Swindon Steam 1921-1951
Steam locomotives have always held a romantic attraction for countless enthusiasts and many books have been written about its lure. But what of the work behind the scenes at the birthplace of the locomotives - the Works? K. J. Cook spent over thirty years at Swindon Works, home of the Great Western Railway, working up from apprentice in 1912 to the top job of Western Region - Mechanical and Electrical Engineer in 1950. In Swindon Steam 1921-1951 he expertly elaborates many facets of the development and maintenance of some 4,000 locomotives serving the Western. There are fascinating sidelights from his personal experience on the other notable 'greats' - Churchward, Collett and Hawksworth, and the problems created by World War II are discussed. The work was arduous and exacting, but it exerted a fascination which bound workers and staff alike into a close community. All were fiercely proud to belong to what was known locally as 'The Western' or 'Inside' - Swindon Works.
Hardback with dust jacket, 176 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Good/Very Good
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