Railway Ribaldry

Being 96 pages of railway humour

Author: W. Heath Robinson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1783660236

Category: Transportation

Page: 96

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First published for the centenary of the Great Western Railway in 1935, 'Railway Ribaldry' is an affectionate and humorous look at life on board the company's famous trains, incorporating some of William Heath Robinson's own trademark madcap contraptions. Featuring almost 100 cartoons – including amusing takes on the varied duties of railway police, the first 'ladies only' carriage and countless 'ingenious plans' and inventions – it is the perfect gift for any railway enthusiast.

The Adventures of Uncle Lubin

Author: W. Heath Robinson

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486265749

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 128

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This playful and richly imaginative tale recounts the exploits of the ingenious Uncle Lubin, whose attempts to rescue his nephew from the clutches of a loathsome bag-bird involve inventions ranging from an air-ship to a submersible sea-boat. Every page of the enchanting 1902 adventure features remarkable pen-and-ink drawings by W. Heath Robinson.

Contraptions

Author: William Heath Robinson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 192

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A volume of fantastical illustrations by a late English cartoonist features his trademark "Heath Robinson contraption" depictions of absurd mechanical objects that are comprised of ancient cogs, intricate pulleys, and other bizarre components, in a collection that spans his work as created between and during the first and second World Wars. 10,000 first printing.

Railways and Culture in Britain

The Epitome of Modernity

Author: Ian Carter

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719059667

Category: History

Page: 338

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The 19th-century steam railway epitomized modernity's relentlessly onrushing advance. Ian Carter delves into the cultural impact of the train. Why, for example, did Britain possess no great railway novel? He compares fiction and images by canonical British figures (Turner, Dickens, Arnold Bennett) with selected French and Russian competitors: Tolstoy, Zola, Monet, Manet. He argues that while high cultural work on the British steam railway is thin, British popular culture did not ignore it. Detailed discussions of comic fiction, crime fiction, and cartoons reveal a popular fascination with railways tumbling from vast (and hitherto unexplored) stores of critically overlooked genres.

The Trains Now Departed

Sixteen Excursions into the Lost Delights of Britain's Railways

Author: Michael Williams

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409052346

Category: Transportation

Page: 336

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SOMETIMES you come across a lofty railway viaduct, marooned in the middle of a remote country landscape. Or a crumbling platform from some once-bustling junction buried under the buddleia. If you are lucky you might be able to follow some rusting tracks, or explore an old tunnel leading to...well, who knows where? Listen hard. Is that the wind in the undergrowth? Or the spectre of a train from a golden era of the past panting up the embankment? These are the ghosts of The Trains Now Departed. They are the railway lines, and services that ran on them that have disappeared and gone forever. Our lost legacy includes lines prematurely axed, often with a gripping and colourful tale of their own, as well as marvels of locomotive engineering sent to the scrapyard, and grand termini felled by the wrecker's ball. Then there are the lost delights of train travel, such as haute cuisine in the dining car, the grand expresses with their evocative names, and continental boat trains to romantic far-off places. The Trains Now Departed tells the stories of some of the most fascinating lost trains of Britain, vividly evoking the glories of a bygone age. In his personal odyssey around Britain Michael Williams tells the tales of the pioneers who built the tracks, the yarns of the men and women who operated them and the colourful trains that ran on them. It is a journey into the soul of our railways, summoning up a magic which, although mired in time, is fortunately not lost for ever. THIS EDITION REVISED AND UPDATED TO INCLUDE MAPS.

Fire and Steam

A New History of the Railways in Britain

Author: Christian Wolmar

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1848872615

Category: Transportation

Page: 384

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Now in paperback, Fire and Steam tells the dramatic story of the people and events that shaped the world's first railway network, one of the most impressive engineering achievements in history. The opening of the pioneering Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of the railways' vital role in changing the face of Britain. Fire and Steam celebrates the vision and determination of the ambitious Victorian pioneers who developed this revolutionary transport system and the navvies who cut through the land to enable a country-wide network to emerge. The rise of the steam train allowed goods and people to circulate around Britain as never before, stimulating the growth of towns and industry, as well many of the facets of modern life, from fish and chips to professional football. From the early days of steam to electrification, via the railways' magnificent contribution in two world wars, the checkered history of British Rail, and the buoyant future of the train, Fire and Steam examines the social and economical importance of the railway and how it helped to form the Britain of today.

