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.
West Coast Main Line: Manchester to Glasgow
By 1863, when Bradshaw published his guide to the West Coast Main Line, it was one of the most important routes in the country. This book covers its final section, giving an insight into Victorian railways and recording the attractions of the towns and cities along the way. The original text is accompanied by contemporary images including photos, postcards and promotional paintings, bringing the journey to life.
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 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.
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.
Part 2: East Coast
Published in 1863, Bradshaw's guide pre-dated the amalgamation of railways in Scotland, and the journey from Berwick to Aberdeen and beyond visits towns along the East Coast Main Line, the Waverley Route and the Great North of Scotland Railway, with trips along important branch routes to places such as Abbotsford, St Andrews and Montrose. Illustrated with archive photographs from the age of steam.
A Darracq Called Genevieve
The Story of Veteran Motoring's Most Famous Car
To qualify for the London to Brighton veteran car run, vehicles must have been built before 1905, and the most famous entrant is the 1904 French Darracq that starred in Genevieve, the 1953 film about the event. This book explores all aspects of the film and the car itself, including stills, behind-the-scenes photos and memorabilia, and traces the history of the Darracq from manufacture to a globe-trotting career as a museum attraction.
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.
The History and Fleet of Thos. Wilson, Sons & Co and Ellerman's Wilson Line Ltd
Operating out of Hull from the 1840s, the Wilson Line capitalized on the new steam technology to expand substantially in the 19th century and the name endured (as Ellerman's Wilson from 1916) until the 1970s. Slightly off-mint.
Britain in Pictures
Milestones in aviation have always provided a good story and a good photograph, from the daredevil pioneers of powered flight and airship disasters of the early 20th century to the first flight of Concorde in 1969 and Richard Branson's contemporary space plane programme. This selection of 300 images from the Press Association archive mixes war aces, record-breakers and flying firsts to tell the story of aviation.
BEF Ships before, at and after Dunkirk
The task of landing the British Expeditionary Force in France was achieved over a period of ten months and involved over 2,000 vessels. To retrieve the men from Dunkirk an unprecedented assortment of naval and private craft was assembled. This detailed analysis of the operations includes lists of all ships known to have taken part, including civilian motor launches, fishing boats and yachts.
German Luftwaffe Prototypes 1930–1945
Aviation technology advanced rapidly as Germany prepared for war and research continued throughout the conflict despite the chronic lack of fuel and raw materials by 1945. This analysis of the myriad projects undertaken by manufacturers such as Junkers, Messerschmitt, Dornier and Heinkel lists over 200 experimental aircraft from the period, including jet fighters, supersonic planes and helicopters, and includes over 300 contemporary photographs from the test sites of Nazi Germany.