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Locomotive factories - Great Britain: books (1/2)

Illustrated books on the manufacturers of locomotives, railpassenger cars, trams, railway carriages and wagons in Britain (1/2).

British Steam Locomotive Builders

From the early 1800s and for nearly 170 years, steam locomotives were built in Great Britain and Ireland, by a variety of firms, large and small.
James Lowe spent many years accumulating a considerable archive of material on the History of the locomotive building industry, from its early beginnings at the dawn of railways, until the end of steam locomotive construction in the 1960s.

"British Steam Locomotive Builders" was first published in 1975 and has not been in print for some years. This useful and well researched book is a must for any serious railway historian or locomotive enthusiast, 704 pages with reference to 350 builders, 541 illustrations and 47 diagrams.

The material in this book has been carefully selected to cover all the leading former steam locomotive manufacturers in the British Isles.

Author:James W. Lowe
Specs:704 pages, 23.5 x 15.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:541 photographs and drawings
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2014)
Book: British Steam Locomotive Builders

British Steam Locomotive Builders

Language: English

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Men of Steam - Britain's Locomotive Engineers

In recent years the importance of the personal element in locomotive design and operation has increasingly come to be seen as very important. No author any longer attempts to compile articles which state that: Mr X built a class of 6' 4-4-0s... because, in some cases, Wainwright comes immediately to mind, he had little part in their design. Even the great Stanier relied on a team of engineers and draughtsman who transformed his outline ideas into detailed designs.

This book which was originally conceived as a series of articles for Back Track is intended to be brief but tight profiles of some of Britain's loco engineers, some very well known, some not, examining their work in relation to the points made earlier. Some reassessments, that of Gresley for example will be controversial.

Author:L.A. Summers
Specs:192 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:65 photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2016)
Book: Men of Steam - Britain's Locomotive Engineers

Men of Steam - Britain's Locomotive Engineers

Language: English

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British Diesel and Electric Locomotives Abroad - A Second Life Overseas

This book was originally envisaged as a purely photographic overview of those British main-line diesel and electric locomotives which managed to find further useful employment across Europe after completion of their careers in the United Kingdom.
However, such was the quantity of information collected regarding these exported locomotives and their operational deployment over the past twenty years that the scope of the book was expanded to incorporate both the factual and the pictorial into a detailed history of these locomotives.
The geographical use of the locomotives is surprisingly extensive including France, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Kosovo, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia in the twenty years since 1998.

A significant amount of exclusive factual information and over 200 previously unpublished photographs combine to provide a comprehensive insight into the British locomotives now finding a second life overseas, including coverage of Class 37, 56 and 58 locomotives on high-speed line construction work in France, Class 37 mishaps in Spain, Class 86s on their day of arrival in Bulgaria, and various types of a.c. electric locomotives in their new "natural habitats" across Eastern Europe.

Author:Anthony P Sayer
Specs:288 pages, 19 x 25 x 2.5 cm / 7.5 x 9.8 x 0.98 in, hardback
Illustrations:200 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2020)
Book: British Diesel and Electric Locomotives Abroad - A Second Life Overseas

British Diesel and Electric Locomotives Abroad - A Second Life Overseas

Language: English

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Locomotive Builders of Leeds : E.B. Wilson and Manning Wardle

The history of commercial railway locomotive manufacture in the Leeds is a fascinating story, covering a period of nearly two centuries, which commenced during the Napoleonic period and only came to an end in 1995.
The two companies that most epitomised the formative years and period of consolidation of this this part of Britains industrial history were E.B. Wilson & Co (1846-59) and Manning Wardle & Co (1858-1927).

The former manufacturer was well known for the Jenny Lind locomotives and their derivative designs used on several British main lines during the mid-nineteenth century. They proved to have a profound influence upon the work of other manufacturers for main line needs.
The latter company was a builder of contractors and industrial locomotives, used worldwide, whose mainstream designs were likewise highly influential upon the work of neighbouring manufacturers, constituting a sphere of locomotive production that lasted from before the Crimean War until after the end of the Second World War.

