The Hunslet Engine Works - Over a Century and a Half of Locomotive Building
The word 'Hunslet' is revered by thousands of railway enthusiasts throughout the world for the many hundreds of locomotives bearing the name which continue to provide enjoyment on preserved lines and in museums at home and abroad.
But there is a wider ranging story to the products of this south Leeds industrial suburb which goes back to the very beginning of railways themselves. They reached from the Urals to the Cape, the Andes to the Antipodes, and from 15,000 feet above sea level to two miles below ground.
This book identifies Leeds as a major railway manufacturing centre and takes the story through from Murray's Middleton locomotive of 1812 to both standard and broad gauge express locomotives of the very early main line railways. It deals at length with the industrial, mining and narrow gauge types with which the words Hunslet and Leeds subsequently became synonymous. The growth of Empire and the effects of war play a large part in the story as do political influences and changes in commercial emphasis.
Diversions into non-railway products are covered and the book ends with the short excursion into electric passenger train building and the ultimate closure of the old factory to make way for an electrical switch-gear plant.
Hardback with dust jacket, 306 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Very Good
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