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The Gwr Exposed

Autor: Jeremy Clements
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ISBN: 9780860936664
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This is an expose of the role of two leading locomotive engineers - Collett and Hawksworth - who were responsible for GWR engine building policy following Churchward's legacy, revealing a series of mistakes and missed opportunities in the years leading up to nationalisation.

Steam Rail Motors Of The Gwr

Autor: Ken Gibbs
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0750965959
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Self-propelled carriages were a major innovation at the beginning of the twentieth century, and the GWR was quick to develop a large number of steam motor cars to link farms and scattered villages across the South West to the new branch lines. Their steam motor cars ran from 1903 to 1935, stopping during the war, and were so effective at making rural areas accessible they became victims of their own success. Wagons brought in to meet the high demand proved too heavy for the carriages and they struggled on hills. Soon the steam rail motor services were in decline. After its cancellation all ninety-nine steam carriages were eventually scrapped.Engineer Ken Gibbs reveals the unique GWR carriages, a window into early twentieth-century transport, and the modern replica he helped build, now the only way of viewing these charming historic vehicles.

Steam Workshops Of The Great Western Railway

Autor: Ken Gibbs
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0750962399
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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.

Brunel

Autor: R. Angus Buchanan
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781852855253
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Railways In Britain And The United States 1830 1940

Autor: Geoffrey Channon
Publisher: Ashgate Pub Limited
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This approach is that of a business and economic historian who is interested in issues of organization, management and corporate strategy, as well as in the men who ran these giant enterprises and the workers they employed. The book is presented as a series of case studies and focussed essays. It is concerned with many of the broader perspectives and issues of business history such as the Chandler thesis; the debate about ownerhsip, management and control in large enterprises; the social origins and careers of business leaders; the relationship between big businesses and government; the nature of technological change; and the rhetoric and reality of corporate culture. The British and American experiences are compared and contrasted. The book draws on diverse archival materials from both sides of the Atlantic, and is a distinctive and valuable contribution to railway and business history.

Hamilton

Autor: John Weaver
Publisher: Lorimer
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From its beginnings asa small, courthouse town in 1816 to it present-day status as Canada's "Steel City", Hamilton's history is rich and varied. McMaster University historian John Weaver traces the town's evolution from frontier outpost to booming port, traces its emergence as a railway and commercial centre in the 1850s and 1860s, follows its blossoming as a diversified manufacturing centre in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and tracks its economic development in the post-World War Two period. Throughout he is careful to chart the fluctuating struggle between business and labour to influence the city's economic and social growth. Complemented with more than 100 historical photographs, Hamilton: An Illustrated History is the first comprehensive history of this dynamic city, its peoples and institutions.

Brunel S Kingdom

Autor: John Christopher
Publisher: Tempus Pub Ltd
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel changed the world as we know it. He was responsible for building the Great Western Railway main line, and introducing regular steamship travel across the Atlantic. John Christopher introduces us to Brunel and takes us on a tour through the country showing us the many structures and places with a Brunel connection.

Swindon

Autor: John Cattell
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ISBN: 9781873592540
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In the pioneering days of early Victorian railway engineering the decision of Gooch and Brunel to locate an engine house and works just to the north of Swindon led to the creation of a sizeable engineering enterprise and a new settlement.The Great Western Railway became by far the largest employer in the region and for more than a century the fortunes of the town were inseparably linked with the development of the railway.In 1984, however, many of the works buildings were under threat due to rationalisation within British Rail Engineering Ltd. Consequently, many of the buildings were listed and a photographic record was begun. The quality of the buildings and their significance for railway history were such that a more detailed study was justified. The recording exercise was therefore expanded, and this remarkable book is the result of that project.By looking at the buildings themselves it traces the architectural history of the railway engineering works and of the associated railway village. The former general offices house the National Monuments Record, the public archive of English Heritage and a primary source of information on the architectural and archaeological heritage. This fascinating guide visits one of Britain's finest monuments to the early days of the railway age.