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Sixties Spotting Days Around the Southern Region is a photographic album in full colour, depicting the 1960s with coverage of both steam locomotives and the new traction that was taking over during that great period of change on our railways. These nostalgic photographs are supplemented in the captions with items of news, culture, music and the personalities from the era, which are sure to bring back the memories from our youth. Locations within this volume include Waterloo, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Southampton, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Salisbury, Exeter, Brighton, Guildford, Nine Elms, Hayling Island and the Isle of Wight, and many more.
Ever since we built machines that could transport us, there has been a desire to find ways to make them go faster. For some, going faster isn't enough - they want to be the fastest. This book celebrates those who have built the machines and driven them at ever greater speeds. This is The History of Speed. Bestselling motorsport writer Martin Roach tells the extraordinary story of those who have come to be obsessed by speed. From Camille Jenatzy, 'the Red Devil', who became the first man to drive at over 100kmh in 1899, through the golden age of Malcolm Campbell and his Bluebird, and on to the modern era of jet- and rocket-propelled cars, we have gone faster and faster. But this book is not just about these record-breakers, Roach also looks at the technology, the engines and the inventors who helped progress in speed at all levels, from Formula One to the supercars from the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes that are eagerly snapped up by collectors, rarely to be seen on the road. Accompanied by some of the most stunning images of the cars and those who made and drove them, Roach tells a wonderful story of innovation and invention. He talks to some of the great drivers to find out what inspires them to risk their lives, and finds out from engineers how they developed their ideas. Along the way, we hear some remarkable tales and anecdotes, but also find out how the pursuit of speed can also have its costs, with many tragic heroes and heroines falling along the way. If you've ever thrilled to the roar of a sports car engine, or loved the feel of the g-force as you accelerate away, or even looked on in wonder at a powerful engine, The History of Speed is a book that you will not want to miss out on.
By the end of the nineteenth century the railway had reached most parts of East Anglia, with two main lines reaching out from London to Norwich, Cambridge and Kings Lynn, and plenty of small secondary and branch lines filling in the gaps in between. In this informative volume, Andy T. Wallis uses his fascinating collection of photographs and maps to explore the history of the Wymondham-Wells-next-the-Sea branch line, with stations including Wymondham, Kimberley Park, Hardingham, Thuxton, Yaxham, Dereham, North Elmham, County School, Ryburgh, Fakenham, Walsingham, Wighton Halt and Wells-next-the-Sea. Well-researched and in-depth, this volume will appeal not only to steam railway enthusiasts, but also to local historians.
In 1987 British Rail decided it needed a new class of AC electric locomotive for use on the West Coast Main Line. The idea was that this class would help eliminate the Class 85 locomotives and would be used on both freight and passenger workings. Fifty members of the class were built at Crewe Works, alongside the Class 91 locomotives that were built for the East Coast Main Line. The Class 90s were designed to be able to work with a Mk 3 DVT, which also eliminated the need to run round at terminal stations. The first twenty-five members were delivered in InterCity Swallow livery, the following eleven in InterCity Mainline livery, allowing them to be used on passenger and freight workings, with the final fourteen members delivered in Railfreight Speedlink livery being predominantly freight locomotives. Most of the class are still in use today, with fifteen still used on passenger workings out of Norwich and the remainder in use with DB Cargo or Freightliner. This book tells the story of the Class 90s.
John Law has been photographing Britain's buses since the early 1970s. In this book, he takes us through the buses of Cambridgeshire, run by the National Bus Company, which had absorbed the services run in the area by Tilling & British Automobile Traction (who themselves had taken over Eastern Counties Omnibuses). In preparation for bus deregulation, National Bus Company's Cambridgeshire operations were transferred to Cambus Ltd, which was sold and eventually absorbed into the Stagecoach Group. Throughout these turbulent years, John Law travelled extensively throughout Cambridgeshire, including to Ely, St Ives and St Neots as well as Cambridge itself. The best of his images of those times are to be found within this book, telling the fascinating story of the county's bus services.
