Military Transport - 3 Books
Detailed illustrations and cutaways are the leading feature of this series of books celebrating the most significant military hardware of the modern era. Charting technological development from the first innovations to the latest high-tech models, each volume selects 50 of the most significant vehicles, the entry for each including specification tables, photographs and descriptions outlining notable design features. The three titles included in this set are: Tanks (Read more...) Warships (Read more...) Military Jets (Read more...)
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.
Cuba, Cars and Cigars
Classic 1950s American Automobiles
Most of the estimated 60,000 classic cars that contribute to Cuba’s unique atmosphere date to before Fidel Castro’s revolution of 1959, after which strict prohibitions on American imports were imposed. As well as decaying examples of Buicks, Chevrolets, Fords, Cadillacs, Packards, Plymouths and Chryslers from Detroit’s golden age, this collection of photographs also captures a selection of vintage European cars and glimpses of Havana street life.
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.
99 Years of Coaching
The Story of Sheasby's South Dorset Coaches
Founded in the village of Corfe Castle in 1896, South Dorset Coaches’ first vehicles were horse drawn but motorized transport soon took over. This history of the company is illustrated with over 150 photographs of the motor coaches operated from the 1930s to the 21st century.
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 Reliant Robin
Britain's Most Bizarre Car
The three-wheeled Reliant Robin became something of a joke in British motoring during the 1980s but its practical design, low running costs and competitive price tag had proved a successful formula in the 1970s for both private motoring and light commercial use. This account of the thirty-year career of the innovative fibreglass car also explores the company's other surprising models such as the sporty Bond Bug and the luxury Scimitar sports estate.
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.
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.
A Steam Engine Pilgrimage
The broadcaster Anthony Burton shares an account of his experience of travelling around Britain on a variety of different modes of steam-powered transport, framing each of his journeys within its historical context. Among other adventures, he shovels coal into the boiler of an old Clyde Puffer, takes a trip across Windermere on an Edwardian-era launch and hitches a ride in a replica of Richard Trevithick’s ‘Puffing Devil’ with one of the famed engineer's direct descendants.
Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide
1853 Railway Handbook of Europe
‘The rigid regulations of the Continental Police, and the Passport custom, are the two greatest annoyances experienced by English travellers on the Continent.’ No intrepid Victorian would have ventured across the Channel without heeding the advice of Bradshaw’s guide. Packed with railway timetables, hotel recommendations, maps, period advertisements and practical information, this new, large-format version of the 1853 edition, as featured in the TV series Great Continental Railway Journeys, recreates an age when rail travel was an adventurous novelty.
The Cultural History of a Catastrophe
The sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 by a German U-boat, drowning nearly 1,200 civilian passengers, including 128 Americans, was greeted with jubilation by the German establishment and press. Although it resulted in America’s entry into the First World War, it also marked the beginning of a new kind of brutality in German warfare which, Willi Jasper argues in this erudite study, precipitated the totalitarian violence for which Germany became notorious.
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 photographs, provides comprehensive and authoritative information on all the world's ocean-going passenger and cargo ships.
The Bicycle Book
The Definitive Visual History
In 1885 British inventor John Kemp made use of two innovations for the Rover Safety Bicycle: a chain drive and pneumatic tyres, developments that made all previous designs obsolete. With hundreds of profile photographs of classic bikes and accompanying archive images and ephemera, this history analyses developments from boneshakers, penny-farthings, shoppers, Choppers and BMX bikes to the carbon fibre racers and ingenious commuter cycles of today. Slightly off-mint.
Type 57 Grand Prix – A Celebration
Winner of the French Grand Prix in 1936 and Le Mans in 1937, the Bugatti Type 57G Tank remains one of the most glamorous and recognizable vintage racing cars. With design diagrams and archive photographs, this analysis of Jean Bugatti’s classic car describes its racing career and evolution through the Types 57, 57S and 59 as well as identifying the race-to-race body and chassis differences of the competition models.
