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Robert Forsythe Bibliography

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ROBERT NEILL FORSYTHE - Complete Bibliography


Published full manuscripts        Published magazine articles         Some unpublished full manuscripts

Media Commissions        Other commissions        Key exhibition work        Photographic work


The first printed acknowledgement to R. N. Forsythe was for assistance with Can Bus Replace Train? This was published by the Railway Invigoration Society in 1977.

Published full manuscripts:


Lambley Viaduct - joint with Charles Blackett-Ord. Published by the North Pennines Heritage Trust, Nenthead, 1998. ISBN 09513535 5 1.

Reviewed in Tyne and Tweed No. 53 1998/99, British Railway Modelling January 1999, Industrial Railway Society Bulletin 667 March 1999, Railway Magazine June 1999, Industrial Archaeology Review November 1999.

W. H. Auden: Pennine Poet - joint with Alan Myers, published by the North Pennines Heritage Trust, Nenthead, 1999. ISBN 09513535 78.

Reviewed in the Hexham Courant 25.6.99, Newcastle Journal 8.7.99, North Pennine Heritage Summer 1999, Cumberland & Westmorland Herald 21.8.99, Cumberland News 25.8.99, 8.9.99, Archive Issue 23 September 1999, Newsletter of The Northern Mine Research Society 8.99, The Northumbrian August/September 1999, Durham Town and Country Autumn 1999, Northern Review September 1999, Gay Times October 1999, Industrial Archaeology Review May 2000, Yorkshire Geological Society online review at , The Bonny Moor Hen No. 11, 2000.

To Western Scottish Waters - Published by Tempus Publishing, Stroud, 14th March 2000. ISBN 0 7524 1719 3. Hardback out of print by November 2000. Paperback edition ISBN 0 7524 2104 2 published November 2000. Revised paperback edition published by Amberley Publishing Stroud 8th February 2010 ISBN 9781 84868 505 5.

Reviewed in Model Railway Express-Mag. Heritage Railway May 2000, Shipping Today and Yesterday May 2000, Model Railway Collector June 2000, Archive June 2000, Maritime Journal June 2000, Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society June 2000, British Railway Modelling July 2000, Best of British July 2000 (lead feature), Backtrack July 2000, Paperchase July 2000, Ships Monthly August 2000, Railway Modeller August 2000, Heritage Scotland (NTS) Autumn 2000 Hardback, Spring 2001 Paperback, The Scots Magazine September 2000, Railway Magazine May 2001, Shipping Today and Yesterday January 2011, The Scots Magazine January 2011. Undiscovered Scotland February 2011. Railway & Canal Historical Society Journal March 2011.

A History Of Locomotive Kits Volume One: K's, Nu-cast, Wills, South Eastern Finecast - Published jointly by Amlor Publishing, London, and British Railway Modelling, Bourne, 24th March 2000. ISBN 0 9537720 0 4.

Reviewed in Model Railway Express-Mag, Heritage Railway June 2000, British Railway Modelling July 2000, Diecast Collector September 2000, Train Collector's Society News September 2000, Modelrail December 2000.

Irish Sea Shipping Publicised - Published Tempus Publishing, Stroud, July 2002, Paperback ISBN No. 07524 2355 X.

Reviewed in: Cruising Monthly September 2002, Journal of the Irish Railway Record Society October 2002, British Railway Modelling November 2002, Diecast Collector December 2002, Backtrack December 2002, 

Five Foot Three (Magazine of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland) Winter 2003/2003, Steam Railway January 2003, The Paperchase January 2003, Ships Monthly Book of the Month April 2003, Shipping Today and Yesterday April 2003. Journal of the Transport Ticket Society June 2003.

Cumbrian Railway Photographer - joint by Kate Robinson and Robert Forsythe, published by Oakwood Press, Usk, 19th September 2002, ISBN 0 85361 592 6 concerning the Nash Collection. Price £9.95.

Reviewed on/in Paul Braithwaite's BBC Radio Cumbria morning show 8th October 2002 and Border TV's Look Around programme 17th October 2002; Railnews November 2002; The Cumberland News 1st November 2002; The Cumberland and Westmorland Herald 19th November 2002; Steam Railway November 2002; The Railway Observer January 2003; Backtrack February 2003; Friends of the National Railway Museum Newsletter Spring 2003; Railway Magazine July 2003; The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Magazine Spring 2004.

Taken by Trains: The Life and Photography of William Nash 1909-1952 - joint by Kate Robinson and Robert Forsythe, published by Oakwood Press, Usk, 23rd March 2004, ISBN 0 85361 619 1 concerning the Nash Collection. Price £13.95.

