Ian Allan's 20th Century Railways

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An Ian Allan Railway ABC inventory from 1942 onwards. Revised April 2016. Richard Cunningham, Richmond, Virginia, USA A retired Brit from USA, returned to his teenage passion - UK railways, with a particular affection for the Ian Allan ABC series and the Platform 5 publications. I have a complete collection of their spotters books from 1942, the subject of my first book. I also enjoy restoring ABCs. I am an enthusiastic ebay buyer of old and damaged Ian Allan railway books. I started to sell restored copies in January 2011. I make no claims about their investment value although I hope they will come to be regarded as great value collectors items in their own right; items which are accessible to folks with a limited budget. I lovingly restore them. Quality restored editions are very pleasing to own and to handle without fear of spine damage and they come with the option to return them in a timely manner for a full refund. I have restored 104 with 100% satisfaction as at the end of June 2013.

The Annuals
1947-1991

Trains Annuals 1947-58.

The 1947 - 1990 Annuals were all 10.0" x 7.5" hardbacks except: The first edition - 1/4" shorter. The four smaller softback summer annuals - page 116. Four differently titled annuals in 1989 and 1990 which were much larger - 11 314" x 8 3/4". In addition, there were 96 pages unless otherwise noted. Colour plates were included from 1950 onwards.

1947 First Edition. Published: 1946. Editor: Cecil J.Allen. Pages: 104. Price: 7/6. Code: None. Cover:B/W photo Class '4F' 0-6-0 4473. Keynote: No DJ.

1948 Second Edition. Published: 1947. Editor: Cecil J.Allen. Price: 7/6. Code: None. Cover: Picture of a locomotive motion. Keynote:Plain cover with a DJ.

1949 Third Edition. Published: 1948. Editor: Cecil J.Allen. Price: 7/6. Code: None. Cover: Painting of 'WC' Class Pacific 21C110 "Sidmouth" working "The Thanet Belle." Keynote: Plain cover with a DJ. The DJ includes the ABC Locomotive Series logo. The cover picture was also used on the cover of "Trains in ...[ read more ]

1950 Fourth Edition. Published: 1949. Editor: Cecil J.Allen. Price: 7/6. Code: None. Cover: Terence Cuneo Painting of 'Coronation' Class Pacific 46229 "Duchess of Hamilton," the only member of it's class to carry the blue livery prior to 1954. Keynote: Pictured cover with a similar DJ. This was available as a ...[ read more ]

1951 Fifth Edition. Published: 1950. Editor: Cecil J.Allen. Price: 7/6. Code: None. Cover: Painting of 'Jubilee ' Class 4-6-0. 46117 "Welsh Guardsman." Keynote: Pictured full image hard cover with a similar DJ.

1952 Sixth Edition. Published: 1951. Editor: Cecil J.Allen. Price: 9/6. Code: None. Cover: Painting of 'King' Class 4-6-0. 6025 "King Henry Ill." Keynote: Pictured cover with a similar DJ. Binding strip. The last edition with a pictured board cover and similar DJ. Price increase.

1953 Seventh Edition. Published: 1952. Editor: Cecil J.Allen. Price: 9/6. Code: None. Cover: Painting of 'Merchant Navy" Class Pacific. 35028 "Clan Line." Keynote: The first in a series of annuals with a plain cloth hard cover and a DJ.

1954 Eighth Edition. Published: 1953. Editor: Cecil J.Allen. Price: 9/6. Code: None. Cover: Painting of BR Standard 'Britannia' Class Pacific. 70004 "William Shakespeare" working the "Golden Arrow."

1955 Ninth Edition. Published: 1954. Editor: Cecil J.Allen. Price: 9/6. Code: None. Pages: 112. Cover: Painting of 'King' Class 4-6-0. 6007 "King William Ill" crossing the Royal Albert Bridge across the River Tamar. Keynote: This edition and the following one had 112 pages compared with the usual 96.

1956 Tenth Edition. Published: 1955. Editor: Cecil J.Allen. Price: 9/6. Code: None. Pages: 112. Cover: Painting of 'Al' Class Pacific. 60161 "North British" working the "Queen of Scots." 112 pages for the second time.

