The Motorbike Book
The Definitive Visual History
From pioneering German machines of the 1890s to the 'whispering' MotoCzysz electric racer in 2009 and the 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus, this volume tells the story of two-wheeled grit and glory with more than 1,000 detailed photographs. Everything with an engine and two wheels is covered in chapters on iconic bikes such as the Indian Scout and Triumph Bonneville, profiles of the great marques, and surveys of every type of motorcycle, from scooters and mopeds to powerful touring bikes.
The Aircraft Book
The Definitive Visual History
The Wright Brothers mastered powered flight thanks to the invention of mechanisms to alter the lift of wings and a more efficient propeller design. Examining significant aircraft from these early breakthroughs through the rapid technical advances of the following decades to contemporary models and prototypes, this volume employs Dorling Kindersley's trademark style of using countless illustrations cut out against a white background to tell the story of flight in a way that is clear, concise and entertaining.
The Car Book
The Definitive Visual History
Conceived as an alternative to the 'bubble cars' popular in the 1950s, Alec Issigonis' revolutionary Mini established the pattern for the modern car with its front-wheel drive and transverse engine. This history of more than a century of evolution includes illustrated features exploring milestones in car design and engine development as well as profiling the great marques and presenting over 1,000 colour images of important cars, from Daimler's first petrol-engined vehicle of 1886 to modern hybrids.
The Train Book
The Definitive Visual History
Often associated with nostalgia for bygone local services, the history of the train is in fact a story of global, nation-changing consequence and technological innovation that continues to this day. Supported by hundreds of colour 'cut-out' images, The Train Book charts the development of locomotive design from Trevithick's 1803 tram engine to modern metro systems and high-speed trains; it profiles the railway pioneers and the most notable trains and, in a final section, explains how railways work.
Conquest of the Atlantic
Cunard Liners of the 1950s and 1960s
In this celebratory book, William Miller’s passion for the romance of ocean liners looks to the Cunard Line and its fleet of iconic ships, including the two ‘Queens’, Mauretania, Caronia and Queen Elizabeth 2. Drawing on staff and passenger interviews, photographs and posters, the author traces the ships’ survival through the Second World War, when many liners were painted grey for military service, into passenger shipping’s grand and opulent finale before the advent of commercial aviation.
63 Survivors Tell Their Extraordinary Stories
‘There came the terrible cry: Lower the boats. Women and children first!’ Survivors’ accounts of the Titanic disaster have captivated readers and moviegoers for a century. What was it like for a woman to say goodbye to her husband? For a mother to leave her teenage sons? This most comprehensive collection yet assembled includes many unpublished or long-forgotten testimonies, and the often overlooked evidence of women and third-class passengers, with an authoritative editorial commentary.
The Story of P Henderson & Company
The Clydeside shipping company Patrick Henderson & Co was founded in 1834 by Patrick and his three brothers and operated a fleet of ships sailing between Glasgow, New Zealand and Burma, carrying cargo, the Royal Mail and passengers until 1952. This detailed history of ‘Paddy Henderson’, as the line was affectionately known, also includes a fascinating account of its huge Burmese river fleet, the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. Slightly off-mint. The book is musty due to long storage and bears its 1961 cover price, 25s.
England's Shipwreck Heritage
From Logboats to U-boats
From the remains of primitive boats of uncertain date to 18th-century trading ships and vessels of the Second World War, there are hundreds of wrecks around England's coast bearing testament to the importance of shipping in the nation's history. This illustrated study assesses the factors that have led to maritime disasters over the centuries and provides an insight into naval archaeology and the role of English Heritage in the protection of historic wreck sites.
Shallow-draughted Thames sailing barges were a common sight on the river throughout the 19th century and well into the 20th, and the agility of the boats and crew were honed by keenly contested races, held from the 1860s. This book offers a first-hand account of the golden age of the barges, in the early 20th century, by a member of a prominent barging and barge-racing family, based at Mistley in Essex. Off-mint and may smell slightly musty due to long storage.