Reviewed in The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Magazine Spring 2004; the Permanent Way Institution Journal & Report of Proceedings June 2004;  Modelrail July 2004; The Railway Observer September 2004; Festiniog Railway Magazine Autumn 2004; Stephenson Locomotive Society Journal September/October 2004; Friends of the National Railway Museum Newsletter Autumn 2004; This England Spring 2005.

From Tilbury to Tyneside: Eastern Region Railway Shipping Publicised - Published Tempus Publishing, Stroud, November 2006, Paperback, ISBN 0 7524 3882 4. Price £18.99.

Reviewed in Cruising Monthly February 2007, Hexham Courant 23rd February 2007, Best of British March 2007, Sea Breezes April 2007, Ships Monthly April 2007, National Railway Museum Review Spring 2007, Journal of the Railway & Canal Historical Society November 2007. Journal of The Transport Ticket Society December 2007.


ANY OF MY BOOKS THAT ARE IN PRINT CAN BE ORDERED THROUGH ME. I AM A PAY PAL ACCOUNT HOLDER  so you can pay for your purchases using your credit card and from outside the UK.


In addition to the books that are in print, I can supply electronic MSS of the features that have been published and are listed in the bibliography. The price is £5 a feature, payable by Pay Pal or cheque. This service provides bare text (sometimes updated since publication) but no illustrations. Email your enquiry to .


In Preparation

A History Of Locomotive Kits Volume Two: Jamieson, Gem, ABS and constituents, M&L Premier Kits, Alan Gibson - Publication date not available. Please enquire. In fact by 2011 much of the work commissioned by the Kit Exchange (see below) had either appeared in Volume One or as features in various periodicals as under. Anyone who wants to publish a second volume, can come forward.

British Railway Timetables 1948-1997. 12 chapters and not the same as the synopsis for the BR publicity book. This book is now completed: 70,000 words and 410 scans. Publisher to be .

Published magazine articles:

Periodical publishers should note that I do not work speculatively. All materials will be supplied to commission. A minimum word rate of £100/1000 will be applied. Sometimes there has been confusion about this in the past and I would want potential clients to know that I am not a vanity author and that I work to professionally recognised word rates.


Antique Collecting - February 1997: Railway Ephemera.

Backtrack - May-June 1993: History Through Publicity (Guest editorial by Fiona Forsythe). May-June 1994: The Onset of the DMU seen in its publicity. June 1995: The Revolution in British Railways Freight and its publicity. August 1996 (10th anniversary issue): Pullman Publicity in BR Days. April 1997: Windermere Its Railway Steamers and their Publicity. February 1998: Eastern Estuarial Ferries. April 1998: New Electrics and New Euston. August 2003: Auden on Railways. May 2004: The BMU. April 2005:The Railways of Royal Ordnance Bishopton.

Between the Lines: The magazine of the Weardale Railway Society - August 2010: The Weardale Coach.

British Railway Modelling - December 1993: Catalogues - Eyeopeners to Model Railway History. April 1994: The Boston Collection; Model Rail 94. March 1995: Modelling the B12/3. August 1995: W&H.; March 1996: Terence Cuneo (Obituary). May 1996: Index to Volume 3. October 1996: Bachmann's SR Queen Mary Brakevans. November 1996: Hornby's 40th Anniversary GWR 'Toad' Brake. December 1996: Patience Pays, The Hornby 1996 Mark One Coach Range; Netsurfing and Model Railways. April 1997: Hornby Alive and Kicking!; Index to Volume 4. June 1997: Bachmann - hard to beat. September 1997: Locomotive Profile: Class 21/29; December 1997: Locomotive Profile: Pioneering Pair (LMS 10000 and 10001). April 1998: British Model Trains Catalogue; The Class 37s - A Modellers Guide (Reviews). June1998: Leighton Trains Lima Guide 1998 edition; Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. An Irish Railway Pictorial (Reviews). November 1998: Locomotive Profile: Type 2s from the twilight zone. December 1998: Marklin British Outline Locomotives. March 1999: Tri-ang Hornby: The Story of Rovex, Volume 2 1965-1971 (Review). June 1999: Let's Stick Together (Review). May 2000: Bizarre British Jouef.

Buses Extra - April-May 1987: Weardale Motor Services.

Canal and Riverboat - September 1993: Wear Sensation.

Christie's South Kensington - Press Release text The Bianco Hornby-Dublo Reference Collection 24/25th October 1996.

