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Sixties Spotting Days Around London & the Home Counties is a full-colour photographic album, depicting the capital's once-great terminus stations and engine sheds throughout the 1960s and covering the variety of locomotive types 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: Willesden, Euston, Watford, King's Cross, Paddington, St Pancras, Stratford, Nine Elms, Liverpool Street, Waterloo, Stewarts Lane, Old Oak Common, Southall, Cricklewood and lots more.
In the early days of tram operations, the local borough or corporation would lay tracks that would carry the trams, while the cars would be operated by private enterprise. All this changed on 11 January 1883 when Huddersfield Corporation was given government dispensation to operate its own system. The last Huddersfield tramcar operated to Brighouse on Saturday 29 June 1940 and no vehicle survived into preservation. In 1933 a complete regeneration of the transport system was undertaken when the Corporation opted to replace its ageing trams with trolleybuses. Such importance was placed on the trams (and then trolleybuses) that it was a rare sight to see a motorbus in the centre of Huddersfield before the early 1960s. After 1960, however, the Corporation converted to diesel motorbuses. In a nostalgic look back on the trolley and bus services of the town, Michael Berry looks at the history and demise of the Huddersfield system.
The drama of the Lancashire countryside combined with some of the most powerful diesel and electric locomotives to be found anywhere in Britain. Ross Taylor's photographs cover every aspect of diesel and electric traction in Lancashire, hauling both passenger and goods trains. The types, classes of locomotives and the operating companies represented are as varied as the landscape which ranges from the drama of the Pennines to the windswept coastline of Morecambe Bay and the commuter belt of Manchester and Liverpool. Locations include the West Coast Main Line and along the coast, from Southport to Lancaster. Stunning photography and an extraordinarily varied landscape are combined and captured in superb detail.
The familiar story of the RMS Titanic--from her tragic 10-second encounter with an iceberg to her descent to the bottom of the ocean some three hours later, taking with her more than 1,500 lives--still looms large in the popular imagination. Daniel Butler, a researcher and archivist, worked on this book for 30 years, intensively compiling facts not only about the event, but also about the characters who played an important role, from the actions of Captain Smith and his crew to the inescapable fate of the third-class passengers. He also offers the startling revelation of a nearby ship which ignored the Titanic's distress call because the shipmates were afraid to awaken their captain. Unsinkable explores every facet of the Titanic's history, from its conception to a modern-day researcher's attempts to salvage the ship. The author presents a contemporary view of the crew and the passengers aboard, creating a better understanding of the time and the social psyche that played a role in the disaster. Also of note is Butler's enlistment of a clinical psychologist to analyze Captain Smith's mental state as the drama unfolded before him. Butler's passionate yet balanced narrative permits readers to conclude for themselves who or what was ultimately responsible for sinking the unsinkable ship.
"The mighty railroad occupied the undisputed center of American public life. The railroad founded cities, populated states, created governments, destroyed the wilderness. It was the great speculator, the political tyrant, the recruiter of immigrants, the opener of new lands, the cynosure of poets and pioneers, the symbol of adventure, opportunity, escape, and power. . . . Yet, the railroad man, for all his historic importance, his archetypal stature, and his economic power, has achieved only a minor position in American literature."--from " Workin' on the Railroad"
In Workin' on the Railroad, Richard Reinhardt presents firsthand accounts from engineers, brakemen, porters, conductors, section men, roundhouse workers, switchmen, telegraphers, surveyors, and other neglected pioneers who worked the railroad during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Age of Steam.
