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The Trainmakers: The Story of Wolverton Works 1838-1981 Bill West

The Trainmakers: The Story of Wolverton Works 1838-1981 - Bill West

Buckingham: Barracuda Books, 1982, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Age-toning to the edges of the text block extending onto the margins of the leaves.

Contains: List of subscribers; Black & white photographs; Diagrams; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Frontispiece; Plans;

From the cover: “In 1838 the London-Birmingham railway was opened and the L & NWR Company was in business. Wolverton was the halfway house, where engines changed and passengers refreshed themselves. The Directors located their locomotive repair shop there. Thus was Wolverton Works born.

The new works manufactured the little Bury 0-2-2 engines, then Bloomers, large Bloomers and extra-large Bloomers. From the start, innovation and excellence were the hallmarks of this ‘new’ tradition of craft and industry in North Bucks.

In 1877 the emphasis changed to carriages, and out of the constantly changing operation and fast growing new town emerged a stream of rolling stock to spread across the railways of the world — including Royal Trains galore. With the LMS takeover, once again the emphasis shifted, this time to trucks. The two world wars produced even more change. Diversification could be Wolverton’s other name, for from the Works poured armoured trucks and shells, howitzers and assault craft, glider wings and ambulances. In our own time came nationalisation and British Rail, and Wolverton changed gear yet again, to its original intent — repair shops. Throughout the years from 1838 to 1981, Wolverton itself has grown and changed. The Works has fathered the town and together they have spawned streets and societies, church and chapel, school and sport.

Behind the story of engine and carriage, truck and town were technical developments in power, traction, heat and light And behind the techniques were dedicated men — like McConnell, Park and Foale, managers and craftsmen with one pride in common, ‘the Works’. The Trainmakers tells the story of the Works, its people and its products, of the town and of the development of the train through British enterprise and ingenuity.

The Trainmakers has been researched and written by a Wolverton man — a man of both Works and town — from authentic records and direct evidence from colleagues and their families. It has been published in both limited and general editions for those who work and live in Wolverton, those who honour craft and tradition, and students of railway history, who for the first time can read the story of Wolverton and all its works.”

Size: 10½" x 8¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 175 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.