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'The passages he addresses directly to Phoebe are as tender as the father-daughter letters in Karl Ove Knausgaard's Seasons Quartet' Times Literary Supplement 'This book tells the inspiring story of how even the least skilled of us can make something wonderful if we invest enough time and love' The Daily Mail 'Both the book, and place, are magical' The Sunday Telegraph 'When Jonathan Gornall decided to build a boat for his daughter, he had no experience and no practical skills. What followed was a very real labour of love.' The Scotsman One man learns the ancient skills of boat-building to connect with fatherhood. How to Build a Boat is the story of a thoroughly unskilled modern man who, inspired by his love of the sea and what it has taught him about life, sets out to build a traditional wooden boat as a gift for his newborn daughter. It is, he recognises, a ridiculously quixotic challenge for a man who, with a family and mortgage to support, knows little about woodworking and even less about boat-building. He isn't even sure what type of boat he should build, what type of wood he should use, the tools he will need or, come to that, where on earth he will build it. He has much to consider, and even more to learn. But, undaunted by his ignorance, he embarks on a voyage of rediscovery, determined to navigate his way back to a time when a man could fashion his future and leave his mark on history using only time-honoured skills and the ancient tools and materials at hand. The journey begins with a search for clues in the once bustling, but now still, creeks and backwaters of his beloved Suffolk, where men once fashioned the might of Nelson's navy from the great oaks that shadowed the water's edge. If all goes to plan, it will end with a great little adventure, as father and daughter cast off together for a voyage of discovery that neither will forget, and both will treasure until the end of their days. A writer following in the bestselling footsteps of Adam Nicolson, Tim Moore and Charlie Connelly - discovering what make modern man tick through the discovery of a craft long forgotten.
A railway arrived on Anglesey in 1848, linking London and Dublin. It was the great railway engineer Robert Stephenson who ensured that the railway link to Ireland would run along the North Wales coast to Holyhead when he presented plans that overcame the engineering challenges associated with the route. A branch was subsequently built from Gaerwen to Amlwch after the LNWR absorbed the CHR. This Anglesey Central Railway was first opened in around 1865 and completed in 1867. The LNWR won the contract to carry the Royal Mail by rail, but it was the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company that carried the mails across the Irish Sea. The LNWR did, however, build a magnificent inner harbour in the 1880s. The railway still runs from London to Holyhead and boats continue to sail from Holyhead to Ireland, but today only the Llanfair P.G., Valley (which serves the RAF base) and Holyhead stations remain.
The bestselling guides to Britain's canals and rivers for 50 years. For all users of the inland waterways. This popular and practical guide covers the canals and waterways of the Broads National Park, including the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads and the Rivers Ant, Bure, Thurne, Wensum, Yare, Chet and Waveney. The detailed Ordnance Survey (R) maps clearly show the location of essential features such as locks, towpaths and boating facilities, as well as pubs, shops and restaurants in the area. There are comprehensive navigational notes and descriptive text on the history of The Broads, and on local services and places of interest, for which postcodes are included - ideal for use with sat-navs. This practical A5 guide features 'lie flat' spiral binding and 'book mark' back cover flap for ease of reference. The Broads are one of Britain's best-known holiday boating areas. They make up Britain's largest and most important protected wetland and are a national park providing a home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the country. A unique and enchanting wetland, with over 125 miles of lock-free, navigable tidal waters, all waiting to be explored. Nicholson's - The bestselling guides to Britain's Waterways.
1968: The Last Year of Steam is a photographic album in full colour, depicting this important year with month-by-month coverage of over thirty-five different kinds of locomotives as British Railways phased the last steam locomotives out of use. 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 Rose Grove, Speke, Carnforth, Lostock Hall, Bolton, Blackburn, Tebay, Kingmoor, Copy Pit, Peak Forest, Manchester Victoria, Stockport, Euston and Edinburgh Waverley.
In the mid-1930s, eminent locomotive engineer Sir Nigel Gresley produced plans for the A4 Class Pacifics, which were specially built to work a new high-speed express, the 'Silver Jubilee'. From the start, the class caused a sensation and immediately secured the admiration of the general public. Gresley's A4s captures these worldfamous locomotives throughout their life, with over 300 excellent colour and black and white images present in this collection, which is arguably the greatest ever assembled on the class. Photographs of every locomotive in the LNER and BR periods are included. Overa dozen A4s feature in a chapter dedicated to the 1946 renumbering, which lasted only two/three years, making pictures of them particularly rare. The A4s are shown at major centres on the East Coast Main Line, such as King's Cross station, Peterborough, Grantham, Doncaster, York, Darlington, Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley. Also, images taken during the twilight years in Scotland are included. The surviving engines are seen at several locations in the country - Aberdeen, Glasgow and Perth. A number of images are from the lineside at various points, or wayside stations and water troughs. Some classmembers have been photographed at sheds when being serviced, or under repair at workshops. Many of the famous trains worked by the A4s are presented, such as the 'Silver Jubilee', 'Coronation', 'West Riding Limited' and 'Flying Scotsman', then later the 'Capitals Limited', 'Elizabethan', 'The Talisman', etc. The class were often selected to head special trains and there are several examples of this in Gresley's A4s. The pictures are accompanied by interesting and informative captions that provide details from the history of each locomotive, as well as the class.