A nostalgic A-Z of the most special and well-remembered 60s, 70s and 80s cars, with stylish illustrations accompanied by warm, humorous personal memories. Designer and illustrator Roy McCarthy explores the cars that made a big impression on him in his younger days, from the sludge-coloured, disappointing Austin Allegro his father brought home in 1975 to the Ford Zephyr he coveted from afar on the way to school. The evocative, colourful illustrations form a visual feast of late 20th-century driving, featuring all the cars drivers of a certain age will remember: the Hillman Imp, the Triumph Dolomite, the Opel Kadett, the Renault 5, and even the lowly Yugo 45 - a whole alphabet's worth, in fact! The perfect gift for anyone who's ever owned, been driven around in or hankered after one of these motoring icons. Word count: 15,000
TV presenter and all-round car nut Ant Anstead takes the reader on a journey that mirrors the development of the motor car itself from a stuttering 20mph annoyance that scared everyone's horses to 150mph pursuits with aerial support and sophisticated electronic tracking. The British Police Force's relationship with the car started by chasing after pioneer speeding motorists on bicycles. As speed restrictions eased in the early twentieth century and car ownership increased, the police embraced the car. Criminals were stealing cars to sell on or to use as getaway vehicles and the police needed to stay ahead, or at least only one step behind. The arms race for speed, which culminated in the police acquiring high-speed pursuit vehicles such as Subaru Impreza Turbos, had begun. Since then the car has become essential to everyday life. Deep down everyone loves a police car. Countless enthusiasts collect models in different liveries and legendary police cars become part of the nation's shared consciousness. Ant Anstead spent the first six years of his working life as a cop. He was part of the armed response team, one of the force's most elite units. In this fascinating new history of the British police car, Ant looks at the classic cars, from the Met's Wolseleys to the Senator, the motorway patrol car officers loved most, via unusual and unexpected police vehicles such as the Arial Atom. It's a must-read for car enthusiasts, social historians and anyone who loves a good car chase, Cops and Robbers is a rip-roaring celebration of the police car and the men and women who drive them.
The Insta Grammar series explores the most interesting corners of the incredibly popular social media site, Instagram. After Cats, City and Nordic, Green, Graphic and Dogs, three new subjects are revealed: Unicorn, Cars and #fail. Hitching a ride on the back of today's unicorn trend that's flooding Instagram, Unicorn shows the most original posts revolving the mythical creatures. Cars gathers the most beautiful classic car shots, while #fail is an hilarious collection of ridiculous houses, 'creative solutions' and situational humour.
This is a complete guide to selecting, installing, and tuning forced-induction fuel/air systems. Everything involved with these systems will be covered, including assessing power goals, component selection, engine preparation, tools, installation procedures, tuning, vehicle modifications, driveability, and sources.
From the very start, when George Stephenson's famous Rocket knocked over and killed a government minister at the opening of the Liverpool to Manchester line in 1830, the world's railways have given rise to intriguing stories. In this fascinating book, updated with a new selection of tales, railway buff Tom Quinn explores the bizarre side of train travel, featuring weird weather conditions, audacious robberies, hair-raising accidents, vanishing passengers, an infestation of maggots and a mysterious missing mummy. From the dawn of rail travel, when speeds of 15mph were considered dangerous to health and people mistook engines for fire-breathing demons, through the Victorian heyday of royal trains and seaside specials to today's more prosaic leaves on the line, this whistlestop tour through railways' long and storied history is the perfect gift for armchair travelers, history fans and trainspotters.
The original horse tramway lines of the Aberdeen District Tramways Company opened in 1874, between Queens Cross and North Church, and St Nicholas Street and Causewayend, covering the city as it then existed. As Aberdeen started to expand, so too did the tramway network, and on 26 August 1898 the District Tramways passed into the ownership of Aberdeen Corporation. Under Corporation ownership, the tramway network was electrified and developed further as Aberdeen continued to grow. Although there were route closures in the 1930s, the network was not finally closed until May 1958 and was the most northerly municipal tramway in the United Kingdom. In this wonderful collection of images, Mike Mitchell, a historian of Aberdeen transport, shows the development of tramways not just in the city of Aberdeen but wider Aberdeenshire as well, from the Aberdeen Suburban Tramways Company through the Strabathie Light Railway to the Cruden Bay Hotel Tramway.
