The London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Volume Two: Preston to Carlisle
Despite its national importance, linking the cities of London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, the West Coast Main Line was constructed in piecemeal fashion as a number of separate local lines. This second volume of photographs tracing its history focuses on two of these early lines: the Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway and the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway, which has a spectacular route including the famous climb to Shap Summit. The archive images are accompanied by detailed captions.
Britain's Railway Disasters
Fatal Accidents from the 1830s to the Present Day
Ten people died in the Staplehurst train crash of 1865, but accidents were not uncommon at the time and the disaster is now most notable because Dickens was one of the passengers. This history focuses on the most serious accidents on the British network from the beginnings of rail travel to the present day, comparing official reports with contemporary newspaper accounts and examining how attitudes changed as court claims became more common and safety was taken more seriously.
Volume One: Makes Founded Before World War II
The first trailer caravans appeared for sale in Britain in 1919 and this detailed history, published in association with The Caravan Club, identifies 177 manufacturers who started up before 1939, although many only turned out a handful of examples and most had ceased production by the outbreak of the war. The plentiful photographs and advertising materials show the varied and novel designs of these early campers - from mock Tudor styling to streamlined teardrop coachwork.
London Bus Handbook
Metroline operates about 1,700 buses from 14 garages across London, but is nevertheless only one of a number of companies contracted to Transport for London to provide scheduled passenger services. This book, which features many colour photographs, provides a comprehensive listing of all the vehicles in service at the publication date of September 2013, giving the make and model type as well as service and registration numbers.
The Men Who Gave Us Wings
Britain and the Aeroplane 1796-1914
Given Britain's scientific pre-eminence at the beginning of the 20th century, one might have expected that the significant early breakthroughs in flight would have come from this country, rather than America or France. This book examines British experimentation in the 19th century, explains how the initiative was lost to the Wright Brothers and others, and describes how independent enthusiasts laid the foundations of an aeronautical industry before the First World War, despite little interest from the military establishment.
A Guide to Britain's Narrow Gauge Railways 2013-2014
For the purposes of this guide, 'narrow gauge' is anything smaller than UK standard gauge but larger than 7 1/4 inches. This designation includes some of Britain's most interesting railways such as the Talyllyn - the world's first preserved line - and scenic wonders such as the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The listings provide track and locomotive details, opening times and directions.
The Great Western Railway
From Dean to Churchward (Volume One)
The subtitle of this portfolio of early railway images refers to the period during which responsibility for the Great Western Railway's locomotive and carriage design passed from William Dean to GJ Churchward. Recording activities on the GWR from 1900-1914, this private collection of recently discovered photographs charts the heyday of Dean's 4-4-0 locomotives and the emergence of Churchward's brilliant new standard designs at locations from Paddington to Penzance, Weymouth to Wolverhampton.
The Transition Years - Steam to Diesel
Although there are some blue diesels at this beginning of this selection, the majority of railway photographer Keith Pirt's pictures are of steam locomotives during their last years of service in the 1950s and 1960s. All the images are in colour and show operations in and around York - on the platform, in the sheds and yards and on the station approaches - with detailed captions identifying the locomotives, dates and exact locations.
Glory Days: Swan Hunter
Responsible for some of the most famous ships ever built, among them the Blue Riband holder, Mauretania, and the aircraft carrier, Ark Royal, the Tyne shipbuilder Swan Hunter was at the height of its powers in the first half of the 20th century but by 1994 had completed the last vessel to be built at its Wallsend yard. This history and celebration of the company includes over 150 archive photographs and illustrations.
The Changing Railway Scene: Western Region
The British Railways Modernization Plan of 1955 set in motion substantial investment across the 'great' Western Region and, amid regional boundary changes and line closures, steam was gradually phased out and replaced by diesel-hydraulic (unlike anywhere else in Britain) and then diesel-electric locomotives. With an extended introduction reviewing the changes that took place across the region, this photographic survey includes over 180 colour images from the 1950s to the mid 1980s.
Railways of Britain: Kent and Sussex
The early development of railways in Kent and Sussex was dominated by competition between the London, Brighton and South Coast, the London, Chatham and Dover and the South Eastern railways. Being a largely agricultural area there have been few industrial railways but access to seaside resorts, historic ports and the Channel Tunnel has profoundly influenced railway development in the region.