The McKindless bus company started off as a small operation of a few buses, a lorry and two coaches in 1987, and traded under the name of Chartered Coaches. Its aim was to provide school contracts and private hires, but it quickly moved into local bus operation, spurred on by the problems suffered by its larger neighbour Central Scottish. The company would sell its services to Kelvin Central Buses in 1992, but restart again on a larger scale. The company ceased operation of its services abruptly at 19.00 hours on Friday 19 February 2010. Many employees were not notified that the company was about to close, only discovering this when their shifts ended. With a fascinating array of previously unpublished photographs, this is the story of a family business that got out of its depth.
The bestselling guides to Britain's canals and rivers for 50 years. For all users of the inland waterways. This established, popular and practical guide covers the canals and waterways around Birmingham and central England. Covered in this guide are: Ashby Canal; Birmingham Canal Navigations (Main Line); Birmingham & Fazeley Canal; Coventry Canal; Erewash Canal; Grand Union Canal (Main Line, Leicester Section and the River Soar); Oxford Canal, North; Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, North; Stratford-on-Avon Canal, North; Worcester & Birmingham Canal, North; and the Trent & Mersey Canal. The detailed Ordnance Survey (R) maps clearly show the location of essential features such as locks, towpaths and boating facilities, as well as pubs, shops and restaurants in the area. There are comprehensive navigational notes and descriptive text on the history of each canal, and on local services and places of interest, for which postcodes are included - ideal for use with sat-navs. This practical A5 guide features 'lie flat' spiral binding and 'book mark' back cover flap for ease of reference. In print for 50 years, the Collins/Nicholson guides to the waterways have always been a vital part of journeys along Britain's canals and rivers. These bestselling guides are designed for anyone and everyone with an interest in Britain's inland waterways - from experienced boaters to those planning their first boat trip, as well as walkers, cyclists and visitors. Nicholson's - The bestselling guides to Britain's Waterways.
How many of us grew up saying they wanted to be a bus driver? How many of us actually did it? Peter Findlay can answer yes to both questions. This book reflects the author's interest in Northern Scottish and its predecessor, from childhood through to actually working with the company from their Buckie depot, covering the fleet from the early 1960s through to the late 1980s and including vehicles the author travelled on, drove or just photographed. Buses in the striking yellow livery of Northern Scottish and, before that, W. Alexander & Sons (Northern), operated for thirty years between 1961 and 1991 across a largely rural area from depots in places such as Aberdeen, Montrose, Fraserburgh, Buckie, Elgin and Keith. In this book, Peter Findlay gives the reader a fascinating insight into those days.
Sixties Spotting Days Around the Scottish 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: Perth, Aberdeen, Inverness, Eastfield, Polmadie, Dunfermline, Oban, Kyle of Lochalsh, Beattock, Ayr, Edinburgh and many more.
Theory of Land Locomotion is a comprehensive source of the information now available on the relations between a motor vehicle and the physical environment in which it operates. It lays the foundation for a new type of applied mechanics by systematizing the accumulated experience of men who have worked closely with automotive problems over the past forty years--engineers, designers, technicians, and production men. The result is an integrated theory of land locomotion that will advance land transportation much as aerodynamics and hydrodynamics have helped the development of air and sea travel. Placing particular emphasis on off-the-road vehicles, the book discusses in detail problems of soil and snow mechanics; size-form relationships as an index of economy; terrain conditions; the process of moving tracks, skis, sleds, toboggans, rigid wheels, and pneumatic tires; static and dynamic behavior; and dimensional analysis, testing, and overall economy.
By the late 1950s the motive power in use by British Railways, both on passenger and freight services, was changing fast with diesel and electric traction becoming increasingly common. From 1958 onward, new, larger diesel locomotives were being introduced and started to replace steam locomotives of a similar size although the manufacture of the standard steam designs introduced from 1951 had only just finished. With a wealth of previously unpublished images, Charlie Verrall offers a wonderful celebration of the heyday of steam and a fascinating record of a period of significant change on the railways. With sections covering each major region and a wide variety of locations, from lineside shots to loco sheds, Verrall's account of this interesting period of British railway history shows the breadth of different workings that could be found across the country. Lavishly illustrated throughout with scenes including locomotives at work and rest, Search for Steam will appeal to steam enthusiasts both young and old.