1957 Eleventh Edition. Published: June 1956. Editor: Cecil J.Allen. Price: 10/6. Code: 536/377/140/656 . Cover: Painting of 'Brittania' Class Pacific. 70045 later named "Lord Rowallan." Keynotes: Price increased. The last in the sequence edited by Cecil J. Allen. Back to 96 pages.

1958 Twelfth Edition. Published: 1957. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 10/6. Code: None. Cover: Painting of 'A4" Class Pacific. 60004 "William Whitelaw." Keynotes: New editor. Better quality paper.

Trains Illustrated Annuals 1959-1962.

1959 Thirteenth Edition. Published: 1958. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 10/6. Code:None. Cover: Painting of 'King" Class 4-6-0 working "The Bristolian." Keynotes: The edition sequence continuies from the Trains Annuals as mentioned on the DJ front flap. Although the name trains Illustrated appears on the DJ and face page, it ...[ read more ]

1960 Fourteenth Edition. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 10/6. Code: None. Cover: Painting of 'Britannia' Class Pacific 70009 "Alfred The Great" working "The Red Dragon."

1961 Fifteenth Edition. Published: April 1960. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 10/6. Code: 532/1016/250/460. Cover: Painting of 'A3' Class Pacific 60055 "Woolwinder" heading south across the River Tyne passing Gateshead MPD. Keynotes: The second 'coded' annual.

1962 Sixteenth Edition. Published: April 1961. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 10/6. Code: 702/1089/250/461. Cover: Painting of 'Royal Scot' Class 4-6-0 46162 "Queen's Westminater Rifleman" preparing to leave Glasgow Central. Keynotes: The third 'coded' annual.

Trains Annuals 1963-1971.

1963 Seventeenth Edition. Published:August 1962. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 10/6. Code: 748/1151/275/8/62. Cover: From a painting by Terence Cuneo of the London end of Clapham Junction. Rebuilt 'Battle of Britian' Pacific 34087 "145 Squadron" in the foreground. Keynotes: Code oddity - slash between month and year coding.

1964 Eighteenth Edition. Published: September 1963. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 12/6. Code: TA/1240/38/250/963. Cover: Painting of a Hymeck Type 3 diesel on the sea wall at Dawlish working a Saturday summer express to South Devon. Keynotes: Price increased. No title on the front cover - the only lettering is ...[ read more ]

1965 Nineteenth Edition. Published: September 1964. Editor: No attribution. Price: 12/6. Code: VTA/1332/116/BEXX/964. Cover: Painting of a 'Deltic' diesel. D9009 "Alcydon" working the up "Tees-Tyne Pullman" at Hadley Wood, London ahead of a Brush Type 4. Keynotes: Price increased. The only cover lettering is on the spine. The last annual ...[ read more ]

1966 Twentieth Edition. Published: August 1965. Editor: No attribution. Price: 12/6. Code: 1332/116/BEXX/865. Cover: Colour photo of a BR Sulzer Type 2 D5262 working a Chinley - Chester local train through the Hope Valley in May 1964 soon after delivery. Keynote: The first annual with a laminated cover.

1967 Twentyfirst Edition. Published: August 1966. Editor: No attribution. Price: 12/6. Code: 1496/271/BXXX/866. Cover: From a painting by V. Welch of a Webb 4 cylinder compound 1927 "Goliath" leaving Euston for Manchester at about 7.00 am.

1968 Twentysecond Edition. Published: August 1967. Editor: J.B.Snell. Price: 12/6. Code: 1567/364/AFXX/867. Cover: Colour photo of a Class 86 Bo-Bo E3134. Keynote: Edition year shown in text. Word "Annual" dropped from the title.

1969 Twentythird Edition. Published: 1968. Editor: J.B.Snell. Price: 12/6. Code: None. SBN: 7110 0038 7. Cover: Colour photo of a Brush Type 4. D1866 working a diverted freightlkiner leaving Blea Moor tunnel on 29th April 1967.

1970 Twentyfourth Edition. Published:1969. Editor: J.B.Snell. Price: 15/-. Code: None. SBN: 7110 0101 4. Cover: Colour photo of two diesels. a Brush Type 4 and an English Electric Class 40. Keynote: Price increased.

