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An Illustrated History of British Railways' Workshops: Locomotive

An Illustrated History of British Railways' Workshops: Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Building and Maintenance, from 1825 to the Present Day - Edgar Larkin

Sparkford: Oxford Publishing Co., 1992, Hardback.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Leans a little. Text complete, clean and tight.

Includes: Track plans; Black & white photographs; Maps; Tables; Frontispiece; Title page vignette; Appendices (7);

From the cover: “Within British Railways a main works has always been classified as one which is equipped to build and/or undertake heavy classified repairs of locomotives or rolling stock. This comprehensive volume provides a broad pictorial record of the railway workshops that were inherited by British Railways at Nationalisation in 1948.

Following an outline description of the development of the workshops established by the various railway companies, a brief history of each works is then given. The author was personally involved at a high level with the reorganisation and the inevitable rationalisation of the works and has been able to draw upon his own intimate knowledge of the subject as well as documentation specially prepared to assist in planning BR’s workshop requirements.

This material includes plans of all the main locomotive works which have never before been published and offer a unique record of the works as they were at the time of Nationalisation. Details and illustrations of typical or particularly well-known products are included, together with much statistical information.

In addition to locomotives and rolling stock there is the human aspect of supplying and maintaining railway equipment and the author, who was responsible for establishing the LMS’s apprentice training scheme, describes the establishment and running of BR’s works training schools.

The author, born in 1900, had a long and distinguished railway career, serving in the railway workshops of Britain for most of his 52 years of railway service, spanning the period 1914 to 1966. He was chairman of many policy committees dealing with the organisation of the railways’ main works and was subsequently appointed Deputy General Manager of BR’s Workshop Division, with its 60,000 staff, following an appointment with the BTC as their First Director of Work Study, reporting directly to the Chairman, Lord Robertson.”

Size: 12" x 8½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 184 pages.
An Illustrated History of British Railways' Workshops: Locomotive