This is an essential step-by-step guide. This resource explains how to rebuild and modify transmissions from both rear- and front-wheel-drive cars. It explains the principles behind the workings of all manual transmissions, and helps readers understand what they need to do and know to rebuild their own transmissions. It includes how to determine what parts to replace; how and why to replace certain seals, spacers, springs, forks, and other parts; and where to find (and how to measure) the specifications for each particular transmission.
Who were the ancient Romans? Views of Rome addresses this question by offering a collection of thirty-five annotated excerpts from Greek prose authors. As Adam Serfass explains in his introduction, these authors' characterizations of the Romans run the gamut from fellow Hellenes, civilizers, and peacemakers to barbarians, boors, and warmongers. Although many of the authors featured in this volume - including Augustus, Cassius Dio, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Eusebius, Josephus, Julian, Libanius, Plutarch, Polybius, Strabo, and the writers of the New Testament - are important sources for Roman civilization, their written works are rarely presented in accessible Greek-language editions. These authors wrote in a variety of styles and dialects, and this collection enables readers to experience the range of expression the Greek language makes possible. Views of Rome is divided into five parts spanning early Rome through late antiquity. Within these parts, each prose selection is prefaced with a description of the featured author and the larger work from which the excerpt is drawn, as well as suggestions for further reading in English. The Greek passages themselves are accompanied by notes that provide crucial assistance for understanding grammar and vocabulary, thus enabling students to read the language with greater speed, accuracy, and nuance. Designed for advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level readers of Greek, this student-friendly book bridges the worlds of Greece and Rome and inspires discussion of identity, empire, religion, and politics - matters much debated in classical antiquity and in the present day.
Seventies Spotting Days in the Western Region is a full-colour photographic album depicting the 1970s with coverage of both diesel-electric and diesel-hydraulics from that great period of change on our railways. The captions include items of news, culture, music and personalities from the era to bring back the memories of our youth. Locations within this volume include: Old Oak Common, Paddington, Bristol, Laira, Exeter, Penzance, Cardiff, Fishguard, Dawlish, Swindon, Reading and many more.
In 2010, the world's oldest steamship line celebrated its 180th anniversary. For 183 years, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. has been the lifeline to the island, providing passenger and freight services for the island. Almost into the twentieth century, the ships were primarily paddle steamers but screw steamers took over then. In 1962, the first ro-ro ferries arrived and by the late 1990s catamarans were being used, offering a huge increase in speed. The ships saw service during both wars and IOMSP vessels carried about one in fourteen of all the soldiers rescued at Dunkirk. After numerous changes of owners, the IOMSP is now owned by Portuguese investment banks but continues to dominate the Irish Sea routes to the Isle of Man, despite the competition from air transport. Ian Collard, who has written many books on the Mersey and its ships, tells the story of the Steam Packet through time.
Central London is encircled by some of the finest railway architecture in the world. The great termini were built to impress, they were bold exclamation marks at the end of the line, announcing the railway's and the passenger's arrival in the capital. As Sir John Betjeman once said, 'If the station houses are the equivalent of parish churches, then the termini are the cathedrals of the railway age.' Each one has its own distinctive character, and despite the passage of time they have much to offer. John Christopher examines the principal termini in a clockwise order, starting with Victoria in the west, then Paddington and along the Euston Road to include Marylebone, Euston, St Pancras and King's Cross, with Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street to the east, before continuing back along the north bank of the Thames for Cannon Street, Blackfriars (Holborn Viaduct) and Charing Cross. South of the river there are London Bridge and Waterloo.
Bikers' Britain - The Tours is all about the best touring routes in the UK handpicked and written by the Deputy Editor of immensely popular RiDE magazine. The book includes more than 40 of the best touring routes for motorcyclists which have been pre-ridden by experts. It features practical advice on preparing for a long trip, sights to see and things to do along the route as well as an overview of touring from outside the UK. Each ride will have a clear route map and colour photos and can be used as a top box essential or bedtime reading. The book is designed to be durable and fit snugly into a tank bag for use during a ride.
