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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.
The Great Northern Railway out of King's Cross was always in the limelight with the 'Scotch Expresses' and it carried the baton to just north of Doncaster, whereupon the North Eastern Railway took over. The GNR ventured to Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Stafford and Manchester, where a GNR warehouse survives to this day. The Great Northern also reached Leeds and Bradford, where its competitors were mainly the London & North Western and the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, both of whom were to become constituents of the LMS Railway. The Great Northern was predominant in Lincolnshire and the company's presence in Lincoln was recorded before the changes there in 2009. The line from Nottingham to Skegness was mostly semaphore signalled at the survey dates and, as with some other seaside resorts, Skegness retains the feel of a bygone era if not the traffic levels. The Great Northern entered into a joint venture with the Great Eastern in Lincolnshire and their joint line is covered also before the recent modernisation. While the heritage lines will continue with semaphore signalling and nineteenth-century ways of working for the foreseeable future, the day is nigh where there will be no such presence on Network Rail. In this volume, Allen Jackson explores this history and more, bringing it to life with a thorough collection of photographs and a wealth of technical detail.
For almost as long as there have been railways, there has been 'departmental' rolling stock. This name is used to describe any vehicle that operates in non-revenue earning capacities. Ranging from engineers' vehicles, to generator vans, to vehicles used to help move specific types of stock on the network, these have long been the unsung heroes of Britain's rail network, helping to keep things running and working hard behind the scenes to keep the country's passenger and freight traffic running smoothly. With this terrific collection of unpublished images, perfect for rail enthusiast and modeller alike, Rich Mackin documents a variety of these interesting and often under-appreciated members of our railway system.
Kent is strategically located, lying on the approach to London and being the shortest route to and from continental Europe. As a result the evolution of its means of transport has left its mark. Roads were turnpiked in the eighteenth century, creating toll houses, coaching inns, milestones and bridges, while the motor car age saw the rise of filling stations. Kent claims the world's first all-steam-powered railway. After the railways spread their network of main lines and branch lines they left a legacy of stations, signal boxes and goods sheds, as well as traces where redundant lines have been lifted. Waterborne transport has also made its mark in the form of canals, cuts, locks and bridges, along with sea ports, docks and wharves. Into the twentieth century new forms of transport such as aircraft led to the building of airports - and hoverports, which came but have largely departed. Kent's Transport Heritage outlines the changes taking place in these various aspects of transport and illustrates what remains extant.
Local bus and tram services in Glasgow were traditionally operated by the Corporation Transport Department, which had a monopoly in the city limits from 1930 onwards. This meant buses of the Scottish Bus Group and others could not pick up passengers once they passed the city boundary, although passengers could be set down. As the city expanded, this agreement only covered the boundaries up to 1938, meaning that any development built after this had to be shared with buses of the Scottish Bus Group and others. A couple of independents worked into the city. When local bus services in the UK were de-regulated in 1986, any credible operator was able to register and run a local bus service, and this is where our story begins. A myriad of operators have come and gone at a tremendous pace, bringing a welcome splash of colour to the city and beyond. Company failures, take-overs and licence revocations have left only a few stronger companies still serving the city. This book looks at many of the casualties who have fallen by the wayside over the last thirty years, many now almost forgotten.
The Bristol Lodekka derived from a prototype of 1949. It offered the solution to a problem familiar to almost every bus operator: low railway bridges. An ingenious re-design of the transmission in which the propeller shaft was offset to the side and drove a drop-centre, double-reduction rear axle eliminated the conventional step up from the platform to the lower saloon, allowing a flat floor and reducing the overall height of a double-decker by a foot. The production vehicle, known as the LD-type, began to appear from 1953. All Lodekkas were bodied by Eastern Coach Works of Lowestoft, who embraced the post-war fashion for enclosing the engine in a rounded 'cowl'. The result was rather inelegant, but subsequent refinements of the design and the relaxation of the Construction and Use regulations to permit buses 30 feet long, made the final form of the Lodekka - the FLF-type - a handsome and imposing vehicle. By the period covered here, the LD was down to a handful of survivors south of the border, but considerable numbers still ran in the fleet of the Eastern Scottish company. Later variants were still to be found in large numbers, but production had ceased in 1968 and even the last examples were approaching the ends of their lives. The author, who was for twenty years a busman, developed a considerable partiality for the Lodekka and took pains to build up a collection of photographs which depict the type at a time when it was still, just, a familiar sight the length and breadth of Britain.
