The first five Kestrel Railway Books volumes by David Larkin looked at the revenue-earning wagon fleet operated by British Railways and its successor, British Rail. These were followed by a series of three books looking at the specially-designed wagons that were used for track maintenance, and now we see the second of three volumes covering parcels and passenger-rated stock.
All parcels trains required a vehicle in which the guard travelled, and there was usually space for a parcels-related load as well. This volume looks at the various livestock vehicles, such as the horse boxes and special cattle vans, and perishable-traffic vehicles for fish, fruit and milk. It also looks at how this traffic was carried, whether by parcels train, block trains of one commodity or a single vehicle attached to a passenger train.
Volume 1 covers full brakes, parcels & miscellaneous vans and car-carrying vehicles. Volume 3 covers self-propelled parcels vans, TPOs and car-carrying vehicles for Motorail services.