Moquette is the carpet-like fabric covering the seats we sit on in London's Tubes, buses, trams and Overground trains - and here is a brilliantly colourful guide to all its patterns. London Transport has always wanted the best design, be it Charles Holden's superb art deco Tube stations on the Piccadilly Line, its elegant Johnston typeface or Harry Beck's Tube map. And this pursuit of excellence has extended even to the design of the fabrics it covers our bus and Tube seats with: moquette. In the Thirties top artists like Paul Nash and Enid Marx were commissioned to design patterns; nowadays every line like Crossrail or the Overground gets its own unique, colour-co-ordinated moquette pattern. Now, in conjunction with the London Transport Museum, which has the definitive London Transport moquette archive, Andrew Martin has written a delightful, surprising and covetable guide to all these patterns, from the first horse bus to the latest Tube train.
Simon de Burton journeys through some of the most coveted cars of the twentieth century. From the Alfa Romeo 6C to the Porsche 996 GT3, the author has chosen cars from each decade from the 1930s to the end of the twentieth century, his choices made from the perspective of the enthusiast and collector. All are considered 'milestone' cars and all have risen substantially in value in the past five to ten years. They are not all necessarily the fastest, rarest or most valuable cars, but they are all highly significant and highly regarded. These are the cars that should have been bought when they were new and kept for the future - now that they are truly desired. Features cars from across the varied spans of time, price and purpose, including: Lancia Lambda, Austin Seven, Volkswagen Beetle, Jaguar C-Type, Citroen DS19, Ford Mustang, DeLorean DMC 12, McLaren F1.
Keen to quickly expand during the 1980s, Stagecoach purchased three former National Bus Company subsidiaries during its sell-off in 1986/7 to give it a foothold in the English bus market. Finding this move to be successful, the company then set about a further expansion programme with the purchase of twenty-six more major, and several independent, companies to become Britain's largest bus operator and followed this with the acquisition of a number of Welsh companies. Looking further afield, Stagecoach then purchased some bus companies in Malawi, Kenya, Hong Kong and New Zealand to become a global operator. This book covers all of these activities and is an evocative look at the first twenty years of Stagecoach beyond Scotland.
A collection of entertaining trivia about our favourite mode of transport. Did you know that the Hennessey Venom F5 is the world's fastest road car, with an official top speed of 301mph? That the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car of all time? Or that you can instantly cool down a car that has been sitting in the sun by rolling down the window on one side and opening and closing the door on the other side five or six times? Car books often take themselves too seriously or are about hugely expensive models that most people can only aspire to. This new title includes all types of cars (modern, classic, road, race, real and imaginary), as well as engines and all things automotive. The lists, infographics and nuggets of information will appeal to those who love cars or who just enjoy brilliant pieces of trivia. And because the book's arranged in fun, bite-sized pieces, you can devour it in one sitting or dip in and out of it, as the mood takes you.
All of the weird, wonderful, and amazing tales of cars and the characters who drove them.
The automotive world is filled with crazy stories, mysteries, myths, rumors, and legends. Here are just a few covered in "History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed."
- After James Dean's death behind the wheel, parts of his car were sold off -- and cursed their subsequent owners.
- Bonnie and Clyde almost exclusively stole Ford V8s as their getaway cars because they were the fastest cars of their day. Clyde Barrow even wrote Henry Ford a thank-you note for his unsuspecting help.
- Peanuts in the shell are considered bad luck at NASCAR races.
- James Brown's wife once claimed diplomatic immunity when fighting a traffic ticket because her husband was "the ambassador of soul."
- Harry Houdini learned to drive late in life only because he needed to get to an airport for a stunt, and it was the only drive he ever made.
- There is a myth of a 200-miles-per-gallon carburetor that oil companies and auto manufacturers are rumored to have kept hidden from the public.
- A mechanic working in a car's trunk was once mistaken for a kidnapping victim.
"History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed" covers every aspect of the intersection between people and their machines. The racing, manufacturing, crime, pop culture, and mechanical lives of cars are explained, along with the shockingly poor judgment of some human characters. Separate the fact from the fiction and learn where the truth lies
Readers join desperate pilots in the cockpit as they fight gravity and time in a plane that's falling out of the sky.
