The Prestige Series
A boom period for bus operators in Cambridge was coming to an end in the 1950s as services were gradually cut, larger vehicles were used and driver-only operation was introduced. This history charts the scene in the area up until deregulation in the 1980s with nearly 200 photographs showing the many operators and the wide variety of vehicles that were in service.
Ferries and Pleasure Steamers
A Colour Portfolio
The short-sea or river-crossing business undertook a reshaping from the 1950s as private car ownership prompted the introduction of roll-on/roll-off ferries and the parallel development of faster hydrofoil or hovercraft services. With an array of vessels including chain ferries, sea-going craft and coastal pleasure boats, this pictorial review gives a glimpse of the extensive network of British passenger shipping services that thrived from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Scottish Class 37s
Volume Three - The 1990s
A mainstay of the Scottish railway scene since introduction in the early 1960s, the British Rail diesel-electric Class 37 locos were becoming a rarer sight by the 1990s. This book reviews operations, including the iconic Highland sleeper services, showing locos, often set against dramatic landscapes, in the various BR passenger and freight liveries of the era.
Steam Memories in Colour 1950's & 1960's Retford
At the intersection between the East Coast Main Line and the former Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, Retford was a good place to photograph steam operations at their zenith in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This collection of colour images records passenger and freight services worked at Retford by engines including B1s and 02s, and A3 and A4 Pacifics.
Newcastle Central Station was opened by Queen Victoria in 1850 but there was already substantial rail traffic serving the coal and shipbuilding industries around the Tyne. In more recent years a local light rail network has complemented the city's main line inter-city services. Including over 190 photographs and illustrations, this survey examines the development of the railways in the area up to the present day.
Steam Memories in Colour South Africa
Services on South African railways were in the process of modernization during the 1980s when renowned railway photographer, Keith Pirt, made several visits. He was nevertheless able to capture dramatic colour images of steam working the passenger network across the country and steam locos doing heavy work in South Africa's coal, gold and platinum industries.
Great Classic Sailing Ships
The golden age of sail brought conquest, colonization and trade to the far corners of the world, allowing seafaring nations to greatly extend their power and influence. This history of the era tells the story through 40 of the most famous ships of the 16th to 19th centuries, including Victory, Santa Maria, Endeavour and Cutty Sark, each illustrated with a full-page reproduction of a painting by Dutch artist Cornelis de Vries.
Working and Preserved Industrial Locomotives
From the Bill Reed Collection
Bill Reed began photographing locomotives in the 1950s, and as steam started to disappear on the main passenger services found himself in industrial areas - on lines serving the collieries local to him in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and further afield in Yorkshire, Wales and Scotland. This collection of his images includes working industrial locomotives, dating back to the early 20th century, photographed in action in the 1950s and 1960s as well as on preserved railway lines in more recent years.
London Underground: 1863 Onwards (All Lines and Extensions)
Owners' Workshop Manual
The first underground trains ran in London in 1863 between Paddington (then called Bishop's Road) and Farringdon stations. It is remarkable to note that at that early date steam locomotives were used, filling the tunnels with smoke and soot; the first electric trains were introduced in 1890. Colourfully presented in Haynes's famous Owners' Workshop Manual livery, this book provides an accessible and well illustrated introduction to the history and workings of the world's oldest underground railway.
The London Bus in Colour
From the 1970s to the 1990s
Following deregulation in the 1980s, many of the buses operating in Central London retained their familiar red liveries, although there were significant exceptions. This survey of bus operations in the last three decades of the 20th century contains 140 colour photographs charting the development of London Transport and other services, from the rear platform and open half-cab types to the increasing use of single-deckers and driver-only vehicles.
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.
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.
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.
2, 3 & 3 1/2 Litre in Detail
The 2-litre Lagonda, launched in 1925, founded the company's reputation for luxury sports cars and was produced until 1933 in various versions, including low-chassis and supercharged types. A 3-litre car was added to the range in 1928. Lagonda unveiled a new 2-litre design in 1932 and produced a 3 1/2-litre car for a brief period in 1934-1935.
Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen
In 1962 the Scottish Region decided to speed up services between Glasgow and Aberdeen using steam traction. The surprising decision to employ steam was against the trend towards diesel and it prompted a massive upsurge of interest in the route. The action photographs in this album date from 1948 to 1966 and pay tribute to the BR steam era and, in particular, Sir Nigel Gresley’s magnificent Class A4 Pacifics as they ran their final race.
