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James Ian Craig Boyd (31 July 1921 – 20 February 2009) was an English author and narrow gauge railway historian.

Boyd spent a lifetime researching and writing on narrow gauge railways. His books on narrow gauge railways in North and Mid Wales, the Isle of Man and Ireland are considered to be standard works on the subject. His books, published by The Oakwood Press since 1965, are rarely out of print, reflecting their importance to, and popularity with, railway historians and enthusiasts.

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Biography

Boyd was born in 1921 into a family long connected with the Scottish textile machinery industry. His lifelong work was considerably helped by an inheritance from his family, without which much of his work could not have been done.

In his formative years he had W. H. Auden as an English teacher and was taught mathematics and science by Jeffrey Hoyland, a qualified railway engineer.[1]

Boyd lived in Colwall, Herefordshire.

Works

  • Boyd, James I.C. (1975). The Festiniog Railway 1800 - 1974; Vol. 1 - History and Route. Blandford: The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-8536-1167-X. OCLC 2074549.  
  • Boyd, James I.C. (1975). The Festiniog Railway 1800 - 1974; Vol. 2 - Locomotives and Rolling Stock; Quarries and Branches: Rebirth 1954-74. Blandford: The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-8536-1168-8.  
  • Narrow Gauge Railways in North Caernarvonshire, Volume 1, The West. ISBN 0-85361-273-0
  • Narrow Gauge Railways in North Caernarvonshire, Volume 2, The Penrhyn Quarry Railways. ISBN 0-85361-312-5
  • Narrow Gauge Railways in North Caernarvonshire, Volume 3, The Dinorwic Quarry and Railways, Great Orme Tramway and other rail systems. ISBN 0-85361-328-1
  • Boyd, James I.C. (1988). Narrow Gauge Railways in South Caernarvonshire - Volume 1. Headington, Oxford: The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-8536-1365-6. OCLC 20417464.  
  • Boyd, James I.C. (1989). Narrow Gauge Railways in South Caernarvonshire - Volume 2: The Welsh Highland Railway. Headington, Oxford: The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-8536-1383-4. OCLC 145018679.  
  • The Isle of Man Railway, Volume 1, Pre-1873-1904. ISBN 0-85361-444-X
  • The Isle of Man Railway, Volume 2, 1905-1994. ISBN 0-85361-469-5
  • The Isle of Man Railway, Volume 3, The Routes and Rolling Stock. ISBN 0-85361-479-2
  • Schull and Skibbereen Railway. ISBN 0-85361-534-9
  • Wrexham, Mold & Connah's Quay Railway. ISBN 0-85361-417-2

References

  1. ^ Boyd, James I.C. (1975). The Festiniog Railway 1800 - 1974; Vol. 1 - History and Route. Blandford: The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-8536-1167-X. OCLC 2074549.  

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