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Author Name:    BOND, Roland C

Title:   Lifetime with Locomotives. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Goose & Son Publishers, Cambridge, England, 1975, ISBN:0900404302 

Seller ID:   103081

BOND, Roland C. A Lifetime with Locomotives. (Cambridge, England) : Goose &Son Publishers, (1975). First Edition. Pp (6),[7]-329,(3),+ 40 pp plates. Index. 8vo, maroon cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "The story of a distinguished career in railway engineering from 1920 to 1968. Roland Bond, one of the last Chief Mechanical Engineerss to practise in steam, lived and workedwith locomotives through the period of their greatest development and was at the very centre of British Railways' changeover from steam to diesel andelectric motive power. He presents the technical side in an eminently read able form and at the same time draws on a wealth of personal experience to illustrate his story, to comment in a forthright but kindly manner on some of the many characters with whom he came into contact, and to question someof the decisions which determined the course of events within the national ised undertaking the is British Railways today. It is clear that such a manmust have an interesting story to tell, but all too few of similar backgro und are willing or able to put pen to paper and share their thoughts and experiences, their successes and their failures, with a wider public." (from the dj). Contents : 1. introduction: The Early Years. 2. Apprenticeship andPupilage at Derby 1920-25. 3. Inspection at Contractors' Works 1924-28. 4. Three Years out of the Railway Service. 5. Return to the Railway Service. 6. Rugby Locomotive Testing Station 1937-39. 7. The War Years: St. Rollox and Crewe 1939-46. 8. The End of an Era: Derby Headquarters 1946-48. 9. Nationalisation - The First Five Years. 10. Coming Events Cast Their Shadows. 11. Chief Mechanical Engineer. 12. The Final Ten Years 195&-68. Appendices: A. L.M.S. News Bulletin No. 2 1926. B. L.M.S. Notice, General Strike, 1926.C. Letter of Thanks, General Strike, 1926. Very good in rubbed, torn, but unclipped, dustjacket. 28.00


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