Hawker Siddeley Aviation and Dynamics
The Hawker Siddeley Group, makers of the Hurricane and Lancaster during the Second World War, absorbed other British manufacturers to become Europe's largest aviation company by 1960. This book examines the aircraft produced, including the Harrier and Nimrod, from this date up to nationalization in 1977, including collaborations with Airbus and McDonnell Douglas, and looks at the company's earlier history as well as tracing developments of their designs up to the present day.
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 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.
A Selection of the Post-War Ship Photographs of Basil Feilden
Basil Feilden (1908–1995) made a living by photographing ships in Liverpool during its heyday as a major shipping port. The 125 photographs in this collection date from 1950 to 1960 and are accompanied by details of each ship’s builder, date, gross tonnage, length and engine for the enthusiast, along with more general information about the ship and what it was doing in the Mersey at that time.
Shaw Savill's Magnificent Seven
The British Shaw Savill Line was renowned for its outstanding passenger and cargo ships, particularly the seven steam ships that sailed the route from the UK to New Zealand and Australia via the Panama Canal. This book tells the story of each of these ships, the famous ‘Big Ics’: Corinthic, Athenic, Ceramic, HMRY Gothic (converted to a royal yacht for the 1953 coronation world tour), Persic, Runic and Suevic.
Illustrated Fleet History
With over 700 photographs and an accurate fleet list, this is a meticulously researched history of the Clan Line, from Charles Cayzer’s initial moves to form the company and the launch of the first ship, Clan Alpine, in 1878, to the sale of its last bulk carrier, King Alfred, in 1981. Altogether, the book covers more than 300 vessels, including some of the finest cargo ships ever built, arranged by type, with a chronological list and an index of ships.
Ultimate Classic Yachts
20 of the World's Most Beautiful Classic Yachts
From the 1889 Bristol Channel pilot cutter, Marian, to the 1936 racing yacht Bloodhound, owned and sailed in the 1960s by Prince Philip and the Queen, this book examines 20 classic sailing yachts. The selection explores a range of notable boats from sensitive restorations to lavish replicas, rebuilds and new-builds. The story of each craft is illustrated with historical and contemporary photographs of the vessels on the water and images of their fittings and interiors.
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.
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.
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.
Deltics Shine On
The Class 55 'Deltic' locomotive arrived in the early 1960s, operating passenger services on the East Coast Main Line. At the time it was the most powerful engine in the world and provided one of the iconic sights of the British Railways diesel era. This book contains more than 170 images of Deltics in both colour and black and white, photographed in stations, yards and in transit, between 1979 and 1982 – the last years of their operation.
The Best of Steam
Railways of the World in Photographs
Keith Strickland's enthusiasm for steam led him to visit Austria in the 1970s to see the locomotives still running there on some secondary routes. The trip initiated a 40-year odyssey to experience and photograph steam railways around the world. This collection of his images focuses on regular service railways rather than heritage lines and includes chapters on Eastern Europe, China, India, South Africa and Cuba. The explanatory captions include technical details about the locomotives and railways. Foreword by Sir Mark Tully.
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.
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.
63 Survivors Tell Their Extraordinary Stories
‘There came the terrible cry: Lower the boats. Women and children first!’ Survivors’ accounts of the Titanic disaster have captivated readers and moviegoers for a century. What was it like for a woman to say goodbye to her husband? For a mother to leave her teenage sons? This most comprehensive collection yet assembled includes many unpublished or long-forgotten testimonies, and the often overlooked evidence of women and third-class passengers, with an authoritative editorial commentary.
Passenger Steamers of the River Conwy
Serving the Famous Trefriw Spa
In the 19th century, Trefriw, twelve miles upstream from Conwy in North Wales, began to attract visitors to sample the healing waters of its chalybeate well, which encouraged the foundation of a passenger steamer service to the village. This book explores the tourist steamer fleet that flourished on the route throughout the century and into the Edwardian period, and also the development of Trefriw into a fashionable spa town.
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.
The Buses and Coaches of Bristol and Eastern Coach Works
The alliance between Bristol Tramways' chassis-building operation and Eastern Coach Works in Lowestoft (both part of the Tilling Group) began in the 1930s and produced a range of widely used buses, such as the innovative Lodekka. This illustrated history includes a review of models produced between 1936 and 1983 (when absorption into British Leyland brought production to an end) and includes details of chassis specifications, body styles and engines used.
The Quest for Speed
Air Racing and the Influence of the Schneider Trophy Contests 1913–31
The Schneider Trophy, a seaplane speed contest held between 1913 and 1931, played an important role in the development of aviation technology between the wars. Manufacturers from rival powers learnt from each other’s innovations and designers developed concepts that would shape the iconic fighters of the Second World War. This book examines each of the competitions and the aircraft entered for them and also assesses how Supermarine’s race-winning planes were developed into the Spitfire.
Lord Ashfield's Trams
How London Lost a World Class Tramway System
When Albert Stanley, Lord Ashfield, was appointed to the newly formed London Passenger Transport Board in 1933, trams were considered yesterday's technology and development in the interwar period focused on buses, electric trolleybuses and the Underground. Arguing that this policy was based more on prejudice than sound judgement, this illustrated history charts the demise of London's trams over the next two decades at the hands, principally, of Lord Ashfield, his chief executive Frank Pick, and politician Herbert Morrison.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.