Built for Adventure
The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt
Like the hero of his adventure novels, Dirk Pitt, author Clive Cussler is a fan of classic cars and he often has his fictional hero driving vehicles that are part of his personal collection. With colour photographs of the cars and brief histories of each model, this book explores the Cussler/Pitt collection which ranges from a 1906 Stanley Steamer to Duesenbergs, Bentleys and Lincolns of the 1920s and 1930s and the extravagant 1948 Talbot-Lago Grand Sport Coupé. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
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.
Ordeal by Ice
Ships of the Antarctic
The hazardous seas that surround Antarctica require ships of the utmost resilience. This book focuses on the design and construction of the actual vessels, from the Chinese fleet that first sighted the southern continent in the 15th century, through Captain Cook’s Resolution, to today’s automated whalers. Technical information, plans, photographs and paintings reveal the features that enabled these ships, whether purpose-built or adapted, to negotiate poorly charted waters and withstand the pressure of ice.
The Ships of Ellis Island
The manifests of Ellis Island record a total of 818 ships bringing new citizens to America between 1892, when the facility was opened, and 1924, when immigration quotas were much reduced. Through contemporary photographs and promotional posters, this book profiles 100 of the most interesting, from large and famous liners such as the Lusitania and the Olympic to the many more modest vessels that offered the life-changing transatlantic voyage from ports all over Europe.
Cock O' the North
Gresley's Bold Experiment
On 22 May 1934 the Cock o' the North, the largest steam passenger locomotive Britain has seen, entered service on the LNER. Designed by HN Gresley, it had numerous innovative features and was the first time the 2-8-2 ('Mikado') wheel arrangement had been used for express passenger traffic. Peter Tuffrey draws on his photographic archive and tells its story in the context of the engine designs of Gresley and his contemporaries.
Veterans in Steam
From two tank engines, built in Kilmarnock in 1919 and still moving coal in Wales in the 1970s, to American ‘Skyliner’ locomotives working the Turkish railways, this photographic journey, first published in 1979, seeks out venerable old engines and the last working steam on a route that takes in Britain, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey and Syria.
British Rail Class 20 Locomotives
The English Electric Type 1 (later Class 20) was one of 14 new diesel locomotive designs ordered as part of the British Rail Modernization Plan. Beginning work in 1957 and commonly used in pairs, they gained a reputation as rugged, reliable and flexible workhorses. A few examples are still operative on the network and this illustrated history examines their 60 years of service.
The West the Railroads Made
The construction of railways across the open plains of North America transformed the nation, setting up rivalries between gateway cities such as St Louis and Chicago; rapidly growing the settlements of the west coast, including Los Angeles and Seattle; and transforming much of the territory in between. This analysis of how railways shaped the American West draws on the archives of the University of Missouri's Barriger Railroad Library and is illustrated with contemporary maps, archive photographs and period ephemera.
An Odyssey in Steam
Railway Paintings from 'Rocket' to 'Evening Star'
David Bell made his name as a marine artist, having spent time in the merchant navy, but his boyhood passion was for the railways, fuelled by visits to Doncaster Carr shed during the last days of steam. This selection of his detailed yet atmospheric watercolour paintings and pencil sketches presents a mixture of scenes, from nostalgic imaginings of the great locomotives in their heyday to preserved steam railways and exhibits at the National Railway Museum.
Henry Ford, George Selden, and the Race to Invent the Auto Age
George Selden’s American patent for an ‘improved road engine’, granted in 1895, earned him royalties from the fledgling automobile industry, but Henry Ford’s legal challenge set the industry free of copyright restriction after 1911. This account of the era-defining invention explores its origins in Germany and France and development in America, and profiles the business tycoons, courtroom wranglers, maverick inventors and daredevil racers who played a part in establishing the car industry in its early days. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Ferrari 512 S/M
Owner's Workshop Manual 1970 Onwards (All Models)
Challenging at Le Mans and other international endurance events in the early 1970s, the Ferrari 512 became one of the marque’s best-loved competition sports cars, despite never quite delivering on its promise in race wins. This guide provides a mechanical and design analysis, with detailed photographs and cut-away diagrams, as well as an account of the car’s racing years, personal views from drivers and engineers, and information about restored models today.