This extended 10th edition of Michael Pearson's Welsh Waters Canal Companion focusses on the Llangollen, Montgomery and Monmouthshire & Brecon canals in Wales, and the Shropshire Union Canal in England. Over 200 miles of canals expertly interpreted to inspire you, on foot, afloat or by bicycle.The areas covered are: Shropshire Union Canal - Autherley Junction (Wolverhampton) to Ellesmere Port; Llangollen Canal - Hurleston Junction to Llangollen (Horseshoe Falls); Montgomery Canal - Frankton Junction to Newtown; and Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal - Pontnewydd to Brecon.Key Places include: Autherley Junction; Market Drayton; Audlem; Nantwich; Hurleston & Barbridge Junctions; Middlewich; Chester; Ellesmere Port; Grindley Brook; Whitchurch; Ellesmere; Chirk; Pontcysyllte; Llangollen; Welshpool; Newtown; Pontypool; Abergavenny; Crickhowell; Brecon.The Canal Companions have been chugging along 'the cut' for over thirty five years; conveying facts and figures, insight and entertainment, wit and wisdom: from Diggle to Devizes, from Froghall to Foxton, from Cowroast to Cropredy. All manner of folk have been encouraged to explore the inland waterways using these guides, which have become as much a part of tradition as their subject matter.
Designed by the European Helicopter Industries (EHI) partnership during the 1980s, initially as a naval helicopter to help combat the threat of an attack from Soviet missile submarines, the Merlin has evolved into a multi-role helicopter today. The AW101 combines the most advanced technologies, safety by design, mission systems and leading-edge manufacturing to provide a proven platform for long-range Search and Rescue (SAR) operations in certain countries. With a typical range of 750 nm (over 1,300 km) in standard configuration, the AW101 is the most capable SAR helicopter in the world today. Other roles include transportation for Heads of State and VVIP operators; Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR); Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO); Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW); Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC); Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM); troop transport; utility support, CASEVAC/MEDEVAC; and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR). Lavishly illustrated throughout, Rich Pittman offers a fascinating portrait of an enduring and popular aircraft and traces its journey from design to the front line.
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Kingston upon Hull Corporation's motorbus fleet was always varied and interesting. The azure and white streamline livery is well known but was one of five actually carried. Buses were initially an adjunct to the trams serving areas away from the radial tram routes, but they were instrumental in serving the new council estates of the 1920s and 1930s that were beyond the tram boundaries. A standardisation policy was in place by the coming of war in 1939. Forty-six buses were lost, as well as the central bus garage in May 1941, while many others were damaged here and at dispersal sites. Buses were borrowed or purchased while fourteen 'unfrozen' buses were received as well as thirty-nine Guy Arabs. The period following the Second World War saw the arrival of 102 AEC Regents as the backbone of the fleet, but many wartime buses were given pre-war bodies from AECs and Daimlers or rebuilt. Second-hand buses came from Newcastle, St Helens, Leicester and Nottingham in the 1960s. The acquisition of 241 Leyland Atlanteans enabled it to be totally one-man operated from 12 November 1972. This book tells the story of Hull Corporation's motorbus fleet.
With its powerful tides and one of the highest tidal ranges in the world, the Severn Estuary was a barrier between two nations - until the Severn Bridge was opened in 1966, the only way to cross the Severn Estuary was by ferry or railway tunnel. In the nineteenth century Thomas Telford spoke of bridging the estuary, which at that time was too expensive and dangerous. Thus, the railway tunnel was built instead. The Old Passage Severn Ferry Co. Ltd operated from Aust to Beachley from 1926 until the Severn Bridge opened. Motorists faced either waiting while queuing to join the ferry or an arduous 60-mile road journey via Gloucester. In 1958 a decision was taken to commence work to build a bridge between Aust and Beachley. Construction began on the Severn Bridge, the design of which has shown itself to be so reliable it has been copied around the world. As traffic increased, it became apparent that a new bridge was needed. In 1996 the Second Severn Crossing was opened, with the distinction of being the longest river crossing in Britain. Today we have two magnificent bridges crossing this wide estuary: the Severn Bridge and the Second Severn Crossing. With a wonderful array of rare and unpublished images, Severn expert Chris Witts celebrates this phenomenal feat of engineering.
Yorkshire Rider was created out of the 1985 Transport Act, which became known as Deregulation. The West Yorkshire PTE created Yorkshire Rider Limited, who had to bid for the bus services they wish to operate, produce timetables, maintain the fleet, replace time expired vehicles and promote the new company in print and other media avenues. The new bus operator then repainted vehicles into a brilliant green and jonquil livery for the buses and minibuses, while coaches gained an oatmeal and black livery. Both liveries had the stylized 'YR' logo and fleet name in a large red New Eras Bold font. Yorkshire Rider acquired the former West Yorkshire Road Car operations in Bradford and Leeds and inherited the WYPTE fleet. They purchased MCW Metrobuses and Leyland Olympians in 1988, then from 1989 started to build up a fleet of Scanias and Volvos. With this fascinating collection of rare and unpublished images, Scott Poole offers a wonderfully nostalgic pictorial history of this iconic and much-loved brand.
