The Springburn Story
- The Springburn Story
- The History of the Scottish Railway Metropolis
- by John Thomas
- Just to the north of where urban Glasgow ended at the beginning of the nineteenth century it would have been possible to mark out a square mile of pastoral country, dotted with woodlands and containing scattered cottages and the odd masion house of a Glasgow merchant. By the time the Railway Age was half a century old the same square mile had crammed within its boundaries the principal works of the Caledonian and North British railway companies, and the factories of two great private builders of locomotives for the world's railways - one of them the biggest in Europe.
- Round the workshops and engine sheds had grown up a lively railway community, every man, woman and child in it depending directly on the steam locomotive. And dominating the district was the spirited rivalry between Caledonian and the North British, their highly competitive establishments separated by a mere half a mile of road. Such was Springburn in its heyday. The book, written by a Springburm authour of railway books who was born and bred within sight and sound of locomotives, tells the story of this unique railway community - its workshops, some of the famous engines it produced, and the trials and tribulations of the men, great and humble, who built and ran them. It is a railway history, a vivid social document, and a well-told story of man's partnership with steam.
- The book is illustrated with line drawings, a map, documents and 20 pages of half tones, some being from the camera of a pioneer who was taking photographs when he was a driver on the North British eighty years ago
- 260 pages, 1974 2nd Edition, Case bound, 5¾" x 8¾"
- ISBN-10 0715364820
- New — Out of Print
- Pre-Owned, minor endpaper foxing and price clipped
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- David & Charles Publications