In this new work, Mark Smithers draws upon a variety of sources, both documentary and illustrative, to arrive at an up-to date appraisal of the achievements of these companies during their respective periods of production, and their legacy to the greater sphere of British railway locomotive development.

Author:Mark Smithers
Specs:200 pages, 28.5 x 22 x 1.9 cm / 11.2 x 8.7 x 0.75 in, hardback
Illustrations:150 b&w and 50 colour photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2018)
Book: Locomotive Builders of Leeds : E.B. Wilson and Manning Wardle

Locomotive Builders of Leeds : E.B. Wilson and Manning Wardle

Language: English

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Beyer, Peacock & Company

The world-famous Beyer, Peacock works of Gorton, Manchester, is remembered principally for its remarkable Beyer-Garratt articulated locomotives, which ran in forty-eight countries. The firm would also turn out steam lorries and steam tram engines.
Among the company's iconic domestic designs were the 4-4-0T condensing engines for the pre-electrified Metropolitan Railway in London, the narrow-gauge 2-4-0 tank engine that is synonymous with the Isle of Man and the stylish and powerful diesel-hydraulic Hymeks for British Railways' Western Region.

Beyer, Peacock exported many of its 8,000 steam, diesel and electric locomotives all over the world and this book illustrates a variety of these throughout the company's 112-year existence, beginning in 1854.

Author:Colin Alexander, Alon Siton
Specs:96 pages, 23 x 16.5 x 0.7 cm / 9.1 x 6.5 x 0.28 in, paperback
Illustrations:180 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2019)
Book: Beyer, Peacock & Company

Beyer, Peacock & Company

Language: English

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The Vulcan Foundry - 150 Years of Engineering

Founded by Charles Tayleur in 1830 as a factory to produce locomotives for the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, the Vulcan Foundry at Newton-le-Willows grew rapidly both in reputation and capacity.
From 1832, Tayleur was partnered by the great Robert Stephenson, and over the next 138 years the factory would go on to manufacture steam, diesel, gas-turbine and electric locomotives for railways all over the world. The factory would also turn its hand to producing vital armaments during wartime.

Vulcan's products could be seen all over the British Empire and beyond, in locations as diverse as Argentina, Borneo and Egypt. By the 1950s the company had become English Electric, and manufacture of locomotives ceased in 1970.
Iconic Vulcan Foundry locomotives for Great Britain include the legendary Deltics, Black Fives for the LMSR, and AL6 electrics for the West Coast Main Line.

This book illustrates Vulcan's role in equipping the world's railways, with its astonishingly varied output from narrow gauge to broad gauge, and from humble shunters to express passenger thoroughbreds.

Author:Colin Alexander
Specs:96 pages, 23 x 17 x 1.1 cm / 9.1 x 6.7 x 0.43 in, paperback
Illustrations:180 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2017)
Book: The Vulcan Foundry - 150 Years of Engineering

The Vulcan Foundry - 150 Years of Engineering

Language: English

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English Electric Diesel Locomotives

English Electric built their first diesel loco in 1936 and, before the company closed in 1968, built thousands of diesel and electric locos that saw service all over the world. They were among the companies chosen by BR to build prototype diesel locos for the Modernisation Scheme of 1955, which would see the replacement of steam traction by diesels and electrics.
Locos were built to suit a wide variety of duties, some remaining in everyday service fifty years later.

This book of mostly unpublished colour photographs from the collection of George Woods shows them in service all over the BR system from 1966 to 2019 working a wide variety of trains, both passenger and freight, in the great variety of liveries they wore both during their BR service and in later years under private ownership.

Author:George Woods
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 x 1.2 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 x 0.47 in, paperback
Illustrations:180 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2020)
Book: English Electric Diesel Locomotives

English Electric Diesel Locomotives

Language: English

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A Century of Locomotive Building

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The Yorkshire Engine Co

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