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Created fifty years ago after a three-way conversation in a public house, the Old Gaffers Association grew into a group of enthusiasts who rescued a vital part of our maritime heritage from almost certain extinction. This jaunty celebration, lavishly illustrated, demonstrates how gaff-rigged sailing vessels are alive in a way no other boat could ever be. In this book their owners tell of their stylish, characterful and sea-kindly craft - and some of their adventures. There are tales, too, of solo sailors and families embarking on voyages across the oceans that have seen the Old Gaffers Association become a world-wide community. Jim Rockeller, owner of the Bald Mountain Boat Works in Camden, Maine, and instigator of the first OGA group in America, wrote of the OGA in 1968: 'Membership requirements are simple. One needn't know the difference between a throat and a peak halyard; one need only know that putting to sea in a gaff-rigged vessel is a special kind of magic not found in other kinds of sailing.' This magic of traditional sailing has cast its spell much closer to home, too - simply messing about in boats, alone, joining in regattas or cruising with families and friends. This book will delight every boating enthusiast. As the cheers greeting the traditional boats that graced The Queen's Jubilee Thames Pageant showed, they bring out the salty seadog in us all.
The Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway originated during the 'Railway Mania' years of the mid-1840s, when ambitious landowners and industrialists conceived the idea of a main line link between London and the West Midlands industrial areas. With Isambard Kingdom Brunel as its engineer, the OW&WR was seen as a close ally of the Great Western Railway, but in the event, the two companies became enmeshed in a bitter quarrel. When completed throughout to Oxford in 1853, the OW&WR worked in conjunction with the rival London & North Western Railway. However, relations with the parent Great Western Railway eventually improved and the 'Cotswold Line' became an archetypal GWR route. In recent years, the railway has prospered as a long-distance commuter route, with trains running through from Paddington to Hereford via Oxford, Worcester and Great Malvern.
The Mallaig Extension was approved in 1894 to provide a continuation of the West Highland route for the benefit of the fishing industry on Scotland's west coast. It revived, more ambitiously, the Fort William to Roshven line lost in 1889. With controversial state aid in place, construction began in 1897 and the Extension was opened in 1901. Steam was reintroduced on the line in 1984 and the Jacobite service to Mallaig is now a major tourist attraction. Crossing the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, the line touches Loch Eilt, Loch Ailort, Loch-nan-Uamh, Arisaig and Morar, giving wonderful views of the coastline and the Small Isles. In this book, a companion to his volume on the West Highland Line, Dr John McGregor uses a wide selection of period and modern photographs to bring the history and dramatic landscape of the Mallaig Extension to life for the reader.
The bestselling guides to Britain's canals and rivers for 50 years. The map companion to the Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides, covering the entire network of canal and river navigations in England, Scotland and Wales, including newly restored/opened canals and rivers. The map identifies: * narrow and broad canals; * navigable rivers; * tidal river navigations; * waterways under construction. Also: * contact telephone numbers and dimensions for each waterway * internet links Clear insets of the Birmingham Canal Navigations, Scottish inland waterways, the Norfolk Broads and the London area.
A Mersey ferry was recorded in the Domesday Book, and for around a thousand years, they have plied between Birkenhead and Wallasey on the Wirral and Liverpool. The sail and man-powered craft gave way to steam ferries in 1815. In this book, Ian Collard tells the story of the Mersey ferries, concentrating on the steam and diesel powered eras from 1815 to the present day and including such famous ferries as Iris and Daffodil, which were involved in the Zeebrugge Raid of 1918. The Mersey ferries have been immortalized in song, and even today, with the various tunnels under the Mersey, the three survivors of today, Snowdrop, Royal Iris of the Mersey and Royal Daffodil, are still being used by locals and tourists alike. Using around 160 old and new images, he tells the story of the Ferries across the Mersey, showing a river that was once teeming with ships but is now much quieter.
