Testing to the Limits
British Test Pilots Since 1910, vol. 2: James to Zurakowski
This second volume includes the multi-talented Harald Penrose, who tested hundreds of aircraft and even built his own sailplane, and Joseph ‘Mutt’ Summers, who tested the prototype Spitfire on its maiden 1936 flight and told the engineers ‘Don’t touch anything’.
Steam Around Bristol
Railways of the 1950s and 1960s in Colour
Thanks to Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the Great Western Railway, Bristol was a crucial link the early rail network, a role that expanded when the Midland Railway arrived. This collection of colour photographs with detailed explanations shows the last days of steam in the region, including branch lines such as those to North Somerset, Portishead and the Severn Tunnel route.
Wing Commander Paddy Finucane was at the height of his powers when, in July 1942, his Spitfire was hit by German fire and ditched in the English Channel. Drawing on family archives, this book tells how the Dublin-born accountant joined the RAF in 1938 and rose swiftly through the ranks, destroying 32 enemy aircraft before his own disappearance.
Development, Expansion and Demise
Most of the vast workshops that produced this country’s rolling stock are now disused or demolished, including those at Darlington, Stratford, Cowlairs and Gateshead (although trains are still being refurbished at the one in Doncaster). Peter Tuffrey explores the history of the works, from their creation by the original rail companies, through their consolidation into the London and North Eastern Railway and conversion from steam to other forms of power, to their ultimate decline in the post-war period.
101 Railway Stations
A Journey of Variety
After nearly 200 years of expansion and contraction, dozens of different railway operators, competing lines and changing national strategies, Britain’s railway network has inherited stations of various sizes and architectural styles. With historic and contemporary illustrations, this personal selection explores the histories of 101 stations that represent this great variety, from the grand edifice of stations including Bristol Temple Meads to humble halts such as Filey Holiday Camp, and reveals how the railways have adapted to changing times.
The Atlas of Railway Station Closures
While the Beeching cuts are commonly remembered for their role in closing rail stations and lines, there have been station closures throughout the history of the network. This atlas maps all of Britain’s standard gauge railway lines and the dates when each line or station was closed. It also features photographs of selected stations, and an index and gazetteer listing the dates of closures and the company in charge. This revised edition contains all the maps reproduced in the first edition and a new selection of images.