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.
The Rise and Fall of the Supersonic Airliner
Conceived amid the technological optimism of the space age, Concorde seemed an inevitable step towards routine supersonic and even inter-planetary travel. Drawing on archive material and interviews, Jonathan Glancey's account of its history explains how international rivalries, the oil crisis and Boeing's Jumbo Jet all played a part in Concorde’s ultimate commercial failure. The book also analyses the uneasy Anglo-French partnership that produced one of the greatest achievements in aviation history.
The Unfolding Story
The first reports published in The Daily Mirror of the Titanic's collision with an iceberg announced that everyone on board was safe. The truth soon emerged, and the tragedy and its aftermath generated stories for decades to come. Using the original newspaper accounts and contemporary photographs this book tells the story as it unfolded from the famous disaster itself to the discovery of the wreck and the conspiracy theories of recent decades.
A Steam Odyssey
The Railroad Photographs of Victor Hand
Victor Hand began publishing his photographs in the American Trains magazine in the early 1960s and, like many enthusiasts, was inspired to record the last of steam as it was taken out of service. Over the decades he travelled further and further afield to find working steam and this portfolio presents a collection of his meticulous large-format, black-and-white photographs, from America in the 1950s to Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and China up to the 1990s.
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.
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.
The Age of Steam
Lines serving the coalfields were an important part of the development of Nottinghamshire’s railways and in the 1850s competing operators battled over access to this industrial traffic as well as the passenger routes. This concise history explores Nottingham's railways from their beginnings to the Beeching cuts and the decline of steam, and investigates remnants of the steam age in the region today.
The History of Steam
The port cities were the focus of the railways in Hampshire when the three main lines were built, from Southampton to London and to the Midlands and from Portsmouth to South Wales. This concise illustrated history recalls the era of steam in the county when the Eastleigh works were building locomotives and numerous branch lines and light railways supplemented the principal routes, bringing passengers and freight to and from the coast.
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.
Locomotives of the Great Northern Railway
The 1923 revision of the railways in Britain saw the end of dozens of companies around the country as many famous names were absorbed into the 'Big Four'. The Britain's Pre-Grouping Railways series surveys some of the best known operators of the era, focusing on the locomotives in operation and the engineers responsible for acquiring, designing and building them. Only three engineers occupied the role of Locomotive Superintendent of the GNR from the newly built railway of the early 1850s to the first decade of the 20th century, when Henry Ivatt introduced 4-4-2 'Atlantic' type locos into Britain. This revised reprint of the 1910 edition of Bird's classic history of the period is augmented by newly researched photographs. Edited by John Christopher.
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.
2, 3 & 3 1/2 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 3 1/2-litre car for a brief period in 1934-1935.
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.
Shipwrecks of the North-West Coast
Storms that can whip up in a moment, acres of sand banks and a large tidal range have made the north-west coast a treacherous stretch of water down the centuries. This book investigates the stories of shipwrecks and attending rescue attempts from the 17th century, when smugglers and wreckers were as much a hazard to shipping as the weather, to the sinking of the Irish ferry Riverdance in 2008.
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.
Great Western Railway Stations 1947
A Photographic and Track Diagram Survey: Part Two (Numbers 721-1612)
The second part of Robin Smith's exhaustive two-volume survey of all the GWR and GWR joint stations in operation in 1947 covers locations in the Wirral, Welsh Borders and Wales. An invaluable reference work for railway modellers, historians and enthusiasts, the book gives brief line histories, a track layout diagram for each of the 881 stops, dates of opening and closure, and over 1000 photographs providing a contemporary or near-contemporary view of virtually every station and halt.
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.
The Central Line
Capital to build the original Central London Railway was hard to raise; but with the general public, who had shown little interest in the share issue needed to finance construction, the new line was an immediate success when it finally opened in July 1900. This book is one of the Illustrated Histories of the London Underground, published in association with London's Transport Museum and London Underground. The series traces the development of each Tube line from its initial planning and construction to its present day operation.
