North British Locomotive Co Ltd : The Manufacture of Locomotives and other Munitions of War during the period 1914-1919
The Moseley Railway Trust is pleased to announce the release of its latest reprint of a historical document. Immediately after the end of the First World War, many companies produced brochures which commemorated their contribution to the Allied victory.
One such company was the North British Locomotive Company. Based in Glasgow and former from the amalgamation of various smaller loco manufacturers, North British became the largest maker of railway locomotives in the British Empire. Sadly, the company failed to adapt to the end of steam traction and closed its doors in 1962.
In hindsight, the First World War was North British’s zenith. The company contributed hugely to the war effort. The offices became a hospital for the wounded, and all manner of tanks, guns and other weapons of war (in addition to locomotives!) were produced. On a human level, 10% of the works staff who joined the Forces never returned.
The North British catalogue documents their war effort in great detail. Within the 132 pages of the reprint, readers will find details of the companies’ history and its products during the war. Steam locomotives of all shapes and sizes predominate, including curiosities such as the Electric steam-turbine locomotive, but other products featured include shells, mines, guns – even aeroplanes and experimental military bridges!
The reprint run is limited to approximately 500 copies. All books are hardback. The original text and photographs are retained, with a modern foreword.
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