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Trains & railways: general interest

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The Steam and Diesel Era in Wheeling, West Virginia

The Steam and Diesel Era in Wheeling, West Virginia

Author: Nicholas Fry, Gregory Smith, Elizabeth Davis-Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/02/2020

For nearly seventy years, John J. Young Jr. photographed railroads. With unparalleled scope and span, he documented the impact and beauty of railways in American life from1936 to 2004. As a child during the Great Depression, J. J. Young Jr. began to photograph railroads in Wheeling, West Virginia. This book collects over one hundred fifty of those images-some unpublished until now-documenting the railroads of Wheeling and the surrounding area from the 1930s until the 1960s. The photographs within this book highlight the major railroads of Wheeling: the Baltimore & Ohio, the Pennsylvania, the Wheeling & Lake Erie, the Pittsburgh & West Virginia, the New York Central, and the industrial and interurban rail lines that crisscrossed the region. These images capture the routine activities of trains that carried passengers and freight to and from the city and its industries, as well as more unusual traffic, such as a circus-advertising car, the General Motors Train of Tomorrow, and the 1947 American Freedom Train.

Early and First Generation Green Diesels in Photographs

Early and First Generation Green Diesels in Photographs

Author: Brian J. Dickson Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/02/2020

The 'Big Four' railways had experimented with diesel-powered shunting locomotives from 1933 with the Great Western Railway seeing the advantages of operating diesel-powered railcars, and doing so successfully from the same date. The 1955 'Modernisation Report' predicted the end of steam power and laid out the basis of the 'Pilot Scheme' for the introduction of main-line diesel locomotives to British Railways. A number of these hastily designed classes of locomotives were found wanting in terms of power and especially reliability, but pressure to forge ahead with their introduction meant that the numbers constructed were unrealistic and, in consequence, many had very short operating lives. Fortunately, the 'Pilot Scheme' did bring forward some excellent reliable classes of locomotives that were produced in large numbers, with examples surviving into the modern railway operating companies and the preservation scene. Early and First Generation Green Diesels in Photographs brings together the work of four photographers - Ron Buckley, Robert Butterfield, Andrew Forsyth and Hugh Ramsay - charting the development of diesels in their photographs from 1949 to 1966.

A Life on the Lines The Grand Old Man of Steam

A Life on the Lines The Grand Old Man of Steam

Author: R. H. N. Hardy Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/02/2020

During much of his early career, from 1944 through to the early 1960s, Richard Hardy took hundreds of pictures of life on the railways and the men he knew and worked with on a daily basis, using his trusty Brownie 620 box camera. These unique behind the scenes images form a fascinating and hugely evocative portrayal of Britain at the height of the era of steam, during the time of the 'Big Four', and after 1947 when the sprawling nationalised network known as British Railways came of age. The second edition contains many new unseen photos which capture the railways in wartime, providing a valuable social record of the nation at war. In addition there is a sequence of rare photographs of French engines, railways and railwaymen, offering a superb contrast to the British rail network (it quickly becomes evident that the British rail system ran on tea, whereas the French system ran on wine). Great characters are the unifying theme of the pictures, and they include famous figures associated with the railways, such as the poet John Betjeman. This wonderfully illustrated book sets Richard's personal photographs and text alongside a carefully collated selection of ephemera, artworks and photographs drawn from the National Railway Museum in York. Collectively these images and artefacts tell the stories of the great brotherhood of railwaymen, brilliantly evoking the speed, heat and dust of the footplate.

The London Underground: 50 Things to See and Do

The London Underground: 50 Things to See and Do

Author: Geoff Marshall, Vicki Pipe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/02/2020

Explore the rarest routes, take historic rides, visit abandoned stations, uncover secret shortcuts, discover letter-based odysseys and embark on unique Tube challenges with this lively, interactive book. Find secret staircases, take an escalator expedition, race the Tube between stops and find the strangest station on the network! Bursting with facts and activities from YouTube train expert Geoff Marshall with additional sights to see from his co-creator of All the Stations, Vicki Pipe, this book will inspire children - and adults - to seize the moment and explore the hidden world of London's Underground.

Wymondham To Wells. Featuring The Mid-Norfolk Railway.

Wymondham To Wells. Featuring The Mid-Norfolk Railway.

