Hunslet Engine Works
by D.H. Townsley.
Published by Plateway Press.
280x215mm, 320 pages, hardcover.
This books is a comprehensive history of the Hunslet
Engine Works and takes the story from Murray’ Middleton locomotive
of 1812 to both early standard and broad gauge types for the main
line railway companies through to the narrow gauge, industrial and
mining machines for which Hunslet became famed all over the world.
Who better to tell the story than Don Townsley, who joined the company
as an apprentice in 1949 and worked as a draughtsman, locomotive
designer and finally, General Sales Manager, enabling access to
primary archive sources. The book no only records the locomotives,
but also the buildings and plant, processes and methods and the
people involved along the way. The book contains over 300 photographs
and illustrations, 16 maps and works plans, many previously unpublished.
Review by Andrew Neale appeared in issue 121.