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A Daily Mail and the Spectator Book of the Year (2017) 'Perfect inflight reading ... Brilliant' The Sunday Times 'This couldn't be more highly recommended' Alain de Botton 'Explains simply and clearly the abiding mysteries of flight' Daily Mail 'A work of humorous and outright poetic travel geekery' National Geographic Traveler 'Illuminates the practical reality of piloting in a concise and useful manner' Times Literary Supplement Do something amazing and learn a new skill thanks to the short and sweet 'Little Ways to Live a Big Life' books. By the author of the acclaimed international bestseller Skyfaring, the Economist's 'Best book of the Year' and a New York Times 'Notable Book', and a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week So, hello! Welcome! Honestly, you look surprisingly relaxed. That's great to see. Have a seat on the left side of the cockpit - that's the captain's seat. Yes, that's right, you're now the captain, and yes, that's the runway down there. Fasten your seatbelt, order yourself a cup of tea, and let's get cracking. Mark Vanhoenacker, the airline pilot who makes poetry out of the science of flight technology, hands over the controls. Walking and talking us through the nitty-gritty of an approach and touchdown, he builds our understanding of flight from the ground up (or rather from the sky down), offering a new perspective of one of the more challenging and rewarding tasks ever.
This book captures the final decade of the Eastern National name, starting with the company becoming part of the ever-expanding Badgerline Group in April 1990. Badgerline wasted no time in partitioning its new acquisition as it created new subsidiary Thamesway, which took over operations in the south of Essex and tendered routes in East London. A new livery was introduced in 1993 with colours based on Eastern National's parent company. Badgerline merged with GRT in 1995 to form FirstBus, which eventually adopted a policy of gradually withdrawing long established local fleetnames, leading to the demise of the Eastern National and Thamesway fleetnames in the early 2000s. Here, David Moth looks at the final years of Eastern National with a wealth of previously unpublished images taken throughout Essex.
The provincial bus operations of Britain underwent great upheavals following legislation enacted in 1969. An expanded state-owned sector had merged the Tilling and BET groups to form the National Bus Company. The great corporation fleets of the Midlands and North had been combined with their smaller municipal neighbours to form the Passenger Transport Executives. Elsewhere, municipal bus operations endured, ranging in size from Edinburgh Corporation to Bedwas & Machen Urban District Council, with its fleet of three vehicles. North of the border the Scottish Bus Group provided state-owned services, and Greater Glasgow had its PTE. London Transport retained, for the time being, its own arrangements and unique mode of operation. In a selection of photographs taken between 1975 and 1980, author Stephen Dowle examines an interesting transitionary period, when much still remained of the 'old days' but developments were afoot that, in the mid-1980s, were to bring further convulsions to road passenger transport.
The excellent photographs of railway historian and former Senior British Medical Council Researcher B.W.L. `Ben' Brooksbank capture the twilight years of the steam railways of the Western Region. Nearly three hundred images are featured, including rare shots of the post-Nationalisation period, in an impressive hardback book. The collection includes locomotives running along trunk routes and branch lines, in stations and goods yards, and at engine depots and main workshops. Classes characteristic of the area are presented, such as: Collett's `Castle', `Hall', `Grange' and `Manor' Class 4-6- 0s, `5700' and `8750' Class 0-6-0PTs and `5101' and `6100' 2-6-2Ts, Churchward's `2800' 2-8-0s, `4200' Class 2-8-0Ts and `4300' 2-6-0s and Hawksworth's `County' Class and `Modified Hall' Class 4-6-0s and `9400' Class 0-6-0PTs. Several absorbed classes, particularly in South Wales, are seen, in addition to BR Standard designs, such as the Standard Pacifics and 9F Class 2-10-0s. The Western Region covered a wide area and some of the places included are: Totnes, Teignmouth, Dawlish, Exeter, Bristol, Salisbury, Taunton, Gloucester, Swindon, Oxford, Reading, Paddington, Old Oak Common, Southall, Birmingham, Shrewsbury, Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Port Talbot, Llanidloes, Fishguard and Wrexham. The photographs are accompanied by informative captions highlighting details of the locomotives, the stations, sheds and locations.
