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Gresley's B17s

Gresley's B17s

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Gresley's B17s explores the career of this steam locomotive passenger class from its introduction in 1928 to withdrawal in 1960 Designed by the London & North Eastern Railway's world-renowned Chief Mechanical Engineer Sir Nigel Gresley, the engines were predominantly employed in East Anglia - an area for which the class was especially produced - and on the ex- Great Central Railway routes. The book captures the vast majority of the 73 class members at work, with over 180 superb colour and black and white images. Some of the places included are: Liverpool Street station; Stratford; Romford; Parkston; Ipswich; Norwich; Yarmouth; Neasden; Leicester; Nottingham; Sheffield; Manchester; Doncaster. Split into three sections, Gresley's B17s are illustrated in the LNER period, the immediate post-war era, with Thompson renumbering, and through to BR ownership. The photographs, which have been taken at stations, sheds, lineside and workshops, are accompanied by well-researched and informative captions. All 73 B17s ended their life in the scrapyard and with two attempts currently underway to produce new locomotives to the design, the book serves as a reminder to their importance in the history if the LNER and steam traction in Britain.

Yorkshire Steam 1948-1968

Yorkshire Steam 1948-1968

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/08/2020

Yorkshire Steam mainly takes a look at the 1948-1967 period when steam traction came to an end on the mainline railways. Over 250 superb colour and black and white images evoke a bygone era across the county. A number of the major cities and towns are documented, such as Leeds, Sheffield, York, Hull, Doncaster, Harrogate, Goole, etc, as well as smaller places like Arthington, Dunford Bridge, Staithes, etc. A wide variety of locomotives are seen at these places, including many of the major Stanier Classes - 'Jubilee', Class 5, 8F - and Gresley designs - A3, D49, V2 - alongside others: Thompson B1, Peppercorn A1/K1, Robinson O4, Raven B16, WD 'Austerity' and Ivatt 4MT. A small band of enthusiasts also ventured to collieries and captured the variety of tank locomotives moving coal, which was the most recognisable product from Yorkshire at the time. The photographs are accompanied by informative captions.

Southern Steam 1948-1967

Southern Steam 1948-1967

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/06/2020

Southern Region Steam 1948-1967 contains over 250 stunning colour and black and white photographs of steam locomotives working across much of the South of England. Many areas of interest are featured, including: Eastleigh; Dover; Southampton; Brighton; Guildford; Exeter; Plymouth; Guildford; Reading; Salisbury; Winchester; Yeovil. A section is provided for all the important SR locations in London, such as Waterloo station, Stewarts Lane shed, Bricklayers Arms shed, Clapham Junction, Victoria station, etc. There is also a selection of images taken on the Isle of Wight which came under the jurisdiction of the SR. A large number of the area's most recognisable classes are presented: Bulleid's 'Merchant Navy' and 'Battle of Britain'/'West Country' Pacifics; Maunsell 'King Arthur' and 'Schools', amongst others; Urie 4-6-0s; Drummond M7; Wainwright C Class. The old Adams 415 Class engines have been captured on their native soil, whilst equally ancient Stroudley E1s have been encountered. Also making appearances are BR Standard Class engines, ranging from the 'Britannias' to the 4-6-0s, 2-6-0s and 2-6-4Ts. The locomotives have been captured in many evocative scenes of the era, comprising those at stations, both main line and smaller local facilities, engine sheds and from the lineside. The photographs are accompanied by well-researched and informative captions. The preservation movement was born in the Southern Region and hopefully this collection of images helps remind everyone that the steam locomotives left are worthy of continued interest as representatives of a bygone age.

Racing in Doncaster

Racing in Doncaster

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2020

Racing in Doncaster contains a fascinating selection of photographs, charting the ups and downs of this historic course. Famous races, horses, jockeys and trainers can all be found here, along with much detail about the St Leger, Doncaster's most celebrated and lucrative race of all. Peter Tuffrey has gathered together well over 200 images, many unpublished, to present a comprehensive photographic history of the course, the meetings, and the runners and rider who have graced Doncaster's turf. This is must-have for all racing enthusiasts.

