The book contains many previously unpublished photographs, and beautiful, high quality reproductions of a number of better known images. It includes a guide to the structure of the locomotives and detailed histories of each of them. The differences between the Small England class (Mountaineer, Princess, Prince and Palmerston) and the Large England Class (Little Giant and Welsh Pony) are explained and each locomotive's history is detailed with copious photographs to show their evolution.
The book also includes the stories of the men who built the Englands. A biography of George England describes his rise from the banks of the River Tyne to Gold Medal inventor at the Great Exhibition, to well known locomotive manufacturer. You'll hear the story of how Robert Fairlie wooed England's daughter, eloped with her and was then sued by George England. And how, after all that acrimony, Robert took over from George as the owner of George England & Co. and built his famous Little Wonder Double Fairlie locomotive at the works at New Cross in South East London.
Other interesting stories you'll find in the book:
Samples from the book
Three sample pages from the book, taken from the locomotive histories. You can also preview the first 15 pages of the book.
First, a double-page spread on Welsh Pony
The introduction to the section on Little Giant
This book was originally produced as a reward for people who supported the Kickstarter project to laser scan and print models of the four remaining George England narrow gauge steam locomotives. In February 2013, the team spent three days at Boston Lodge shining lasers at the locos to get the most accurate and complete record of their shape yet made. These "point clouds" were then converted to 3D CAD models which can be printed out, at any scale, on 3D printers. This means that you can get models of the individual locomotives in scales from Nn3 up to 16mm and in theory even at 1:1. The book contains a chapter detailing this exciting new modelling process.
I was delighted to hear from one of the first customers of the book, Robin Adams, who said:
Thank you for your kind words, Robin.
The book measures 25 x 20 cm and has 40 pages, it has colour photographs throughout. There are two options, the softcover costs £19.99 and the hardcover costs £24.99. Order your copy of the book today.
Prices do not include shipping and local sales tax may apply. If you are ordering from outside the UK, you can select to buy in your local currency by selecting the appropriate Blurb site in the bottom-right of the ordering page.
This book is published by Flexiscale and produced using Blurb. Copies of the book are printed on demand, so your copy is printed when you place an order and shipped direct to you.
Since publication the following new information has come to light:
I'm delighted that 250 copies of the book have now been sold, raising over £900 for Welsh Pony