Renowned throughout the world as a centre for engineering excellence, the Swindon Works of the former Great Western Railway hold a special place in the affections of rail enthusiasts. Former Swindon apprentice Ken Gibbs remembers the sights, sounds, smells and work from the days of Great Western steam at this magnificent institution. This book recalls with fondness and nostalgia a period that was really the beginning of the end of steam and the start of a new era. Ken Gibbs' family has long had an association with the Great Western. He started his apprenticeship at Swindon Works in 1944.
Do you love trains? Do you love adventure? If so, join Tom Chesshyre on his meandering rail journey across Europe from London to Venice. Escaping the rat race for a few happy weeks, Chesshyre indulges in the freedom of the tracks. From France (dogged by rail worker strikes), through Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Poland he goes, travelling as far east as Odessa by the Black Sea in Ukraine. With no set plans, simply a desire to let the trains lead the way, his trip takes him onwards via Hungary, the Balkans and Austria. Along the way he enjoys many an encounter, befriending fellow travellers as well as a conductor or two. This is a love letter to Europe, written from the trackside.
Based in Renfrewshire, Clydeside Scottish was a member of the Scottish Bus Group and was created from the northern part of Western SMT's area. Covering the Clyde coast from Largs in Ayrshire into Renfrewshire and Glasgow, its distinctive yellow and red buses numbered some 330 on formation of the company in 1985. Soon, the company was operating in Glasgow against Strathclyde Buses, with a fleet of ex-London Routemasters. In 1991, the company became Clydeside 2000, when privatised. Eventually becoming a part of Arriva Buses, the company was disposed of in 2011. The name has gone but Clydeside Scottish left a legacy in the local area, and four buses are currently preserved in the distinctive red and yellow.
Walsall's bus fleet was always idiosyncratic, reflecting particularly the ideas of their General Managers. A bus fleet that not only served the town's many housing estates, its large fleet was used extensively on works and colliery services fa beyond Walsall's boundaries. Financial constraints meant that buses were often built to the most basic specification and classes of buses rarely exceeded a dozen or so vehicles. Even the original two-tone blue livery was pared down to an all-over light blue with a thin relief of a yellow band. Yet for all its faults it was always a fascinating bus fleet with the wartime fleet in particular being subjected to an extensive rebodying programme usually involving pre-war bodies being mounted on wartime chassis. Unusually for a West Midlands operator, the pre-war fleet was nearly all manufactured by Dennis, while during the Second World War and immediately afterwards Guy Arabs were either allocated or bought. Then came Ronald Edgley Cox and nothing was ever the same again with buses built to almost Pullman standard, an actual class of buses given the nickname of 'jumping jacks', a large number of very short Daimler Fleetlines as well as probably one of the largest double-deckers ever operated in the UK, which proved to be both a swan song and a white elephant.
In Porsche 911: 50 Years, bestselling author Randy Leffingwell celebrates a half-century of one of the world's premiere sports cars, focusing on the major themes that have defined Porsche's rear-engined wonder. He tells the whole story-design and development, racing and competition, engineering and technology, style and culture. All the iconic 911 models are included: the original 901 prototype that set the standard; the legendary RS models that made the little Porsche a dominant force on the world's racetracks; the infamous Turbo, the car that kept the performance flame alight during the dark, dismal decade of the 1970s; the fabled 959, the model that redefined the term "sports car"; the 993, last of the original air-cooled models; and the 996, 997, and 991, the liquid-cooled cars that brought the 911 into a new millennium. But beyond telling the story of the cars, this book also spotlights the people behind them: Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche, the son of legendary Porsche founder Ferdinand "Ferry" Porsche, who co-designed the instantly recognizable 911 shape; Peter W. Schutz, the Porsche CEO who saved the 911 from extinction; and Dr. Helmuth Bott, the engineering genius behind many of the groundbreaking technologies that have defined the 911, including fuel injection, turbocharging, and all-wheel-drive. Leffingwell also tells the story of the 911 community-the clubs and culture that surround the car. Together, all of these facets make Porsche 911: 50 Years the most essential book in any Porsche fan's library.