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.
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.
Barrow Built Submarines
An Art Collection
The Barrow-in-Furness yard of Vickers, Sons and Maxim won the contract to build the first Royal Navy submarines in 1900. Illustrated with commemorative paintings of the many submarines that have since been built there, each entry in this volume carries a brief history and technical information about the vessels, which include the first British nuclear submarine, HMS Dreadnought, and the X-Craft midget submarines of the Second World War.
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.
Railways in the Landscape
How They Transformed the Face of Britain
The arrival of the railways in the 19th century changed Britain, physically, socially and economically. This study examines its effects, from the countryside where great viaducts transformed the valleys, to the rapidly expanding cities, while whole new towns such as Crewe came into being. Illustrated with modern and period photographs, the book concludes with a case study of one particular railway, the London & Birmingham, over 170 years.
The Ringing Grooves of Change
Brunel and the Coming of the Railway to Bath
Before the opening of the Great Western Railway, the journey from London to Bath by mail coach took 13 hours; the railway cut the journey time to four hours – it also ruined business for the coaching inns. Their decline is the first of many changes Swift describes, including the invasion of navvies and the cutting through Sydney Gardens; but the focus of the book is Brunel and the construction of his great railway with its bridges, viaducts and the Box Tunnel.
Images of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Railways
Classic Photographs from the Maurice Dart Railway Collection
The area featured in this selection covers the important railway centre at Eastleigh, and a number of the photographs show locomotives at the works and shed there. Organized by locomotive class, the images in the book date back to the late 19th century and include some diesel as well as the many steam locomotives and associated railway infrastructure.
The Eastern Region
British Railways in Colour: Volume 4
In colour photographs taken between 1948 and 1968 and detailed commentaries, the British Railways in Colour series aims to tell the history of the nationalized British Railways in the steam era. In this volume on the Eastern Region, Earnshaw's text is designed to introduce railway history to a new generation of enthusiasts, while the 70 images have been chosen with the more seasoned enthusiast or modeller in mind.
A Tasman Trio
Wanganella – Awatea – Monowai
Illustrated with over 180 photographs and plans, this book tells the stories of three ships that plied the Tasman route between Australia and New Zealand in the 1930s and 1940s: Huddard Parker’s Wanganella and the Union Steam Ship company’s Awatea, the fastest ship on the Tasman Sea, and Monowai, whose 30-year career ended in 1960. The book covers the service of all three ships during the Second World War, which saw the bombing and destruction of Awatea.
Sailing and Soaring
The Great Liners and the Great Skyscrapers
Beginning with New York’s Singer Building, which at 612 feet on completion in 1908 was the world’s tallest building, and Cunard’s Lusitania and Mauretania, both Blue Riband winners for their astonishing speed, this book compares nine of the most iconic Manhattan skyscrapers with many of the great transatlantic liners, including Queen Mary and Allure of the Seas, exploring the history of their construction, interior design, various uses and regrettable, though inevitable, demise.
Great French Passenger Ships
France joined the Anglo-German competition to provide the fastest, most luxurious passage across the Atlantic when it launched the France in 1912. A series of successively larger and grander liners followed including the Île de France and the Normandie. This examination of French liners is illustrated with posters, paintings, photos of the vessels and their stylish interiors, and ephemera from the heyday of French sea travel between the 1920s and the 1960s.
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.
Devonport Built Warships
Devonport is one of the main Royal Navy bases today, but its history goes back to 1689 when William III ordered the building of a new Royal dockyard west of Plymouth. This illustrated chronicles lists all the warships built there since 1860, when increased levels of armouring qualified the craft as ‘modern’, with key facts and potted histories of significant ships such as HMS Royal Oak, HMS Warspite and HMS Exeter.