Early Ships and Seafaring
European Water Transport
Since the Stone Age, seas, lakes and rivers have been the prime means by which humans have travelled, both for exploration and to make trading connections. Written by a former Royal Navy officer and maritime archaeologist, this survey of important excavations shows how scholars have interpreted different types of evidence to understand not only the techniques of ancient European ship-building but also the uses to which vessels were put from the earliest times to the 15th century.
Royal Yacht Britannia
Inside the Queen's Floating Palace, Diamond Jubilee Edition
Britannia was 83rd in an unbroken line of Royal Yachts stretching back to 1660, but had a more illustrious career than any of its predecessors, sailing more than a million nautical miles and visiting over 600 ports in 135 countries before decommissioning in 1997. First published in 1995 and reissued in the Queen’s diamond jubilee year, this book takes the reader aboard Britannia and explores aspects of its history, voyages and life afloat - from state banquets to the laundry room.
Silver Arrows in Camera
in Camera 1951-55
Anthony Pritchard presents a photographic portrait of the iconic Mercedes-Benz sports cars and grand prix racing cars of the early 1950s - years in which the unconventional silver Mercedes dominated the sport. With over 350 photographs and Pritchard’s history and detailed captions, the book covers, race by race, the Gullwing competition sports cars, the marque’s return to grand prix racing in 1954, racing W196 grand prix cars and the 300SLR in 1955, and some of the greatest drivers of the era.
London Transport Connections
From the end of the Second World War to 12 July 1985 - the day before current London route tendering to private companies began - this book surveys the various operators offering ordinary ‘stage carriage’ services on the outer London and country routes. It contains a wealth of detail for bus enthusiasts, with brief histories and detailed route profiles for services, along with period photographs of the vehicles.
Great Western Locomotives on the Main Line
Scenes from an Edwardian Railway
In over 190 photographs, this book offers a view of the GWR in around 1906-7 through the eyes of Arthur Garry, whose photograph albums have passed down through three generations of railway enthusiasts. The photographs are arranged in chapters on the Singles, the four-coupled era, the Atlantics, goods and heavy freight locomotives, large passenger tank engines and smaller engines, all with detailed introductions and captions by Peter Darke.
LMS/BR Class 7 4-6-0 Rebuilds
The Rebuilt Jubilee, Patriot and Royal Scot Locomotives
The mainstay of passenger services on the LMS were the 90 rebuilt Class 7 4-6-0s, consisting of Jubilees, Patriots and Royal Scots. Although it does highlight the small differences between them, this book treats the three classes as one and details how they were used, where they were allocated during their working history and the decline and withdrawal of the locomotives. The book is illustrated with over 230 photographs, including some of restored engines.
Having revolutionized air travel in the 1930s, the Douglas DC-3 was adapted so successfully for military use that General Eisenhower identified it as one of the four most important pieces of equipment of the Second World War (along with the Jeep, the bulldozer and the 2½ ton truck). This large-format volume tells the story of the groundbreaking airliner and is extensively illustrated with archive photographs, memorabilia and promotional materials from the DC-3's civil and military career.
The Unfolding Story
The first reports published in The Daily Mirror of the Titanic's collision with an iceberg announced that everyone on board was safe. The truth soon emerged, and the tragedy and its aftermath generated stories for decades to come. Using the original newspaper accounts and contemporary photographs this book tells the story as it unfolded from the famous disaster itself to the discovery of the wreck and the conspiracy theories of recent decades.
A Steam Odyssey
The Railroad Photographs of Victor Hand
Victor Hand began publishing his photographs in the American Trains magazine in the early 1960s and, like many enthusiasts, was inspired to record the last of steam as it was taken out of service. Over the decades he travelled further and further afield to find working steam and this portfolio presents a collection of his meticulous large-format, black-and-white photographs, from America in the 1950s to Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and China up to the 1990s.
Heraldry of the Oceans
The Garb of the Merchant Seafarer
The traditions and insignia of Britain's merchant fleet have been less well documented than those of the Royal Navy, but there are detailed uniform regulations for mercantile seafarers and famous shipping lines such as White Star had their own specific outfits and rank insignia. Featuring hundreds of colour illustrations, this reference work is a comprehensive review of uniforms, medals and badges. The book also contains contextual articles on the history of the merchant fleet and the development and production of uniforms.