The branch lines of Dorset, shared almost equally between the GWR and LSWR, varied from lightly built, rural railways carrying a low volume of traffic, to the Swanage branch, which at times carried main line express locomotives. Fortunately this line has been preserved and can still be enjoyed today. Many Dorset branches served seaside resorts, while other lines were principally, or solely, for industrial or military use. The county had an unusual number of lines running to quays, two passing through streets for a mile and mingling with other traffic.One such interesting branch was the Weymouth Harbour Tramway, which carried the Channel Islands Boat Express through the back streets of the town, as well as dealing with tomatoes, potatoes and other produce. All the Dorset branches are described in this absorbing, entertaining and well-researched book. Colin G. Maggs, foremost railway historian, provides a marvellously wide-ranging view of over 150 years of rail travel. Anecdotes of branch life and the people who ran them enrich the narrative throughout, including the story of the vanishing train driver - and his later appearance in court. The main railway routes are given a brief account before each branch is looked at in detail. Profusely illustrated with over 200 fascinating photographs, maps and ephemera, this book will appeal not only to railway enthusiasts, but to local historians and model makers.
Titanic is a fascinating exploration of the most famous maritime disaster of all time. It delves into the astonishing facts surrounding the tragedy of 1912 and is essential for anyone wishing to separate myth from reality. With a range of trivia including facts about the construction of the vessel deemed to be 'unsinkable', the information is presented in an interesting and engaging way to embrace a wide variety of readers. This title is brimming with facts about the Titanic and its passengers, the history of the Titanic, strange stories of premonitions of the disaster, conspiracy theories, the various films, the sinking of the Titanic, the discovery of the wreck and salvage operations, are all explored. Brief, accessible and entertaining pieces on a wide variety of subjects makes it the perfect book to dip in to. The amazing and extraordinary facts series presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure.
We had been driving all day in Brittany, where making cider and crepes is an art. We bought one bottle of the cider, for memorys sake, and a cookbook, too, Crepes and Galettes, to add to my wifes sprawling collection of such items...There are a million books about cars, but none about driving, until now: 'On the Road' unashamedly celebrates the pleasures of driving. 'On the Road' is full of stunning photographs of magnificent roads, breath-taking landscapes and people at one with their cars. The book is about driving experiences around the world, told by a man who has had a life-long passion for driving. 'On the Road' takes the reader on a journey discovering how beautiful and refreshing driving, and life, can be.
Founded in 1963 with the merger of three leading brands - Sprite, Eccles and Bluebird - Caravans International was a formidable combination of British caravan heritage. Drawing on his unrivalled knowledge of the British caravan industry, Andrew Jenkinson describes the history of the individual brands within CI as well as the growing success of the company as a global brand. He follows the changing fortunes of the company in the face of increased international and UK-based competition until its collapse in 1982. The fall of CI rocked the caravan/motorhome and holiday caravan industry both at home and abroad and, despite a temporary resurgence through a management buy-out, the company was completely finished by the early 1990s. The author describes the wide variety of vehicles that were produced under the various CI brands, some of them highly innovative, and he also draws on first-hand interviews with company employees and a remarkable collection of photographs and leaflets. With his unique access to the CI archives, including interviews with the founder of Sprite and Caravans International, Andrew Jenkinson has written the definitive history covering the highs and lows of one of Britain's leading caravan and motorhome manufacturing brands.
This part of the Stour Valley line dates from 1865 and survived for 102 years; the Saffron Walden branch followed a few months later. From the 1920s, both lines fought a rearguard action against road competition. Busy again during the Second World War and for a short period afterwards, both lines benefitted from new diesel motive power by 1959. By then, the writing was on the wall for both lines, despite Haverhill being designated a London overspill town.In this volume, we look at the line between Clare and Shelford, as well as the Saffron Walden branch. Stour Valley Railway Through Time Part 2 takes the reader on a tour of both lines showing through old and contemporary photographs the history of the stations on the lines over the last forty-four years. The remnants from Clare westwards and the Saffron Walden branch are explored fully, showing some pleasing sites as well as modern developments.
