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Locomotive Builders of Leeds (ePub)

E.B. Wilson and Manning Wardle

Colour eBooks Transport > Trains & Railways World History

By Mark Smithers
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
File Size: 29.0 MB (.epub)
Pages: 199
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781473869738
Published: 18th April 2018


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The history of commercial railway locomotive manufacture in the Leeds is a fascinating story, covering a period of nearly two centuries, which commenced during the Napoleonic period and only came to an end in 1995. The two companies that most epitomised the formative years and period of consolidation of this this part of Britains industrial history were E.B. Wilson & Co (1846-59) and Manning Wardle & Co (1858-1927).

The former manufacturer was well known for the Jenny Lind locomotives and their derivative designs used on several British main lines during the mid-nineteenth century. They proved to have a profound influence upon the work of other manufacturers for main line needs.

The latter company was a builder of contractors and industrial locomotives, used worldwide, whose mainstream designs were likewise highly influential upon the work of neighbouring manufacturers, constituting a sphere of locomotive production that lasted from before the Crimean War until after the end of the Second World War.

In this new work, Mark Smithers draws upon a variety of sources, both documentary and illustrative, to arrive at an up-to date appraisal of the achievements of these companies during their respective periods of production, and their legacy to the greater sphere of British railway locomotive development.

This is a well-researched and immensely detailed book.

Steam World, March 2019

This is a detailed book, well researched - it is one for the true born (or bred) Yorkshireman, but more importantly for anyone who appreciates industrial steam.

York Model Engineers

In this detailed, well illustrated book Mark Smithers gives a full insight into not only Manning Wardle but also the earlier company E.B. Wilson.

Branch Lines & Light Railway Publications

For those with an interest in industrial railways, Mark Smither's book has to be recommended as essential reading.

Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum No.165

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Stephenson Locomotive Society

Historians interested in mechanical matters and the development of the British industrial locomotive may find it of interest, while railway modellers may find the images useful.

NZ Crown Mines

This is a detailed book of very high quality in both text and illustrations, and will prove an enjoyable read for many.

Engineering in Miniature, August 2018

About Mark Smithers

Mark Smithers has had a virtual lifelong interest in the history of industrial and narrow gauge railways. In addition to being the author of two previous books on the subject, he has been a contributor to most of the major specialist railway journals over a period spanning three decades. He has also been involved in historical research used in the construction of replica narrow gauge steam locomotives, both in full-size and large-scale model form.

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