Classic British Railway Modelling - January 2001: Rocket.

Collections - February 2001: Bus Fare. March 2001: Thin end of the Wedge. April 2001: Chunnel Collectables. May 2001: Full steam ahead (Airfix).

Collector's Gazette - January 2014: Tri-ang Battlespace. May 2014:Bulleid Coaches. July 2014: Cattle Class.

Cumbria Transport Society Newsletter - July 2002: Pennine Travelogue (Newcastle-Keswick by Wright's bus) Part 1. August 2002: Pennine Travelogue (Newcastle-Keswick by Wright's bus) Part 2. September 2002: Pennine Travelogue (Newcastle-Keswick by Wright's bus) Part 3. October 2002: Pennine Travelogue (Newcastle-Keswick by Wright's bus) Postscript. December 2002: The Weardale Queen Marys and Corgi. May 2003:  Recording a day of AD122 , continued in June-September 2003.

Diecast Collector - November 1997 (launch issue): Full of Eastern Promise (EFE ECOC FLF 446). February 1998: Bradford City Transport 405 (EFE). March 1998: When Irish Eyes are smiling (OOC Lough Swilly Leopard 244). April 1998: EFE Glasgow RT. July 1998: Under Two Flags? Stratford Blue 36 - Midland Red North 2036 (EFE). September 1998: Off the Rails with British Railways Road Vehicles; Top of the Premier League; Crash. October 1998: United we stand - EFE United Bristol RELL. December 1998: Supershuttle: Corgi OOC Metrocentre Daf Optare Delta. February 1999: Happy Holidays on the Isle of Man (Corgi OOC Douglas AEC Regent V). March 1999: Exeter 18 - EFE Leyland Titan. April 1999: MacBraynes for the Highlands. May 1999: From Russia with Love - St Petersburg Tram Collection Glasgow single deck trolleybus. August 1999: Highland Fling (Corgi Post Bus Land Rover). October 1999: Ribble Rouser. August 2000: Guide Friday. October 2000: Provincial Buses. November 2000: Our Top 10 (Supplement) Robert Forsythe. December 2000: Arriva Northumbria 370. February 2001: Matchbox Railways. Spring 2001: Mary, Queen of Scots (A1 RAG 578) (Diecast Collector Extra). October 2001: Across the Irish Sea: EFE Ulsterbus Leopard.

Hexham Courant - 18th October 2002: Tyne Valley rail users strive to improve line (full page, front page illustrated feature). 12th November 2010: Funding may restore the lost bus services. 1st February 2013: Historian pleads the case for future of rural bus services.

Hexham Courant Tynedale Visitor - Summer 2001: Contributions to On the Buses and On the Right Track.

Industrial Heritage: The Magazine of the Durham University Group for Industrial Archaeology - May 1979: The Lancashire Extravaganza. October 1980: List of DUGIA events 1979/80. November 1981: Books for the North Eastern Industrial Archaeologist.; A review of Diesel Multiple Unit Traction on BR. February 1983: Ordnance Survey Maps and the Industrial Archaeologist. Summer (?) 1984: Northumbria Timetable Jottings.

International Railway Modelling - Winter 1996 (launch issue): Aster Gauge One. Spring 1996: First Thoughts: Modelling Dutch Railways in HO/N.

Ironbridge Alumni IA - Number 7 1988: Far Away is Near At Home (Coalbrookdale NZ/England).

Model Collecting Today - February/March 1998 (launch issue): The Pulling Power of Pullmans; How Buses became Collectors' Fare.

Model Collector - February 1992: Mark One Coaches.

Model Railway Collector - November 1992: Tail End Charlie Part 1.