What are the wrong kinds of leaves on the track? At which station could you buy your ticket from a booth in a tree? How do smooth wheels grip smooth rails? Why don't locomotive boilers explode? What is a slip coach? How can a railway wagon be moved without a locomotive? Colin Maggs is one of Britain's leading railway historians and in 1993 was awarded the MBE for services to railway history. The author of over one hundred books on the subject, he has assembled a truly fascinating collection of quirky facts, unbelievable stories and staggering statistics about Britain's glorious railways from their earliest origins to the present day.
In this, the second of two books examining the history and development of canals in the Midlands, Ray Shill traces the waterways of the East Midlands, from the early river navigations, such as the Trent with its iconic Trent Boats and through the heady years of 'Canal Mania', when grand structures such as the Dove Aqueduct and Rainbow Bridge flourished and engineers pushed the boundaries of technology, driven by the advent of mining and industry across the region. The influence of the inland ports and the arrival of the railways is considered, as are the later developments that drew inspiration from canals on the continent. Finally, Ray takes stock of the current state of the canal system and celebrates some of the laudable conservation schemes across the East Midlands. This volume makes use of a stunning collection of rare colour photographs to tell the story of the region's unique canal system and its valuable legacy.
The railway came to Oxfordshire during the 1840s, the core of the present-day local railway network being completed by 1853. Other lines were subsequently constructed and, despite some branch line closures during the 1960s, these Victorian railways are still serving the public during the first decades of the twenty-first century. Their longevity is a tribute to the energy and vision of the nineteenth-century entrepreneurs who brought the railway system into existence over 160 years ago. This new study of Oxfordshire's railways examines the county's railways on a line-by-line basis, starting with the Great Western main line, which reached Oxfordshire in 1840. Sixty-eight stations have been included, the opening dates being given for each location. This interesting collection of images will appeal to railway enthusiasts, local historians and those with an interest in the history of Oxfordshire.
The Wyrley & Essington Canal began as an independent waterway, carrying coal from Essington and Wyrley Bank to Wolverhampton. It was a popular route, in high competition with the mines at Bilston, Cosely and Tipton, which were served by Birmingham Canal Navigations. In 1792 and 1794 the canal was extended, creating routes to a number of new areas - five locks were used for a branch canal to Essington 'New' Colliery, the highest point on the Wyrley & Essington Canal. Although useful in supplying water to adjacent navigations, trade on the Wyrley & Essington Canal failed to achieve its full potential, which led to closures along the canal throughout the period. Despite this, trade improved in 1840 when the waterway merged with Birmingham Canal Navigations. In this illustrated book, author Ray Shill details the development of the Wyrley & Essington Canal and delves into its fascinating history.
Before the introduction of its tram system and early motor buses, Dunfermline was like any other town of similar size the length and breadth of the country, reliant on the railways and the local stagecoach owners to move the town's residents from place to place. In the early years of the twentieth century, this would all change quite radically. In 1909 Dunfermline's first motor bus licences were granted, and the trams started operating. Walter Burt, himself a Fife bus driver, charts the advances of the trams and buses which have served the people of Dunfermline and West Fife, from the earliest humble motor engined vehicles and electric trams, to the air conditioned vehicles on the roads at present. It also takes in the changing face of west Fife, with a lot of changes having taking place in the backgrounds of most locations in the photographs.
In the latter half of the eighteenth century, Bristol was a flourishing city and required coal for its developing glass, pottery, sugar refining, brewing, distilling, soap making and smelting industries. A railway was proposed to connect the Coalpit Heath colliery to the harbour at Bristol. The opening of this railway took place in 1835, but an extension to Gloucester was soon thought necessary. The Bristol & Gloucester Company invited Brunel to be engineer. Over the years, a standard gauge horse and gravity-worked local railway developed into a broad gauge main line, probably making the Bristol & Gloucester unique. Colin G. Maggs, one of the country's leading railway historians, tells the full story of this line right from its inception up to the present day. As well as detailing its history, he describes the line, its locomotives, rolling stock and train services. He also details permanent way and signalling, while accidents, including the horrific one at Charfield in 1928, are also covered in this wide-ranging book, which features over 190 illustrations.
