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.
Since London's iconic Routemaster buses were retired from service, enthusiasts from Britain and abroad have acquired vehicles and restored and adapted them. This celebration of the enduring appeal of the Routemaster focuses on vehicles that are still in use today, from working tour buses in various parts of the world to the bus built into the foyer of London's M&M's World, and includes some weird and wonderful bodywork on versions.
Heritage of the Sea
Famous Preserved Ships Around the UK
From the replica of Drake's Golden Hind in London to the Royal Yacht Britannia, now permanently on display in Edinburgh, Britain's maritime history is recorded in a number of museum ships and preserved vessels around the country. This illustrated volume reviews a selection of the most interesting, including major tourist attractions such as Nelson's flagship Victory in Portsmouth and Brunel's Great Britain in Bristol as well as smaller vessels such as military midget submarines, coastal barges and fishing boats.
The Coming of the Comet
The Rise and Fall of the Paddle Steamer
Over ten years before the Stockton and Darlington Railway opened, Henry Bell's Comet of 1812 started the steam revolution in shipping and paddle steamers were soon serving tourists on coastal cruises and carrying passengers and cargo around the world to reliable timetables. This book examines the developments in paddle steamer design and technology through the 19th century, describing the most important vessels including the pioneering transatlantic ships of Samuel Cunard and the famous Mississippi sternwheelers.
The Anatomy of Sail
The Yacht Dissected and Explained
A long tradition of sailing and boatbuilding has given every part of a yacht a specific name, from the yards and gaffs of the rigging to the galley and saloon below deck. This lavish photographic exploration, from a former shipwright turned author and photographer, explains how sailing boats evolved to their current configuration, exploring the history of their design and construction and describing and illustrating in detail every part of the fittings, equipment, rigging, hull and deck.
Lindbergh, His Competitors, and the Race to Cross the Atlantic
Between 14 April and 21 May 1927, 16 aviators raced to be the first to cross the Atlantic non-stop and collect the $25,000 prize put up by the French-American hotelier Raymond Orteig. The 'Orteig Prize' finally went to Charles Lindbergh and his victory has overshadowed the achievements and the tragedies - six died - of his fellow competitors. Joe Jackson's compelling account of the 'Great Atlantic Derby' of 1927 covers all who took part in that truly perilous race.
AC Electric Locomotives in Colour
The first British AC locomotives entered service on the newly electrified East Coast Main Line in 1959. This survey of AC electric traction on British railways, illustrated with over 200 colour photographs, examines each of the types built from the prototype Class AL1 (later Class 81), through the AL6 (86) which clocked up decades of reliable service from the mid 1960s, to the Class 92, designed to run through the Channel Tunnel.
The Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules
A Complete History
The hard-working, eminently versatile C-130 Hercules transport aircraft has been in continuous production for over 60 years, and is a vital part of military, civilian and humanitarian operations worldwide, able to both carry heavy loads and operate from the most primitive of runways. The expanded second edition of Smith's book covers the aircraft's complete history, including 98 variants, and contains details of its diverse operators and roles, a model list, 16 colour profiles and more than 400 black-and-white photos.
Deltics Shine On
The Class 55 'Deltic' locomotive arrived in the early 1960s, operating passenger services on the East Coast Main Line. At the time it was the most powerful engine in the world and provided one of the iconic sights of the British Railways diesel era. This book contains more than 170 images of Deltics in both colour and black and white, photographed in stations, yards and in transit, between 1979 and 1982 - the last years of their operation.
Return to Steam (Audio CD)
There are few sounds as evocative as a steam locomotive, and although these recordings were made between 1972 and 1974 on preserved lines, they transport us back to the earlier age of steam. There are two audio CDs: Steam Specials includes the sounds of Green Arrow and the Flying Scotsman; the second features locomotives on the Severn Railway, among them Class 5 No. 45110 'RAF Biggin Hill' and Pannier No. 5764. 2 CDs total running time 89 min.
The Golden Age of European Railways
The completion of Europe's long-distance rail network in the second half of the 19th century transformed the economic, social and political landscape, boosting agriculture, industry, trade and tourism. This title describes the development of each country's railway, highlighting the companies, engineers and achievements that brought them into being, as well as major routes and the experiences of the passengers travelling in ever greater numbers. The book has more than 300 archive illustrations, from engravings and photos to promotional posters and route maps.
What the Railways Did for Us
The frenzy of railway building from the 1830s not only altered the physical landscape of Britain but also profoundly affected almost every aspect of national life, driving industrial growth and forcing rapid social change.This history looks at how the railways encouraged the building of suburbs and created the Victorian seaside resorts, but also examines less obvious consequences such as a growth in share ownership encouraged by speculation on the railways and the standardization of the time in Britain.
Letting Off Steam
The Railway Paintings of David Weston
David Weston established his reputation in the 1970s through a major commission (which became an exhibition) of 24 large canvases celebrating the history of the British steam locomotive. This retrospective of his work includes Weston's thoughts and memories about his art and the subjects he paints, as well as fine reproductions of many of his pictures in oil and watercolour, covering everything from abandoned industrial locomotives to glamorous main line engines from the last years of steam.
Last Days of Steam on the LMS and BR
A Railwayman's Memoirs
Rod Fowkes grew up a couple of miles from the country's biggest marshalling yard at Toton, between Nottingham and Derby, inspiring a love of the railways that encouraged him to sign on as a junior porter at Trent station in 1956. He spent the first 20 years of a long railway career in the London Midland Region and this memoir recalls operations during the 1950s and 1960s and includes many photographs, railway correspondence and paperwork.
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.)
The ultimate symbol of the international super-rich is a private yacht, and the vessels commissioned by tycoons such as Roman Abramovich and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen are ever more opulent and stylish. With comprehensive exterior and interior photographs, this book profiles 20 of the most impressive private yachts that ever sailed - from the luxuriously rebuilt Christina O, which once belonged to Aristotle Onassis, to the art collector's yacht with a painted exterior by Jeff Koons.
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.
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 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.
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.
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'.