1971 Twentyfifth Edition. Published:1970. Editor: J.B.Snell. Price: 15/- or 75p. Code: None. SBN: 7110 0161 8. Cover: Colour photo of R.0 & W Type 2. D5324 leaving Kyle of Lochalsh with an Inverness train on 19th April 1968.

Trains illustrated Summer Ann(Softback) 1957-1960.

No.1. 1957 Summer. Published: May 1957. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 4/6. Code: 595/414/100/557. Cover: Painting of 'AI Class Pacific. 60116 "Hal O'The Wynd" leaving Newcastle with the "Queen of Scots." Keynotes: Staple bound. No colour plates. Picture also used on cover of Famous Trains Colour Book (1959) . No. ...[ read more ]

No 2. 1958 Summer. Published: March1958. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 5/-. Code: 739/478/125/358. Cover: Painting of 'Royal Scot' Class 4-6-0. 46125 "3rd Carabinier." Keynotes: Staple bound. No colour plates. Cover picture also used in Famous Trains Colour Book (1959) . Price increased.

No 3. 1959 Summer. Published: March 1959. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 5/-. Code: 882/529/125/359. Cover: Painting of rebuit 'Patriot' Class 4-6-0. 45525 "Colwyn Bay." Keynotes: Block bound. No colour plates.

No 4. 1960 Summer. Published: March 1960. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 5/-. Code: 603/999/125/360. Cover: Painting of 'Coronation' Class Pacific. 46244 "King George V!" heading north with the Royal Train. Keynotes: Block bound. No colour plates.

Locospotters Annuals 1957-1971..

Keynotes: All Editions were issued with laminated covers without dust jackets. All Editions had 64 pages. Colour plates were included from 1959 until the end of the run.

All Editions were issued with laminated covers without dust jackets. All Editions had 64 pages. Colour plates were included from 1959 until the end of the run.

1957 First Edition. Published: 1956. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 6/-. Code: None. Cover: Colour photo of 'Castle'Class 4-6-0. 7007 "Great Western." Keynote: No colour plates.

1958 Second Edition. Published: June 1957. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 6/6. Code: 600/431/150/657. Cover: Colour photo of 'BR Standard' Class Pacific. 71000 "Duke of Gloucester." Keynote: No colour plates. Price increased. Code printed as last page footer.

1959 Third Edition. Published: May 1958. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 6/6. Code: 770/491/150/558. Cover: Colour photo of 'Princess Royal' Class Pacific. 46201 "Princess Elizabeth." Keynote: First edition with colour plates.Code shown on back outer cover footer.

1960 Fourth Edition. Published: May 1958. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 6/6. Code: 770/491/150/558. Cover: Colour painting of 'Castle' Class 4-6-0. 7007 "Great Western." Keynote: The cover picture is the same as the 1960 "Great Western" publication.

1961 Fifth Edition. Published: March 1960. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 6/6. Code: 606/1007/350F 7' Cover: Colour painting of 'Coronation' Class Pacific. 46245 "City of London" attacking Beattock aided by a 2-6-4 banker. Keynote: There is an error in the code which should end 360.

1962 Sixth Edition. Published: April 1961. Editor: G. Freeman Allen. Price: 6/6. Code: 674/1079/350/461. Cover: Colour photo of rebuilt 'Merchant Navy' Class Pacific. 35013 "Blue Funnel" working the "Atlantic Coast Express." Keynote: The last in the sequence edited by GFA.

1963 Seventh Edition. Published: August 1962. Editor: Cecil J. Allen. Price: 6/6?. Code: 1152/750/3500/' Cover: Part of a painting by V. Welch showing the front end of BR'Standard' Class Pacific. 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" with electric loco E3001 at Crewe. Keynotes: One off edition by CJA. Code oddity (8/62) like ...[ read more ]

1964 Eighth Edition. Published:August 1963. Editor: No attribution. Price: 7/6. Code: VLSA/1241/38/300/863. Cover: Colour painting by V.Welch of 'A1'Class Pacific. 60147 "North Eastern" working an East Coast Express and a Metro-Cammel DMU. Keynotes: Price increased ? - see 1963 edition Keynotes.