Gresley's V2s

Gresley's V2s

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/10/2019

Sir Nigel Gresley's V2 Class 2-6-2 locomotive was developed during a period of great success for the London & North Eastern Railway company. The A3 Class and A4 Class Pacifics were breaking records and creating headlines across the globe when the first V2 appeared in 1936. The class was derived from the A3 and inherited many characteristics, such as power, speed and reliability. Employed on both express freight and passenger trains, the V2s soon joined the ranks of their illustrious forebears with both footplatemen and enthusiasts alike. Gresley's V2s documents the vast majority of the 184 locomotives built through evocative colour and black and white images, alongside well-researched captions. The engines appear from introduction in the mid-1930s through the war years and into ownership by British Railways. The photographs capture the V2s at work along the East Coast Main Line and elsewhere, such as the ex-Great Central Railway main line and into Scotland. Engines are seen from the lineside, in stations and on shed. A short section celebrates the only preserved V2, no. 4771 Green Arrow. Whilst the locomotive was operational for a number of years, from the late 2000s no. 4771 has been a static display at the National Railway Museum. There are currently plans to restore the engine at some point in the future, but in the meantime Gresley's V2s serves as reminder of the distinguished service the class provided to both the LNER and BR.

The Last Years Of North West Steam

The Last Years Of North West Steam

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2019

The Last Years of North West Steam contains over 250 stunning colour and black and white pictures that document the steam era drawing to a close in North West England. The area is taken as Crewe to Chester in the south and Carlisle in the north, visiting places in between such as Manchester, Liverpool, Stockport, Warrington, Wigan, Southport, Bolton, Bury, Preston, Blackburn, Burnley, Blackpool, Fleetwood, Lancaster and Carnforth. Beautiful scenes have been captured across the area by a number of highly-skilled amateur photographers. The images feature locomotives at stations, sheds, industrial sites and charming countryside locations. A good portion of the book features rare colour pictures and these are complemented by high-quality black and white photographs. This collection features many of the locomotive classes employed in the area, such as Stanier's Pacifics, Class Five and `Jubilee' 4-6-0s and 8F Class 2-8-0s, Hughes 2-6-0s, Fowler `Royal Scot' and `Patriot' 4-6-0s and 4F 0-6-0s. BR Standard Classes supplement these, whilst ex-London & North Western Railway 0-8-0s are also included, as are engines built for the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and the Great Central Railway. `Foreign' locomotives from the London & North Eastern Railway and Great Western Railway further illustrate the diversity of the motive power scene. The images are accompanied by informative captions, describing the locomotives, the scene and other interesting details.

British Railways Standard Pacifics

British Railways Standard Pacifics

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2018

British Rail Standard Pacifics features steam locomotives in the Britannia,Duke of Gloucester, and Clan classes. - There are photographs of every Britannia class locomotive, the Duke of Gloucester and all the Clan class engines. - A book of this nature has not been seen hitherto. - There is a considerable number of evocative colour pictures as well as an abundance of pin-sharp black and white images. - The total number of pictures is around 300. - The captions are well researched and informative. - The Britannia class locomotives are seen in various locations up and down the country: in London, the West Country, East Anglia, North West, Yorkshire and many other areas. The Clan Class are mainly seen operating in Scotland but a few are seen south of the Border. - Many engines are depicted undertaking a variety of duties as well as being captured on shed. Several are seen on works and on the scrap line. - The book will be of interest to both rail enthusiasts and social historians alike.