A New Perspective
The decline in the coal and steel industries in Wales has reduced the amount of freight traffic over the last 30 years. However, this has been offset by a boom in passenger numbers and over 40 new stations have opened, many reviving branch lines closed during the Beeching era. This book illustrates the changing railway scene in Wales from the 1980s to the present day, focusing on unusual or rarely seen aspects of the network.
The Zero Carbon Car
Green Technology and the Automotive Industry
Electric cars were popular in America before Henry Ford's Model T revolutionized the industry, and there were even petrol-electric hybrids available as early as 1899. Today motor manufacturers are experimenting with a host of emissions-reducing technologies that explore every aspect of the car from its motive power to the construction and operation of every component. This book traces the history of green technology in the automotive industry and assesses and explains the latest developments.
British Railways Steam: King's Cross to Aberdeen
The Bill Reed Collection
Bill Reed began his working life as a fireman on steam locomotives, progressing to the position of driver on diesel- electrics. His profession greatly facilitated his hobby of photographing the railways, allowing him to get close to the engines and into sheds and works. This volume of his pin-sharp pictures - taken mostly using 2 1/4-inch, square-format film - focuses on the East Coast Main Line between about 1951 and 1967.
Designed to replace the 'RT' buses, which had been in production since 1938, the Routemaster was introduced in 1956 as the long- standing programme to replace London's electric trolleybuses continued. This pocket history describes how the bus become a London icon, despite far fewer being built than the RT, and illustrates the Routemaster in the many colours of its long career from original service duty to privatized operations and heritage assignments.
A Guide to Britain's Standard Gauge Steam Railways 2014-2015
The 90 railways listed in this guide bear testament to the success of the preservation movement and the public's continued fascination with steam. Including a location map and visitor information about each site, it catalogues the best places to see working steam all over Britain, from the 79 historic steam locomotives kept at the National Railway Museum to former industrial railways and picturesque preserved lines.
Engines of War
How Wars Were Won and Lost on the Railways
Christian Wolmar, Britain's foremost transport historian, turns his attention to railways and war, exploring 'how the creation of the railways led to a tremendous escalation of the scale of warfare and how increasingly they were used in a strategic way to conduct military operations'. Beginning with the Grand Crimean Central Railway, built to supply troops at Sevastopol in 1855, Wolmar traces railway involvement through two world wars, up to the demise of industrial-scale warfare and the need for 'engines of war'.
The Official Photo Album
Alec Issigonis's Morris Minor was not a revolution in automotive design like his later masterpiece, the Mini, but well over a million were sold and it stayed in production for over 20 years. This celebration of the iconic runaround features many of the original factory photographs - hence the 'official photo album' - and includes images of the Cowley production line and prototype cars as well as studio shots of production models and wonderful staged promotional scenes from the 1950s and 1960s.
Haynes Great Cars: Porsche 911
A Celebration of the World's Most Revered Sports Car
The legendary status of the 911 has been well earned by Porsche's success in continually adapting and refining the model so that it has remained the benchmark for high-performance supercars for over 50 years. Beautifully illustrated from the Porsche Photographic Archive, this celebration of the instantly recognizable car tells the complete story of how and why it was originally built, the many refinements and evolutions that it has undergone and its racing history.
GWR Cheltenham Flyer
A New Railway Book For Boys of All Ages
The Castle class 'Cheltenham Flyer' was the world's fastest steam train when Great Western Railways published this 'new railway book for boys of all ages' in 1934. The narrative covers much more than the record-breaking locomotive, describing engineering and operational aspects of the railway including signal box equipment, coaching stock, freight services, the Swindon Works and even transporting elephants. The book is reprinted here with some 200 original photographs and diagrams and a new introduction and supplement.
GWR Track Topics
A Book of Railway Engineering
First published by the Great Western Railway in its Boys of All Ages series, and reprinted here complete with its graphic 1930s cover art and original diagrams and photographs, this was the first book to explore the 'nitty gritty work' of the GWR's civil engineering department. It is arranged as 20 'talks' on topics including Brunel, the doomed broad gauge, and the building and maintenance of tracks, viaducts, bridges and tunnels.
