Era ends as Ian Allan quits railway publishing business

IAN Allan – regarded by many as the world’s greatest publisher of railway titles – has pulled out of the sector after more than seven decades.

In his company’s early years, Ian Allan takes down essential details from a locoman. IAN ALLAN

The shock announcement, made before Christmas, has seen Crécy Publishing acquire the railway, transport and military books previously published by Ian Allan Publishing.

Crécy has also acquired the Oxford Publishing Company and abc imprints. However, Crécy will not be allowed to publish under the Ian Allan imprint, and neither can the abc series retain the Ian Allan name.

Shepperton-based Ian Allan pulled out of railway magazine publishing several years ago, with its portfolio of titles being acquired by Stamford-based Key Publishing.

Ian Allan chairman David Allan said that the decision to sell the railway book publishing business had been made for “commercial reasons”.

However, Ian Allan Publishing will continue in its own right as a publisher of Masonic books and will still run its dedicated bookshops in London and Birmingham. The Ian Allan Group will continue to develop its other interests, including property, organic retailing and distribution, motor franchises and business travel management.

Read more in Issue 224 of Heritage Railway – out now!

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