Anyone who watches the news knows about the "black box." Officially called the cockpit voice recorder, the black box (which is actually Day-glo orange) records the final moments of any in-flight accident. Often it provides the only explanation of a crash -- inevitably, it provides a heart-breaking, second-by-second account of intense fear tempered by unyielding professionalism.
This 1984 Quill title has been completely updated to include twenty-eight new incidents occurring between 1978 and 1996. Some are famous, like the 1996 Valujet crash in the Everglades and the ill-fated launch of the space shuttle Challenger; other disasters range from commuter prop aircraft to jumbo airliners and a pair of Air Force planes. Few have ever been revealed in their entirety, each, without exception, is absolutely gripping.
In this new edition, editor Malcolm MacPherson has, wherever possible, added weather notes and descriptions of events in the cockpit and cabin, heightening our vivid sense of being there during the final moments. Provided by the National Transportation Safety Board and vetted by an experienced airline captain, these are unforgettable case studies in ultimate emergency -- authentic, immediate, filled with drama, terror, human frailty and error, and unquenchable courage.
Railways Around Hereford features photographs taken by author Robert Lewis and a number of other railway enthusiasts, covering a period of around fifty years. The end of steam is featured, as well as up to date images of the current scene around Hereford. These images feature a large variety of locomotives and workings that have been recorded by local enthusiasts over the years. As well as changes in locomotives and stock, the changing nature of freight traffic in the area is also recorded here. It also features areas and lines that have now sadly been closed, including the Bulmer's Railway Centre and the Barton line and yard. With a wealth of previously unpublished images, this nostalgic look back on the railways in and around Hereford will appeal to any enthusiast who has taken a snap, recorded a number or simply caught a train at Hereford.
Northern Canals Through Time follows on from the previous title by well-known author Ray Shill, North West Canals Through Time: Manchester, Irwell & the Peaks, as a study of waterway infrastructure, in this case focusing particularly on Lancaster, Ulverston, Carlisle, and the Pennine Waterways from west to east, including from Nelson to Leeds on the Leeds & Liverpool, the canal from Rochdale to Sowerby Bridge on the Rochdale and the Huddersfield (Narrow) from Ashton to Huddersfield. Through a similar 'then and now' study, in line with his previous titles, canal historian Ray Shill explores the construction and technical developments of the canals and their social and economic contributions to the towns and cities they passed through, as well as the architecture they spawned and the legacy they left behind them. Within the pages of this book, the history of the canals will be unfolded to delight and inform all those interested in the canals of the North.
The Bristol Omnibus Company can trace its origins to 1875, when Sir George White formed the Bristol Tramways Company. The company operated its first city bus service, a horse-bus to Clifton, in 1887 and first introduced motor buses in 1906. Not satisfied with the vehicles that it had bought, in 1908 the company began to manufacture its own buses and soon began to sell them to other operators as well, Bristol buses being built for use both in Britain and abroad for 75 years. Bristol buses carried a scroll logo adopted from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, also set up by Sir George White, to commemorate the building of Bristol Fighters at Brislington tram works during the First World War. Following the Second World War, the company was nationalised, later to be re-privatised in the 1980s. In this book, Bristol bus expert Mike Walker uses a wide range of images to tell the story of buses in the city of Bristol.
The River Frome in Dorset flows for some 30 miles from the chalk uplands of central Dorset into Poole Harbour near Wareham. Its source is St John's Well in the village of Evershot, and from here it flows through some of Dorset's most scenic and historic landscapes. The river passes a wide variety of settlements, including the county town of Dorchester, the Saxon walled town of Wareham, and picturesque villages such as Cattistock and Moreton. A fascinating array of historic features fill the valley: a railway built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, earthworks of a Roman aqueduct and, most surprising of all, several miles of water meadow systems, which fertilised the land during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Called 'The Vale of the Great Dairies' in the works of Thomas Hardy, paths and lanes make it easy to explore the Frome valley and follow the river's course from Evershot to Wareham.
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