Master Builder of Roads and Canals
A Scottish shepherd’s son, Thomas Telford was the brilliant engineer responsible for major reconstruction work in his homeland and for transforming the road and canal network across Britain. Burton’s biography of the ‘Colossus of Roads’ highlights his achievements, including designing the Menai suspension bridge and the Caledonian Canal, while also depicting a humble, altruistic man interested in poetry and culture.
The History of the Channel Tunnel
The Political, Economic and Engineering History of an Heroic Railway Project
The first scheme to join Britain and France by an undersea tunnel was proposed to Napoleon in 1806 and serious attempts were made to make a start later in the century. After outlining these precursors, this history of the Channel Tunnel describes the political and economic tangles that beset the 20th-century project, and reviews the engineering achievements and the fortunes of the tunnel since completion in 1994.
When William Harley and Arthur Davidson began making motorcycles in 1906, they realized that the great distances between towns in America and the poor quality of roads meant their product needed to be solidly built, powerful and comfortable. The line of models the company has produced since then is reviewed in this volume with a focus on 50 classic bikes, specially photographed for the book.
Terror in the Tunnels
Britain's Dangerous Railway History
Box Tunnel in Wiltshire is one of the great engineering feats of the railway age but tragically, up to 100 navvies lost their lives during its construction. This history of the building of Britain’s railway infrastructure investigates the many collapses, explosions, floodings, collisions and other accidents that occurred in the tunnels and how lessons about their dangers were gradually learned.
False Starts, Near Misses and Dangerous Goods
Railwaymen's Stories About the Challenges of Running a Railway
The task of running a railway safely is not a simple matter: propelling heavy equipment, passengers and freight cross-country through varying terrains and weather is a major technical and mechanical feat. This collection of anecdotes from railway operators gives a personal view of some of the perils of the business, from derailments and trains spotted with no brakes, to the challenges of transporting lion cubs.
The World's Major Civil Airliner Crashes Since 1950, Sixth Edition
This encyclopedic reference book analyses the most serious aviation accidents of the last seven decades, focusing on incidents in which more than 50 people died. It includes summaries of accident reports, accompanied by insights into the technical details, and diagrams and photographs of the relevant aeroplanes. This approach also demonstrates the way that the nature of accidents has changed over the years, as various hazards were identified and safety features introduced in response.
Cars, Trains, and Planes
The Definitive Visual History of Land and Air Transportation
This illustrated celebration of the history of powered transport demonstrates the changing shape of trains, cars and planes from the Montgolfiers’ hot air balloon and Daimler’s Motorcoach to electric light aircraft, hybrid cars and bullet trains. The thousands of cut-out images are organized by era and market sector and include the everyday Ford Escorts and British Rail diesels as well as the most famous, groundbreaking and glamorous vehicles of every era. Previously sold in Postscript as The Car Book, The Train Book and The Plane Book.
The Ultimate Encyclopedia, from Classic to Custom
The veteran motorcycle journalist and photographer Mac McDiarmid traces the history of an American legend, from William Harley and Arthur Davison’s basement workshop in Milwaukee in 1900 to the Electra Glide long-haul cruisers and today’s Sportsters. The book covers topics including the role of the bikes in wartime, hardware, customizing and Harley-Davidson racing, and presents a comprehensive catalogue of models, arranged chronologically and providing full descriptions, technical specifications and excellent photographs of these iconic motorcycles.
Rail Guides 2019 - 2 Books
Continuing the tradition begun by Ian Allan in the 1940s, the ABC Rail Guides are the long-trusted source of information on all the locomotives, multiple units and rolling stock used on the railways of Britain and Ireland. Listed in operator order, entries include route maps and photographs, and stock numbers are also separately listed and cross referenced. The two titles included in this set are: Main Line Systems (Read more...) Light Rail and Heritage Railways (Read more...)
The AA Guide to Car Marques
A Graphic Guide to the Brands and Their Logos
Whether a dramatic image rendered in chrome such as the Mustang on Ford’s original ‘pony car’, Porsche’s elaborate coat of arms or, like Land Rover, simply the manufacturer’s name, the badge on the bonnet is crucial to the identity of a marque. This A–Z of more than 90 brand emblems, current and defunct – from Abarth to Zil – tells the stories of each badge and what it reveals of the car maker and its history.
By Train; Murray Naylor - 2 Books
In these two books, Murray Naylor acts as our guide to a selection of cathedrals and churches, all of which are within easy reach of a railway station. He offers an introduction and personal appreciation of the ecclesiastical builders and their contribution to Christian culture, and observations on the railway, past and present, and its engineers. Both books include details and maps of rail routes and around 200 photographs. The two titles included in this set are: England's Cathedrals by Train (Read more...) England's Historic Churches by Train (Read more...)
144 Scale Line Drawings of Ships of the Cunard Fleet
This selection of meticulous scale drawings of ships in profile, from the collection of maritime historian John Isherwood, forms a representative history of Cunard vessels from 1840 to the 1980s, including liners such as the Mauretania and Queen Elizabeth.
SD14: Die Ganze Geschichte
In the mid 1960s, shipbuilders Austin and Pickersgill designed a basic standardized general-purpose cargo vessel to be built at their Sunderland yard and to be offered to other manufacturers to produce under license. This catalogue, with an introduction in German, contains detailed information and photographs of every SD14 built in English, Scottish, Greek, Brazilian and Argentinian yards. Text in German and English.
Malcolm Root's Transport Paintings
Best known for his atmospheric railway scenes, Malcolm Root has earned a reputation for meticulous attention to period and engineering detail in his nostalgic paintings. This collection of his work encompasses all forms of British transport in realistic historic settings from an Edwardian tram and an Empire flying boat in the 1930s to a Dodge fire engine going out on call in the 1950s and a Massey Ferguson tractor working the fields in the 1960s.
Cyclopedia of Commerce and Commercial Navigation
The first American publication ‘exhibiting the condition and resources of the United States and the separate States, as well as foreign nations’, the Cyclopedia presents an A–Z of detailed historical and statistical information for American staples and exports and foreign trading partners. Originally published in 1858. Slightly off-mint, musty smell due to long storage and no jacket.
The Times Aviators
A History in Photographs
Decades before the Wright Brothers' first flight, many pioneers had claimed partial successes with flying machines and this illustrated history begins with some fascinating photographs of these 19th-century aviators and their creations. Led by the historic images, the book takes the story on through the feats of record breakers such as Blériot and Lindbergh and the aces of two world wars, to the first commercial flights and the modern era of fast jets and giant passenger airliners.
The Moving Metropolis
A History of London's Transport Since 1800
From horse-drawn trams and the opening of the first passenger railway in 1836, to the UK's first urban cable car, this engrossing volume traces the history of the transport systems that have made a vital contribution to the development of London. With informative texts and hundreds of captioned artworks and photographs, the book covers topics such as transport during wartime, the challenge of the motor car and architectural design as well as the trams, trains and buses that have kept London moving since 1800.