1965 Ninth Edition. Published:August 1964. Editor: G.M.Kitchenside. Price: 7/6. Code: VLA/1333/116/CXX/864. Cover: Colour painting by V.Welch of The Midland Pullman overtaking Sulzer Type 4 diesel D35 in the London suburbs. Keynote: New editor - G.M.Kitchenside.

1966 Tenth Edition. Published:August 1965. Editor: G.M.Kitchenside. Price: 8/6. Code: 1333/116/CXX/865. Cover: Colour photo by Derek Cross of 'Clan' Class Pacific. 72009 "Clan Stewart" crosses the Clyde on the Beattock climb. Keynote: Price increased.

1967 Eleventh Edition. Published: July 1966. Editor: G.M.Kitchenside. Price: 8/6. Code: 1494/269/BCXX/766. Cover: Colour photo of 'Castle' Class 4-6-0. 4079 "Pendennis Castle" working an Ian Allan Railtour Special. Keynote:

1968 Twelfth Edition. Published: July 1967. Editor: G.M.Kitchenside. Price: 8/6. Code: 1593/360/AMXX/767. Cover: Colour photo of a double-headed freight. Keynote: The last edition to carry a code. The last in the sequence edited by G.M. Kitchenside.

1969 Thirteenth Edition. Published:1968. Editor: Cecil J. Allen. Price: 8/6. Code: None. SBN: 7110 0033 6. Cover: Colour photo of a National Coal Board freight headed by a privately owned NCB pannier tank. Keynote: The first in the final sequence of three edited by Cecil J. Allen. The first to ...[ read more ]

1970 Fourteenth Edition. Published:1969. Editor: Cecil J. Allen. Price: 10/6. Code: None. SBN: 7110 0097 2. Cover: Colour photo of English Electric Class 50 diesel D402. Keynote: Price increased.

1971 Fifteenth(FINAL) Edition. Published:1970. Editor: Cecil J. Allen. Price: 10/6 / 52 1/2p. Code: None. SBN: 7110 0160 X. Cover: Colour photo of the 4000 hp diesel , locomotive "Kestrel" on a test run. Keynote: The last edition. FAREWELL OLD FRIEND.

Railway World Annuals 1972-1988.

All Editions were issued with laminated covers without dust jackets. Much enlarged as compared with the "Trains Annual" which it replaced. The first editions had 136 pages. This reduced steadily to 128 by 1989. The last two larger format publications had 80 pages.

1972 First Edition. Published: 1971. Editor: G.M.Kitchenside. Price: £1.50. Pages: 136. Code: None. SBN: 7110 0212 6. Cover: Colour photo of rebuilt 'West Country' Class Pacific . 34018 "Axminster" working the down "Bournemouth Belle" near Farnborough in the late 1950's. Keynote: The last in a sequence of annuals edited by ...[ read more ]

1973 Second Edition. Published: 1972. Editor: Alan Williams. Price: £1.50. Pages: 136. Code: None. SBN: 7110 0377 7. Cover: Colour photo of '9000 Dukedog' Class 4-40 . 3217 "Earl of Berkeley" working an afternoon Bluebell Railway train to Horsted Keynes. Keynote: The first in a sequence of six annuals edited ...[ read more ]

1974 Third Edition. Published: 1973. Editor: Alan Williams. Price: £1.50. Pages: 136. Code: None. ISBN: 0 7110 0458 7. Cover: Colour photo of North Yorkshire Railway former National Coal Board 0-6-2T No 5. climbs away from Grosmont towards Goathland on 26th May,1972. Keynote: The first to carry an ISBN.

1975 Fourth Edition. Published: 1974. Editor: Alan Williams. Price: £2.00. Pages: 136. Code: None. ISBN: 0 7110 0547 8. Cover:Colour photo of Stanier 'Black 5' Class 4-6-0s. 44874 and 45017 double-head an SLS Special at Copy Pit on 4th August 1968. Keynote: Large price increase.