Built for Adventure
The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt
Like the hero of his adventure novels, Dirk Pitt, author Clive Cussler is a fan of classic cars and he often has his fictional hero driving vehicles that are part of his personal collection. With colour photographs of the cars and brief histories of each model, this book explores the Cussler/Pitt collection which ranges from a 1906 Stanley Steamer to Duesenbergs, Bentleys and Lincolns of the 1920s and 1930s and the extravagant 1948 Talbot-Lago Grand Sport Coupé. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Best of Steam
Railways of the World in Photographs
Keith Strickland's enthusiasm for steam led him to visit Austria in the 1970s to see the locomotives still running there on some secondary routes. The trip initiated a 40-year odyssey to experience and photograph steam railways around the world. This collection of his images focuses on regular service railways rather than heritage lines and includes chapters on Eastern Europe, China, India, South Africa and Cuba. The explanatory captions include technical details about the locomotives and railways. Foreword by Sir Mark Tully.
Classic Images: Feet Up in the Fifties
Motorcycle trialling had fully matured by the 1950s from simple reliability tests into a popular participation and spectator sport with specialized vehicles. The bikes of choice for the top riders during this golden age were powerful four-strokes from manufacturers such as BSA, Norton, Triumph and Matchless, and this book curates a selection of atmospheric, pin-sharp images from the glass-plate photo archive of Mortons Motorcycle Media showing riders at all levels of competition.
The Story of the World's Airshipmen
In 1926 the Italian airship designer Umberto Nobile flew an airship across the Arctic to accomplish the first ever transpolar flight. Aboard the Norge was the famous Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. Two years later Amundsen would die trying to rescue Nobile from the ice after his airship crashed. This book recalls some of the intrepid pilots of the airship era and their pioneering achievements.
Green Diesel Era
The 1955 British Railways Modernization Plan called for the replacement of steam locomotion, and British Railways placed 'pilot scheme' orders for diesels with a number of British manufacturers. The lack of standardization caused logistical problems and some of the many different models built proved unreliable or unsuited. All the major first-generation diesel locomotives, produced by English Electric, Metropolitan-Vickers and others, are featured in this collection of mostly colour photographs.
The Fall of the Tay Bridge
In a disaster commemorated by one of William McGonagall’s famously bad poems, engineer Thomas Bouch's Tay Bridge collapsed when a train was passing over it during a storm in 1879, killing everyone on board. This revision of David Swinfen's 1994 study of the event analyses the evidence and technical studies to answer the still-contested questions of why the bridge failed and how many people lost their lives.
Mile by Mile London to Paris
The Entire Railway Journeys by Historic Golden Arrow and Modern Eurostar Mapped for the Interested Traveller
Using the same cartographic method as SN Pike in his legendary Mile by Mile on Britain's Railways, this book logs every mile on the historic Golden Arrow (Fleche d'Or) and modern Eurostar lines: gradients, stations, the sights to be seen from the train, the history along the route, and how both railways were built. The old and new lines are mapped on facing pages, interspersed with illustrated articles on topics such as the terminals, ferries and the Channel Tunnel.
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.
Britain in Pictures
Milestones in aviation have always provided a good story and a good photograph, from the daredevil pioneers of powered flight and airship disasters of the early 20th century to the first flight of Concorde in 1969 and Richard Branson's contemporary space plane programme. This selection of 300 images from the Press Association archive mixes war aces, record-breakers and flying firsts to tell the story of aviation.
Sailing and Soaring
The Great Liners and the Great Skyscrapers
Beginning with New York’s Singer Building, which at 612 feet on completion in 1908 was the world’s tallest building, and Cunard’s Lusitania and Mauretania, both Blue Riband winners for their astonishing speed, this book compares nine of the most iconic Manhattan skyscrapers with many of the great transatlantic liners, including Queen Mary and Allure of the Seas, exploring the history of their construction, interior design, various uses and regrettable, though inevitable, demise.