Model Railway Enthusiast - A monthly series: November 1993 (launch issue): Profile of the 9F. December 1993: Profile of the Hymek. January 1994: Profile of Nellie; The Graham Farish 00 Gauge Story. February 1994: The Woodhead Electrics (Profile); The Story of Thomas the Tank Engine. March 1994: Profile of Caledonian Single No.123; An Introduction to Hornby ACHO. April 1994: Profile of the Warships; Tri-ang Hornby Railways Literature. May 1994: Profile of the Kings; Bricks by rail: the LNER Bogie Brick Wagons. June 1994: Profile of the Deltics. July 1994: Profile of the LMS 8F Part 1; Wheel Notation. August 1994: Profile of the LMS 8F Part 2; Battlespace. September 1994: Profile of the L1. October 1994: Profile of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Pug. November 1994: Profile of the AL1 electric. January 1995: Profile Update. February 1995: Profile of the Buckjumpers. March 1995: Profile of the North British Diesel Shunters. April 1995: Profile of the Unrebuilt Royal Scots Part 1; Signalboxes Part 1. May 1995: Profile of the Unrebuilt Royal Scots Part 2. June 1995: Modernism versus Tradition (Signalboxes Part 2). July 1995: Profile of the Rebuilt Royal Scots. August 1995: Profile of London Transport Electric Locomotives. September 1995: Profile of the North British Atlantics; ETS - the charm of modern tinplate. October 1995: British H0 - a tantalising dream! November 1995: Profile of the BRCW Class 33 The Cromptons Part 1. December 1995: Ditto Part 2. January 1996: Ditto Part 3; DJH: Comes of Age Part 1 Company History. February 1996: Profile of the GWR Dean Single. March 1996: DJH Comes of Age Part 2 The Products. April 1996: DJH Comes of Age Part 3 The Production Checklist; Profile of The Great Bear. May 1996: Profile of the Austerity Tank Part 1. June 1996: Profile of the Austerity Tank Part 2; ERTL`s Thomas the Tank Models. July 1996: Profile Update (2). August 1996: Profile of the Metropolitan-Cammell 101 DMU and variants Part 1. September 1996: Profile of the Metropolitan-Cammell 101 DMU and variants Part 2; The Wrenn Directory (Review). November 1996: Shopping Between the Wars; (The Bianco Hornby-Dublo Reference Collection, see Christie's). February 1998: Profile of the Brighton Belle; Profile of the Class 104; Surfing the Internet 1; Hornby Dublo/Wrenn Horseboxes. March 1998: Profiles of Class 56 and Lima Mark One GUVs, Surfing the Internet 2.

Modelrail - August 1999: Original Derby Lightweight Models. September 1999: Model 'Duchesses'. October 1999: Model Class 73s. November 1999: Blue Pullman Models. December 1999: GWR Grange 4-6-0 Models. February 2000: Virgin Livery Class 47s. March 2000: Model A3s. April 2000: Deltic Models. May 2000: Class 90 Models. June 2000: LMS 8F 2-8-0 Models. July 2000: Class 26 and 27 Models. August 2000: Class 47 Infrastructure LWCW Pool Models. September 2000 LNER V2 Models. October 2000: Class 20 Models. November 2000: Rebuilt 'Merchant Navy' 4-6-2 Models. December 2000: "Peak" Class Models. January 2001: Class 50 Models. February 2001: BR Standard '2MT' Models. March 2001: Class 86 Models. April 2001: Class 121/122 Models. May 2001: King Class Models. June 2001: Class 08 Models, Maps for the Modeller. July 2001: Class 35 Hymek Models. August 2001: Maunsell "Mogul" Models. September 2001: Model Class 58s. October 2001: HST Models. November 2001: Fowler 4F Models. December 2001: Class 37/0 Models. January 2002 Warship Models (hydraulic). February 2002: Terrier Models. March 2002: GWR City Class 4-4-0 Models. April 2002: Class 33 Models. May 2002: Leyland Sprinter Models Classes 155 and 153. June 2002 BR Standard '4MT' 4-6-0 Models. July 2002: Class 25 Models. August 2002: Metropolitan Cammell DMU Class 101 Models. September 2002: Austerity Tender Locomotive Models. October 2002: Class 89 and 91 Models. November 2002: Railbus Models. December 2002: Models of the Austerity 0-6-0ST. January 2003: Networker EMU Models Classes 365, 465-466. February 2003: LNER B12 Models, Remember Jamieson?, Ramsay's British Model Trains Catalogue Third Edition (Review). March 2003: Class 31 Locomotive Models. April 2003: Class 87 Locomotive Models, Remember K's. May 2003: Class 21/29 Locomotive Models. June 2003: 'Royal Scot' Models. July 2003: Class 156 Models. August 2003: Class 40 Models. September 2003: LNER Tram Engine Models. October 2003: Class 37/7 and 37/9 Models. November 2003: Class 117 Models. December 2003: GWR Large Prairie Models, Toy and Model Trams of the World (Review). January 2004: Class 66 Models. February 2004: Class 27 Models. March 2004: 'Schools' Models. April 2004: Class 56 Models. May 2004: Woodhead Electric Models. June 2004: BR Standard 2-6-4T Models. July 2004: Pacer Models. August 2004: Class 03 and 04 Models. September 2004: Class 57 Models. October 2004: GWR Hall Models. November 2004: Class 71/74 Models, Wrenn - from Binns Road to Basildon (Review). December 2004: Hire Diesel Models, Northumbrian Coal. January 2005: SR "Q1" Models, "Britannia" Books Make Good Double Act (Review), More than just Modern Traction Kits. February 2005: BRCW Low Density DMUs (models). March 2005: BR Clan Models. Ramsay's British Model Trains Catalogue (Review). April 2005: Mallard Models (GNER). May 2005: Class 52 Models. June 2005: LNER B1 Models. July 2005: Class 158 Models. August 2005: 1960s Diesel Prototype Models. January 2006: Breaking the Mould: Milestone Kits. April 2006: It was a very good year....1956, Record Breakers Alsthom's Co-Co, Brilliantly Old Fashioned - The Story of ACE Trains (Review). May 2007: 1957 a modeling year to remember. July 2007: What a GEM Part 1. October 2007: What a GEM Part 2. November 2007: Douglass delights. April 2008: Celebrity Models (Pullmans). June 2008 Class 108 Models. July 2008: GWR 2251 Models. Summer 2008: Class 60 Models. August 2008: Models of 1968. November 2008: Deltics in Model Form. January 2009: Super D in model form. March 2009: Plastic Fantastic: the story of 1959. May 2009: LSWR T9 models. Summer 2009: Milestone Models Mainline J72. September 2009: Milestone Models Tri-ang Rocket Launcher. January 2010: Milestone Models Lima 201 Class. August 2010: Milestone Models Tri-ang Mark One Sleeper. December 2010: 1960 Britannia Rules? January 2011: Railways at War (R.O.D. by Aves, review). July 2011: 1961 Year of the Mark One? February 2012: A History of White Metal Modelling (Review). March 2012: The Leeds Model Company 1912-2012 (Review). August 2012: 1997 Bittersweet Symphony. November 2012: 1962 Competitive Crazes. July 2013: Modelling the Underground. October 2013: 1963 The crest of a wave. November 2013: 1983. January 2014: Milestone Models BR Standard Coaches. April 2014: 1984 Princess Revived and Dapol Thrives. Summer 2014: 1964 The white heat. December 2014: Milestone Models Thomas the Tank Engine. May 2015: Western Class 52 Masterclass supplement Models.

