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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Noodle Books (14 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906419973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906419974
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 2.4 x 30.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Felix on 15 Mar. 2013
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Long awaited by many who like myself purchased volume 1. The book is clearly laid out and portrays the development of the crane. Well-written in an easily readable and presentable style.
My one and only minor criticism concerns some of the photos, which presumeably taken by a digital camera, or digitised for printing are not as pin-sharp as I should have liked. This is merely a very minor bunt of mine.
However to sum up, if you wish to learn about breakdown cranes, their development, their history, then you will find it here, and if you don't have volume 1, I suggest you obtain one sharpish. These two books are the definitive work on these cranes, and are likely to remain so for many years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HiDefBarry on 18 Jun. 2013
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This is a well researched and presented follow up to Vol.1 covering the larger Breakdown Cranes from pre-WWII up to almost today. I have only given it four stars because it omits discussion of the three giant Kirow Crane currently used by Railtrack.
There are a good selection of factory and in use photographs, with good data and facts about virtually all the major cranes and their manufacturers in use during the period covered, from the smaller 10t designs up to the 75/100t cranes some of which can still be see in use. This includes why there was a need to build bigger and heavier cranes, with a good selexction of background stories abouot their use and sales etc..
If this subject is of interest to you, from a Railway, Historical or Engineering point of view, then you will not be dissapointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jon Sykes on 27 Jun. 2013
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Good companion to Vol 1. This book is well illustrated and descriptive covering the history of rail cranes. I am not aware of any other book on this subject as good. Delivery time was good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wagtem on 8 Dec. 2013
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I was lucky to obtain one of the last examples of Mr Tatlow's first book on railway cranes. I think it is out of print now. When browsing through the book I decided I wanted the second volume as well. It gives a very good, thoroughly researched and very well illustrated view on the larger railway cranes.
Being a civil engineer myself it was a pleasure to read the parts on the placing of (parts of) bridges over or in tracks. The explanation of the technical details was quite sufficient and the drawings are very good.
I recommend this book without any hesitation to all those who want to know what equipment was used by the railways to hoist heavy loads.
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I have been looking for a detailed publication for ages now to complete a project I am working on. I have other Peter Tatlow titles and these have been a hive of information. When I saw this I knew it would have all the info I needed plus a whole lot more. A treasure trove of info and some fantastic photos and engineering drawings are included. Topped off with Amazons excellent service through out, what more could you ask for !!!!
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What a book ! I reported last time referring to my volume 1 by Peter Tatlow. His second volume is no less a masterpiece! He has gone to great lengths with both volumes, which I now have and every detail of these vehicles is measured and reproduced for modelling or for just information, in the smallest detail.
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It is an excellent account of a complicated and fascinating side of railway operations. The cranes themselves are fairly diverse and this book explains it all. i do not think that you find a better book on the subject.
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Plenty of photos of the cranes in use and engineering drawings to help the modeller build an accurate model. Also some info on the other vehicles used to make up a breakdown train. Essential background reading.
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