"Robert Snyder has compiled the tales and the war stories, sketches of the varied jobs and those who work on the buses and trains of the New York city mass transit system. These are the engrossing stories of the invisible workers-those who labor day and night to ensure a safe trip for the five million who ride the subways and buses of the city. Ever present, the workers have seen it all, and regale us with their experiences. It is an enjoyable read renewing our appreciation and respect for those who tend the transit systems."-New York History New York City may seem to be a place where everyone is a stranger, yet transit workers provide a human presence on a late-night bus or an empty subway platform. Few of us give any thought to these invisible workers-until something goes wrong. Transit Talk takes readers into the world of MTA New York City Transit employees, as they describe their lives and work, from the most visible subway conductor to the seemingly invisible mechanic. There are nearly 44,000 transit workers like those you will meet in Transit Talk, and every day they help five million of us travel to work, to school, to weddings, to funerals, to hospitals, to vacations. These workers labor daily on subway tracks inches from high-voltage powerlines, risking their lives for passengers they'll never know. The city can feel large and fragmented, but the transportation system and its workers create common threads in the lives of all New Yorkers, threads we take for granted. Nearly one hundred transit workers were interviewed for Transit Talk. These are the people who keep the country's largest transit system up and running. Together, their stories create a human tableau of life and labor in the city within a city that is the MTA New York City Transit. Transit workers find satisfaction in fixing a damaged subway car, gain wisdom from mastering a dangerous workplace, nurse emotional wounds from tending to someone injured in an accident, battle frustration from difficulties with management, and express satisfaction when reflecting on a productive career. They tell of how years spent in the same shop create bonds between workers. They talk of the burden of laboring in a twenty-four-hour system with night shifts and weekend workdays that take them away from families. You'll hear joyous anecdotes of workers delivering babies in a subway car as well as painful tales of informing next-of-kin of a death on the tracks. The stories weave together vignettes about race, unions, and the relations between men and women in the transit workforce. The memories recorded here cover the last fifty years of the twentieth century, a time when the transit system acquired many of the characteristics of contemporary modern American industry. Robert W. Snyder, a lifelong bus and subway rider and the grandson of a transit worker, is the author of The Voice of the City: Vaudeville and Popular Culture in New York and coauthor of Metropolitan Lives: The Ashcan Artists and Their New York. He lives with his wife and two children in Manhattan, where he is the editor of Media Studies Journal.
British motoring, from golden age to gridlock. A history of Britain from the driving seat. The Auto Biography charts the story of British motoring from the viewpoint of the everyday motorist. With chapters based around cars that have symbolised each motoring era, author Mark Wallington uses his own personal memories and the cars he owned to create a wonderfully nostalgic portrait of Britain on the road. Growing up in the golden era of driving in the 1950s, and getting ready for his free bus pass in the environmental concerns of today, Mark's own life story echoes this fascinating historical journey.
Charles Rolls understood cars - how they were made and how to sell them - but Henry Royce didn't want to design just any car; he was determined to build the best car in the world. The meeting of these two great minds resulted in one of the most iconic feats of engineering then or indeed since. In THE MAN WHO MADE THE BEST CAR IN THE WORLD, beautifully illustrated by Stefan Marjoram, critic and car enthusiast Brian Sewell tells the story of Henry Royce and the creation of the Silver Ghost.
When Canadian brothers Colin and Ryan Pyle finished their record-breaking motorcycle adventure around China in 2010, they promised themselves that it would be their last such venture. Of course, they were wrong. Back in the saddle again, Colin and Ryan have set out to tackle the diverse country of India, and they had no idea what to expect! Whether it was monsoon rains, crashes in Mumbai, the claustrophobic roads of Kerla or even a brutal paragliding landing in Manali; nothing could stop these two adventurers as they triumphantly completed a 54 day -- 14,000 km -- motorcycle circumnavigation of India. In an Indian expedition of unforeseen extremes, Colin and Ryan battled the Rohtang Pass in a rainstorm, made a pilgrimage to the most visited holy site on earth in Amritsar; they also jumped off a perfectly good mountain and learned how to make the perfect cup of Indian tea in Darjeeling. If that seems like a lot, all of this was done while traversing over isolated mountain passes, blazing a trail through the roasting hot deserts and battling the insane traffic of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. In this book Colin and Ryan take us with them as they make their way through the remarkable and stunning landscapes of India. In the end, the brothers had learned what it takes to succeed as a team as they had circumnavigated a billion people, pushed themselves to new limits, and shared in an adventure that most of us will only ever dream of.