North Pennine Heritage - Autumn 1997: Pennine Travelogue (Newcastle-Keswick by Wright's bus). Summer 1999: An unexpected day (Auden tour 12.6.99). Winter 2003/4: Limestone Industries of the Yorkshire Dales (Review).

Northern Review (U.N.N.) - Autumn 1999: An Auden Summer, 2002-2003: Recording a day of AD122.

Paperchase - May 1992: British Railways Windermere Lake Publicity. July 1992 : Paytrains in a few hundred words. August 1992: LMR Standard paper folder timetable logos. October 1992: NER ditto. November 1992: British Waterways ephemera. December 1992: Modern Inter City folder and booklet timetables. January 1993: Southern Region Timetable Leaflets. February 1993: The Penmanshiel Tunnel Disaster. March 1993: Inter City (and before) from London. May 1993: Merseyrail Literature. September 1993: Scottish Region small folder timetables prior to Corporate Image. March 1994: A Challenge for the Railair Type. April 1994: BR Public Timetables of the 1960's - some queries. July 1994: Bartholomew Maps in Public Transport. July 1995: Paperchase Jottings. September 1995: Anomalies of the Southern Region Corporate Image Pocket Timetable Era. November 1995: South Eastern Pocket Timetables. December 1995: November jottings and an autumnal trip from Bedford-Bletchley. January 1996: SWT Pocket Timetables. February 1996: NSC Pocket Timetables. March 1996: Notes on BR Period Bus/Rail Timetables. April 1996: Newcastle/Hull-Liverpool BR Trans-Pennine Timetables. July 1996: Summer Season. September 1996: British Railways Timetable Seasons. September 1997: Vale of Rheidol Railway BR Ephemera. March 2000: Southern Railway List of Official Publications, South for Sunshine (Reviews). September 2000: Manchester Suburban Railway Timetables. January 2001: The Hancock Report. July 2001: The Great Britain Rail Timetable - the sunset issues. September 2001: Western Timetables Summarised - Part 1. November 2001: Western Timetables Summarised - Part 2. September 2002: Robert Forsythe's quick review of the Summer National Rail Timetable cover. January 2003: It's Quicker By Rail - The History of LNER Advertising (Review).

Railway Magazine - July 2004: Double Arrow: The Prequel (with author profile by the editor). March 2006: Pay Trains. January 2013: Whither "Scotsman" and the NRM?