The East London bus scene in 1969 was one of contrast. This was London's industrial heartland with the River Thames bankside dominated by docks, power stations and heavy industry, including the massive Ford Motor works at Dagenham. Inland, dense inner city housing gave way to terraces and vast council estates as you travelled eastwards. The red buses of London Transport held a monopoly relieved only by the Green Line coach routes also run by London Transport. However, in the outer reaches of the Greater London Council area there was a remarkable overlap as London Transport's red buses delved deep into Essex while the Eastern National buses from Essex ran deep into London Transport territory. Twenty years later, much had changed. The docks and power stations had closed and the London Docklands Development Corporation was transforming the old docks into Docklands. Changes in the bus industry saw London Transport split up in 1970, then from 1985 deregulation led to routes being tendered out and new operators taking them over. This book tells the story of the change in the East London bus scene in the 1970s and 1980s
Highly illustrated volume covering the emergence of the modern railway in a unique, essentially geographical way. Contemporary maps, many never before published, showing the locations and routes of the early railways. Highly illustrated, for in addition to the maps it has photos of most of the surviving first locomotives from collections around the world, and of replicas too, where they exist. Much of the early railway system originated in Britain, but the earliest railways in France, Germany, and the rest of continental Europe are also considered, as are railways in North America and elsewhere. Several sections cover the emergence of the first steam locomotives, in particular those of Trevithick, Blenkinsop, Chapman, and Stephenson, and the historically important Stockton & Darlington and Liverpool & Manchester railways in detail.
The end of the Second World War provided little rest for air forces and the aircraft industry. Both sides now had to put enormous energy into research and development to gain an edge. For the British aircraft industry it meant producing aircraft quickly, and on tight budgets: for Bomber Command to carry Britain's new nuclear deterrent, and for Fighter Command to defend the country. This book examines the RAF's British-made combat jet aircraft of this turbulent and frightening period, up to the cancellation of TSR-2 and the end of the British aircraft industry as it then was. The great names, Hunter, Vulcan, Lightning, Harrier, are considered alongside less well known types, and the story of each key aircraft is told from development to operational use. This book is part of the Britain's Heritage series, which provides definitive introductions to the riches of Britain's past, and is the perfect way to get acquainted with British military jets in all their variety.
Strathclyde Traction covers the former Strathclyde Region Council area of the west of Scotland, stretching from the southern end of the Western Highlands to the Southern Uplands, which was formed by merging the city of Glasgow with the counties of Ayr, Bute, Dumbarton, Lanark, Renfrew, Stirling and parts of Argyll. Their logo was carried on the side of some of the trains shown in this book. Using his fantastic collection of photographs, Colin J. Howat explores the fascinating variety of traction that has been seen in this area over the past forty years. Locations featured include closed lines such as High Street to Bridgeton Cross, Balloch Pier and Paisley Canal to Kilmacolm.
For Britain's railways, the 1970s was a time of contrasts, when gallows humour about British Rail sandwiches and delayed trains often overshadowed real achievement, like 'parkway' stations and high-speed travel. The Seventies Railway begins with the optimism of the new decade. It describes the electrification of the West Coast Main Line, the introduction of new computer systems, and the giving of grants for socially vital services. But while speeds were climbing, and finances appeared to be improving, Monday morning misery remained for many, as rolling stock aged and grew ever more uncomfortable. This was the BR of Travellers-Fare, Freightliners and peak-capped porters. It was beset with strikes and began with the aftershock of Beeching, but ended with the introduction of 125-mph services and the promise of even faster trains to come. This book is part of the Britain's Heritage series, which provides definitive introductions to the riches of Britain's past, and is the perfect way to get acquainted with the seventies railway in all its variety.
This new history reveals the previously untold story of why and how trains have been used to transport the coffins of the dead, enabling their burial in a place of significance to the bereaved. From Royalty, aristocrats and other VIPs (including Sir Winston Churchill and the Unknown Soldier) to accident victims and ordinary people, this book explores the way in which these people made their final journey by train before being laid to rest. Profusely illustrated with many images, some never previously published, Nicholas Wheatley's work details how the mainline railways carried out this important yet often hidden work, from the Victorian age to the 1980s. The continuation of ceremonial funeral transport on many heritage railways brings the story up to the present day.
London Midland Steam Days Remembered offers the very best quality colour photographs of steam from the 1950s and 1960s across the region, with not only Stanier's fabulous Duchesses but a full supporting cast of steam from the lower ranks to be enjoyed. These include Royal Scots, Jubilees, Lizzies, and Black Fives, along with a fine collection of Standards and Ivatts and visiting engines from other regions. There are twenty-one separate photographs of Duchesses alone! Chapters take in steam on the Fells, the men of steam, the North West, the Great Central, Crewe Works, etc., while locations seen in this volume include the Settle & Carlisle, Carnforth, Lancaster, Tebay, Manchester, Liverpool, Derby, Nottingham and Preston, among many others.
Vlamgat, literally 'flaming hole' in Afrikaans, was the nickname the South African Air Force (SAAF) gave to the Mirage F1, its formidable frontline jet fighter during South Africa's long 'border wars' in South West Africa (Namibia) and Angola from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. Battling Soviet MiG-21s over African skies, the Vlammies, the Mirage pilots as they were affectionately known, acquitted themselves with distinction and honour. Vlamgat is a gripping account of these pilots and their deeds of bravery; their experiences are authentically related with accuracy, humour and pathos - by the author, himself a Vlammie. As Willem Hechter, former Chief of the SAAF, says: "Vlamgat deserves a place of pride in the long history of this, the second oldest air force in the world."
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