1976 Fifth Edition. Published: 1975. Editor: Alan Williams. Price: £2.50. Pages: 130. Code: None. ISBN: 0 7110 0652 0. Cover: Colour photo of 'V2' Class 2-6-2. 4771 at Borwick working a special on 16th June,1974 Keynote: Another successive large price increase along with a reduction in the number of pages.

1977 Sixth Edition. Published: 1976. Editor: Alan Williams. Price: £2.50. Pages: 130. Code: None. ISBN: 0 7110 0720 9. Cover: Colour photo of Vale of Rheidol 2-6-2T No. 9 "Prince of Wales" climbing towards Devil's Bridge in the Summer of 1968.

1978 Seventh Edition. Published: August 1977. Editor: Alan Williams. Price: £2.75. Pages: 130. Code: AXX/0877 None. ISBN: 0 7110 0813 2. Cover: Colour photo of 'J2' Class 0-6-OST working a train near Beck Hole on the North Yorkshire Moors in September 1975. Keynote: Price increased. The last in the sequence ...[ read more ]

1979 Eighth Edition. Published: August 1978. Editor: G.Freeman Allen. Price: £2.95. Pages:130. C ode: ABX/0878.ISBN: 0 7110 0861 2. Cover: Colour photo of Stanier 'Black 5' Class 4-6-0 leaving Quorn for Rothley in 1977 with "The South Yorkshireman" nameplate. Keynote: Price increased for second year running. One off edition by ...[ read more ]

1980 Ninth Edition. Published: July1979. Editor: Michael Harris. Price: £3.25. Pages:130. Code: ABE/0779. ISBN: 0 7110 0933 3. Cover: Colour photo of BT Standard '9F' Class 2-10-0. 92200 "Evening Star" at Ais Gill summit with a charter special on 29th May 1978. Keynote: Price increased for third year running. New ...[ read more ]

1981 Tenth Edition. Published: July 1980. Editor:Michael Harris. Price: £3.95. Pages: 130. Code: AAE/0780. ISBN: 0 7110 1045 5. Cover: Colour photo of Class '4' 4-6-0 75078 climbing from Damems on 17th June 1979. Keynote: Price increased for fourth year running.

1982 Eleventh Edition. Published: July 1981. Editor: Michael Harris. Price: £3.95. Pages: 130. Code: IX/0781. ISBN: 0 7110 1136 2. Cover: Colour photo of 'Coronation' Class Pacific at Mickelfield Junction working a "Limited Editiion" York-Leeds train on 10th May 1980.

1983 Twelfth Edition. Published: July 1982 Editor: Michael Harris. Price: £3.95. Pages: 128. Code: IX/0782. ISBN: 0 7110 1234 2. Cover: Colour photo of a Barclay 0-4-OST at Bedley Collieryin July 1978 above '4F' Class 0-6-0 4027 heading a Midland Railway Centre train. Keynote: Page reduction.

1984 Thirteenth Edition. Published: July 1983. Editor: Michael Harris. Price: £3.95. Pages:128. Code: IX/0783. ISBN: 0 7110 1302 0. Cover: Colour photo of 'WC' Class Pacific 34092 "City of Wells" working the"Cumbrian Mountain Pullman" near Eldroth on 29th May 1982.

1985 Fourteenth Edition. Published: 1984. Editor: Michael Harris. Price: £4.95. Pages: 128. Code: None. ISBN: 0 7110 1399 3. Cover: Colour photo of 'Castle' Class 4-6-0 5051 "Drysllwyn Castle" at Nantyderry working the "Welsh Marches Pullman" near Eldroth on 29th May 1982. Keynote: Last in the sequence edited by Michael ...[ read more ]

1986 Fifteenth Edition. Published: July 1983. Editor: David Percival. Price: £4.95. Pages: 128. Code: None. ISBN: 0 7110 1506 6. Cover: Colour photo of 'A4' Class Pacific 60009 "Union of South Africa" working the "Scarborough Spa Express" at York. Keynote: One off edition by David Percival.

Railway World Year Books 1989-1991.

