Bagnalls of Stafford, narrow gauge by Allan C Baker & T D Allen Civil - The Vale of Rheidol Railway
The Vale of Rheidol Railway

Bagnalls of Stafford, narrow gauge by Allan C Baker & T D Allen Civil

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WG Bagnall Limited of the Castle Engine Works in the town of Stafford has a history going back to 1875, with even earlier antecedents. It will largely be remembered as a designer and builder of steam locomotives, although its range of products, both railway related and otherwise, was far wider. All are described and illustrated in considerable detail in the pages of this book, as the authors take the reader through the development of the works from one producing small individually built narrow-gauge steam locomotives to what were in their day among the largest rigid-frame metre-gauge steam locomotives in the world.

The book has a far wider appeal than locomotives, rolling stock and engineering, as the authors quite rightly place much emphasis on people, in particular the Bagnall family. Likewise several other families entwined in the story over the years find extensive coverage, the authors having left no stone unturned in the almost 50 years they have been researching the company and its products. The book concludes with a comprehensive series of appendices listing all the locmotives built as well as those repaired, along with spare boilers and fireboxes supplied. There is sufficient dimensional information to satisfy even the most fastidious enthusiast along with other statistical information, as well as an extensive list of sources and a comprehensive index.

The Phyllis Rampton Narrow Gauge Railway Trust, a registered charity, was formed in July 1985 with the aim, interalia, of preserving and exhibiting for public benefit, steam and other locomotives and rolling stock of historical interest. As well as publishing this book, the Trust provides capital and other forms of support for its kindred Vale of Rheidol Railway, a 12 mile long delightful narrow-gauge railway running inland along the Afon Rheidol from Aberystwyth in Mid-Wales. Profits from the sale of this book will go towards the restoration of locomotives and rolling stock for use on the line.

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