LNER Workshops

LNER Workshops

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2018

London Midland Steam 1948 to 1966

London Midland Steam 1948 to 1966

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/06/2018

The book concentrates on the London Midland Region in the final years of steam traction covering the period 1948 to 1966. All major London Midland Region towns and cities are represented. - A fascinating collection of hitherto unpublished black and white photographs by former Senior British Medical Council researcher, Ben Brooksbank. - Over 275 photographs are included. - The photographs show remarkable clarity even though photographic materials were difficult to obtain during the immediate post-war period. - Many different classes of locomotives are featured, ranging from the old Midland and LNWR engines ready for withdrawal in the late 1940s, the ex- MR Johnson 0-6-0s which would survive a little longer, the Fowler classes quietly going about their business, the Stanier Class 5 and 8Fs covered in grime, but still efficient, while a bit of 'glamour' is provided by (some) neatly turned out named 'Jubilee' 4-6-0s and 'Coronation' Pacifics. The next generation of locomotives - the BR Standards - also appear, with the 'Britannia' Pacifics included along with Class 5 4-6-0s, Class 4 4-6-0s, Class 4 2-6- 0s, Class 3 2-6-2Ts and the heavy freight 9F 2-10-0s. - Photographs have been taken from the line-side, on station platforms, on shed, around a number of Works and along lines which have long since disappeared. - The captions are well researched and include locomotive details as well as historical information about the various routes, stations and other architectural features

The Last Years of Steam in the North East

The Last Years of Steam in the North East

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/06/2018

The book contains 270 superb colour and black and white photographs of steam locomotives working in and around the North East. Covers the late 1950s and 1960s to the end of steam in the region. Features areas such as Newcastle, Sunderland, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Blyth, Stockton, Durham, Washington, Bishop Auckland, Chester-le-Street, Alnwick and Alnmouth. Stunning scenes captured at stations, sheds and lineside. Several of the Region's well-known classes are included: Raven Q6; Worsdell J27; Gresley A3, A4, V2, A1/V3; Thompson B1; Peppercorn A1 and K1; BR 9F. Locomotives used at collieries are also presented, such as those at Ashington, Easington, Lambton, Philadelphia and Wearmouth. Docks and Staithes are featured: Tyne Improvement Commission Quay; Stockton Tyne Tees Wharf; Lambton Staithes. Contains industrial locomotives used at steel works, such as Consett and Jarrow Metal Industries.

Peppercorn's Pacifics

Peppercorn's Pacifics

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2017

Arthur Henry Peppercorn, OBE (29 January 1889 - 3 March 1951) was the last Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London and North Eastern Railway. Peppercorn finished several projects which were started by his predecessor Edward Thompson, but most popular were his LNER Peppercorn Class A1 and the LNER Peppercorn Class A2 . These were known as some of the best British steam locomotives ever in service. Upon nationalisation and the foundation of British Railways, he continued in essentially the same job, now titled Chief Mechanical Engineer, Eastern and North Eastern Regions ; he retired at the end of 1949, two years after nationalisation. Only one of his famous Pacific locomotives, a LNER Peppercorn Class A2, 60532 Blue Peter, was preserved, but none of the LNER Peppercorn Class A1. However, a brand new A1, 60163 Tornado, built as the next in the class, has been constructed. It moved under its own steam for the first time in August 2008. The book will detail Peppercorn's life with as many personal pictures as possible. It will include black and white and colour pictures of 49 of his A1 locomotives and 15 of his A2 locomotives. The pictures will show the locomotives under construction, from the lineside and on shed.

Leeds: Changing Places

Leeds: Changing Places

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2017

Modern Leeds is a vibrant, bustling city. A shopper's paradise, its broad streets and modern shopping centres offer the latest tastes and favourite brands. It is also a major UK hub of finance and commerce. In many ways, it has always been so. Leeds has a knack for being a savvy city, keeping apace with trends, constantly modifying to accommodate new lifestyle habits, in a bid to make the place a desirable area to shop, work and do business. Moving with the times has meant the appearance of the city is constantly evolving. Leeds: Changing Places is a fascinating, photographic insight which charts these changes over the last 100 years, by comparing the past with the present. In the old photographs, Leeds is awash with bold Victorian buildings reflecting Baroque, Gothic and Classical influences. Electric trams weaved their way along the main thoroughfares. Traders, full of character, proudly displayed their varied, and often niche goods, for all to see. Today's blend of Victorian architecture,1920s and 1930s Art Deco, alongside contemporary Brutalist structures, create a diverse streetscape, brought to life by Peter Tuffrey in this intriguing book for a wide audience to enjoy.

