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Works Trams of the British Isles (Kindle)

A Survey of Tramway Engineers' Vehicles

British History Transport Photographic eBooks Colour eBooks Trams

By Peter Waller
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
File Size: 257.2 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 152
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781473862241
eBook Released: 2nd December 2019

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Often little known and generally unfamiliar to the passengers that used tramways, works trams were an essential facet of the efficient operation of any system – large or small – and this book is a primarily pictorial overview of the great variety of works trams that served the first generation of tramways in the British Isles. Although construction of most tramways was left to the contractor employed on the work, once this was completed the responsibility for the maintenance and safe operation of the system fell on the operator. The larger the operator, the greater and more varied the fleet of works cars employed; specialist vehicles were constructed for specific duties. Smaller operators, however, did not have this luxury, relying instead on one or two dedicated works cars or, more often, a passenger car temporarily assigned to that work. This book is a pictorial survey to the many weird and wonderful works cars that once graced Britain’s first generation tramways.

An essential book for lovers of trams and already occupying a special place in my library.

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Miniaturas JM

The sub-title "A survey of tramway engineer's vehicles" got me intrigued, I do like unusual and quirky rail vehicles, and this book is full of them. All sorts of tramway vehicles are included - stores vans, tower wagons, snow ploughs, open and tipper trucks, even a crane; and I was surprised at their variety and the number that are found in this substantial book.

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Michael's Model Railways

This well produced hard back contains a large amount of historical information in the form of discursive photo captions. Recommended.

Ffestiniog Railway Magazine

"Mechanical marvels which were the workhorses of Britain’s old tramways system come under the spotlight in a new book by transport historian Peter Waller."

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Shropshire Star and Express & Star, 7th January 2020

A very interesting book because it deals with a very specific subject that is not usually paid attention, the trams of construction. Its 250 photographs allow you to get to know better such special vehicles. All this with a lot of information and the high print quality of the publishing house Pen and Sword Books. It can be seen that the author (Peter Waller) knows the subject, as he has written many books on historical trams.

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Unes Cuantos Trenes Blog, Jorge del Valle

Primarily pictorial overview of the great variety of work trams that served the first generation of tramways in the British Isles.

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About Peter Waller

Brought up in Bradford, PETER WALLER grew up as the city’s trolleybus network gradually declined.


In 1986, he commenced in a career
in publishing, working for a number of years as Ian Allan Ltd’s Publisher (Books), where he oversaw the commissioning and publication of a wide range of books. The first book that he wrote was British and Irish Tramway Systems since 1945 in 1992. Since then he has written a number of books on transport subjects. Moving to Shropshire in 2007, he is now a full-time author and editor. He is also a director and secretary
of the Online Transport Archive, a director of Shrewsbury Dial-a-Ride, chairman of 
the West Shropshire Talking Newspaper, a committee member of the National Railway Heritage Awards and a past president of the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury.

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