Saltney Carriage and Wagon Works
This scholarly work is a definitive history of the GWR's Carriage and Wagon Works at Saltney near Chester. The author's diligent research has unearthed extensive information about the development of the Works, its place in the local community, and biographical details of personnel that worked there. With the documentary evidence that he presents it makes this publication an important part of the GWR's history.
The early history of the works is documented from its inception in 1847 under the Chester and Shrewsbury Railway through the expansion of the GWR. The works at Saltney, along with that at Worcester, provided a carriage and wagon manufacturing capability for the GWR before the establishment of those facilities at Swindon. It eventually closed in 1932 but the buildings saw use during World War II, but alas, not in railway use.
There follows a description of the carriage and wagon diagrams built at the works and illustrated with line drawings and photographs, many from the collection of David Hyde. There then follows a very well researched section relating to the senior staff at Saltney, including a comprehensive genealogy of many of them and easy to follow descendant charts. These will be invaluable to anyone researching the family history of these characters. Two of them deserve mention here: Joseph Armstrong who was later to become superintendent of the northern division at Wolverhampton, and then later the GWR's Locomotive Superintendent at Swindon; and James Holden who later achieved notoriety as Locomotive Superintendent of the Great Eastern Railway.
There are 20 pages of appendices which list the goods and passenger rolling stock that was constructed at Saltney. These include the lot numbers and the dimensions of the vehicles built, and will prove to be a valuable reference for researchers.
This is an excellent book that will prove of interest to all followers of the GWR, but in particular to those with an interest in goods and passenger rolling stock, and to anyone with an interest in the area of Saltney, especially those whose relatives worked in the works.
Softback, 108 pages, black & white illustrations, diagrams, & drawings.
Most orders are dispatched within two-three working days of receipt of cleared payment. If there is going to be a significant delay (more than 10 working days), we will contact you and, where possible, give you an estimated dispatch time.
Please be aware that advance orders will be sent as soon as the relevant book has been published.
When placing your order, please ensure that you add the correct full shipping address to your order. This includes house number, street name, zip code/post code. If parcels are returned on account of an incorrect shipping address we will contact you to seek the correct address and also ask that you pay a contribution towards posting the parcel to you a second time.
All orders over £20.00 are post free to all UK addresses. For orders of £20 or less, a £1.50 postage fee will be added. These are normally sent via Royal Mail 48 Hour (the business equivalent of 2nd class mail) which is not tracked. If you require tracking for your, tracking options are available for a small fee. If the service that you require is not shown, please get in touch with us and we can quote for your desired service.
Large, bulky or high value orders may be split in to multiple consignments or sent via courier. There is no additional charge for this and you will be advised at the order fulfillment stage if this happens.
Overseas orders are charged based on weight, and postage will be automatically calculated at checkout. For a postage quotation, please add the items you want to your cart and proceed to the checkout. All orders are usually sent via Air Mail - this is not tracked. If you required your order to be tracked or sent by a different service, please contact us, preferably before checkout.
Royal Mail will only accept parcels up to 5kg in weight (2kg for Canada). If you are ordering multiple items that exceed these limits, please contact us first so that we can advise you of the appropriate shipping rate.
Due to the high volume of parcels going missing, we are no longer able to send untracked orders via third party mail handling services such as Parcel Motel. We are able to send untracked parcels to bona fide PO Box addresses, friends and family members and to work addresses.
Some countries charge import taxes and we suggest that in these cases, you asked for your order to be tracked so the local taxation authorities can trace your parcel.
Please note that courier services are unable to deliver to PO Box addresses. If you usually use a PO Box address, you will need to supply an alternative address if you require shipping by courier.
Updated: 1 June 2020