Welcome to our virtual bookshelf!

In recent years there has been a marked uptick in the number of books published about or featuring the British Transport Police, mainly by retired officers and – I’m pleased to report – by BTPHG members.

To that extent, and in order to keep track, a webpage seemed to be called for to chronicle this new phenomenon. Not to forget the older volumes either, of course!

If there are any we’ve missed, or you want to tell us about any forthcoming works, let us know via the Contact page, using BookShelf as the subject title.


The Railway Policeman – by J.R. Whitbread (1961)*

A Force on the Move – by Pauline Appleby (1995)*

Railway Copper – by Bill Perkins (2000)*

An Incident Occurred  by Geoffrey Lawrence (2003)*

Hunting the Hooligans – by Mike Layton and Robert Endeacott (2015) (Not strictly a book about the BTP but has plenty of interesting anecdotes by BTP Officers)

British Transport Police – An Illustrated History – by Richard Stacpoole-Ryding (2015)

Tracking the Hooligans – by Mike Layton and Alan Pacey  (2016) – The history of football violence on the rail network.

An Inspector Recalls: Memoirs of a Railway Detective – Graham Satchwell (2016)

Police Dog Heroes – by Mike Layton and Bill Rogerson – A history of the BTP Dog Section (2016)

The Railway Policeman’s Casebook by Richard Stacpoole-Ryding (2016)

Nineteenth Century Railway Crime and Policing by Malcolm Clegg (2017)

Policing the West Country: 180 Years of Policing in Devon and Cornwall by Mark Rothwell (2017) – Contains a chapter on the railway police in the region.

Policing South Wales Docks – an Illustrated History by Viv Head (2018)

The Great Train Robbery – Confidential by Graham Satchwell (2019)


(*) indicates the book is out of print.
Unless asterisked, all books are available from good booksellers and internet sites.



Many titles are now available in Amazon Kindle format and possibly in other eBook formats (check with the publisher).