Throughout their existence from 1904 until 1981, the Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Co. was an idiosyncratic operator whose operational area covered an area from the Welsh Marches and Shropshire in the west to Northamptonshire and Rutland in the east and from Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire in the south to Staffordshire and Derbyshire in the north. Immediately after the First World War, Midland Red had used single-decker buses on Tilling-Stevens petrol-electric chassis but in 1922 these were replaced by the first SOS buses, designed by Chief Engineer Wyndham Shire and manufactured at Midland Red's Carlyle Road Works. These innovative and forward-thinking buses would out-compete many Edwardian tram systems in the 1920s, especially in the Black Country. After the Second World War, Midland Red introduced the S class, which would play a key role in revolutionising the company's urban and rural bus services. The last buses to be produced for Midland Red at Carlyle Road would come in the early 1960s. With a plethora of rare images, David Harvey examines the history of each type of single-decker and offers a fascinating insight into the history of these captivating, iconic buses.
The North West of England was the birthplace of public transport, with the first rail and road services for the public created there. On top of that, it had a rich heritage, from Cheshire plain to Cumbrian fells via the docks of Merseyside and the mills of Lancashire. For the bus enthusiast this region has been one of the most varied and characterful in the United Kingdom, with its Lancashire municipalities, the mighty Ribble Motor Services and, at its centre, buses rolling off the production line in Leyland going to loyal customers 'just down the road'. The 1980s was the final period when the region had a Corporation bus in every town, and Ribble criss-crossed the countryside linking town and village. The decade started with co-existence and co-operation, with Blackpool and Fylde as friendly neighbours and with Greater Manchester Transport producing timetables on behalf of local independent Mayne's. By the end of the decade, after deregulation, it was a different story, with some long-established names gone - many under new ownership - and with transport in the North West on the brink of the corporate, bland look we have today. For North-West Buses in the 1980s, Paul Williams stands at the roadside to see an astonishing variety of public transport drive by. Using exclusive, unpublished photographs, we get a sense of the rich inheritance on the brink of disappearing, and a glimpse into a decade that is already history.
The Age of Railways was an era of extraordinary change which utterly transformed every aspect of British life - from trade and transportation to health and recreation. Full Steam Ahead reveals how the world we live in today is entirely shaped by the rail network, charting the glorious evolution of rail transportation and how it left its mark on every aspect of life, landscape and culture. Peter Ginn and Ruth Goodman brilliantly bring this revolution to life in their trademark style which engages and captivates. They explore the everyday lives and the intangible ephemeral history that make up the stories of the people who built, worked and were affected by the railways. From the very first steam train to the infrastructure that is still used in part today, they look at the men, women and children who lived and sometimes died constructing Britain's railway heritage. As they trace the emergence of the Industrial Revolution across the country, the authors discover a hidden layer of social history, using rail transportation as a backdrop to reveal Britain's radical change in social attitudes and culture across the 19th and early 20th centuries, including the rise of the working class, women's rights, industrial growth, economic decline, warfare and the birth of the great British holiday. They tell the stories of the historic characters whose lives were changed by this radical mode of transport. Beautifully illustrated with photographs and artwork throughout, Full Steam Ahead is a passionate, charming and insightful look at Britain through the lens of one of its most momentous eras.
A comprehensive manual covering everything you need to know about small engine repair and maintenance. Includes step-by-step instructions and hundreds of photos. All there is to know about Small Engine Repair for up to and including 5 HP engines: - Includes Briggs & Stratton, Honda, Sears Craftsman and Tecumseh - Maintenance - Repair - Troubleshooting Book Summary- Tools and equipment - Shop practices and safety - Troubleshooting - Tune-up and maintenance procedures - Carburetor adjustment and overhaul - Ignition system servicing - Recoil starter repairs - Repair and overhaul instructions - Comprehensive specs Table of ContentsIntroductionChapter 1: Setting up shop Chapter 2: General shop practices Chapter 3: Troubleshooting Chapter 4: Tune-up and routine maintenance Chapter 5: Repair procedures common to all engines Chapter 6: Briggs & Stratton engines Chapter 7: Tecumseh/Craftsman engines Chapter 8: Honda engines
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was established in 1824 and has a long and proud tradition of saving life at sea. Today, the volunteer lifeboat crews on the coasts of Lancashire, Cumbria and the Isle of Man operate high-tech, state-of-the-art lifeboats for the purpose of saving lives at sea. The RNLI currently operates twenty-four lifeboat stations around the North West and Isle of Man. This comprehensive book has details of every one, with information about their histories and the current operations. It also includes details of old stations that have been closed, and contains descriptions of some of the dramatic, courageous and daring rescues undertaken by the lifeboat crews from the region. Author Nicholas Leach has amassed a wealth of information about the lifeboats and lifeboat stations of the North West and Isle of Man, past and present, visiting every one to provide a complete and up-to-date record of life-saving in the Irish Sea and off the north-west coast of England.
