The First Railways
Atlas of Early Railways
From the earliest known map that shows a waggon-way in 1637, this atlas uses contemporary cartography, mostly from previously unpublished maps, along with illustrations of trackbeds, locomotives and rolling stock, to trace the technological development of railways in Britain. Beginning with primitive wooden rails used in mines and quarries, it describes progress up to the first modern, steam-driven railways in the early 19th century, and ends by surveying the transfer of the technology to other countries.
Lost Voices of the London Trams
London’s tram network declined in the 1930s and 1940s and was phased out in the 1950s, with the last tram running in January 1953. Both the memoir of a transport buff and a detailed study of London trams, illustrated with over 200 vintage photographs, Baker’s book describes the system, the routes, the depots and the vehicles, and ends by welcoming the ‘new dawn’ of today’s Tramlink service in South London.
Southdown at War
The apple-green and cream buses of Southdown Motor Services operated a territory along the south coast from Portsmouth in the west to Hastings in the east. This illustrated history focuses on the company’s wartime services, examining how it coped with the disruption of air raids during the Blitz and the later V1 flying bombs, and the heightened security and restricted movement that came when thousands of troops gathered in the region in the months before D-Day.
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.
Discovering Scotland's Lost Railways
Railway closures were underway in Scotland from the 1930s as remote lines built in the 19th century proved uneconomical. The 1963 Beeching Report recommended further cuts, and by the end of the 1960s large parts of the country were without a service. This exploration of forgotten railways, first published in 2009, traces twelve routes, mixing archive images of the lines in operation with contemporary photographs of what remains of the stations, bridges, signalling and other lineside equipment.
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.
Atmosphere and Light
The Automotive Paintings of Barry Rowe
Whether picturing Nuvolari at the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit in 1939, Duncan Hamilton’s C-type Jaguar driving through the night at Le Mans in 1953, or Mika Häkkinen on his way to victory at Monaco in 1998, Barry Rowe‘s work is steeped in the atmosphere of the racetrack. This retrospective brings together around 80 paintings, including several Jaguars (Rowe’s favourite sports car), along with his own informative commentary on the historical context of each subject. Slipcased.
Built to Thrill
More Classic Automobiles from Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt
The author Clive Cussler's interest in vintage and collectible cars matches that of his fictional hero Dirk Pitt, and many of the cars the adventurer drives in novels such as Raise the Titanic! are part of the writer's own collection. This volume provides photographs and brief histories of 49 of his fully restored classics, from a 1959 Hudson Hornet Convertible to a 1965 Corvette Stingray. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
André Lefebvre and the Cars He Created for Voisin and Citroën
The Life Story of a Passionate Automotive Pioneer
The Citroën 2CV and DS , quintessential French cars of the post-war era, introduced radical new concepts in automotive design. Before the war, their designer had already proved himself an innovator, pioneering front-wheel drive and independent suspension with the Traction Avant. This automotive history follows the career of André Lefebvre from this early work on sports cars for Voisin to his futuristic concept car of the 1950s.
British Café Racers
With its origins in the coffee bar culture of the 1950s, the stripped-down and customized motorcycles used by rockers and 'ton-up boys' to dash between hangouts, such as the Ace Café, became known as café racers. This well-illustrated celebration of the culture explores some of the best existing 'café'd' bikes, based on classic makes including BSA, Norton, Triumph and Velocette, as well as examples of the racing bikes that inspired them.
The Invention of the Jet
Andrew Nahum considers the invention of the jet engine, from Frank Whittle’s first drawings of a gas turbine and his troubled attempts at jet manufacture during the war, through to the post-war development of the first commercial jet airliner, the de Havilland Comet. Nahum also re-examines Whittle’s relationship with government agencies: far from struggling against unsupportive officialdom, the charismatic inventor benefited from a creative collaboration with the state and British industry.
First Atlantic Liner
Brunel's Great Western Steamship
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's achievement in building the steamship Great Western has been overshadowed by the fame of later vessels Great Britain and Great Eastern, but the wooden-hulled steamer was, for a short time, the largest and fastest passenger vessel making transatlantic voyages. This book looks at the business and design problems that beset Brunel during the development of Great Western and uses contemporary diaries to examine what life on board was like for passengers and crew.
