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Here for the first time is a much-needed comprehensive guide to present-day steam in Scotland. One can still relive the wonder and excitement of the ‘steam era’ and the author lists a multitude of locations all of which are accessible to the public. They include the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railways; P.S. Waverley; Kerr’s Miniature Railway, the Summerlee Heritage Trust, the Royal Museum of Scotland and the Glasgow Museum of Transport. This volume traces the history of steam power from its first practical application by Thomas Newcomen in 1712 to its present role in generating electricity across the land. As the steam industry reached a peak during the 19th century, Scotland flourished. Activity on the Clyde intensified following the successful launch of the Comet and the national dress became not so much the kilt as the boiler suit. Railway tracks were laid, linking urban and rural parts whilst mines, mills and factories were made safer and more economic by the intervention of steam. But by the 1920’s more efficient and less conspicuous forms of power came into being, in the guise of electric and diesel motors. Unable to compete, steam power, particularly in transport, went into decline.

P. Ransom author, Richard Drew Publishing 1989, 144pp, small, soft cover, b/w & colour photos.

A reasonably clean and tidy copy.

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