No other Hollywood star has been so closely linked with cars and bikes, from the 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback he drove in Bullitt (in the greatest car chase of all time) to the Triumph motorcycle of The Great Escape. McQueen's Machines gives readers a close up look at the cars and motorcycles McQueen drove in movies, those he owned, and others he raced. With a foreword by Steve's son, Chad McQueen, and a wealth of details about of the star's racing career, stunt work, and car and motorcycle collecting, McQueen's Machines draws a fascinating picture of one outsized man's driving passion. Revised and updated from its original hardcover edition.
On 26 October 1986 Britain's bus services were deregulated. This applied to all services operated in England, Scotland and Wales, but did not apply in Northern Ireland or London. In the run-up to deregulation the Scottish Bus Group was restructured from seven companies (Central, Eastern, Fife, Midland, Northern, Highland and Western Scottish) into eleven companies along with Scottish Citylink Coaches. The new companies (Clydeside, Kelvin, Strathtay and Lowland Scottish) all developed bright new liveries to set them apart from their former owners. Competition for passengers was fierce with existing operators suddenly facing new rival operators; congestion and bitter battles took place across the country. In order to survive companies had to work hard to win new passengers as well as keep their existing passengers. New liveries, marketing campaigns and new vehicles both big and small arrived. Most companies dabbled with minibuses - some even went back to crew operation, and large fleets of London Routemaster buses took to the streets of Glasgow. In this book Kenny Barclay, a lifelong transport enthusiast, shares some of his photographs of the vehicles to be seen on the roads of Scotland leading up to and after Deregulation Day, showing the fast pace of the changes that took place during this time.
The Class 156 (Super Sprinter) is a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) ordered by British Rail and built between 1987 and 1989 by Metro-Cammell to replace the aging first-generation 'Heritage' DMUs. A total of 114 of these units were produced at the Washwood Heath works in Birmingham and have enjoyed wide and varied careers across the UK, from Scotland to East Anglia and South Wales. Here, author Rich Mackin utilises his wide-ranging collection of photographs to celebrate a unit still seen on the railways today. Featuring members of the class in a variety of locations, this is an essential pictorial tribute to one of the great mainstays of the last thirty years of traction in Britain.
The story of the Queensway and Kingsway road tunnels, together known as the Mersey Road Tunnels, is a story of progress and growth as the area around them developed and changed. No tunnel of comparable diameter had been built before, and nothing matched its length or its complexity. Once completed, despite fierce opposition from the powerful and persuasive rail industry, this incredible feat of engineering was dubbed 'the eighth wonder of the world' in some corners. Work started on the tunnels when, on 16 December 1925, Princess Mary set the pneumatic drills in motion to enable the first shaft to be dug on the surviving portion of the Old Georges Dock. Similar excavations were happening on the Birkenhead side at Morpeth Dock. Excavation was made using a combination of drilling and explosives and up to 1,700 men worked on the tunnel simultaneously. With a range of rare and historic photographs, Peter Jackson-Lee tells the fascinating story of these iconic and important tunnels that remain one of the finest achievements in engineering to come out of Liverpool and Merseyside.
The Bristol Tramways Company started operating buses in 1906 to feed traffic into their tram services from beyond Bristol's city boundaries. In 1910, a branch of the company was opened in Weston-super-Mare, and the company would go on to open its first bus station on the seafront there in the 1930s. Following the Second World War, other bus stations would be built at Wells and Bath. Following the war, the Bristol Omnibus Company, as it was re-named, was under state control and it became part of the National Bus Company on 1 January 1969. In April 1985, Bristol operations outside the city of Bristol itself became known as Badgerline, extending as far as Chippenham, Calne, Gloucester, Salisbury, Taunton and Yeovil. In 1995, Badgerline became part of FirstGroup. In this profusely illustrated book, Mike Walker, author of Bristol City Buses, tells the story of the Bristol country services.
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