Vulcan Foundry Locomotives 1832-1956
Vulcan Foundry was one of the oldest and best known of the British locomotive building companies, established in 1832 and producing an extremely wide variety of designs through the years thereafter until the works was turned over to the manufacture of diesels and electric locomotives in 1956. From this works in Lancashire, locomotives were despatched virtually everywhere in the world - Egypt and Tasmania, Turkey and Nigeria, Russia and South America, China and France, with India as the principal market that they supplied. Vulcan Foundry built double-ended Fairlies, six-coupled shunting tanks for the LMSR, a fast four-cylinder 4-4-2 compound for the Great Northern big coal-burning 4-8-2s for the colonies, modern 2-10-0s for Turkey, `Austerities' for the War Department and a host of other designs beside.
D. S. E. Gudgin, served his time at the Swindon Works of the GWR from 1929-35 and recalls working on the second batch of the then new 'Kings'. Leaving Swindon in 1935, he spent three years as an Inspecting Officer for South African Railways, at one time having charge of a contract for 200 Classes '15E' and '23' built by Henschel & Sohn in Germany. After a short spell in the London office of the Consulting Engineers for the Indian State Railways, he joined Vulcan Works at Newton-le-Willows in 1938 and retired from there in 1974, having spent his last 21 years as Works Manager.
Hardback with dust jacket, 96 pages, black & white photographs
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