The Light Railways of Britain and Ireland
The 1896 Light Railways Act led to a two-decade boom in new rail lines that relied on cheaper, less resilient materials and slower speeds than existing routes. This reissue of a classic 1985 book, extensively illustrated with images of lost lines and stations, details the way that light railways filled gaps in the rail network before post-war competition from roads led to their decline.
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.
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.
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 1947 routes of the LNER, Southern Railway and LMSR are reproduced here; plus a new route, drawn in Pike's style, for the GWR. With new introductions by Peter Herring.
De Havilland Comet
Owner's Workshop Manual 1949–97 (All Marks)
First manufactured at Hatfield Aerodrome in the 1940s, the Comet was the world's first commercial jet airliner, and its successor, the Nimrod, saw decades of military action. This illustrated guide explores their construction and tells the story of their design, operation and active service.
Grand Prix Ferrari
The Years of Enzo Ferrari's Power, 1948–1980
The greatest team in Grand Prix racing in the 20th century was strongly controlled by its founder, Enzo, who presided over periods of dominance in the sport in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. This detailed history of the team during his stewardship includes a season-by-season account of its changing fortunes, analyses of the Formula 1 cars, with the specifications of each model, profiles of drivers, race results and photographs from throughout the period.
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.
Model by Model from 1903
Founded in Lambeth, South London, Vauxhall Motors competed in the luxury car market in the early days of motoring, its focus switching to popular models following acquisition by General Motors in 1925. With detailed specifications and photographs, every car they built is profiled in this book, from the sporting glamour of the Prince Henry in the 1910s to the Viva and Cavalier of the 1960s and 1970s and the Corsa and Meriva of the current line-up.
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.
Zombie Survival Transport
Post-apocalyptic Vehicles (all variations) Owners Apocalypse Manual
In the event of a full-scale zombie invasion, you may need to kit out your car and garage to maximize your survival prospects. This illustrated Haynes manual takes a humorous look at everything from fuel and maintenance to weaponry.
Early Tramways in Yorkshire
A Golden Age
From the earliest horse-drawn and steam trams to the age of electricity, tramways revolutionized transport within British towns and cities. Extensively illustrated with contemporary postcards and exclusive glass plate negatives showing street scenes and opening ceremonies, this book recounts the early years (1870s–1920s) of tramways in every corner of Yorkshire, including Sheffield, Hull, Doncaster and Keighley.
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.
Horse-drawn tramways were superseded by cable and electric systems in the early 20th century, and in the big cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow extensive services operated into the 1950s and 1960s. Focusing on these centres and with nearly 200 images, fleet lists, maps and details of route openings and closures, this volume tells the story of Scotland’s trams up to the costly new line that opened in Edinburgh in 2014.
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.
Great Mediterranean Passenger Ships
Italian passenger ships dominated the Mediterranean before the Second World War but most were destroyed in the conflict. During the 1950s and 1960s a new fleet of liners emerged and other nations, including Greece, Spain, Portugal, Israel and Turkey, also entered the market, providing local cruising as well as services beyond Europe. This volume profiles the most prominent vessels of this golden era and is illustrated with over 170 photographs and contemporary publicity material.
Rails Across Europe
Northern and Western Europe
The varied railway infrastructure across Northern Europe in recent decades includes high speed trains and electric multiple unit sets as well as diesel and electric locomotive-hauled expresses and freight. Showing trains in transit as well as at stations and yards, this volume covers Scandinavia, the Baltic States, Germany, Poland, Holland, Belgium, France, Ireland and the UK.
Rails Across Europe
Eastern and Southern Europe
Electrification is widespread in the southern countries of Europe and the locomotives in use are often built by local manufacturers, such as Škoda in the Czech Republic and Ansaldo Breda in Italy. The photographs in this collection range from Southern France, Spain and Portugal to former Eastern bloc states including Romania and Ukraine.
