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.
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.
Immortalized by Kipling’s line, ‘Where the old Flotilla lay’, the Irawaddy Flotilla Company grew from four paddle steamers deployed in the Second Burmese War in 1852 to a commercial fleet of 650 vessels. This book charts the company’s development against the background of British colonial policy and the economic growth of Burma, and describes its tragic end during the Second World War, when its ships were scuppered to prevent them falling into the hands of the Japanese. Bears old cover price.
McDonnell Douglas's F4 Phantom entered service with the US Navy in 1960 as an interceptor but its versatility saw it take on a host of other duties, from fighter-bomber to reconnaissance plane, and it also proved a highly successful international export. This book tells the story of its design, construction and active service for air forces around the world, up to the 1990s, and is illustrated with hundreds of photographs, diagrams and illustrations detailing different liveries and variants.
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 Car Book
The Definitive Visual History
Conceived as an alternative to the 'bubble cars' popular in the 1950s, Alec Issigonis' revolutionary Mini established the pattern for the modern car with its front-wheel drive and transverse engine. This history of more than a century of evolution includes illustrated features exploring milestones in car design and engine development as well as profiling the great marques and presenting over 1,000 colour images of important cars, from Daimler's first petrol-engined vehicle of 1886 to modern hybrids.
Mercedes-Benz SLK R170 Series
The challenge with the R170 was to achieve a competitive price and sporty performance while retaining high safety and build standards, and including expensive features, such as the ‘Variodach’ folding roof. This book charts the design process and changes made to the specifications, year by year.
Mercedes-Benz SLK R171 Series
The R171 was more than a face-lift version of its predecessor, with a new drivetrain, a sportier chassis set-up and a larger body to improve safety and comfort. This review of the model covers all versions built for the German, US, UK, Australian and Japanese markets.
The Times History of Britain's Railways
The first recorded 'wagonway', running coal carts along wooden rails in Nottinghamshire, predates Stephenson's Rocket by over 200 years and there was even a horse-drawn passenger railway in Surrey before steam power transformed everything. Well illustrated with archive photographs, illustrations, posters and ephemera, this book tells the whole story of Britain's railways: the innovators and pioneers; the record-breaking locomotives and grand engineering projects; the corporate organization, reorganization and nationalization; the cuts and closures; and the revival in recent decades.
Locomotives We Have Lost
Ten years before the phasing out of steam on British railways in 1968, BR’s fleet numbered over 16,000 locomotives; some were as much as 80 years old when decommissioned and some almost new. Thanks to the preservation movement, there are now operational examples of about 150 different classes, but a large number are extinct. This comprehensive illustrated reference book provides detailed information about these lost engines, representing almost 350 classes and over 10,000 machines.
Exploring Britain's Lost Railways
Thousands of miles of Britain's railways were closed during the 20th century, many following the infamous 'Beeching Report' in the 1960s and early 1970s. Since then, some of the old trackbeds have been converted to footpaths and cycleways – hidden byways through beautiful, tranquil countryside. Richly illustrated with maps and photographs, old and new, this book explores 50 of these routes, outlining their history and describing what they have to offer today's walkers, cyclists and railway enthusiasts.
The Train Book
The Definitive Visual History
Often associated with nostalgia for bygone local services, the history of the train is in fact a story of global, nation-changing consequence and technological innovation that continues to this day. Supported by hundreds of colour 'cut-out' images, The Train Book charts the development of locomotive design from Trevithick's 1803 tram engine to modern metro systems and high-speed trains; it profiles the railway pioneers and the most notable trains and, in a final section, explains how railways work.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
and the First Yacht Race Across the Atlantic
Proprietor of the New York Herald, James Gordon Bennett Jr was famous for being eccentric, impetuous and wealthy, qualities that resulted in a $30,000 bet and the first transatlantic yacht race. With a cast of New York socialites, oddballs and adventurers, this book tells the story of the record-breaking race through the voyage of Bennett’s winning vessel, the Henrietta, which left New York in high winds in midwinter 1866.
Ships to Remember
1400 Years of Historic Ships
The world’s largest passenger ship when it was launched in 1906, and holder of the Blue Riband transatlantic speed record, the Lusitania was already notable before it was sunk by a U-boat in 1915. Other less grand vessels, including the lifeboats in which Captain Bligh and Ernest Shackleton made spectacular voyages, are also included in this collection of maritime stories, and illustrated with maps and drawings and paintings by Austin Dwyer.
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.
The Dassault Adventure
A First Century of Aviation
This photographic history of the Dassault Aviation company, famous for the Mirage, records the evolution of the family-owned French aircraft manufacturer founded by Marcel Dassault in 1929. Dassault began designing in 1916, creating his innovative Éclair propeller for the French military. A century later, his legacy includes the Mirage and Rafale fighter jets, the Neuron drone and the Falcon 7X business jet, presented here along with many Dassault prototypes, demonstrators and production aircraft, both civil and military, created over 100 years of manufacturing.
The Aircraft Book
The Definitive Visual History
The Wright Brothers mastered powered flight thanks to the invention of mechanisms to alter the lift of wings and a more efficient propeller design. Examining significant aircraft from these early breakthroughs through the rapid technical advances of the following decades to contemporary models and prototypes, this volume employs Dorling Kindersley's trademark style of using illustrations cut out against a white background to tell the story of flight in a way that is clear, concise and entertaining.
True Tales from the Operators of Britain's First Jet Fighter – From 1944 to Date
‘I saw a V1 coming in south of Dover and caught up with it about three miles south of Canterbury. I was flying at 400mph and had no difficulty overtaking …’ This book features long-form interviews with over 40 veteran pilots of the beloved Gloster Meteor, the RAF’s first jet-powered aeroplane, which came into service in 1944 and played a significant role in the early stages of the Cold War, despite being alarmingly accident-prone.
A Chequered Life
Graham Warner and the Chequered Flag
A behind-the-scenes look at motor racing in the 1960s and 1970s, this illustrated history tells the story of the influential team owner who competed in single seaters, sports cars and rallies and gave early drives to greats such as Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart.
Heroes of 1960s Motorcycle Sport: Volume 3
Recalling the heyday of motorcycle trialling and motocross (then better known as scrambling), this book contains interviews and over 100 photographs of leading riders competing between the mid 1950s and early 1970s, when popular events at a variety of now-defunct British venues were regularly televised.