Steam in the North
Railways in the 1960s Across the North of England
Photographing the railways of the North East in the 1960s, Richard Gaunt strove to create more interesting scenes than the standard three-quarter 'wedge' train composition and many of the images in this portfolio display atmospheric and unusual views of platform, shed, siding and loco. Covering the Midland and West Coast Main Lines in Lancashire and Yorkshire and further north, the images are accompanied by the author's recollections of the period.
The Last Days of Western Steam
From the Bill Reed Collection
Prolific railway photographer Bill Reed made many trips around the Western Region of British Railways and this collection of over 150 colour photographs, taken between 1958 and 1967, covers the whole area from West Wales and Cornwall to London, with key locations such as Swindon, Bristol, Exeter and Newton Abbot well represented. Among a variety of locomotives pictured are Kings and Halls and a few examples of the new diesels.
Hawker Siddeley Aviation and Dynamics
The Hawker Siddeley Group, makers of the Hurricane and Lancaster during the Second World War, absorbed other British manufacturers to become Europe's largest aviation company by 1960. This book examines the aircraft produced, including the Harrier and Nimrod, from this date up to nationalization in 1977, including collaborations with Airbus and McDonnell Douglas, and looks at the company's earlier history as well as tracing developments of their designs up to the present day.
The Railway Conquest of the World
By 1910, railway pioneers worldwide had laid over half a million miles of track, tunnelling through the Alps, crossing Andean peaks and linking Moscow with the Pacific coast. Talbot’s classic account of the romantic age of railway building celebrates the innovation, hardship and sheer determination of surveyors, engineers and workers in building the world’s great iron roads, including the American First Transcontinental Railroad, the never completed ‘Cape to Cairo’ Trans-African railway, and the Ffestiniog ‘toy’ railway in Wales.
A Tasman Trio
Wanganella – Awatea – Monowai
Illustrated with over 180 photographs and plans, this book tells the stories of three ships that plied the Tasman route between Australia and New Zealand in the 1930s and 1940s: Huddard Parker’s Wanganella and the Union Steam Ship company’s Awatea, the fastest ship on the Tasman Sea, and Monowai, whose 30-year career ended in 1960. The book covers the service of all three ships during the Second World War, which saw the bombing and destruction of Awatea.
A Selection of the Post-War Ship Photographs of Basil Feilden
Basil Feilden (1908–1995) made a living by photographing ships in Liverpool during its heyday as a major shipping port. The 125 photographs in this collection date from 1950 to 1960 and are accompanied by details of each ship’s builder, date, gross tonnage, length and engine for the enthusiast, along with more general information about the ship and what it was doing in the Mersey at that time.
Shaw Savill's Magnificent Seven
The British Shaw Savill Line was renowned for its outstanding passenger and cargo ships, particularly the seven steam ships that sailed the route from the UK to New Zealand and Australia via the Panama Canal. This book tells the story of each of these ships, the famous ‘Big Ics’: Corinthic, Athenic, Ceramic, HMRY Gothic (converted to a royal yacht for the 1953 coronation world tour), Persic, Runic and Suevic.
Illustrated Fleet History
With over 700 photographs and an accurate fleet list, this is a meticulously researched history of the Clan Line, from Charles Cayzer’s initial moves to form the company and the launch of the first ship, Clan Alpine, in 1878, to the sale of its last bulk carrier, King Alfred, in 1981. Altogether, the book covers more than 300 vessels, including some of the finest cargo ships ever built, arranged by type, with a chronological list and an index of ships.
