This is a year-by-year record of the winners in the R&CHS Book Awards, since the scheme began in 2004. Information on how the winners are decided and how to enter books for the awards is on the main About the RCHS Book Awards page.

2017

Winner of the David St John Thomas Prize and Popular Transport History Book of the Year

Oliver Green: Rails in the Road – A History of Tramways in Britain and Ireland (Pen & Sword Transport)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canal Book of the Year

Mike Clarke: The Leeds & Liverpool Canal (Milepost Research)

Railway Book of the Year

David Spaven: Highland Survivor – The story of the Far North Line (Kessock Books)

 

2016

Winner of the David St John Thomas Prize and Railway History Book of the Year

The Railway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Dow, The Railway: British track since 1804 (Pen & Sword Books)

Canal Book of the Year

Tom Foxon, Trent & Mersey Canal: trade & transport 1770-1970 (Black Dwarf Lightmoor Publications)

Road Transport Book of the Year

Companion to Road Passenger Transport History (Roads & Road Transport History Association)

Popular Transport Book of the Year

Shropshire Union Fly-Boats: the Jack Roberts Story (The Canal Bookshop, Audlem Mill)

 

2015

Winner of the David St John Thomas prize and Railway History Book of the Year

Philip Grosse, The Railways of Carnforth the Town and its Ironworks (Barrai Books)

Waterways Book of the Year

Richard Clammer, Passenger Steamers of the River Conwy serving the famous Trefriw Spa (The History Press)

 

2014

Winner of the David St John Thomas Prize and Road Transport History Book of the Year

Carscapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathryn A Morrison and John Minnis, Carscapes: the motor car, architecture and landscape in England (Yale University Press for the The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, in association with English Heritage)

Railway Book of the Year

Michael Messenger, The Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway 1834-1983 (Twelveheads Press)

Popular Transport Book of the Year

Richard Faulkner and Chris Austin, Holding the Line: how Britain’s railways were saved (Oxford Publishing Company)

Special Prize

Michael Quick, The Wrong Sort of Fish Oil: the trials, tribulations (and triumphs) of the early railway passenger (Austin Macauley)

 

2013

Winner of the David St John Thomas prize and Canal History Book of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Spooner (editor), Sail and Storm – the Aylsham Navigation (Aylsham Local History Society)

Railway Book of the Year

Cliff Shepherd, Skinningrove Iron and Steel Works – its history, railways and locomotives (Industrial Railway Society)

Popular Transport Book of the Year

David Spaven and Julian Holland, The Times Mapping the Railways (Harper Collins)

 

2012

Winner of the David St John Thomas Prize and joint winner Railway History Book of the Year

Trains Coal and Turf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Rigney Trains, Coal and Turf – transport in emergency Ireland (Irish Academic Press)

Railway Book of the Year (joint winner)

Peter Skellon, Bashers, Gadgets and Mourners – the life and times of the LNWR coal tanks (Bahamas Locomotive Society)

Popular Transport Book of the Year

Andy Guy and Jim Rees, Early Railways 1569-1830 (Shire Books)

 

2011

Winner of the David St John Thomas Prize and Railway History Book of the Year
The 2011 Transport History Book of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Braine, The railway Moon – a man and his railway: Sir Richard Moon and the L&NWR (pmb publishing)

Air Transport Book of the Year

Gordon Pirie, Air Empire: British imperial civil aviation, 1919-1939 (Manchester University Press)

 

2010

Winner of the David St John Thomas Prize and Railway History Book of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Fawcett, A History of the Newcastle & Carlisle Railway 1824 to 1870 (North Eastern Railway Association)

Road Transport Book of the Year

Joan Tucker, Ferries of Gloucestershire (The History Press)

 

2009

Winner of the David St John Thomas Prize and Canal History Book of the Year

John Blair (Editor), Waterways and Canal-building in Medieval England (Oxford University Press)

Railway Book of the Year

Alan Brotchie & Harry Jack, Early Railways of West Fife: an industrial and social commentary (Stenlake Publishing)

 

2008

Winner of the David St John Thomas Prize and Railway History Book of the Year

Howard Mallinson, Guildford via Cobham: the origins and impact of a country railway (Howard Mallinson)

Light Railway Book of the Year

Robert Gratton, The Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway (RCL Publications)

 

2007

Winner of the David St John Thomas Prize and Road Transport History Book of the Year

Dorian Gerhold, Carriers and Coachmasters: trade and travel before the turnpikes (Phillimore)

Canal Book of the Year

Barrie Trinder, Barges & Bargemen: a social history of the Upper Severn Navigation 1660-1900 (Phillimore)

 

2006

Winner of the David St John Thomas Prize and Canal Book of the Year

Stephen Rowson & Ian L Wright, The Glamorganshire and Aberdare Canals, Volume 2 (Black Dwarf Publications)

Railway Book of the Year

Colonel M H Cobb, The Railways of Great Britain: a Historical Atlas (Ian Allan)

 

2005

Winner of the David St John Thomas Prize and Transport Book of the Year

Jamie Quartermain, Barrie Trinder & Rick Turner, Thomas Telford’s Holyhead Road: the A5 in North Wales (Council for British Archaeology)

Railway Book of the Year

Gordon Biddle, Britain’s Historic Railway Buildings: an Oxford Gazetteer of Structures and Sites (Oxford University Press)

 

2004

Winner of the David St John Thomas Prize and Railway Book of the Year

Bill Fawcett, A History of North Eastern Railway Architecture Volume Two (North Eastern Railway Association)