To Boldly Go
Twenty-Six Vehicle Designs That Dared to Be Different
In this celebratory review of automotive design, former Rolls Royce and Bentley designer Graham Hull highlights clever styling and novel engineering solutions. Illustrated with his own sketches, the profiles include recognized motoring milestones such as the Willys Jeep, Fiat 500 and Citroën 2CV, quirky three-wheelers and micro cars, and outside-the-box engineering solutions such as Tyrrell's P34 six-wheel Formula 1 car.
A Visual Celebration of Sailing Past and Present
With photographs of classic and historic yachts, regattas and racing scenes, harbours, marinas and yacht clubs, this illustrated volume considers all aspects of the appeal of sailing, pinpointing the essence of yachting culture down to varnished wood, Dockside shoes and the yacht club bar. Exciting and exotic locations, expensive boats and famous owners are part of the picture but the author also identifies the 'beautiful discomfort' that lies behind the glamour – the sailing itself. Off-mint.
A boom in leisure cruising has seen many new large passenger ships and smaller 'expedition' ships built in recent years, while in response to the drive for cheaper cargo shipping, container vessels have got bigger, some approaching 400m in length, and are designed for slower running with more efficient engines. The 17th edition of this standard reference work, now with over 200 colour reference photographs, provides comprehensive and authoritative information on all the world's ocean-going passenger and cargo ships.
A New History of Yachting
A few English aristocrats had pleasure yachts from as early as the mid 17th century and the hobby grew considerably in the following centuries, despite remaining the preserve of the wealthy. This history charts the evolution of yachting through the golden age before the First World War and into the era of affordable dinghies, plastic moulded hulls, and the record-breaking voyages of single-handed ocean sailors in recent decades.
SS & Jaguar Cars
The first Jaguars were produced by coachbuilder SS Cars (originally Swallow Sidecar Company) with engines provided by the Standard Motor Company of Coventry. This review of the marque's early models covers the first pre-war cars, the elegant open top SS100 and the post-war Mk IV and V Jaguars (the SS name having been dropped in 1945). There are specifications of each model, colour schemes and production numbers as well as sales and export figures and competition history.
The Search for Power, Sixth Edition
Best known for its DFV Formula 1 engine of the 1960s and 1970s – the longest lived and most successful in the sport's history – Cosworth has produced a host of high-performance power units since its foundation in 1958. This history of the company describes the engineering innovations and partnerships with leading motor manufacturers that led to racing legends such as the Lotus 79 and performance road cars including the Ford RS Cosworths.
The Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Racing Car
Juan Manuel Fangio dominated Grand Prix racing in the 1950s and, driving the iconic Mercedes-Benz W196 in the 1954 and 1955 seasons, won eight of his twelve races. With archive photographs, statistics and historical background, this volume describes individually the twelve races of those two summers in which the W196R competed – the last appearances of a Mercedes car in Formula 1 until the 21st century.
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.
Burns and Laird
This volume from the Ships in Focus series is a photographic record of the ships of the famous Glasgow shipping company which played a pioneering role in developing British coastal and short sea steamship services until its demise in the 1970s. The book also includes vessels operated by the separate Burns and Laird lines before their amalgamation in 1922. The extensive captions give details of builders, engines and basic dimensions and outline each ship's history.
The Victorian Steam Locomotive
Its Design and Development 1804–1897
By the end of the 19th century, the steam locomotive was the most prominent and glamorous symbol of industrial modernism. This review of its history and operation was first published in 1897 and deals in the first part with the earliest locomotive designs, explaining the basic technology and outlining the improvements that gradually refined it, and in the second part with how a contemporary engine works, with diagrams and photographs.