The District Line
From financially disastrous beginnings - no one seemed particularly keen to invest in tube railways - the District Line now serves 60 stations and is one of the busiest in the London Underground network. This book is one of the Illustrated Histories of the London Underground, published in association with London's Transport Museum and London Underground. The series traces the development of each Tube line from its initial planning and construction to its present day operation.
Wonder Book of Trains
In the early to mid-20th century trains represented glamour, excitement and adventure for many children, and the publishing industry fed this interest with highly visual books displaying colourful and technically accurate illustrations of locomotives and the associated paraphernalia of the railways. Antiques Roadshow favourite Paul Atterbury presents material from a host of these vintage books in this nostalgic celebration of the golden age of steam.
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.
Empire of the Clouds
When Britain's Aircraft Ruled the World
In 1945 Britain was the world's leading builder of jet aircraft and in the decade that followed, produced planes such as the Comet, Vulcan, Hawker Hunter and Lightning; but by the early 1960s aviation companies such as Avro and Vickers were either gone or struggling. This book fuses the author's memories of British aviation's heyday with tales of the legendary aircraft and test pilots and a rueful history of Britain's loss of self-confidence and power. Special illustrated edition.
Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age
Germany had warned potential passengers that liners in British waters were targets, but this did not stop the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 causing a storm of international protest. Investigating the various theories that munitions were being transported on the ship and that the sinking was part of a plot to bring America into the war, this book also explores the lives of passengers, illuminating a golden age of travel at the moment it came to a violent end.
Early Cycle Lighting
The first cyclists took to the roads long before battery-powered lamps were invented, but they had to light their way just as we do today. Before they set off after dark, cyclists from the 1870s right through to the early years of the Second World War in some places, had to spend a long time preparing an oil or acetylene gas-powered lamp. This is an illustrated history of this interesting technology in Britain, Europe and America.
Full Steam Ahead
A Golden Age of Cruises
From the first ships that earned their livelihoods taking passengers on pleasure trips, the cruise industry has understood the importance of producing attractive advertising and glamorous images of their vessels and destinations. This history of leisure cruising is extensively illustrated with such materials, ranging from 19th- and early 20th-century posters and photographs of inter-war tourists in exotic destinations to pictures of historic ships' interiors and portraits of the gargantuan 'super cruisers' of today.
The Moving Metropolis
A History of London's Transport Since 1800
From horse-drawn trams and the opening of the first passenger railway in 1836, to the UK's first urban cable car, this engrossing volume traces the history of the transport systems that have made a vital contribution to the development of London. With informative texts and hundreds of captioned artworks and photographs, the book covers topics such as transport during wartime, the challenge of the motor car and architectural design as well as the trams, trains and buses that have kept London moving since 1800.
Heritage of the Sea
Famous Preserved Ships Around the UK
From the replica of Drake's Golden Hind in London to the Royal Yacht Britannia, now permanently on display in Edinburgh, Britain's maritime history is recorded in a number of museum ships and preserved vessels around the country. This illustrated volume reviews a selection of the most interesting, including major tourist attractions such as Nelson's flagship Victory in Portsmouth and Brunel's Great Britain in Bristol as well as smaller vessels such as military midget submarines, coastal barges and fishing boats.
The Coming of the Comet
The Rise and Fall of the Paddle Steamer
Over ten years before the Stockton and Darlington Railway opened, Henry Bell's Comet of 1812 started the steam revolution in shipping and paddle steamers were soon serving tourists on coastal cruises and carrying passengers and cargo around the world to reliable timetables. This book examines the developments in paddle steamer design and technology through the 19th century, describing the most important vessels including the pioneering transatlantic ships of Samuel Cunard and the famous Mississippi sternwheelers.
Lindbergh, His Competitors, and the Race to Cross the Atlantic
Between 14 April and 21 May 1927, 16 aviators raced to be the first to cross the Atlantic non-stop and collect the $25,000 prize put up by the French-American hotelier Raymond Orteig. The 'Orteig Prize' finally went to Charles Lindbergh and his victory has overshadowed the achievements and the tragedies - six died - of his fellow competitors. Joe Jackson's compelling account of the 'Great Atlantic Derby' of 1927 covers all who took part in that truly perilous race.