The Yorkshire Country House

The Yorkshire Country House

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/06/2017

The country houses of Yorkshire, steeped in a rich and colourful history and still existing for all to enjoy. This book tours round 32 of the most fascinating homes in the county and gives a unique insight into how they came to glory and how some have revived their fortunes in recent years, adapting to the modern world. There are stories of the men who built them, the people who lived there; those who served; those involved in restoration; and the great and the good who came to visit. The book shows the many varied ways in which houses have been modified for alternative uses, from zoos to rock concerts and museums. Featuring over 300 outstanding images, and produced in a beautiful art format, we see the houses in all their glory. They are amazing properties built from the dreams and wealth of great people who revealed their characters in the grand designs. The Yorkshire Country House is a beautifully written and produced book on an impressive scale and is to be admired as much as the glorious subject itself.

The Golden Age of Yorkshire Railways

The Golden Age of Yorkshire Railways

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/06/2017

Using well over 200 pin sharp photographs and informative text, the book will feature many aspects of railway development in Yorkshire prior to the Grouping of railways in 1923 as well as the years afterwards, up to 1948, and the establishment of British Railways. There is an impressive geographical spread across the region, including the West, East and North Ridings. Included is an outstanding collection of photographs gathered from postcards, original prints, and from glass plate negatives. The captions are well researched and written in a non railway jargon manner, for the enjoyment of a wide audience. The pictures should be of interest well beyond the average railway enthusiast as they form strong social history in portraying such themes as contemporary life, changing fashion in dress (male and female), advertising slogans of the period and excessive numbers of railway staff at many stations. They also show the varied styles of station, bridge and viaduct architecture as well as the way communities have changed. - A lavish reasonably-priced, hardback book, roughly covering the railway period in Yorkshire 1900- 1948 - Besides locomotives, stations, bridges, viaducts and other railway subjects are illustrated - Nothing has been gathered together in such a large sized book hitherto - Over 200 pin sharp photographs beautifully printed - A wealth of facts and figures useful to social historians and railway enthusiasts alike - A fantastic glimpse into Yorkshire's railway world in the first half of the 20th century.

Gresley's A3s

Gresley's A3s

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2016

Nigel Gresley built his Pacific class of locomotives to deal with increasing demands from passenger traffic. Some Pacifics started as Class A1s but were eventually rebuilt to Class A3 specifications. Others were built as A3s from the outset. Suffice to say the A3s underwent a number of significant alterations during their lifetime extending from 1922 to the mid 1960s. Gresley's A3s documents many members of the class in well-researched captions. These are set against photographs which appear in a chronological sequence. We learn how many different tenders were coupled to a locomotive; how they were converted from right hand to left hand drive; the many colour schemes employed; and latterly how trough deflectors were fitted to a number of engines. A finale to book is a section on the Flying Scotsman - a world-renowned engine that started as an A1 but was subsequently converted to A3. The engine has recently undergone a major overhaul and brought crowds out in their thousands when it appeared on an inaugural run. This is surely testament to the longevity of Gresley's great locomotives. - Many of these great locomotives were built and maintained in Yorkshire at Doncaster Works - A large number of colour photographs not hitherto seen previously - Evocative black and white pictures - The locomotives are seen all along the East Coast Main line, travelling on Scottish routes and the old Great Central line hauling many named trains. They are also depicted on shed and in works. - A lavish and aptly sized book that does justice to these much revered and sadly missed locomotives

A4 Pacific Locomotives

A4 Pacific Locomotives

Author: Peter Tuffrey Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2016