GWR Story

Author: Rosa Matheson

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752485040

Category: Transportation

Page: 128

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The Great Western Railway – quickly coming to be known as ‘God’s Wonderful Railway’ – was once regarded as the most advanced in the world. Engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel it was initially designed to connect Bristol to London and came to develop a distinct character all of its own, one of the many reasons why it remains a much-loved and popular area of interest.This book traces its history covering topics such as the company, its engines and carriages, its engineers – including Gooch, Dean, Armstrong, Collett, Churchward and of course Brunel – as well as the battle of the gauges. Full of little-known facts and figures and with numerous photographs and memorabilia as well as a timeline, it is a tale full of record breakers and mighty achievements waiting to be retold to a modern age.

How to be a Motorist

Author: William Heath Robinson,K.R.G. Browne

Publisher: RHE Media Limited

ISBN: 1910226297

Category: Humor

Page: 116

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In 1935 the driving test became compulsory for anyone wishing to hold a British driving licence and a rite of passage for adults, young and old alike, was established. It was just a few years later, in 1939, that William Heath Robinson collaborated with K.R.G. Browne to publish a book entitled How to be a Motorist. No doubt inspired by the scenes of the motoring masses – there were over 2 million vehicles on the road by then – and their resultant antics and madness, Heath Robinson addresses all aspects of motoring, from selecting a car through to etiquette on the highway. He explains, aided by numerous amusing illustrations, how the car works, undertaking simple repairs and how to go about touring the continent in your car, perhaps with your caravan attached. Heath Robinson’s extraordinary imagination also shows itself in his clever solutions to the every-day problems that the motorist encountered in the 1930s. Often employing the creative use of string, we have gadgets for testing front axle springs, braking efficiency and for helping learner drivers. We are offered inventions for protecting the tyres, dealing with punctures and for negotiating roundabouts. It is interesting and fun to see how many of the problem-solving gadgets identified by Heath Robinson have actually been developed today by modern motor manufacturers: for example, all-terrain vehicles, devices for diagnosing engine trouble and driving simulators for practising your motoring skills. If, in addition to being a great driver, you also love gardening (even though you live in a flat), you play golf and you are married, then you will find much to amuse and inform you in our other titles by Heath Robinson and K. R. G. Browne: • How to Live in Flat • How to Make a Garden Grow • How to be a Perfect Husband • Humours of Golf All our Heath Robinson titles include a Foreword by Geoffrey Beare, Trustee of the William Heath Robinson Trust, who is working to build a Heath Robinson museum in North London.

How to Live in a Flat

Author: William Heath Robinson,K.R.G. Browne

Publisher: RHE Media Limited

ISBN: 1910226254

Category: Humor

Page: 128

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'How to Live in a Flat', if posed as a question, is worth asking today with so many articles on tiny flats with hugely inflated price tags in the newspapers. Flat-dwellers were faced with very similar problems in 1936. During 1932 and 1933 Heath Robinson had drawn a series of cartoons for 'The Sketch' entitled ‘Flat Life’, which depicted various gadgets designed to make the most of the limited space available in the contemporary flat. It was this series of drawings that provided K. R. G. Browne and W. Heath Robinson with the inspiration for their first full-length book together. It was called 'How to Live in a Flat' and, as well as greatly extending the original ideas showing many ingenious ways of overcoming the problems caused by lack of space in flats and bungalows, the book also provided much fun at the expense of the more extreme designs in thirties furniture and architecture. The book was published for Christmas 1936 and was well received. 'How to Live in a Flat' is surprisingly relevant to life in Britain in 2014. In fact, several of Heath Robinson’s space-economising solutions have been used in practice to maximise the use of space in small flats. We have beds that fold down from wardrobes fully-made and ready to sleep in, communal rubbish shoots, central heating and multi-purpose furniture. So Heath Robinson was way ahead of his time and reading 'How to Live in a Flat' may spark other innovative solutions to making life bearable in a tiny twenty-first century home! If, in addition to being a flat-dweller (perhaps in a garden flat), you are also married with a car and you play golf then you will find much to amuse and inform you in our other titles by Heath Robinson and K. R. G. Browne: • How to be a Perfect Husband • How to Make a Garden Grow • How to be a Motorist • Humours of Golf All our Heath Robinson titles include a Foreword by Geoffrey Beare, Trustee of the William Heath Robinson Trust, who is working to build a Heath Robinson museum in North London.

Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights

Author: W. Heath Robinson

Publisher: Everyman's Library

ISBN: 0375712801

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 368

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For the past two hundred years, Western readers, young and old alike, have been transported to the fabulous Orient by means of these remarkable stories, in which the everyday mingles on an equal footing with the uncanny and the miraculous. Accompanying the text are illustrations by W. Heath Robinson, which are themselves miracles of visual and imaginative sympathy.

How to Make a Garden Grow

Author: William Heath Robinson,K.R.G. Browne

Publisher: RHE Media Limited

ISBN: 1910226270

Category: Humor

Page: 104

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The origins of 'How to Make a Garden Grow' lie in an article in 'The Strand' Magazine called ‘A Highly Complicated Science’. The science referred to was that of gardening and the article by K. R. G. Browne was accompanied by nine of Heath Robinson’s drawings, all of which were subsequently used in their book for the How To… series. Much of the subject matter for this book was drawn from Heath Robinson’s earlier cartoons. For example, among his earliest work for 'The Sketch' was a series of drawings on the practicalities of gardening. This included a picture of ‘root pruning’ showing the gardener tunnelling down to the roots of a plant to prune them. Although the earlier drawing is much more elaborate, the idea is the same as that presented in 'How to Make a Garden Grow'. Gardening was a very popular hobby in the 1930s. It was a good way to save on food bills, start-up costs were low and the work was healthy – all concerns for the British during the depression years. Heath Robinson’s satirical cartoons and K. R. G. Browne’s humorous text gently poke fun at contemporary gardeners and their foibles and furbelows. We see design schemes for gardens to suit all types of gardeners, concerned gardeners diligently tending a sick plant and ideas for games that can be played at garden parties. Above all though are the wonderful Heath Robinson gadgets, doohickeys and gizmos designed to help the earnest gardener deal with the many challenges of gardening. How do you avoid spraying the neighbours when trying to get rid of greenfly? What is the best way to trap earwigs or to keep cats off your vegetable patch? Heath Robinson has the answer. Heath Robinson and Browne don’t claim to be gardening experts but in 'How to Make a Garden Grow', as in all the How to… books, they have expertly captured both the spirit of their time and the essence of what it was (and in many ways still is) to be British. Look no further for advice on gardening – this book has it all neatly summed up in the most entertaining way. If you are also a married flat-dweller who has a car and plays golf (as many of us are) then you will find much to amuse and inform you in our other titles by Heath Robinson and K. R. G. Browne: • How to be a Perfect Husband • How to Live in a Flat • How to be a Motorist • Humours of Golf All our Heath Robinson titles include a Foreword by Geoffrey Beare, Trustee of the William Heath Robinson Trust, which is working to build a Heath Robinson museum in North London.

Railway Printed Ephemera

Being a Tragi-comic Picture of the Rise and Fall of the Railways in Great Britain Deduced from Some of the Bits and Pieces of Paper They Left Behind

Author: William Fenton

Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 200

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The Oxford Companion to British Railway History from 1603 to the 1990s

Author: Jack Simmons,Gordon Biddle

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: N.A

Category: Transportation

Page: 591

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Of all the products of the Industrial Revolution, none left its mark on the landscape of Britain, or changed the lives of the British people, more than the railway. The encyclopedic Oxford Companion to British Railway History reveals, for the first time, the full story of this remarkable achievement: the inspired pioneers, the unprecedented feats of engineering, the romance, and the reality. From the primitive wagonways of the seventeenth century, through the eras of horse, steam, diesel,and electric traction, it explores the railway's unique place in our history, and the reasons for its extraordinary and enduring hold on our collective imagination. Unrivalled authority Over 600 entries by 88 distinguished contributors chart the progress of rail travel from 1603 to the late twentieth century. Comprehensive coverage Covers not only the technical and historical development of the railway, but its social, economic, political, and artistic aspects. Illustrated throughout Maps, diagrams, tables, and illustrations bring the text to life and demystify technical concepts. People, places, and politics Covers the key figures who influenced the development of the railways, the towns that were changed forever, and the policies that brought about the network's rise and fall.

Journal

Author: Institute of Transport (London, England)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English periodicals

Page: N.A

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System 4 Part II

1977

Author: Henri van de Waal,L. D. Couprie,Rudi Fuchs

Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology

ISBN: 9780720484205

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 108

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