The name 'Great Western Railway' immediately conjures up images of Stars, Castles and Kings, the legendary express passenger locomotives that were the envy of the world in their day. However, the Swindon empire also produced extensive fleets of all-purpose tank engines - everyday reliable workhorses and unsung heroes - which were standout classics in their own right. The most distinctive and immediately recognizable type in terms of shape, all but unique to the GWR, was the six-coupled pannier tank. With hundreds of photographs throughout, Great Western Railway Pannier Tanks covers the supremely innovative pannier tank designs of GWR chief mechanical engineer Charles Benjamin Collett, the appearance of the 5700 class in 1929, and the 5400, 6400, 7400 and 9400 classes. Also, the demise of the panniers in British Railways service and the 5700s that marked the end of Western Region steam, followed by a second life beneath the streets - 5700 class panniers on London Underground. Also covers Panniers in preservation, plus cinema and TV roles and even a Royal Train duty. Superbly illustrated with 260 colour and black & white photographs.
This guide covers from Cornwall to Kent, including Somerset and parts of Wiltshire and Surrey. It provides an informative look at some of the internationally renowned examples of historic development and engineering skills throughout southern England, including such examples as: Smeaton's Eddystone Lighthouse.
This lovely book celebrates the heritage of Branchline Britain. It explores surviving lines, and lines no longer in use, visits preserved lines and travels on those lines long forgotten. It is both a practical guide and a look back at the lost golden age of steam. Branchline Britain takes you on a bygone journey from the South West up to the North of the British Isles. Special features along the way focus on unique parts of our railway hertiage including railway vehicles, transporting livestock, branchline staff and stations and trainspotters. The book contains an impressive array of nostalgic photographs, ephemera and memorabilia, many from the author's own, previously unpublished, collection.
Sixteen Excursions into the Lost Delights of Britain's Railways
Author: Michael Williams
Publisher: Random House
SOMETIMES you come across a lofty railway viaduct, marooned in the middle of a remote country landscape. Or a crumbling platform from some once-bustling junction buried under the buddleia. If you are lucky you might be able to follow some rusting tracks, or explore an old tunnel leading to...well, who knows where? Listen hard. Is that the wind in the undergrowth? Or the spectre of a train from a golden era of the past panting up the embankment? These are the ghosts of The Trains Now Departed. They are the railway lines, and services that ran on them that have disappeared and gone forever. Our lost legacy includes lines prematurely axed, often with a gripping and colourful tale of their own, as well as marvels of locomotive engineering sent to the scrapyard, and grand termini felled by the wrecker's ball. Then there are the lost delights of train travel, such as haute cuisine in the dining car, the grand expresses with their evocative names, and continental boat trains to romantic far-off places. The Trains Now Departed tells the stories of some of the most fascinating lost trains of Britain, vividly evoking the glories of a bygone age. In his personal odyssey around Britain Michael Williams tells the tales of the pioneers who built the tracks, the yarns of the men and women who operated them and the colourful trains that ran on them. It is a journey into the soul of our railways, summoning up a magic which, although mired in time, is fortunately not lost for ever. THIS EDITION REVISED AND UPDATED TO INCLUDE MAPS.
The only official guide to 400 of the best quality assured serviced and self-catering accommodation in England, this book features English Tourism Council star ratings with unique Gold and Silver quality awards and ETC Diamond Ratings. Covering hotels, townhouses, guesthouses, B&Bs, inns, farmhouses, small hotels, and self-catering, the book lists all accommodation by region and features color maps detailing locations. It also includes special illustrated features on England's heritage, events, attractions, and tourist information centers.
Papers from the Second International Early Railways Conference
Author: Michael Jonathan Taunton Lewis
Category: Railroad engineering
"Nineteen papers presented to the Second International Early Railways Conference, discussing many aspects of the railways which preceded the main lines of the Railway Age, as exemplified by the cover picture of a South Wales coal train in 1821. The fruit of wide research, these authoritative studies embrace history and archaeology, locomotives and permanent way, financing and management. They shed new light and offer fresh perspectives on the formative years of railways, both in Britain and elsewhere." -- back of book.
Author: Professor Emeritus of History Jack Simmons
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
This is the first encyclopaedia of British railways to deal comprehensively with their impact on British life from the 17th century to privatization in the mid 1990s. Over 600 entries by 88 expert contributors describe all aspects of operation, working, and management, including the social, technical, economic, and geographical changes the railways brought and continue to bring about.