Locomotives of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (Kindle)
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.
There is a worthy tribute from former NRM Head of Engineering Richard Gibbon, whose foreword includes: “What sets this work apart form the rest is its thoroughness, diligence and attention to detail.” The author, whose five years writing this book generated 44 pages of references, has good reason to be proud of the result.Steam World, September 2021
"A book that sets the standard for continued research into the Early Main Line Railways period. "Anthony Coulls, The Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum - Summer 2021
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.Michael's Model Railways
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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.London & North Western Railway Society
In summary, this book is a fascinating read and is highly recommended.
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.Unos Cuantos Trenes
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