Author: Richard Adderson Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2020

Railways of the Black Country

Railways of the Black Country

Author: Steve Burdett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2020

The Black Country is an area immediately to the west of Birmingham heavily associated with the Industrial Revolution. The townships are fiercely partisan and in typical fashion have fought hard for their railway connections. The main presence was provided by the GWR and the LNWR with routes between the major centres. Other minor concerns were represented by local industries. Given the industrial nature of the area, it has been neglected by photographers and over the last fifty years Steve Burdett has uncovered and recorded a system that was decimated in the Beeching Report. As a result, a variety of locations including Stourbridge, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Bescot are included in this photographic tour around the region. In recent years, an enlightened transport policy has seen an improvement in infrastructure and services including the Midland Metro with more to follow. A variety of motive power is to be seen within this fascinating collection.

Steam Trains The Magnificent History of Britain's Locomotives from Stephenson's Rocket to BR's Evening Star

Steam Trains The Magnificent History of Britain's Locomotives from Stephenson's Rocket to BR's Evening Star

Author: Colin Maggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2020

Most people are under a misapprehension: the Rocket was not the first steam engine. Quite a few were built before it, but Stephenson's engine was the first successful steam locomotive. Colin Maggs tells the story of the steam engine, from pre-Rocketdays, to British Railways building the Evening Star - the last main-line locomotive - through to the preservation movement and the new-build locomotives of extinct classes such as the Tornado. In this comprehensive history, Colin Maggs, one of the country's foremost railway historians, tells of other, perhaps less well-known aspects of the history of steam in Great Britain. The first railway lines, the activities of the early railway companies, the design and manufacture of faster and faster engines and the lives of the men and women who drove the industry. These and other fascinating stories from the age of steam are all revealed in this accessible book, illustrated with over 150 photographs and period ephemera, many in colour.

Devon Traction

Devon Traction

Author: Stephen Heginbotham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2020

As the modernisation of the former British Railways moved forward into Railtrack and then Network Rail, various schemes to bring the West Country railway network up to date came - and went! During the last forty or so years, Devon has seen a variety of locomotives: the famous HST, Class 57, Class 66, Voyagers, and Class 158 and 159 DMUs, among others. Now the West Country is seeing the Hitachi Class 800 electro-diesels displace the much-loved HST, with a hope that they will improve journey times. With re-signalling on hold, again, the present infrastructure will remain, for the time being. This book aims to bring back memories of traction once common, or not so common, on the rails of Devon and will offer a visual comparison of what was once the mainstay of daily services through to the gradual modernisation of traction and rolling stock. Also included is a tribute to the HST in the West Country.

Elegance in Engineering The Classic British Steam Locomotive

Elegance in Engineering The Classic British Steam Locomotive

Author: Colin Alexander, Alon Siton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2020

Elegance in Engineering showcases an interesting and diverse collection of British-built steam locomotives from all builders, for railways at home and abroad. These examples of British engineering at its best tell the story of the development of the archetypal British steam locomotive from the 1830s to the end of steam locomotive manufacture. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder and any selection of locomotives is bound to be subjective, but nobody can deny that by comparison, locomotives built overseas tended to be angular and austere. Maintenance staff would argue that having many of their fittings on the outside made them easier to look after but the purist would contest that it did not make them easier on the eye.

Electrostar EMUs

Electrostar EMUs

Author: Andrew Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2020

The Electrostar is a collective name given to the hugely successful class of EMUs produced by Bombardier at its Derby factory. There have been seven different classes that come under the Electrostar umbrella, all working mainly in the south-east of the country. The first unit was delivered in 1999 to replace the Class 302 units on the London, Tilbury & Southend route. Over the following eighteen years, a total of 480 sets were produced for a variety of operators. The different classes are all configured to their specific routes, with most making up a standard four-car train, although some of the later Class 377 units were delivered as five-car train. The Class 376 units are high-density units, and were the only members of the Electrostar family delivered without gangway doors on the front. The fleets were introduced to eradicate the earlier slam-door stock that was in use widely in the south-east at the time. Some classes are also fitted out for AC operation, and can be seen working as far north as Peterborough on the East Coast Main Line, and also Milton Keynes on the West Coast Main Line. The design was also used on an export order, with twenty-four sets being used by Gautrain in South Africa. Today the whole fleet is still in use, and this book aims to show the different classes in their everyday use.