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Locomotives of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (Hardback)

Local History Transport Photographic Books Colour Books Trains and Railways England

By Anthony Dawson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 296
Illustrations: 40 colour & black and white illustrations, photographs, map drawings & artists' impressions
ISBN: 9781526763983
Published: 16th March 2021


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The Liverpool & Manchester Railway was Britain’s first mainline, inter-city railway; opened in 1830 it was at the cutting edge of railway technology. Engineered by George Stephenson and his team – John Dixon, William Allcard, Joseph Locke – the project faced many obstacles both before and after opening, including local opposition and the choice of motive power, resulting in the Rainhill Trials of 1829.

Much of the success of the line can be attributed to the excellence of its engineering but also its fleet of pioneering locomotives built by Robert Stephenson & Co. of Newcastle. This is the story of those locomotives, and the men who worked on them, at a time when the locomotive was still in its infancy.

Using extensive archival research, coupled with lessons learned from operating early replica locomotives such as Rocket and Planet, Anthony Dawson explores how the locomotive rapidly developed in response to the demands of the first inter-city railway, and some of the technological dead ends along the way.

I found it a fascinating read, and anyone with an interest in steam engines, engineering, or history of the industrial revolution will enjoy it too.

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Michael's Model Railways

The whole book is illustrated by an excellent selection of relevant drawings, engravings and photographs, many of which are in colour. It puts the importance of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in British railway history into context.
In summary, this book is a fascinating read and is highly recommended.

London & North Western Railway Society

A book that every railroad history buff has to have in his library. It has all the information necessary to know this railway that was the pioneer in many things; the first based exclusively on steam locomotives, the first with double track throughout its route and the first with a signalling system among other things. In addition to all the information about this railway it also has a lot of good drawings and several photographs of the current state of some of its buildings.

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About Anthony Dawson

Anthony Dawson is an historian and archaeologist with over ten years’ experience of working in museums and heritage, having worked for the Museum of the Manchester Regiment and the Science & Industry Museum in Manchester, home to the world’s oldest passenger railway station. He is a Railway Volunteer at S&IM and the NRM, working as a fireman on the unique replica of Robert Stephenson’s Planet. A graduate of the University of Bradford and a post-graduate research student at the University of Leeds, Anthony is also a member of the Railway & Canal Historical Society and the Newcomen Society. He has also written on the Crimean War, including the Charge of the Light Brigade (Letters from the Light Brigade, Pen & Sword, 2014).

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