Cardiff Railway Book Update #3

More progress is being made on obtaining the variety of vintage and modern photography needed for the book – I’ve had some further conversations with local photographers Ceri Jones and Dave Hilling and secured some great pictures from the 1980’s through to the present for the Nantgarw – Tongwynlais portion of the book.

I also had a very nice meeting with Keith Jones and got to look through his extensive collection of photos and negatives, which will be immensely useful to the project.

Several print houses have been contacted to get a variety of quotes, so I have a much better idea of what the final print costings will be. I’ve also been looking into the postage costs as well, and I’ve been building the Kickstarter page with all this in mind.

The National Library of Scotland have come back to me with details for using some of their vintage OS maps, so that’s another key set of illustrations for showing the old route sorted.

I’ve also been in touch with the National Railway Museum, and isolated what are (I think) some photos of interest. However, I’ll need to go to York to view them, and as that’s at least a four hour drive away, I’ll wait until the book’s funding is confirmed before committing to that! Ironically, I cannot afford to use the train to get up there. Privatisation, eh? It’s BRILLIANT.

At the moment, I’m leaning toward launching the Kickstarter at the end of May. I’ve got some leaflets prepared to place in local libraries and museums, so hopefully between that, social media, this blog, and word-of-mouth, I can drum up the funds.

Stay tuned!

Cardiff Railway Book Update #2

Preliminary work on my Cardiff Railway book project is still moving ahead. I’m still in the process of trying to nail down some solid pricing quotes for the book, from both local and national printers – it’s that tricky compromise between cost and quality. I don’t want to skimp, I really want this book to look and feel premium, but also be affordable.

I’ve also been very fortunate to source some fantastic pictures from some local photographers, and I’ve got chats and meetings scheduled with a few more over the coming weeks. Pleasingly, some very rare images have also shown up from some places, which I’ve been very happy to see.

My next step is to create a full first chapter of the book, which I’ll be presenting during the fundraising stage both here and on the Kickstarter site, so people can get a better idea of what the final product will be like.

More info soon!

Cardiff Railway Book Update #1

Prior to my announcement of my plan to do this book, I had already made some arrangements to get official use of photographs for it. Through Rhondda Cynon Taff council, National Library of Scotland, through to individual photographers via eBay and Flickr, I wanted to make sure I had enough content.

This past Thursday, I was able to look through the National Waterfront Museum archives and I’m very happy to report there at least 15 photographs there that would be perfect for the book. I am just in the process of sorting out commercial usage rights for them, but hopefully it will be straightforward. It was a fantastic morning spent with David Jenkins at the archive, and a real treat to see photos that will be of such use to me!

I also received some interesting modern-day information about the former end of the line in Treforest from Dr Jocelyn Kynch, which will provide some nice historical parallels about the lines legal issues then and now.

So all in all, it’s been an interesting few days in the further prep work for the book – here’s hoping the process continues smoothly!