The Steam Workshops Of The Great Western Railway

Author: Ken Gibbs
Publisher: History PressLtd
ISBN: 9780750959124
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The Steam Workshops Of The Great Western Railway from the Author: Ken Gibbs. The nineteenth century was a time of innovation and expansion across the industrial landscape, and nowhere more so than on the railways, as the new age of iron, steel and steam, literally, gathered pace. At the head of the race up was the iconic Great Western Railway. As this mighty corporation grew, it absorbed an astonishing 353 railway companies. Many of them had their own workshops, depots and manufacturing, often assembling locomotives to the designs of other companies. All these, along with the various designs, became the responsibility of the GWR on takeover, and followed its standardisation of components where this was possible. These works became the beating heart of the GWR’s vast empire, where majestic engines were built and maintained by some of the most skillful and inventive engineers of the day.Retired GWR railwayman Ken Gibbs presents a comprehensive portrait of the works from Brunel to the final days of steam in the mid-twentieth century, and beyond to the rediscovery and renovation of many of the workshops for their unique heritage.

The Carriage And Wagon Works Of The Gwr At Swindon Works

Author: Ken Gibbs
ISBN: 9780750964197
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The Carriage And Wagon Works Of The Gwr At Swindon Works from the Author: Ken Gibbs. The GWR at Swindon is well known, as are its trained craftsmen, all over the world. It has been written about, filmed and lectured upon countless times, and many of its old steam locomotives saved from the scrap yards and lovingly rebuilt to run again on heritage lines. But across all of this activity a full half of the Works has been fleetingly "mentioned in passing" and even in the illustrations only occasionally represented. There is little written about the "other half" of the successful operation of a railway works system: the design, construction, and repair of the rolling stock, the carriages and wagons. Retired GWR railwayman Ken Gibbs seeks to redress the balance and reveal for the first time exactly "how they did it"--showcasing the history and work of the Carriage & Wagon Works at Swindon's GWR.

The Great Western Railway

Author: Tim Bryan
Publisher: Ian Allen Pub
ISBN: 9780711034983
Size: 14.30 MB
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The Great Western Railway from the Author: Tim Bryan. In 2010 the GWR—God's Wonderful Railway—will be celebrating 175 years of operation. In this book, Tim Bryan follows his best-selling book about life on the GWR, All in a Day's Work, to produce another general appeal book on the subject looking at all aspects of the GWR, including locomotives and rolling stock, working practices on the engines, in stations, workshops, signal boxes, sheds, and so on throughout its history from the 1830s to when it was taken over by British Railways in 1948. The book contains an attractive mix of historical archive photographs, anecdotes, and social history and will appeal to a wide range of those interested in the history of the railway. The major GWR preservation centers—STEAM at Swindon and at Didcot—are planning anniversary celebrations as are numerous heritage railways throughout the country, including Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway, Swindon & Cricklade Railway, and West Somerset Railway and Vintage Trains, Tyseley.

Fire And Steam

Author: Christian Wolmar
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
ISBN: 1848872615
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Fire And Steam from the Author: Christian Wolmar. The opening of the pioneering Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of the railways' vital role in changing the face of Britain. Fire and Steam celebrates the vision and determination of the ambitious Victorian pioneers who developed this revolutionary transport system and the navvies who cut through the land to enable a country-wide network to emerge. From the early days of steam to electrification, via the railways' magnificent contribution in two world wars, the chequered history of British Rail, and the buoyant future of the train, Fire and Steam examines the social and economical importance of the railway and how it helped to form the Britain of today.


Author: DK
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1465436588
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Train from the Author: DK. Train is a glorious celebration of all things train and track, tracing the history of the railroad and the role of trains, from the first steam engines to today's high-speed bullet trains. Featuring DK's trademark brilliant photography, Train catalogs the development of trains from early steam to diesel engines and electric locomotives, explores in detail iconic trains such as the Fairy Queen, Orient Express, and Javelin, and chronicles the cultural backdrop against which railroads were built around the world.

The Last Survivor

Author: Stuart Owen-Jones
Publisher: National Museum Wales
ISBN: 9780720003413
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The Last Survivor from the Author: Stuart Owen-Jones. The history of Locomotive No. 28, the sole survivor in original condition of the Taff Vale locomotives.