Sir William A. Stanier FRS: The Working Life of a Man of Steel

ISBN: 9781781559307
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A photographic celebration of the life and work of renowned railway engineer Sir William A. Stanier FRS.
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  • Written by the authors of Remembering Steam (2018), a consistent bestseller
    on Amazon

  • Draws on a huge archive of unpublished photographs

  • A unique photographic biography that will appeal to all those interested in
    steam locomotives and the history of the railways

Swindon-born William A. Stanier joined Great Western Railway as a fifteen-year-old trainee and began rising swiftly through the ranks. In 1904, he was appointed assistant to the divisional locomotive superintendent in London, and by 1931 he was chief mechanical engineer of the London Midland & Scottish Railway.

The LMS locomotives were in a poor state, with some dating back to the 1800s, and Stanier was charged with updating the company with new and more powerful locomotives. His iconic designs in steam and diesel dominated British railways from the 1930s to the end of steam in 1968.

During the Second World War, Stanier was seconded to the Ministry of Supply as a consultant, and in 1943 he was knighted and appointed a fellow of the Royal Society. He retired in 1944.

Sir William A. Stanier FRS: The Working Life of a Man of Steel is a photographic celebration of his extraordinary life in rail.

BOOK ISBN 9781781559307
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 128 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 148 black-and-white illustrations
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Paul Hurley has produced two commemorative rail books with his co-author Phil Braithwaite. He has also authored a flagship railway book, an award-winning novel, an autobiography about his career in the police force, and some thirty books on local history.

Phil Braithwaite completed an electrical engineering apprenticeship with Metropolitan Vickers and then served four years in the British merchant navy as an electrical engineering officer. He worked in South Africa for fourteen years on computer mainframes and before changing direction to become a safari operator for two years.