Youve just spent a day on the water under a sweltering sun. You sit back, enjoying the seclusion of a remote anchorage, lulled by the rattle of ice in your cold drink. A pretty picture, but a rare one aboard cruising boats.
A house is never without its utility umbrella, but when you pull your boats shore-power plug youre on your own. Even good refrigeration systems use a lot of energy. And bad ones? Erase those ice cubes from your tropical fantasy.
Refrigeration for Pleasureboats explains how the cruising sailor can acquire the amenities--even the necessities--of an efficient onboard refrigeration system. Whether youre off for two days or two years, you must balance the highest possible cooling capacity with the lowest possible energy consumption. Calder explains clearly and logically how and why refrigeration components work, how to keep them working efficiently and economically, and what to look for when something goes wrong.
Boat refrigeration systems are phenomenally expensive. A modest refrigerator/freezer system, professionally built and installed, can cost more than $4,000. Yet these units can still have unpleasant side effects--such as killing the boats batteries. Refrigeration for Pleasureboats provides all the step-by-step information an amateur needs to design and build a custom refrigeration unit that will cost far less than half the price of an off-the-shelf unit and will likely run better with far less drain on the batteries. With Calders maintenance and troubleshooting tips, youll be able to keep it running for years to come and keep those ice cubes tinkling in that frosted glass.
Ferrari means red. It means racing. Excellence, luxury, and performance. Less well-known is the man behind the brand. For nearly seventy years, Enzo Ferrari dominated a motor-sports empire that defined the world of high-performance cars. Next to the Pope, Ferrari was the most revered man in Italy. But was he the benign padrone portrayed by an adoring world press at the time, or was he a ruthless despot, who drove his staff to the edge of madness, and his racing drivers even further? Brock Yates's definitive biography penetrated Ferrari's elaborately constructed veneer and uncovered the truth behind Ferrari's bizarre relationships, his work with Mussolini's fascists, and his fanatical obsession with speed. "A fascinating and provocative book" The Observer.
A compact, handy, on-the-water reference guide containing all the essential information about keeping your marine diesel engine running for when you need it most: the perfect quick reference guide to keep onboard. The book covers the parts of the engine and has checklists for monthly, weekly and daily checks. It outlines what to do if the engine won't start, or stop, if it overheats or there are problems with the fuel system. It tells you about servicing, the electrics and winterisation. Splash-proof and spiral bound - allowing you to lay it out flat beside your engine - this little book stands up to frequent use and will be a valued companion when the engine doesn't behave.
The railway at Broxbourne dates from 1840, and that at Bishop's Stortford from 1843; the rest of the line was running by 1845. A busy freight route up until the 1980s, it has seen large growth in the passenger business since electrification and the opening of the Stansted Airport branch. Recent investment by Railtrack and later Network Rail has seen resignalling south of Bishop's Stortford as well as providing new passenger rolling stock. This first volume takes a journey over the line from Cheshunt to Audley End, stopping at all the stations to view what has changed over the last 170 years. This main line is now principally a commuter route for journeys to London and Cambridge, and for people travelling to Stansted Airport. All the goods yards at the intermediate stations have now closed, except for a stone depot at Harlow Mill, and most of these have been turned into station car parks.
""Peat grapples with these amazingly recondite notions and succeeds brilliantly in making them clear." --Publishers Weekly"
Crossing the Cotswolds and widely regarded as one of the most attractive locations for an historic canal, the Thames & Severn Canal is also one of the most interesting to trace and enjoy on the ground today. Opened in 1789 and in use until the early twentieth century, the Thames & Severn Canal makes the link over a total of thirty-seven miles between the two great rivers of southern Britain, the Severn and the Thames, from its junction with the Stroudwater Canal in the centre of Stroud. The towpath route can be followed as it climbs steadily via many locks to reach the summit at the famous Sapperton tunnel. Over two miles long, this remains one of the wonders of the canal age. Eastwards to reach the Thames at Lechlade there is much to explore, armed with this album of photographs showing various stages in the canal's history up to the present day. This is both an informative guide and a souvenir of a fascinating and much loved canal.