Rails Across North America
A Pictorial Journey Across the USA
The photographer David Cable visited the United States 14 times between the mid-1970s and 2008, witnessing changes on the network through various operator mergers and the development of the Class 1, 2 and 3 railroad designation system. His images record the impressive freight locomotives, often multi-engined on the principal routes, as well as Amtrak passenger services and suburban commuter trains. Slightly off-mint.
Rails Across Britain
Thirty Years of Change and Colour
Beginning with the last years of British Rail, this collection demonstrates an array of different operators and liveries on the British network since privatization. The images cover locations from Scotland to Cornwall and a wide range of tractions, from modern commuter sets and London Underground trains to aged diesel freight locomotives.
1967–1970 (all marks) Owners' Workshop Manual
The Lotus 49 is a classic Formula One racing car, introduced in the 1967 season. Its Double Four Valve engine would become dominant in the sport and it was one of the first models to have aerodynamic wings. Jim Clark and Graham Hill were among the well-known F1 drivers who found success in the car. This illustrated manual tells its story and explores the engineering that went into its creation.
Factory-original Triumph Twins
Speed Twin, Tiger, Thunderbird & Bonneville Models 1938–62
The parallel twin arrangement of the engine in the Triumph 5T Speed Twin was not in itself unusual but the lightweight frame and ample power made the bike particularly capable. This detailed survey of the model and its post-war successors uses period sales brochures and specially commissioned photographs of original examples to explore the classic bikes and identify their factory specifications, for restorers and enthusiasts.
True Tales from Operators of Military and Civilian Rotorcraft
The author’s extensive experience of flying for the RAF and for the North Sea oil industry provides some of the stories of dangerous and daring helicopter missions in this collection. From Africa and Afghanistan to the Shetlands, the real-life adventures, in a range of different rotorcraft, include attending the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster, operating Chinooks from a merchant ship during the Falklands War and distributing aid in Kosovo in 1999.
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.
Bentley 4½ Litre
1927 Onwards (All models, including 'Blower')
A breakdown of the mechanicals of the car forms only a part of this celebration of one of the most famous models in automotive history. As well as the story of its success at Le Mans in the late 1920s and early 1930s, there are chapters exploring the experience of the drivers and mechanics of the period and an appraisal of owning, restoring and maintaining surviving examples today.
Owners' Workshop Manual
Beginning life as an ambulance conversion of a 1959 Cadillac Series 62, the 'Ectomobile' from Ghostbusters was one of the stars of the film. This tongue-in-cheek technical analysis also includes dissections of vehicles from the sequels and of some of the special spook-hunting gadgets.
The Canal Pioneers
Canal Construction from 2,500 BC to the Early 20th Century
Beginning with the water transport used to construct the Egyptian pyramids, this history of canals features examples from around the world that illustrate improvements in technology, such as new types of lock and the introduction of cast iron for bridges. It also describes how cities, from Birmingham to Bangkok, have been built around canals and how the British network made the Industrial Revolution possible.
British Shipping Fleets
This second volume of British Shipping Fleets presents detailed histories and fleet lists of United Baltic Corporation Ltd, Howdens of Larne, Thomas Dunlop and Sons, Chellew Navigation Company Ltd, and Glover Brothers. The fleet lists provide technical and career details for each ship and, wherever possible, a black-and-white photograph. The book has an index of ships and colour illustrations of the companies' liveries.
In order to have enough work to sell at his first exhibition, Jonathan Clay left the backgrounds to some locomotive compositions blank, intending to complete them later. The sale of these canvases helped establish his career as a railway artist and also set a signature style of composition. This collection of 150 paintings includes historic British steam engines, diesels from the BR era and narrow-gauge locos as well as engines from America and elsewhere.