AC Electric Locomotives in Colour
The first British AC locomotives entered service on the newly electrified East Coast Main Line in 1959. This survey of AC electric traction on British railways, illustrated with over 200 colour photographs, examines each of the types built from the prototype Class AL1 (later Class 81), through the AL6 (86) which clocked up decades of reliable service from the mid 1960s, to the Class 92, designed to run through the Channel Tunnel.
What the Railways Did for Us
The frenzy of railway building from the 1830s not only altered the physical landscape of Britain but also profoundly affected almost every aspect of national life, driving industrial growth and forcing rapid social change.This history looks at how the railways encouraged the building of suburbs and created the Victorian seaside resorts, but also examines less obvious consequences such as a growth in share ownership encouraged by speculation on the railways and the standardization of the time in Britain.
Letting Off Steam
The Railway Paintings of David Weston
David Weston established his reputation in the 1970s through a major commission (which became an exhibition) of 24 large canvases celebrating the history of the British steam locomotive. This retrospective of his work includes Weston's thoughts and memories about his art and the subjects he paints, as well as fine reproductions of many of his pictures in oil and watercolour, covering everything from abandoned industrial locomotives to glamorous main line engines from the last years of steam.
Last Days of Steam on the LMS and BR
A Railwayman's Memoirs
Rod Fowkes grew up a couple of miles from the country's biggest marshalling yard at Toton, between Nottingham and Derby, inspiring a love of the railways that encouraged him to sign on as a junior porter at Trent station in 1956. He spent the first 20 years of a long railway career in the London Midland Region and this memoir recalls operations during the 1950s and 1960s and includes many photographs, railway correspondence and paperwork.
The Evolution of Rail Travel
This book explores railway history worldwide from the age of steam to bullet trains, using items from the collections of the National Railway Museum in York. The documents reproduced include design drawings from the first railway engineers, paintings and engravings of early infrastructure, a handwritten letter describing the opening of the Stockton to Darlington Railway in 1825, evocative early 20th-century posters and photographs of maglev trains on test tracks. (Previously published as The Age of the Train.)
The ultimate symbol of the international super-rich is a private yacht, and the vessels commissioned by tycoons such as Roman Abramovich and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen are ever more opulent and stylish. With comprehensive exterior and interior photographs, this book profiles 20 of the most impressive private yachts that ever sailed - from the luxuriously rebuilt Christina O, which once belonged to Aristotle Onassis, to the art collector's yacht with a painted exterior by Jeff Koons.
The London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Volume Two: Preston to Carlisle
Despite its national importance, linking the cities of London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, the West Coast Main Line was constructed in piecemeal fashion as a number of separate local lines. This second volume of photographs tracing its history focuses on two of these early lines: the Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway and the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway, which has a spectacular route including the famous climb to Shap Summit. The archive images are accompanied by detailed captions.
Britain's Railway Disasters
Fatal Accidents from the 1830s to the Present Day
Ten people died in the Staplehurst train crash of 1865, but accidents were not uncommon at the time and the disaster is now most notable because Dickens was one of the passengers. This history focuses on the most serious accidents on the British network from the beginnings of rail travel to the present day, comparing official reports with contemporary newspaper accounts and examining how attitudes changed as court claims became more common and safety was taken more seriously.
Volume One: Makes Founded Before World War II
The first trailer caravans appeared for sale in Britain in 1919 and this detailed history, published in association with The Caravan Club, identifies 177 manufacturers who started up before 1939, although many only turned out a handful of examples and most had ceased production by the outbreak of the war. The plentiful photographs and advertising materials show the varied and novel designs of these early campers - from mock Tudor styling to streamlined teardrop coachwork.
London Bus Handbook
Metroline operates about 1,700 buses from 14 garages across London, but is nevertheless only one of a number of companies contracted to Transport for London to provide scheduled passenger services. This book, which features many colour photographs, provides a comprehensive listing of all the vehicles in service at the publication date of September 2013, giving the make and model type as well as service and registration numbers.