Woman Owner Driver
The Complete Guide for Lady Motorists
The Hon. Mrs Victor Bruce (1895-1990) was a pioneering motorist, a racing driver in the 1920s and the first woman to be prosecuted for speeding. In this guide, first published in 1928, she gives advice on the art of driving and maintaining a car; the cost of motoring; and topics such as driving apparel, picnics, and driving abroad (almost essential to invest in a ‘peep-peep’ horn before crossing the Channel). This is a British Library reprint of the 1928 edition.
Sunrise on the Southbound Sleeper
The New Telegraph Book of Great Railway Journeys
'Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown', wrote EM Forster, 'Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine'. This much-acclaimed collection of journeys from the pages of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph celebrates the magic of the railway, whether simply travelling in Cornwall or (with difficulty) in Cuba; following famous routes such as the Trans-Mongolian or India's Maharajas' Express; or being propositioned by a stranger on a train.
Caledonian in LMS Days
The Caledonian Railway was the largest of the three Scottish companies to go into the London, Midland & Scottish Railway at the grouping in 1923. This illustrated Railways in Retrospect book looks at how the 'Caley' system fared in the ownership of the LMS: the working of its main and secondary lines, infrastructure improvements, motive power, rolling stock and shipping developments, the challenge of the war years and the legacy left to British Railways at nationalization.
Supercharged Mercedes in Detail
Much has been written about the supercharged 'Silver Arrows' Mercedes racing cars of the 1930s but less about the road-car counterparts, whose initial development preceded them. This volume covers the first models of the 1920s up to the powerful 540K of the late 1930s and the enormous 770 'official vehicles' of the war years.
Better By Design
Shaping the British Airways Brand
In 1974 the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways merged to form British Airways, which set about building a world-leading image from the reputation of the two respected former operators. This book collects a wealth of advertising, promotional and design material from the later years of BOAC and BEA through the decades of different BA campaigns to the present day, charting the airline's responses to a changing aviation market in building its brand.
Rail Centres: Clapham Junction
Clapham Junction is situated at the point where lines from Waterloo Station meet lines from Victoria Station and West London, but in fact only a handful of its 2000 daily trains diverge there; it is principally passengers that transfer from one route to another at 'Britain's busiest railway station'. This illustrated history charts the early railway developments that led to its opening in 1863 and provides snapshots of activity at the station at different periods.
The Carriage and Wagon Works of the GWR at Swindon
The GWR Swindon Works produced some of the iconic locomotives of the steam era, but its rolling stock - the all-important freight wagons and passenger cars - have received less attention from steam enthusiasts and historians. This study tells the story of the other half of the GWR Works, traces the development of carriage and wagon design and, with the help of archive photographs, explains how carriages and wagons were built at Swindon in its heyday.
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
The closure of the branch line between Keighley and Oxenhope in Yorkshire in 1962 prompted the formation of a preservation society that bought the line from British Rail and reopened it as a heritage railway in 1968. These images show the track, its locomotives and rolling stock in operation in all seasons and include station scenes, atmospheric night photography and studies of the period trackside features and station fittings.
An Enthusiast's Guide
Harris Mann's original design concept for the Austin Allegro was not what made it to the production line in 1973, and corporate problems, industrial unrest and poor quality control at British Leyland all contributed to the car earning a disastrous reputation. This book tells the story of how the Allegro was conceived and developed, until withdrawal in 1982, and reports on its resurgence in popularity in recent years as a cheap classic, with detailed advice on buying and restoring your own Allegro.
An Enthusiast's Guide
Introduced in 1965, the Triumph 1300 was a good quality small saloon with modern Italian styling and innovative engineering. It was not until the Dolomite Sprint version of 1973 that the name by which the model would be remembered appeared and was subsequently applied to other cars in the range. This guide provides a model-by-model history, with technical specifications and more than 150 photographs, and includes an assessment of the Dolomite's predecessors and successors and its sporting record.
The Art of Selling the Air-Cooled Volkswagens
A breakthrough in automotive design when it was developed in the 1930s, the Volkswagen Beetle pioneered a revolution in advertising in the 1960s when the American agency Doyle Dane Bernbach took a witty, minimalist approach to its promotion, contributing to the car's growing cult status. This review of VW advertising includes 400 of the most striking and interesting images used by the company, from the streamlined artwork of the 1950s to the colourful campaigns of the 1970s.
