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Robert Humm Bookshop

Robert Humm & Co specialises in rare and out-of-print books about railways, other transport and industrial history. We also stock a wide selection of new books on railways.
For over a quarter of a century our shop was in the former station master's house at Stamford railway station but we have moved to new premises in Stamford and the shop at the station is closed. We opened at 59 Scotgate, Stamford PE9 2YQ on 15 February 2016.
The new premises are no great distance from Station House and remain convenient for the A1 Great North Road and the railway. Stamford station, with an hourly service on the cross-country Birmingham to East Anglia railway, is ten minutes walk.
Stamford itself is a handsome town with fine architecture, excellent shopping and restaurants - it is well worth a day out in its own right.
We offer, as always, a mail order service and welcome enquiries by phone, post or e-mail. Our knowledgeable and helpful staff are always happy to help. Good News! We have a new parcels contract and our UK mainland postage rates are now significantly lower.
In addition to the excellent shop stock we issue printed catalogues of our choicest rare and out-of-print books once or twice a year. The contents of the catalogues are not listed on this web site - they have to be ordered directly from the shop.
You will have gathered that this is not primarily an on-line business. However most of our new books and a little selection of our second-hand stock are listed on this site; most of the listings can be ordered on-line.

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Best Selling Items

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This subscription buys catalogue 107 and our next three main catalogues. All subscribers' catalogues will be sent out by first class post; there will be occasional free extra lists; subscribers will be the first to receive our stock clearance lists.
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A New Illustrated History Of Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate From 1840.


Prosser & Keay; ed Harris.
Very large, 184 pages, many photo illustrations, some site/track plans and diagrams, hard back. **A government inspectorate can seldom have had so long nor so sensational a history. The need for external oversight of railway safety was perceived at the dawn of the railway age and in nearly 180 years has not abated. Here is an excellent successor to the 150th anniversary history The Railway Detectives by Stanley Hall which - in much greater depth than Hall's neat octavo had space for - chronicles the Inspectorate and its work and provides close analysis of the many tragedies which marked turning points on the road to ever greater railway safety.
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From Gridiron To Grassland : The Rise And Fall Of Britain's Railway Marshalling Yards.


2nd printing.
Very large, 288 pages, photo illustrations (much in colour), glazed boards. **A popular book, this naturally sold out rapidly. Here it is again, back in print.
The book opens with the development of the marshalling yard and British Railways' policy towards them. This is followed by detailed descriptions of individual yards, from the earliest (Edge Hill, 1882), to the first mechanised hump yards, the Modernisation Plan yards, and finally to Britain's last fully automated yards (Tinsley, Bescot and Scunthorpe West). There is also a section on marshalling yards overseas, with some huge examples (in the USA) and also (in China) some still under construction.
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