CREATING A DIGITAL ARCHIVE

Creating a virtual archive for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE’s Virtual Archive In conjunction with Townsweb The vast archive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) spans over 150 years in scope and is of National importance. So we were privileged to be selected by the Institution to build a Virtual Archive portal and publish their prestigious holdings online. Above image: Napier Deltic engine, … Continue reading CREATING A DIGITAL ARCHIVE

LOCOMOTIVE TESTING

Here at the Institution, we have recently finished cataloguing the papers of Denis Rock Carling, Superintendent of the Rugby Locomotive Testing Station (LTS). If you are interested in researching our Carling papers, or any other collections, please email us at archive@imeche.org In his Presidential Address to the Institution of Locomotive Engineers in 1927 and again in 1934, Sir Nigel Gresley expressed the desirability of the … Continue reading LOCOMOTIVE TESTING

Russian commemorative stamp, 2002

TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY

When we think of snowy train journeys a romantic view of snow laden dales and trains steaming through drifts appears. However, the reality can be rather different. Perhaps no other route epitomises this battle between climate and engineering better than the Trans-Siberia Railway. In 1860 Russia’s railway network extended to 1,000 miles, by 1917 it was 45,000 miles. This huge increase was partly down to … Continue reading TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY

Christian Friedrich Lautenschlager in a Mercedes in the 1914 French Grand Prix

IMAGE LIBRARY ONLINE

Planes, trains and automobiles: mechanical engineering archives now online Over 1900 images from the archives and historic book collection of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) are now available online via VADS. From pictures of experimental cars, aeroplanes, engine designs, engineers portraits, railway locomotives and much more. Highlights include works of art of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, images of Napier engines, design drawings of … Continue reading IMAGE LIBRARY ONLINE

Trevithick's steam circus

CATCH ME WHO CAN

Richard Trevithick’s Catch Me Who Can Richard Trevithick (1771-1833) was an important figure in the early development of steam technology. The Catch Me Who Can was the fourth (and last) of his steam railway locomotives. Built in 1808 by Rastrick and Hazledine, it was demonstrated to the public at a “steam circus” organised by Trevithick on a circular track. His earlier contributions include the first … Continue reading CATCH ME WHO CAN

The Morning Rush from King's Cross to the North 10:15am Leeds Express 10:5am Scotch Express 10:0am Non-Stop 'Flying Scotsman' 10:20am Peterborough

SCOTSMAN FLIES AGAIN

‘The most famous steam locomotive in the world’ The London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) Class A3 Pacific steam locomotive No. 4472 Flying Scotsman was built in 1923 and retired 1963. Scotsman was a flagship locomotive for the LNER, it represented the company at the British Empire Exhibition in 1924 and 1925. In February 1924, it acquired its name and the number 4472; a long-haul … Continue reading SCOTSMAN FLIES AGAIN

Viaduct across the Sankey

LIVERPOOL & MANCHESTER RAILWAY

L&MR was opened on 15 Sep 1830 between Liverpool and Manchester. It was first public transport system which did not use animal traction power and the first to provide a scheduled passenger service; although it could be argued that it was seen as even more crucial for goods to be conveyed at the time. The initial 1823 survey for the line was carried out by … Continue reading LIVERPOOL & MANCHESTER RAILWAY

Motor snow sweepers, Nottingham, 1927

LET IT SNOW

It’s December, and maybe you’re dreaming of a White Christmas. But you probably don’t want that snow and ice of a white Christmas to be settling all over the railway tracks! Snowy and poor cold weather conditions have been something that trains and railways have had to contend with right from their infancy. Before the railways, heavy snowfall would be dealt with by rolling the … Continue reading LET IT SNOW

Garratt Locomotive - brochure cover

GARRATT ARTICULATED LOCOMOTIVES

Garratt articulated locomotives were used by railway companies in such diverse places as Boma on the Congo River and the Cóndor railway station on the Rio Mulatos-Potosí line in Bolivia. This type of locomotive takes its name from its inventor Herbert William Garratt. Herbert William Garratt was born in 1864. He served an apprenticeship at the North London Railway Bow works from 1879-1882. He moved … Continue reading GARRATT ARTICULATED LOCOMOTIVES

Bhore Ghat Railway: Viaduct no.1 at 3 1/4 miles.

BHORE GHAT

Today it is estimated that 2.2 billion people use the railway lines of Mumbai. The roots of this network lie 7,187 km away however, the Great Indian Peninsular Railway was incorporated by the British Parliament on 1st August 1849. It was to be the first railway in India to operate a commercial passenger service. On the 16th April 1853 the first train departed Mumbai (then … Continue reading BHORE GHAT