1987 Sixteenth Edition. Published: 1986. Editor: Nigel Harris. Price: £6.00. Pages: 128. Code: None. ISBN: 0 7110 1636 4. Cover: Colour photo of 'Coronation' Class Pacific 46299 "Duchess of Hamilton" working the "Cumbrian Mountain Express" at Shotlock Hill. Keynote: One off edition by Nigel Harris. Substantial price increase.

1988 Seventeenth Edition. Published: 1987. Editor: Peter Johnson. Price: £6.00. Pages: 128. Code: None. ISBN: 0 7110 1698 4. Cover: Colour photo of 'City' Class 4-4-0 3440 "City of Truro" on the turntable at Scarborough on 20th December 1986. Keynote: One off edition by Peter Johnson. The last edition to ...[ read more ]

1989 Eighteenth Edition. Published: 1988. Editor: Colin Boocock. Price: £7.00. Pages: 128. Code: None. ISBN: 0 7110 1783 2. Cover: Colour photo of 'Princess Royal' Class Pacific 6201"Princess Elizabeth." Keynote: New editor-Colin Boocock. Another substantial price increase. New title "Railway World Yearbook."

1990 Nineteenth Edition. Published: 1989. Editor: Colin Boocock. Price: £8.00. Pages: 80. Code:None. ISBN: 0 7110 1865 0. Cover: Colour photo of 'Hall' Class 4-6-0 6908 "Downham Hall" minus its nameplate working a freight train in 1965. Keynote: New editor. A second large price increase.New title "Railway World Yearbook." Larger ...[ read more ]

1991 Twentieth Edition. Published: 1990. Editor: Colin Boocock. Price: £8.95. Pages: 80. Code: None. ISBN: 0 7110 1932 0. Cover: Colour photo of 'K1' Class 2-6-0 3442 "The Great Marquess" awaiting departure from Appleby in March 1990. Keynote: A third consecutive large price increase. Larger format 11 3/4" x 8 ...[ read more ]

Modern Railways Pictorial Annual 1985-1986
Motive Power Annual 1987-1988.
Motive Power Review 1989-1990.
The Railway Annual 1991

1985 First Edition. Laminated. Editor: Brian Morrison. Size: 9 1/2" x 7'.. Published: 1984. Pages: 128. Price: 64.95. Code: None. ISBN: 0 7110 1510 4. Cover: Colour photo of a 'Peak' working the 06.38 Leeds- Paignton at Corydon's Cove near Oawlish in July 1980

1986 Second Edition. Laminated. Editor: Brian Morrison. Size: 9 1/2" x 7" . Published: 1985. Pages: 128. Price: E4.95. Code: None. ISBN: 0 7110 1444 2. Cover: Colour photo of a Class 50 50.002 '.Superb" at Paddington awaiting departure for Westbury on 7th Feb.1985.

1987 First Edition. Laminated. Editor: Brian Morrison Size: 11 3/4" x 8 3/4". Published: 1986. Pages: 128. Price E6.00. Code: None. ISBN: 0 7110 1635 6. Cover: Colour photo of a Class 86 86 227 "Sir Henry Johnson" nearing Bugbrooke working the "Merseyside Pullman" on l2th Sept.1985.

1988 Second Edition. Laminated. Editor: Brian Morrison Size: 11 3/4" x 8 3/4". Published: 1987. Pages: 128. Price EB.00. Code: None. ISBN: 0 7110 1B97 B. Cover: Colour photo of a Class 59 59001 "Yeoman Endeavour" leaving Towney Crossing towards Merehead on 27th February 1987.

1989 First Edition. Laminated. Editor: Rex Kennedy. Size: 11 3/4" x 8 3/4". Published: 1988. Pages: 80. Price : £8.00. ISBN: 0 7110 1867 7. Cover: Colour photo of a Brush Class 89 Prototype 89001 at Rugby on a test working on 28th April 1987. Keynote: Substantial price increase to ...[ read more ]

1991 First Edition. Laminated. Author: Brian Morrison and Handel Kardas. Size: . Published: 1990. Pages: 112. Price : £12.95. ISBN(10): 0 7110 2030 2. ISBN(13): 9780711020306. Cover: Colour photo. No. 91008 waits patiently at King's Cross for its next turn of duty. Keynotes: A 1990 annual. THE LAST OF THE ...[ read more ]