Railway Print Society Newsletter - Winter 1992/93: British Railways Pocket Timetable Types Spring 1993: Collecting Paytrain Timetables Part 1. Summer 1993: Collecting Paytrain Timetables Part 2. Time and the Timetable:December 2007.

Railway World - February 1990: Strathclyde Day Trippering.

Scottish Museum News - Autumn 1988: The Development of Cunninghame District Council Museum Service. Winter 1988: A year of changes (The Scottish Maritime Museum).

Sea History (USA) - Spring 1991: The Steam Collier Fleets (Review). Spring 1993: Furness Withy, 1891-1991 (Review).

Shiny Housewives 18 - Domination: A rubber tale.

Ships Monthly - May 1990 : Glenlight Shipping. October 1990: Review of 'A Legacy of Fame'. November 1990 : South of the Clyde. July 1992: Too buxom a Maid? (The Maid of the Loch). November 1992: Common European Maritime Heritage Congress Report. February 1993: Excursion Ship News (The Keppel). November 1993: Review of 'The 4.15 to Cartsdyke'. February 1994: Review of 'This Time of Crisis'. April 1994: Glenlight Demise. August 1994: Review of 'Merchant Fleets 26'. October 1994: Review of 'The Port of Leith'. January 1995: Review of 'In the Wake of the Vital Spark'. December 1995: Review of 'The Ingenious Mr Bell'; HMS Cavalier on Tyneside. March 1996: Review of 'The Ship and Boat Collection of Merseyside Maritime Museum'. October 1996: Review of 'Designing Ships for Sealink'. December 1996: Review of 'Glasgow's River'. April 1997: Review of 'Down Elswick Slipways'. June 1997: The Heritage of the Implacable.

Steam Days - September 2001: Anomalies of the NER Main Line.

Steam World - January 1995: Scottish Steam on Paper. August 1995: North Wales Steam on Paper.

T2M Newsletter - Volume VIII No.4 2011: LTC Rolt Anniversary Symposium.

The Galley Wireless - Spring 1988: The Linthouse Engine Shop, The Growing Fleet. Winter 1988: Progress with the Collection.

The Hornby Collector- November/December 1998: The Bluebell Railway; The Kentish Belle.

The W.H. Auden Society Newsletter - November 1999: A visit to Alston Moor.

Third Way - May 1990 : Motorway Madness. July 1990: Noble Heritage.

Traction - May 1996: Traction Modelling: Class 40 Models. June 1996: Traction Modelling: Class 20 Models. September 1996: Rumblings in Weardale. August 1997-July 1998: Railnet Hub (a monthly column about railways and the internet). August 1998: Deltics Publicised. November 1998, new series The Selling Power of Traction/Paperworks: 10201 and Careers in the Railway Service. March 1999: Putting Hydraulics on the Map. April 1999: British Rail DMUs & Diesel Railcars (Review). August 1999: Modernisation Progress Report 1961. October 1999: Rail Scotland Review 1981. November 1999: Lightweight Topics. December 1999: EE Type 4 on the 'Master Cutler', The Lee Moor Tramway (A Pictorial Record) (Review). January 2000: Automatic Half-Barrier Level Crossings. February 2000: Victor Britain and a Warship. March 2000: The next train (APT). April 2000: South for Sunshine (Review). October 2000: North Western Trains' Met-Camms Last Summer.

Train Collector - September 2009: Jamieson "Handcut" Range. March 2010: Merco. June 2011: Pro-scale Part 1. September 2011: Pro-scale Part 2. December 2011: Centre Models, A History of White Metal Transport Modelling (review). June 2012: M&L Premier Kits Range. December 2012: GWR Class 11xx Dock Tanks. June 2013: Q Kits, My Railroad Collection (review). March 2014: Britain's Model Trains 2014 (review). December 2018: A Second Look at War Themed Railway Models, Quickfire Mark Ones from Margate.

Transport Ticket Society Journal : July 2009: Specialist Auctions.

Waterways World - October 1996: Along the Cam and Great Ouse with Briscoe Snelson (Review).

Offprints: Between the Lines: The magazine of the Weardale Railway Society - Spring 1997 Rumblings in Weardale, see Traction.

Some unpublished full manuscripts:

Christ, Pain and Faith - a theological treatise.

The Standard to Go By - models of British Railways standard coaches.

The British Railways Timetable Catalogue - line by line, issue by issue.

Buses of Hawes.

And other material.....


