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.
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.
London Tramway Twilight
Evidence of London's tram system can still be seen in the underpass from Kingsway to Waterloo Bridge. This once connected an extensive network south of the river that survived until withdrawal in favour of buses in 1952. Recalling the last years of service, this survey reviews tramway history in London and the campaign to save the network, explores the working vehicles of the early 1950s and is illustrated with many archive photographs and route maps.
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.
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.
Classic Commercial Vehicles
Less well chronicled than the Austins, Hillmans and Rovers that provided Britons' personal transport in the 20th century, vehicles made by Scammell, Foden, AEC, Bedford, Leyland and others were nevertheless a common sight on the roads in the form of lorries, buses, vans, charabancs and steam wagons. This book exhibits over 140 preserved examples of these commercial vehicles, dating from the 1910s to the 1970s, sympathetically photographed in period settings.
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.
South Wales - Mixed Traffic
As well as being its principal export, coal was also brought into South Wales during the steam era and, along with other freight, mainline passenger trains and local services, comprised the mixed traffic recorded in this portrait of the railway scene in the 1950s and early 1960s. Most of the images show the whole train in its context and reveal the variety of stock and locomotives in use, some dating to the pre-grouping era.
The Flying Scotsman
Speed, Style, Service
First run in 1862, ‘the ten o’ clock’ from King's Cross to Edinburgh quickly became known as the Flying Scotsman as it cut journey times to the North dramatically, facilitating business links to the Scottish capital and northern cities and promoting tourism. Focusing on the steam era, this illustrated history celebrates the famous service, the locomotives that worked it, the experiences of passengers and staff, the engineering of the route and the landscape it traversed.
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
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.
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 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 Story of Britain's Ultimate Steam Locomotives
William Stanier, chief engineer of the London Midland and Scottish Railway, responded to the LNER's A4 Pacifics in 1937 with his Coronation-class locomotives, many named after Duchesses. The most powerful engines on the network, the first examples carried distinctive streamlined bodywork. Including the accounts of LMS railwaymen, this book tells the story of the Duchesses’ main-line service as well as examining the modern restoration of two locomotives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & 3½ 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 3½-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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.