The Iron Road
The Illustrated History of the Railway
Beginning with the earliest development from wagonways to railways, and ending with maglev trains that use electromagnetic suspension and guideways, this history is made up of over illustrated 60 chapters that delve into topics as diverse as Cuban sugar railways, bridges, railway barons, First World War field railways and China's high-speed bullet trains. Along with trains and technology, Wolmar aims to tell a 'richer history, set in a wider social context' and reveal the impact of the railway on the modern world.
Cosens Pleasure Steamers
The buff-coloured funnels of Cosens paddle steamers were once a common sight along the Dorset coast, vessels such as Embassy, Consul, and Monarch taking passengers from the piers at Weymouth and Bournemouth to the Isle of Wight, Swanage and Portland and landing by ramp onto the beach at Lulworth Cove. This illustrated history recalls the heyday of the Weymouth company between the late 19th century and the 1960s through postcards, archive photographs and advertising materials.
Including Associated Models the Domino, Falcon and Arrow
The Dennis company had withdrawn from bus construction by the late 1960s, but the conglomeration of so many of Britain's major bus manufacturers under the banner of British Leyland encouraged them to re-enter the market with a new double-decker chassis design in 1977. This book tells the story of the Dominator and its derivative models in a series of colour photographs of buses in varying liveries across the country.
The Road Ferraris
The Complete Story
The earliest Ferraris sold for the road were simply racing cars with detuned engines and closed bodies and although the road designs diverged from the competition models, they have continued to this day to benefit from technology developed on the track. This extensively illustrated history provides a detailed record of all production and prototype models built for road use, from the 166 Inter of 1948 to the F12 Berlinetta, launched in 2012.
The History of Steam
The port cities were the focus of the railways in Hampshire when the three main lines were built, from Southampton to London and to the Midlands and from Portsmouth to South Wales. This concise illustrated history recalls the era of steam in the county when the Eastleigh works were building locomotives and numerous branch lines and light railways supplemented the principal routes, bringing passengers and freight to and from the coast.
The History of Steam
Lancashire was an important pioneer of steam railways - George Stephenson was appointed to build the revolutionary Manchester and Liverpool Railway as early as 1826. This history looks at the impact of steam on the people and places of Lancashire, including the railway and locomotive builders, early commuters and holiday makers, grand railway hotels and the preservation enthusiasts who keep steam alive today.
Three Greenwich Built Ships
In addition to the Royal Naval Hospital and later College, the shipyards established at Deptford and Woolwich in the 16th century made the area of Greenwich the most important nautical centre in the world. This book tells the story of maritime Greenwich and the age of sail through the careers of three ships built there: an East Indiaman of the 1730s, a Royal Navy vessel of the 1750s and an iron clipper of the 1870s.
ABC Rail Guide 2014
The Ian Allan ABC Rail Guide has been published since the 1940s and is the essential reference for enthusiasts, listing all the locomotives, multiple units, coaches and track machines operating in the UK. This 2014 edition reflects a significant number of changes made on the network during 2013 including new locomotives and multiple units ordered and entering service and new details of the Intercity Express Programme to replace the old HST stock on mainline routes.
ABC Signalling in the Age of Steam
Early manual signalling methods were gradually refined and replaced on UK railways so that by the 1890s the systems familiar into the mid-20th century were standardized across the network. This concise history traces the evolution of signalling from the 1830s to the end of the steam era and is illustrated with photographs and diagrams explaining technical developments.
Richard Maunsell, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway and later Southern Railway from 1913 to 1937, gave his name to the long-lived Mogul family of locomotives. All Maunsell Moguls derived from the original basic design, and variants operated all types of traffic in eight different railway companies into the 1960s. This history of the class is aimed at the railway modeller and provides detailed information and photographs for each period of its history.
The Trainspotter as 20th Century Hero
Nicholas Whittaker's much-loved classic recollects the long sunny days of his childhood when, notepad in hand, jam sandwiches in duffel bag, he happily spent his time jotting down train numbers during the Indian summer of steam and the heyday of diesel. In this updated edition, Whittaker casts a sceptical eye over recent developments and considers the toll that half a century of ridicule and a couple of decades of privatization have wrought upon his beloved pastime.