Ultimate Classic Yachts
20 of the World's Most Beautiful Classic Yachts
From the 1889 Bristol Channel pilot cutter, Marian, to the 1936 racing yacht Bloodhound, owned and sailed in the 1960s by Prince Philip and the Queen, this book examines 20 classic sailing yachts. The selection explores a range of notable boats from sensitive restorations to lavish replicas, rebuilds and new-builds. The story of each craft is illustrated with historical and contemporary photographs of the vessels on the water and images of their fittings and interiors.
Despite the electrification of many of the main line routes in Sussex during the 1930s, there were still steam locomotives running across the region in the 1950s and 1960s, including Bulleid light pacifics working services beyond the county and smaller engines on freight and shunting duties. Charting the scene during the last years of steam, many of the photographs in this collection are in colour and additional illustrations include period tickets, labels and timetables.
The Race to the North
Rivalry and Record-Breaking in the Golden Age of Steam
Boasting the fastest journey time between London and Edinburgh became first a marketing priority and then a matter of prestige for the rival railway companies operating the east- and west-coast routes in the 1880s. The contest was then extended to Aberdeen in the 1890s with the completion of bridges across the Forth and the Tay. David Wragg's account of the period explores the fierce inter-company rivalries, the record attempts and the engineering triumphs and disasters that marked the contest.
Tales of Somerset Steam
The first steam-driven engine in Somerset was a water pump installed in the 1740s, but the Great Western Railway brought more profound change a century later. With reminiscences of life on the railways, this book provides a round-up of steam in the county with stories including the Radstock accident of 1876 and the filming of the Beatles’ A Hard Day's Night in 1964.
Birmingham-Bristol Portrait of a Famous Midland Route Part 2
Part Two Cheltenham to Bristol and Bath
Carrying tourists to the south coast and the West, the line between Birmingham and Bristol saw lots of holiday traffic in the steam era as well as plenty of freight activity around large yards in the Bristol area. This pictorial survey gives a brief history of the line and presents a collection of archive photographs of the section between Cheltenham and Bristol from the late 19th century to the 1960s.
The Times History of Britain's Railways
The first recorded 'wagonway', running coal carts along wooden rails in Nottinghamshire, predates Stephenson's Rocket by over 200 years and there was even a horse-drawn passenger railway in Surrey before steam power transformed everything. Well illustrated with archive photographs, illustrations, posters and ephemera, this book tells the whole story of Britain's railways: the innovators and pioneers; the record-breaking locomotives and grand engineering projects; the corporate organization, reorganization and nationalization; the cuts and closures; and the revival in recent decades.
World Railway Journeys
Across five continents, Julian Holland travelled on some of the world’s most remote and rugged railways, such as the Ferrocarril del Sur, climbing from Peru’s Pacific coast into the high Andes, but he also sought out less well-known railways kept alive by enthusiasts, tourists and heritage-minded governments. Here, he describes 50 journeys – under steam, diesel or electric power – along lines as varied as Le Petit Train Jaune in the French Pyrenees and ‘The Ghan’, crossing Australia from Adelaide to Darwin.
Passenger Steamers of the River Conwy
Serving the Famous Trefriw Spa
In the 19th century, Trefriw, twelve miles upstream from Conwy in North Wales, began to attract visitors to sample the healing waters of its chalybeate well, which encouraged the foundation of a passenger steamer service to the village. This book explores the tourist steamer fleet that flourished on the route throughout the century and into the Edwardian period, and also the development of Trefriw into a fashionable spa town.
Great Mediterranean Passenger Ships
Italian passenger ships dominated the Mediterranean before the Second World War but most were destroyed in the conflict. During the 1950s and 1960s a new fleet of liners emerged and other nations, including Greece, Spain, Portugal, Israel and Turkey, also entered the market, providing local cruising as well as services beyond Europe. This volume profiles the most prominent vessels of this golden era and is illustrated with over 170 photographs and contemporary publicity material.
