in and around Oxford. The author, Laurence Waters, wrote a previous book on the same subject for Ian Allan Publishing during the 1980s. The new work […]

Southern Way 50

My latest completed proofreading project is one for Crecy Publishing, this being the 50th edition of the ‘Southern Way’ magazine, a splendid collection of articles and pictures all having in common a connection with either the pre-Grouping companies that made up the Southern Railway, the Southern itself or the Southern Region of BR. This is […]

Worcester Locomotive Shed

I have today finished a further railway proofread for Pen & Sword Books. The subject was the former Worcester Locomotive Shed at the end of Western Region steam, from 1960 to 1966. The author is Steve Bartlett, who has previously written books about the sheds at Hereford and Gloucester. Mr Bartlett’s father occupied senior positions […]

Tin Mining

I have just completed a further proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, on a new (for me) subject. This one is a history of the tin mining industry in Devon and Cornwall. Written by historian Anthony Burton, the manuscript traces the rise and fall of this unique industry and of those who were involved […]

Siege of Leningrad

I have just completed a new military proofread for Pen & Sword Books. The subject is the role of the Spanish Army’s Blue Division and in particular the artillery section. The time period concerned is February 1943 and the Blue Division were employed as part of the Axis forces surrounding the city of Leningrad. Emphasis […]

Evolving Railway Images

2020 is off to a busy start as regards proofreading work. My latest completed project is one carried out on behalf of Crecy Publishing, this being the first of a two-part work featuring the best images of celebrated railway photographer Brian Morrison. These images are those hand-picked by Mr Morrison and cover the years 1951-9 […]

The Transport Treasury

Over the 2019/20 festive period, I have been working on two further proofreading projects. The company concerned is The Transport Treasury, custodians of a wide cross-section of transport-related photographs, who are now moving into publishing, using material from the collections held. The projects in question had two contrasting railway themes. The first was about first […]