De Havilland Enterprises
Geoffrey De Havilland not only designed the aerodynamics of his first biplane in 1909 but also the engine that propelled it. Later models, such as the Gipsy Moth, were among the most successful of the interwar period, and his Comet jet airliner of 1952 showed the way ahead for civil aviation. This directory profiles every one of his company's products, including unrealized design concepts and aircraft produced by the Canadian and Australian subsidiaries.
The Leyland Atlantean
The rear-engined, front-entry layout of the Leyland Atlantean double-decker bus was not an entirely new idea when it appeared in 1958, but with the economics of the industry changing, it did prove to be the formula universally adopted in the decades to come. This book tells the story of the model through a series of colour photographs of buses in service around the country from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Cops and Robbers
The Story of the British Police Car
A former police constable turned television presenter and car builder, Ant Anstead presents a lively history of the British police service’s relationship with the car, from chasing pioneer motorists on bicycles and the realization that they needed to be quicker than the offenders, to the high-spec supercars in use today. Anstead traces the car’s changing role in policing but, as a self-confessed petrol-head, his emphasis is on the cars, whether Morris Minor panda cars or Subaru Impreza Turbos.
Britain's Railways in Wartime
The Nation's Lifeline
Victory in the two world wars would have been impossible without the railways: ‘everything that was grown, made or mined, had to be carried, and soldiers, sailors, airmen, and civilians also had to be carried.’ The scale of the task and dangers faced by the women and men of the railways were enormous, and this book, with its wealth of statistics and archival photography, pays tribute to the resourcefulness of railway staff, from cleaners and clerks to drivers and porters.
Return to Glory!
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Racing Car
Returning to sports-car racing in the early 1950s, Mercedes produced a car that was notably less powerful than its rivals, but was nevertheless competitive due to its low weight and streamlined profile. This book traces the development of the 300SL and reviews its remarkable performances in the most important endurance races of 1952, from the Mille Miglia, where it finished second, to winning at the Nürburgring, Le Mans and the Carrera Panamerica.
An Indian Summer of Steam
Railway Travel in The United Kingdom and Abroad 1962–2013
Working on the railways from the early 1960s, David Maidment was in a privileged position to witness the last days of steam and continued his interest by seeking out steam across the world after its demise in Britain. Accompanied by 200 of his own images, this 'railway biography' tells the story of his career and his pursuit of working steam and steam specials in Europe and China.
A History of the Southern Railway
The Southern Railway was formed in 1923, an amalgamation of three companies. This meticulously detailed study by the veteran railway historian Colin Maggs traces the history of the three main companies and smaller railways, such as the Isle of Wight Railways and the London, Chatham and Dover Railway. It also describes and illustrates, with around 100 period photographs, the locomotives and rolling stock, and covers topics such as major accidents and the railways’ cross-Channel shipping enterprises.
A Short History of the Motorcycle
An avid collector of classic and modern motorcycles himself, Richard Hammond describes how the machines have evolved, as well as their emotional appeal, in this introduction to motorcycle history and culture. In addition to examining notable manufacturers from BSA and Vincent to Honda and Ducati, the topics covered include bikes in films, biker gangs, racing heroes and Evel Knievel.
Into the Raging Sea
Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm and the Sinking of El Faro
In 2015, an American cargo ship went down with all hands near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin. Drawing on the conversations of the crew, captured by the ship's data recorder, this analysis of the tragedy recounts the crisis as it unfolded on board, investigates the captain's decision to steer directly into the storm and reviews the shortcomings of the merchant fleet and the increased threat represented by climate change. Off-mint.
SS Great Britain
Brunel's Ship, Her Voyages, Passengers and Crew
Brunel's initial designs for a sister steamship for the Great Western called for a wooden hull and paddle wheel propulsion, but his switch to a screw propeller and iron construction made the new ship a world first. This biography of the vessel looks beyond the innovation of its design and short-lived transatlantic service to its long career sailing between Liverpool and Australia, later cargo duties and eventual scuttling in the Falkland Islands, before salvage and restoration in the 1970s.