About the Author

Richard Cunningham
Blurbarian Since February 2012
Name Richard Cunningham
My Web Site TBA
Location Richmond, Virginia, USA
Gender Male
My Occupation Insurance Company Executive and Textile Restoration Expert - retired!.
My Bio 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. I will cannibalize old copies and replace damaged pages. 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.

I can be contacted on: richcunnorangila@gmail.com

Things I Don't Mind The World Knowing

Spoiler alert: I'm thinking my next book will be about...
Ian Allan's 20th Century Railway ABCs - an abbreviated and lower priced edition.
Then - Platform 5 publications 1972 to date.
Then - Other collectible railway books.
This book is addictive. Read it. (At your own risk.)
Ian Allan's 20th Century Railways harks back to those magic 1942-1968 steam train spotting days. It is a 240 page book loaded with 1856 captioned images, almost all of book covers.
It is the only fully illustrated comprehensive catalog of all Ian Allan abc railway publications from 1942 plus many of their other series.
It will fascinate coppers of streaks, collectors of and dealers in railway books, railway historians and those who remember in particular the smell of a 4-6-2 Pacific in steam!

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