Media Commissions:

25 minute video tutorial for Open University European Students Course A231 (February 1995).

Broadcast contributions and research to Reservoir of Darkness concerning W. H. Auden and the Pennines broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 2nd May 1999.

Dales Diary feature (Peter Mitchell Productions) on W. H. Auden around Keld. Robert Forsythe with Luke Casey broadcast on the 28th June 2001 on Tyne Tees TV and 3rd July 2001 on Yorkshire TV. The filming took place at the Auden names of Keld, Old Gang/Surrender, Punchard and Tan Hill Inn.

Programme originator, researcher and contributor to Auden's Eden broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on the 24th March 2002.

Contributor to BBC TV Newcastle's Inside Out feature on Wright's Brothers 888 Newcastle-Keswick bus service broadcast 4th November 2002.

With Eric Robson in an Out of Town Special about Auden and the Pennines broadcast on ITV Tyne-Tees and Border on 28th March 2004.

Contributor to BBC Radio 3 Auden Six Unexpected Days broadcast on 18th February 2007.

Interviewed for ephemera (well worth a glance) 28th September 2008.

Featured on both ITV Tyne Tees and BBC Look North in the guise of Matthew Plummer Chairman of the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway on the 175th anniversary of its opening. 18th June 2013 (same also in Northern Connections Autumn 2013).

Contributor to BBC Radio 4 In Praise of Limestone broadcast on 6th October 2014.

Other Commissions:

West Yorkshire Transport Museum Inaugural Open Day Programme (7.10.84), (with A. J. Scott).

Northumberland County Council: The Three Bridges Walk 1997 Panel/Leaflet Text Research and Origination.

Alan Godfrey Maps, introductions provided for: Scotswood and Derwenthaugh 1895 (1996 edition); Whickham and Swalwell 1895 (1996 edition); Allendale and Hexhamshire 1866 (1998 edition); North Tynedale 1902 (1998 edition); Rothbury Forest 1873 (1999 edition); Alston Moor and Upper Weardale 1903 (2001 edition); Penrith, Inglewood & Hartside 1903 (2002 edition).

The Kit Exchange commissioned texts from 1996 onwards for The British Locomotive Kit Manufacturer Project: Q OO Loco Kits; Gem OO Loco Kits; K's OO Loco Kits; Wills OO Loco Kits; Crownline OO Loco Kits; Jidenco OO Loco Kits; Falcon Brass OO Loco Kits; Nu-cast OO Loco Kits; Pro-scale OO Loco Kits; South Eastern Finecast OO Loco Kits; M&L Premier OO Loco Kits. Alan Gibson OO Loco Kits. ABS (incorporating Bec, ECJM, Anbrico, Centre) OO Loco Kits. Jamieson OO Loco Kits. MTK full range product table. Look above in the bibliography and between the "kits" book and features in Model Rail and Train Collector much of this had been published by 2011.

John Ramsay for the British Model Trains Catalogue, a series of commissioned texts for the second edition published in 2000 and third edition of 2002, listed as produced during 1998-1999: Lima HO British Outline Models. Minitrix N British Outline Models. Bassett-Lowke O Gauge.

For Chester-le-Track, Chester-le-Street Station: A Short History (Jan 1999).

For Motorail Ltd: New beginning for Motorail sees cars getting back on track (Jan 1999).

For Go-Ahead Group: Successful evolution: A brief history of "Northern" (May 1999).

For Institute of Railway Studies, York: Is collecting British Railways publicity ephemera an archaeological task? delivery date 13th December 2000. This paper was reprinted in the Australian Association of Timetable Collectors journal The Times June 2004.  Expressions of the Timetable delivered 14th February 2007. 

For Kate Robinson: Cataloguing of the William Nash 1920s Railway Photo Collection. Enquiries regarding its use may be directed through us. c300 quality prints unpublished prior to 2001 of trains in pre and post grouping liveries throughout the British Isles from Jersey to Kyle of Lochalsh.

For Writing on the Wall, material developed from our Auden interests. This includes the first publication in print form of any of our creative writing in the 2006 hardback book "Writing on the Wall" ISBN 0-9553137-0-08.

For Greg Norden Railway Publications: Carriage Print research work (from 2006).

For Know your North Pennines, the Pennine Auden (Feb 2006), North Pennine Railways (Oct 2007 & April 2010).

For International Institute of Information Design IIID Expert Forum Vienna: Messages From the Western European Fringes: An island, a city, a shopping mall. Paper presented 4th September 2008. Also follow up paper: Vienna a sugar icing confection?