The Buses and Coaches of Bristol and Eastern Coach Works
The alliance between Bristol Tramways' chassis-building operation and Eastern Coach Works in Lowestoft (both part of the Tilling Group) began in the 1930s and produced a range of widely used buses, such as the innovative Lodekka. This illustrated history includes a review of models produced between 1936 and 1983 (when absorption into British Leyland brought production to an end) and includes details of chassis specifications, body styles and engines used.
The Quest for Speed
Air Racing and the Influence of the Schneider Trophy Contests 1913–31
The Schneider Trophy, a seaplane speed contest held between 1913 and 1931, played an important role in the development of aviation technology between the wars. Manufacturers from rival powers learnt from each other’s innovations and designers developed concepts that would shape the iconic fighters of the Second World War. This book examines each of the competitions and the aircraft entered for them and also assesses how Supermarine’s race-winning planes were developed into the Spitfire.
Classic Images: Earls Court Shows
Enthusiasm for personal transport was checked by austerity in post-war Britain but by the 1950s things were improving and British motorcycle manufacturers dominated the scene. This selection of images of Earls Court trade shows during the 1950s presents the latest showroom models, famous racers, concept bikes and prototypes in high-quality black-and-white photographs. By the end of the decade imported models are increasingly in evidence, portending what was in store for the British motorcycle industry.
The railways in Dorset evolved around four main routes, two running east–west and two running north–south. Including some images dating to the early 20th century, this collection of archive photographs explores the county's lines during the steam era, including the small branch lines and other interesting aspects of the region's railways, such as the Weymouth Quay Tramway where trains ran on public roads through the town.
The Lithographs of John Cooke Bourne
Once described as ‘the Piranesi of the age of steam’, John Cooke Bourne (1814–1896) recorded the building of the railways and great feats of engineering such as deep cuttings, tunnels and viaducts in two books of lithographs: Drawings of the London & Brighton Railway (1839) and The History and Description of the Great Western Railway (1846). Along with essays on Bourne, this book reproduces more than 60 topographical prints, with commentaries, providing a view of England in an era of transformation.
Owners' Workshop Manual, 1936 to 1953 (all marks and models)
The combination of the innovative geodetic lattice structure and traditional cloth covering earned the Wellington the nickname 'the basket weave bomber', but the unusual construction made it extremely resilient, able to keep flying despite sustaining substantial damage. This book, presented in the Haynes manual style, examines the famous Second World War aircraft's design construction and operation, with many technical illustrations and photographs, in particular using images of a recently renovated Mk1A.
A History of British Paddle Steamers
If the railway created the Victorian seaside resorts by bringing visitors from the cities, the paddle steamer entertained them when they got there, providing pleasure trips for tourists as well as comfortable and affordable travel on coastal routes. With many photographs, posters and other illustrative material, this history of paddle-propelled steamers in British waters explores their development and impact during the 19th and early 20th centuries as well as their role in the wars and later decline.
The Prestige Series
Bus services in the United Kingdom in the 1930s were undergoing a period of consolidation with smaller operators buying out bigger companies. Trams were being replaced by motor buses, electric trolleybuses were popular and the vehicles themselves were supplied by a host of chassis and coachbuilders. This book surveys the scene through over 100 contemporary images and detailed captions.
50 Cars that Changed the World
The Design Museum
Taking into account their aesthetics as well as engineering innovation, cultural impact and influence on the motor industry, the Design Museum's assessment of the most important cars in automotive history begins with Ford's first car for the masses, the Model T of 1908, and includes practical workhorses such as the Land Rover and Austin FX4 (London) taxi, supercars like the Lamborghini Miura and design classics such as the Citroën DS.
The Evolution of Rail Travel
This book explores railway history worldwide from the age of steam to bullet trains, using items from the collections of the National Railway Museum in York. The documents reproduced include design drawings from the first railway engineers, paintings and engravings of early infrastructure, a handwritten letter describing the opening of the Stockton to Darlington Railway in 1825, evocative early 20th-century posters and photographs of maglev trains on test tracks. (Previously published as The Age of the Train.)