From Amelia Earhart to Sally Ride, Making History in Air and Space
This large-format illustrated volume tells the stories of 22 enterprising female aviators who pushed the boundaries of flight, from the record breakers of the 1920s and wartime flyers such as Hanna Reitsch, to commercial pilots of the post-war era and 21st-century astronauts. The historian Bernard Marck describes the challenges faced by each woman, examines their contribution to the history of aviation, and celebrates their skill, courage and determination to succeed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
South Wales Direct Line
History and Working
The Severn Tunnel, opened in 1886, brought increased traffic to South Wales. Communications were further improved in the early 20th century with GWR's 'Badminton Line' providing a direct link to London. Telling the history of the line, including its upgrading for high-speed trains in the 1970s, this book explores the stations, junctions, signal boxes, tunnels and other features of the route as well as the duties of staff who have worked on the railway.
Douglas DC-3 Dakota Owners' Workshop Manual
1935 Onwards (All Marks)
The Douglas DC-3 Dakota revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and played a crucial role in the Second World War, transporting men and equipment in every major theatre. With technical diagrams, photographs and contributions from the pilot and engineer of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Dakota, ZA947, the Haynes ‘Owners’ Workshop Manual’ gives an insight into owning, flying and maintaining this revolutionary aircraft.
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.
The Mister Softee Story
Famous Fleets: Volume Five
Steve Tillyer presents the history of Mister Softee mobile ice cream, from its origins in Philadelphia, USA, to the introduction of the vans to the UK by Smiths of Gateshead motor vehicle body manufacturers and the subsequent involvement of Lyons Maid and Nestlé.
Nostalgia Road: Volume Five
In the 1930s, the London, Midland and Scottish Railway needed to mechanize their delivery service: the solution, the Karrier Motors’ Mechanical Horse, was an important advance in road haulage – the forerunner of the articulated lorry, albeit with three wheels.
LMS Railway Road Vehicles
Famous Fleets: Volume Six
As well as the innovative Mechanical Horses, this survey of the London, Midland and Scotland Railway’s road vehicles from 1923 to 1947 includes buses and coaches, tractors and trailers, livestock transporters, and wartime conversions. Slightly off-mint.
Bedford Light Commercials of the 1950s & '60s
Classic Marques: Volume Three
Continuing the Bedford story, the authors examine the 5-cwt to 35-cwt range of commercial vehicles produced by Vauxhall Motors during the 1950s and 1960s to meet the dramatically increasing demand as post-war Britain began to prosper.
The Definitive History 1997 to 2005
The Porsche 911 has been in continual development since its launch in 1963, the 1997 revamp introducing a water-cooled engine for the first time. This fifth volume in Brian Long’s history of the car reviews the design, specifications, marketing and racing performance of the 996 version.
1979 to 2015
This review of the premium off-roader traces its roots to the collaboration between Mercedes and Steyr-Puch, who brought decades of experience in all-terrain vehicles to the original project in the 1970s. Illustrated with publicity images, period brochures and photographs of all models in action, the book outlines the developments and adaptations that have transformed the model from a practical workhorse to the super-luxury 4x4 of today.
Velocette 350 & 500 Singles: 1946 to 1970
The Essential Buyer's Guide
With a reputation for high build quality, an impressive racing pedigree and a tricky clutch, the Velocette Single attracts a dedicated following among classic bike owners. This volume's comprehensive inspection section identifies all the bike's foibles.
Mile by Mile
An Illustrated Journey on Britain's Railways
SN Pike's legendary hand-drawn route maps are a guide to Britain's major railways on the eve of nationalization, with notes on the view from the train as well as trackside data for railway enthusiasts. The original three routes covering the LNER, Southern Railway and LMSR are reproduced here; plus a new route, faithful to Pike's style, for the GWR, which was missing from the 1947 pamphlets. With new introductions to each of the 'Big Four' lines by Peter Herring.
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.
British Buses 1967
The 220 photographs in this survey of bus services in Britain were all taken in 1967, capturing the varied scene in the year before the formation of the National Bus Company, which brought a greater degree of standardization to the network. Explanatory captions identify the assorted fleets of buses, coaches and trolleybuses run by a wide variety of private operators and city corporations.
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.