In the sixty years since the birth of the bus and coach preservation movement, the number of vehicles saved for present and future generations to admire has grown from a tiny handful to more than 3,000. From a small acorn has grown a massive oak, and those pioneers who planted the first seed never dreamed that their hobby would spread not only to every corner of the UK, but overseas too. From purchasing and restoring a single vehicle in 1956, bus and coach preservation has now expanded to the setting up of transport museums across Britain, where vehicles of varying ages are displayed, to outdoor events where they can be examined, and 'running days' that allow the public to experience a ride on them. The photographs included within these pages show how the hobby has developed and the variety of vehicles that are now preserved, as well as some that were once 'saved', but sadly failed to survive the passage of time.
Tyneside is widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the railway. Long before 'Railway Mania' gripped Victorian Britain, pioneering engineers on both sides of the Tyne were connecting collieries to the river to assist the export of coal. This book will look at the transitional years of the North-East's railways, covering the decline of Tyneside's traditional industries; the closure and lifting of many freight lines; and the conversion of Newcastle's suburban network to the light rapid transit Metro. Tyneside Railways also appreciates the renaissance of many of the important railway structures of the North-East, and takes a look at some of the local preservation schemes. Ranging over numerous locations, visiting the suburbs and the beautiful Tyne Valley to the west and also travelling slightly further afield in the South-East Northumberland coalfield, the book looks at a variety of motive power. The photographs collected and captioned by Colin Alexander feature preserved steam and BR diesel traction; steam-, diesel- and electric-powered locomotives; Tyne & Wear Metro stock; and even the ill-fated Advanced Passenger Train.
This seventh volume in the series of regional books examining the industrial railways of England, Wales and Scotland looks at railways of the former Ridings of Yorkshire, a region that once boasted widespread coal mining activities, which strongly influenced the county's fortunes throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The numerous steel manufacturing complexes, chiefly centred around the Sheffield and Rotherham area, and the one-time highly polluting coal and chemicals by-products plants are looked at, including the well-known Orgreave complex during the 1980s, a time when many coal mines and their supporting industries and railways were rapidly dwindling in number, a fact sadly driven home when examining the contents of this book. Other industries in the county, once heavily reliant on railways, either internal narrow gauge or standard gauge, included an extensive peat bog railway system east of Doncaster, water treatment plants around Leeds and Bradford, gas and electricity plants serving some of the county's towns and cities, numerous scrapyards supporting steel manufacturing, stone quarries in the rich limestone region to the north of the county, and brick and block manufacturers in the Vale of York, all contributing to the rich industrial railway heritage of Yorkshire. With informative captions and an array of striking and many previously unpublished historical colour and monochrome photographs, author Gordon Edgar delivers a fascinating overview of the industrial locomotives and railways of Yorkshire, essentially covering the last six decades and striving to convey the attraction of the many former industrial railways of this vast and topographically varied county.
This fascinating and inspiring biography of John H Haynes - the man behind Haynes Manuals - looks 'under the bonnet' at his extraordinary life, and his legacy to the motoring world. This is the story of how one man's vision and enthusiasm gave a small enterprise in rural Somerset a global footprint. The story begins with John's childhood in Ceylon and his school days - when as a young entrepreneur he sowed the seeds for what would become the iconic Haynes car-repair manuals - to his time as a young RAF officer, and then as the driving force behind the growth of the iconic Haynes brand and the Haynes International Motor Museum. This biography will appeal not only to motoring enthusiasts, but a wider audience who will be intrigued by the story of the Haynes family and the business dynamics - exploring the evolution of a global, yet truly British company and brand, led and overseen by John Haynes for 59 years.
Approved in May 1833 at the same time as the London & Birmingham Railway, the Grand Junction Railway was intended to act as a link between the London & Birmingham and the Liverpool & Manchester Railway. Built under the guidance of Joseph Locke, the Grand Junction was opened along its complete length on 4 July 1837. From 19 August 1839, through coaches were able to run for 218 miles from London through Birmingham to Preston. Preston had been connected to the railway network through the North Union Railway, which had been laid out by Irish engineer Charles Blacker Vignoles and opened to the public on 31 October 1838. Brought into existence to facilitate the ambitious aspiration of long-distance railway communications between London and Scotland, these lines would be among those that amalgamated in 1846 to form the London & North Western Railway, the forerunner of today's West Coast Main Line. This book, the last in a six-part series, will examine these lines along with the Trent Valley Railway, all vital links in the network of railways that became the West Coast Main Line, one of the busiest railways in Britain, if not the world.
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