Elders & Fyffes
A Photographic History
Liable to spoil on the long journey from warmer climes, bananas were a rarity in Britain until Elders & Fyffes started importing them from the West Indies in 1902. The company's ships were a frequent sight in British ports as the century progressed, and were pressed into service in both world wars. Telling the story of Elders & Fyffes and its fleet, this book includes a photograph of nearly every vessel the company owned up to the 1970s, when it began chartering.
Fleet List and History
Founded on Merseyside in 1913, Coast Lines (formerly Powell, Bacon and Hough Lines Ltd) grew from a 16 vessel operation to become the world's largest coastal fleet by the 1950s, having acquired numerous shipping companies and pioneered the coordination of coastal sea and road transport. After the 1950s, decline set in and the company was taken over by P&O in 1971. This book provides a succinct history of Coast Lines and a fleet list with details of over 400 ships.
British Railways: Standard Class 5
One of the 12 standard designs introduced by the newly nationalized British Railways, the Class 5 was based on the LMS 'Black 5' and built in Derby and Doncaster during the 1950s for service in all regions. This exploration of its history includes both colour and black-and-white photographs and seeks to identify the numerous variations in detail within the class while reviewing its design, construction, operational history, liveries and preserved examples.
The Victoria Line
When it opened in 1968, the Victoria Line was the first complete underground railway to be built across London since Edwardian times. This volume from the Illustrated Histories of the London Underground series begins by examining the long process of planning that began decades earlier. Published in association with London's Transport Museum and London Underground, each book in this series traces the development of a single Tube line from its initial planning and construction to its present day operation.
The Central Line
Capital to build the original Central London Railway was hard to raise; but with the general public, who had shown little interest in the share issue needed to finance construction, the new line was an immediate success when it finally opened in July 1900. This book is one of the Illustrated Histories of the London Underground, published in association with London's Transport Museum and London Underground. The series traces the development of each Tube line from its initial planning and construction to its present day operation.
The District Line
From financially disastrous beginnings - no one seemed particularly keen to invest in tube railways - the District Line now serves 60 stations and is one of the busiest in the London Underground network. This book is one of the Illustrated Histories of the London Underground, published in association with London's Transport Museum and London Underground. The series traces the development of each Tube line from its initial planning and construction to its present day operation.
A Logo for London
The London Transport Bar and Circle
Since its first appearance on London Underground platforms in 1908, the 'bulls-eye', as it was then known, has become an instantly recognizable symbol for London. Designed by a team that included Edward Johnston, the bar and circle was originally red and blue with white lettering, but has proved amazingly adaptable. This richly illustrated book tells its story from drawing board to the London Olympics 2012, and surveys the best of the multitude of adaptations, including paintings, wartime posters, bus stops and souvenirs.
Empire of the Clouds
When Britain's Aircraft Ruled the World
In 1945 Britain was the world's leading builder of jet aircraft and in the decade that followed, produced planes such as the Comet, Vulcan, Hawker Hunter and Lightning; but by the early 1960s aviation companies such as Avro and Vickers were either gone or struggling. This book fuses the author's memories of British aviation's heyday with tales of the legendary aircraft and test pilots and a rueful history of Britain's loss of self-confidence and power. Special illustrated edition.
Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age
Germany had warned potential passengers that liners in British waters were targets, but this did not stop the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 causing a storm of international protest. Investigating the various theories that munitions were being transported on the ship and that the sinking was part of a plot to bring America into the war, this book also explores the lives of passengers, illuminating a golden age of travel at the moment it came to a violent end.
Early Cycle Lighting
The first cyclists took to the roads long before battery-powered lamps were invented, but they had to light their way just as we do today. Before they set off after dark, cyclists from the 1870s right through to the early years of the Second World War in some places, had to spend a long time preparing an oil or acetylene gas-powered lamp. This is an illustrated history of this interesting technology in Britain, Europe and America.
Full Steam Ahead
A Golden Age of Cruises
From the first ships that earned their livelihoods taking passengers on pleasure trips, the cruise industry has understood the importance of producing attractive advertising and glamorous images of their vessels and destinations. This history of leisure cruising is extensively illustrated with such materials, ranging from 19th- and early 20th-century posters and photographs of inter-war tourists in exotic destinations to pictures of historic ships' interiors and portraits of the gargantuan 'super cruisers' of today.
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.