Robert Appleton's superb images stretch back to 1970, featuring the buses of the Eastern Counties Omnibus Company Ltd and the Eastern National Omnibus Company Ltd. Both were Tilling companies that had become part of the National Bus Company. Eastern Counties had an extensive network of services radiating from Ipswich in Suffolk, supported by a number of outstations. Eastern National did not have the same need for outstations, but there were small depots such as Harwich in the north-east corner of Essex. The National Bus Company years saw the gradual elimination of crew operation and the development of new express services - Eastline by Eastern Counties and Highwayman by Eastern National. Eastern Counties was split up in 1984 with the Cambridgeshire operations passing to Cambus, and the coaching operations to Ambassador Travel. After deregulation and privatisation, Eastern Counties became part of GRT Bus Group, and Eastern National became part of the Badgerline Group. In 1995 the GRT Bus Group and Badgerline merged to form First Bus, bringing Eastern Counties and Eastern National back in to common ownership. With a stunning collection of images, nearly all previously unpublished, East Anglian Buses shows all of these changes, as well as the municipal operations in Colchester, Ipswich and Great Yarmouth, as well as several independents that ran stage carriage/local bus services.
John Fletcher began his railway career at the age of 15 at Lostock Hall loco shed near Preston in 1962. He soon progressed to became a fireman, working around the shed and on the footplate in the twilight years of steam in the North of England. Following involvement in the last BR steam runs in August 1968, he decided that the new railway was not for him, so left to pursue a different career, before returning to the railway until 1974. However, it wasn't long before his skills were in demand on heritage railways, and he found himself once more on the footplate, firing on preserved locos on the West Somerset Railway and in particular the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, eventually making his home in Grosmont. From there he progressed to firing on main-line-registered steam locomotives on the national network, taking him all over the country, from Plymouth to Inverness, and Norwich to Newport. John is a natural story-teller, and his fascinating and lively 'tales of the rails' not only explain the techniques of firing steam locomotives of many different classes, but vividly convey the hard work, the challenges and the sheer exhilaration of being 'on the shovel' when man and machine are working together out on the line. These lively and varied tales include a stint on Hogwarts Castle on Glenfinnan Viaduct for one of the 'Harry Potter' films, and journeys aboard a wide variety of engines from the 'Big Four' and beyond, including among many others the LMS's No 6233 Duchess of Sutherland, LNER 'A4' Sir Nigel Gresley, SR No 34067 Tangmere, GWR No 6024 King Edward I and the unique BR 'Pacific' No 71000 Duke of Gloucester.
Western SMT became the dominant bus operator in Renfrewshire after the Second World War, buying out competitors, but they never had a monopoly, with independents and other operators still running services. Independents such as Cunningham's, Graham's, Garner's, Smith's, McGill's and Patons' were protected as no-one else could operate on their routes without a licence, but some fell by the wayside and it was almost impossible for the others to expand. Following bus de-regulation in 1986, competition increased dramatically. Greenock became famous for competition, with operators such as Inverclyde, Pride of the Clyde, Robert Wilson and Alex Kean coming and going at a furious pace. In Paisley, too, new companies joined the fray including Bridge Coaches, Hutchison's and Quarriers. However, the toughening of laws and regulations to curb poor maintenance and ensure services were being run and standards kept up caused the numbers of independents to contract again. In this book, David Devoy takes a look at the Renfrewshire independents who 'had a go' over the years.
Fully updated essential guide to exploring Britain by train, Railway Day Trips is ideal for anyone planning or looking for inspiration for a rail journey. From bestselling railway author Julian Holland. This pocket companion is perfect for both casual and seasoned rail travellers. Plan adventures, follow the changing landscape through the train window and discover fascinating destinations. Each journey incorporates a location map, route diagram and descriptive text on its history and geography, plus some of the highlights awaiting you at each destination. High-quality photographs illustrate every route throughout the book. Based on his extensive knowledge of British rail travel, the author reveals appealing quirks of the various routes and provides practical tips on how to make the most of your journey. 160 day trips from all over the country are featured, departing from major towns and cities and culminating at a variety of interesting destinations. This 2nd edition includes 10 new routes: * Cambridge to Ipswich * Hereford to Newport * Cardiff to Ebbw Vale * Carmarthen to Fishguard * Manchester to Southport * Sheffield to Lincoln * Middlesbrough to Newcastle * Glasgow to Perth * Edinburgh to Tweedbank * Inverness to Wick
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