For Strutt/Wright A History of White Metal Transport Modelling (2011), textual content on model railways and illustrations. Also History of Resin Transport Modelling (2013).

For Wikipedia and Tyne & Wear Museums & Archives, I was commissioned as Wikimedian in Residence March to June 2013. Full articles uploaded will be listed: MV Murree, Foyboat, Jimmy Forsyth (photographer), John Bowes (Steamship) Charles de Lacy and The Late Shows. At the same time using my private ID I worked on The Forsythe Collection and Keith Armstrong Author and Poet. The shortcut summaries to all my Wikipedia contributions are via User identities Robertforsythe and TWAMWIR. From Summer 2013 I have been assisting NEIMME with its Wikimedia project.

Key exhibition work (not comprehensive):

West Yorkshire Transport Museum exhibition bus 1985.

Scottish Maritime Museum Boatshop and Denny Tank Exhibitions 1988.

Robertson Museum (marine biology) Millport refurbishment 1990.

Hexham Town Trail for Tynedale Council 1991.

Historic Corbridge exhibition for Tourist Information Centre 1991.

Wylam Railway Bridge trail and exhibition for Northumberland County Council 1997.

Auden's Pennine Landscapes for North Pennines Heritage Trust, Nenthead Mines, Summer 1999. Also showed at Penrith Museum Winter 1999/2000, Nenthead Mines 21st April- 31st October 2000, The Discovery Centre, Bishop Auckland 1st-24th February 2001. Nenthead Mines 23rd March to 31st October 2002 and 19th July to 2nd November 2003.

Steam Upon Different Lines (the William Nash Collection) showed  from 2002. At Penrith Museum 5th October to 30th November 2002; Forum 28 Barrow in Furness 6th December 2002 to 30th January 2003. As Heavyweight at the Brewery Art Centre, Kendal from 4th March to the 6th May 2003; Nenthead Mines 1st August to the 27th August and October 2003; Grimsby Central Library 30th August to 27th September 2003; Winships Gallery, Ovington, Northumberland throughout February 2004, The Beacon at Whitehaven April 27th to June 22nd 2004, Derby Industrial Museum September 26th 2004 to New Year 2005, Lancaster Maritime Museum May 28th to July 10th  2005, Kidderminster Railway Museum Sat 27th August to Sunday 2nd October 2005. Darlington Railway Centre and Museum 21st Oct 2005 to 28th Jan 2006, Queen's Hall Arts Hexham Sat 11th Feb - Sat 18th March 2006.

Photographic Work

Published magazine covers: Railway Magazine February 1986. Buses Extra April-May 1987.

Material from our 250,000 strong image/archive collection has also appeared inside:

Railway Magazine November 1986. Buses Extra April-May 1987. Wooden Boat September 1989. Railway World February 1990. Scottish Maritime Museum promotional leaflet. Scottish Maritime Museum 'Boatshop' exhibition in 1988. Border History Museum promotional leaflet. Go Ahead Northern Coastline Route Map 1992. Paperchase (regularly from 1992). Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1993 A4 colour guide. Canal and Riverboat September 1993. Model Railway Enthusiast (regularly from November 1993, incl. covers). Backtrack May-June 1994/June 1995/August 1996/September 1996/April 1997/May 1997/January 1998/February 1998. British Railway Modelling April 1994/March 1995/August 1995/September 1997/December 1997. Steam World January 1995/August 1995. International Railway Modelling Spring 1996. Traction June 1996/September 1996/November 1997/March 1998/ regularly from August 1998. Antique Collecting February 1997. Rail Issue 304. Diecast Collector regularly from November 1997. Model Rail regularly from August 1999. W. H. Auden: Pennine Poet book and Auden's Pennine Landscapes exhibition, both for the North Pennines Heritage Trust 1999. Snow Flood and Tempest (Ian Allan 2001). Granada Television The Forsyte Saga 2002. Hexham Courant second section front cover spread, four pictures 18th October 2002. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs in History and Legend (John Donald 2004). Railway Magazine periodically from July 2004 (a notable use was in The Named Trains souvenir issue November 2011). Iron Road The Railway in Scotland (Birlinn 2007). In & Around Chester le Street Issue 58 January 2010. Buses February 2010. Tyne Valley Line Rail Users Group website. Hornby The official 2011 Handbook. A History of White Metal Transport Modelling (2011). Tyne Valley Line Rail Users Group 2012 leaflet. 18 in The Encyclopedia of Titled Trains (2012). Buses April 2013. United Enthusiasts Club journal 284 July 2013.

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