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The smooth outline of streamlined A4 Pacific locomotive Mallard is instantly recognisable, an icon of railway history resplendent in blue. Famously reaching a top speed of 126mph on 3 July 1938 on the East Coast main line, this world record for steam locomotives still stands today. Don Hale tells the full story of how the record was broken, from the rivalry of the nineteenth-century London-Scotland speed race, to similarities in Mallard's futuristic design to the Bugatti car, and the influence of Germany's nascent Third Reich in propelling the train into an instrument of national prestige. Mallard's designer, Sir Nigel Gresley, is celebrated as one of Britain's most gifted engineers. Updated with new appendices and extra photographs, this classic book remains the perfect tribute to one of British technology's finest hours.
The Hayling Island Branch was one of Britain's most iconic sea side lines, connecting Havant with Hayling Island via Langston Harbour. Opening in 1865 for freight and 1867 to passenger traffic, it was after a few years of local control, managed and operated as part of the London Brighton & South Coast Railway, who were responsible for its upkeep until the railway grouping in 1923, when it became a part of the Southern Railway. The railway had a colourful and bucolic existence, with trains headed by the attractive Stroudley Terrier class tank locomotives and a collection of vintage carriage stock. In 1948 the branch became part of the Southern Region of British Railways, carrying on as a local and at times heavily used branch line, until its closure in November 1963\. Today the lines track bed is a walking path from end to end, with only the former goods shed at Hayling Island to show the visitor any tangible evidence of the railways existence.
Between 1760 and 1840 a chain of ironworks established along a narrow strip of hill country stretching for 20 miles at the `Heads of the Valleys' in South Wales took advantage of the rich deposits of ironstone, limestone and coal that were the essential raw materials for the ironmaking process. At Blaenavon can be found the best-preserved multi-furnace complex of its type and period in the world. The surrounding landscape is extraordinary; everywhere you look, there is fascinating evidence of human endeavour over the last 200 years. Linking the ironworks to the sources of iron ore, coal and limestone is an intriguing network of primitive railways known as tramroads - they even include the longest tunnel in the world, constructed for horse-drawn operation. Hills Tramroad tells the remarkable story of this magnificent feat of engineering.
This book explores the enduring impact of the 1896 Light Railways Act, which was designed to speed up the official procedures for gaining approval to construct a railway line. Originally intended to lapse in 1901, it was extended instead, and somehow stayed on the statute books long after is use had ceased. In the 1960s, groups of steam railway enthusiasts recognised it as a possible means of gaining approval to reopen stretches of railway lines that had been closed by Dr Beeching, keeping the steam dream alive. More than half a century later, some of these restored lines have already celebrated their golden jubilees, and their popularity continues to grow. Thanks to the unintended consequence of that 1896 Act, each new generation since Beeching has had - and will continue to have - the opportunity to enjoy the magic of steam trains.
By the 1990s, the inexorable decline of the railway network in South Wales, steepened by the devastating Miners Strike of 1984/85, meant that railbourne freight was a shadow of its former self. What remained however, certainly in the 1990s and early 2000s, was a variety of flows in the hands of what we would now refer to as classic traction - namely classes 56, 60 and, of course, the venerable class 37. This book draws on a collection of images, mainly of the aforementioned types, often in colourful sector liveries, set in the striking rural and industrial landscapes that typify South Wales. Locomotive-hauled passenger services also added visual variety to this part of the country in the period covered by this book.
With tracks and trackage rights that cover more than half of the states in the union, the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway is one of the true giants not just of the United States, but of the entire global railscene. From the vast mileages of the Trans-Con routes through the deserts, to the dense networks of the great cities, the BNSF Railway's 8,000 orange locomotives are an everyday part of life to much of America. With multiple locomotives pulling mile-and-a-half long freight trains, not to mention the odd venture onto passenger trains, the variety of workings and traffic will capture the interest of rail fans the world over. Seen through the lens of a UK-based photographer, this book shows not just the motive power, but also the loads, the places they go to and the places they pass through.
The 1955 Railway Modernisation Plan provided for the introduction of 2,500 new diesel locomotives, with initial orders for 171 examples, to replace steam locomotives on Britain's railways. The Modernisation Plan was the death knell for steam traction, arguing that dieselisation should take place as quickly as the new locomotives could be built. In 1956, for the first time, more diesel locomotives were built than steam. However, several of the Pilot Scheme orders were for batches of ten or twenty machines, without a prototype, a decision that BR would later come to regret. Maintenance and reliability would be a problem for these early diesel locomotives. Most coaching stock in use in the late 1950s did not allow for electrical train heating, so boilers had to be fitted to the locomotives to heat the carriages, which in turn caused weight problems. This book takes a look, in full colour, at the green diesel days on Britain's railways as steam was being phased out. This book was originally published in hardback in 2004 by one of Britain's foremost transport publishers and is now available for the first time in paperback. It has been freshly designed but will seek to retain the author's original text and illustrations.
We are all familiar with bustling Tube stations and overcrowded carriages, but have you ever wondered what the London Underground looks like empty? Victoria Louise Howard's haunting photographs reveal just that: beautiful architecture, engineering and design as never seen before. Motivated by her desire to conquer her fear of confined underground spaces, she set herself the goal of capturing every Tube station, travelling to all 270 of them and waiting for the crowds to leave. The diary she kept during her project reveals the battle she fought to overcome her anxiety. Victoria's photographs uncover the history, beauty and tranquillity of a deserted London Underground that is rarely seen by those who use it the most.
AFTER steam finished on the main line on 11 August 1968, something had to take its place; something modern, less difficult to maintain, and that was a natural progression. `Modernisation' was the word. British Railways - and later privatised companies - developed other methods of providing power. In the follow-up to Remembering Steam, Paul Hurley and Phil Braithwaite take the reader back down memory lane, exploring traction from the very first locomotive to the latest colourful multiple units, and of course the preserved locomotives, lovingly restored to their former glory and working heritage lines across the country. With over 200 never-before-seen photographs, paired with fond and nostalgic captions, The Changing Railways of Britain is a book not to be missed.
This book tells the story of one of Britain's most successful heritage railway projects. Formed in 1960, The Great western Society was founded by a group of school boys who wanted to save a Great Western Tank locomotive and an auto trailer. Today that original project has blossomed into the best collection of Great western rolling stock and locomotives in the world. This is the story of the Society and its members, who have made this possible.
This book covers the history of the early diesel classes 21 and 29, which were constructed by the North British Locomotive Company in the early 1960s for the Scottish region of British Railway. Both classes were not very successful and were all withdrawn within ten years of entering service.
Folllowing nationalisation in 1948, British railways closed many branch lines and reduced the number of stations on the network. In January 1978, there were 2,358 and by January 2018 there were 2,560 stations on the network. The object of this book is to record those stations that are re-opened or are new stations to the system. The book gives: locations, facilities, chronology, statistics and passenger usage.