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Railway Breakdown Cranes: v.2 [Hardcover]

Peter Tatlow
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14 Jan 2013
Volume 1 of Railway Breakdown Cranes was a runaway success and achieved widespread praise from book reviewers and the general public. It covered smaller cranes, many of which were still in service well into the 1960s and even beyond. Now retired Civil Engineer Peter Tatlow looks in detail at the larger cranes of 36 tons capacity and upwards. A total of fifteen chapters cover all the technical development of breakdown cranes, followed by comprehensive coverage of all the cranes provided for the four pre-Nationalisation companies as well as BR which followed later. Also detailed are the cranes provided for the Ministry of Supply. Printed on high quality art paper, and illustrated in both colour and black and white, with numerous drawings and scale plans included, this is a perfect companion to Volume 1 which will delight all enthusiasts.

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Noodle Books (14 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906419973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906419974
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 21.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Volume 2 15 Mar 2013
By Felix
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Railway Breakdown Cranes: v.2 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get hooked up with this 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Railway Breakdown Cranes Volume 2 8 Dec 2013
By Wagtem
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure Trove of Info 24 July 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source data 5 July 2014
By Eric
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I want to build model railway breakdown cranes as they are worthy of the care and attention needed. This book is excellent for providing, essentially, all that is required to produce excellent models.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Railway Breakdown Cranes: v.2 2 Feb 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for railway modellers. 2 Jan 2014
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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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