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Launch of print management section for books, brochures and magazines
 
With its founder having been professionally involved in publishing for over 20 years, Chime Whistle Publishing has decided to create a print management section. There are many, many potentially great books out there but because many publishers will not entertain the idea of publishing less than 2,000 copies, the books never see the light of day.
 
Every year Chime Whistle Publishing places orders for thousands of books, giving it great negotiating power when it comes to print costs. The minimum order can be as low as 20 copies but, obviously, the more one orders the lower the individual unit price. We can produce high quality hardback and softback books plus magazines and brochures at very competitive prices. The price includes delivery to one UK address.
 
If you have a PDF, send it to us and we'll prepare it for printing. You need do nothing more, except wait for your order to arrive. The quality of our printing speaks for itself, having sold thousands of books to many satisfied readers.
 
For a quote just email us at [email protected], stating how many pages, size and number of copies required and we'll get back to you ASAP. If you need any guidance, we are happy to help! 
 
 
 
2 January 2021.
 
Style never goes out of fashion, while fads just fade away!
 
 Below is a quote from David Bailey, whose birthday it is today:
 
“Are photographs less powerful now because there are so many of them in the world?”
 
DB: “No, it just makes the good ones even more powerful. Digital and Photoshop just moved mediocrity up a stop, that’s all. They’re still mediocre – they just look better.”
 
It's difficult, if not impossible, to disagree with this statement. How many of us see the endless pictures of other people's selfies on the internet and think “Yes, that's a great picture” ? or see some over processed picture that was already pretty poor before someone went OTT with the processing? Such pictures have no or little historical significance.
 
This over processing thing is just, like so much else over the years, a fashion that will fade into obscurity in due course once people mature creatively, whereas style never goes out of fashion. Pictures and photographers that influence and endure for generations to come, do not do so by fashionable gimmicks, such tricks are for the uncreative.
 
If one can wade through the ordinary, there are many brilliant photographers, rail and otherwise, to be discovered. The type that will not opt for generic pictures, but those who make pictures with depth. Almost always, these pictures include people to some extent or, in the case of railways, often portray the train in its environment and not a 3/4 close up.
 
Another opinion that has come to my attention in the last few days is one that states a photographer should never crop an image and publish it as it was made in the camera. Why oh why do some people constrain their photography in a straightjacket of self imposed rules?
 
Great photography is like being famous. if you have to tell people you are – you aren't!
 
 
29 December 2020
 
All aboard the Azuma Avenger
 
Doncaster, with its famous locomotive works, is well known for its railway heritage and being the birth place of both Flying Scotsman and Mallard, along with thousands of other locomotives.
 
However, it is also the place where iconic actress Diana Rigg, whose father was a rail engineer, was born.
 
Train operator LNER is to embark on a project to name its new Azuma fleet in the not too distant future and what better name than Diana Rigg? Such a move would not only honour a great actress, who incidentally once found herself tied to the tracks in an episode of the Avengers!, but would attract positive media attention that radiates far outside the rail media, something that can only be a good thing in the current climate of low passenger numbers. It would also help raise the profile of Doncaster in much the same way that the town's profile has been raised by renowned broadcaster and Doncaster resident Andrew White, a man with a tangible passion for the great outdoors. Read about Andrew and his excellent Walks Around Britain series here: https://www.walksaroundbritain.co.uk/
 
Chime Whistle Publishing is currently working on a book (due out in June) looking at the last years of British Rail, with hundreds of colour pictures made between 1983 and 1997, including many at locomotive works such as Doncaster. As well as beautiful photographs, the book also goes into detail about how the end of BR came about and the launch of the privatised railway. It's so much more than a picture book. In addition, we will be producing an A4 size calendar on the same theme, that can either be bought separately or at a reduced price when purchased with the book.  www.chimewhistle.co.uk 
 
 
 
20 December 2020
 
Pacer Preservation
 
The purchase of three Pacers by Vintage Trains, with a lot of help from Porterbrook which offered  them to Tyseley on generous terms, has caused a mixed reaction. Some have said it's a great move that opens up more possibilities for the TOC, while others have derided the decision.
 
Personally, I think Vintage Trains has done the right thing. When the TOC was first launched, it was with the aim of getting three Castles on the main line,something that I imagine is still an objective. However, times change and coronavirus has been the fly in the ointment for many charter operators and heritage railways alike, something that just 12 months ago no one could have predicted.
 
Vintage Trains has shown that family centric trips over relatively short distances can be a winner, one only has to look at its Polar Express operation to realise that simple fact. The use of Pacers to tap into this lucrative market, by running to Stratford-upon-Avon and Worcester, with onboard entertainment for children, has to be applauded as an ingenious move. No one is suggesting that the Shakespeare Express will be formed of Pacers, but the newly arrived DMUs will be an important part of the charter mix.
 
Next year's charter plans look very interesting, with runs behind Duchess of Sutherland, Bahamas and Clun Castle to name but three. Pacers may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if they help support the heritage movement overall, what's not to like? 
 
Chime Whistle books available here: https://chimewhistle.co.uk/page/new-products
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 


 

 
 
 
 
 
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