In this pictorial journey, Barry Marsden takes us through the history of trams and trolleybuses in Chesterfield, from the inauguration of a horse tram service by the Chesterfield and District Tramways Company in the 1880s to the last run by the Chesterfield Corporation trolleybuses in 1938. Barry uses a collection of often rare images to show the impact of these new forms of transportation and how the people of Chesterfield marked their passing. Barry Marsden was born and brought up in Chesterfield and the tram and trackless systems of his native town have always exerted a deep fascination over him.
'In Sweet Thames Run Softly Robert Gibbings describes how in 1939 he saw a window of Blackwell's Bookshop in Broad Street, Oxford full of books on the Thames. He was daunted by this as he was just engaged in writing and illustrating his own lovely book. There were histories of the river, and of the villages beside it. Bridges spanning the river were the subject of several books, also the natural history of it, besides how to fish and row. But there were no books on crossing the Thames by ford and ferry before the advent of bridges. Gibbings himself does not mention them, nor have any been written since.'Joan Tucker's first history of the Thames ferries covered the London reaches, from Staines to the sea. This second book starts at the source in Gloucestershire and follows the river down past Oxford and Windsor to complete the journey. The richness of the documentary history from old deeds and Acts is paralled by the stories and accounts of earlier travels. All the sites have been visited and are described as they survive. The author's earlier Ferries of Gloucestershire was the Railway & Canal Historical Society's 'Road Transport Book of the Year' in 2010.
Stronghold of the Romans, and later the Vikings, York was to become the powerbase of the infamous 'Railway King', George Hudson, whose empire would eventually extend from the far north of England to the south and south-west. Today, York is the home of the National Railway Museum where many old steam locos are on display, along with diesel and electric types from Britain and abroad. Indeed, the NRM provides many of the steam locos operating excursion trains to Scarborough. In Steam Around York & the East Riding the glorious days of steam traction around York and the East Riding have been recaptured; the days when the railway was an important part of the infrastructure in the area and the trains were used by thousands of passengers for holidays to local seaside resorts and beyond, via the docks at Hull and Goole, as well as freight goods and shipping. Through a multitude of pictures furnished with informative captions from an acknowledged expert, the heyday and decline of the railways of York and the East Riding is explored in depth and the services, engines and locations of this remarkable industry are recorded for posterity.
Bridging the Mississippi: Spans across the Father of Waters portrays in words and stunning photographs the manmade structures that cross the nation's most important and, during the mid-nineteenth century, most daunting natural waterway. Philip Gould spent three years photographing Mississippi River bridges, from the Crescent City Connection in New Orleans to the span of boulders at the river's headwaters in Lake Itasca, Minnesota. This book features seventy-five of the river's more than 130 spans, progressing from south to north, in rural, small-town, and metropolitan settings. In every season and from numerous angles, Gould captured images of historical, architectural, and engineering significance as well as dramatic natural beauty. In addition, his photos reflect the many perspectives of people whose lives intersect with the bridges, including riverboat captains, construction workers, pedestrians, drivers, cyclists, wedding parties, recreational boaters and fishers, business owners, and train engineers. Margot Hasha offers a fascinating overview of bridge construction on the Mississippi, starting with the waterway's geology and the earliest-known settlement along the banks of Misi-ziibi, what Native Americans called the ""father of waters."" She discusses the impact of steel production on the expansion of railroad bridges, hazards encountered by river pilots today, the preservation of vintage structures, and the latest bridge designs. Hasha and Gould profile select crossings in eleven cities and towns, explaining each one's unique story and importance to its riverside community. Architectural and engineering feats; focal points for urban renewal; essential links in the nation's transportation and commerce; aesthetic frames for parks, riverwalks, and levee trails- the Mississippi River's bridges come into full focus in this visual tribute.
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