Ian Allan exits railway publishing

The company whose founder “invented” train spotting  back in the 1940’s, by publishing the ABC spotter books, has formally announced that it is withdrawing from railway book publishing.

Although sad, the announcement is not unexpected, as the company has progressively divested itself of  its formerly extensive transport magazine titles, including even its last foray into model railway magazines- Hornby Magazine. In times past it also published Railway Modeller (bought by Peco in the late 40’s/early 50’s and still going strong) & Model Railway Constructor, bought as part of the Railway World acquisition in 1960, closed  in 1987.