Click to preview The George England locomotives of the Ffestiniog Railway photo book

The Festiniog Railway opened in 1833, and was a pioneer of steam technology. The George England locomotives were the first truly successful steam locomotives on a narrow gauge railway. This is the fascinating story of the development of the locomotives, and their use on the railway.

It covers the many changes that the locomotives went through over the last 150 year: how they were adapted to the needs of a flourishing slate railway; how some of them survived the downturn in fortunes between the wars; and how they were revived and restored after preservation. The book tells the story of the individual locomotives, their place on the railway and the people behind them.

Read about how George England won the contract to build the Festiniog's first locomotives. How he fell out with Robert Fairlie, sued him over Fairlie's elopement with his 17 year old daughter, then made Fairlie the successor of his manufacturing company. Read the inspiring tale of how the Palmerston was transformed from a rusted hulk sold to a traction engine society in Staffordshire back into a working locomotive on the railway.

These, and other, stories await you.

The book contains many previously unpublished photographs, as well as high resolution reproductions of some familiar images. It gives the most detailed histories of the locomotives available anywhere.

All profits from the sales will be donated help restore Welsh Pony to working order

Dan Crow

About the Author

Dan Quine
Dan Crow London, UK

I'm a longtime railway enthusiast, with a special interest in the narrow gauge railways of Wales.

I was a co-founder of Blurb, back in the day, though now I work for Songkick, one of London's great tech startups.

Publish Date  October 10, 2013

Dimensions  Standard Landscape  40 pgs Standard Paper

Category  History

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Dan Crow

Dan Crow says

After hearing back from several people, I've decided to offer a hardcover version of the book too.This is the same Standard Landscape format offered in softcover, not the larger hardcover limited edition, which remains sold out.

posted at 05:18am Oct 28 PST

Dan Crow

Dan Crow says

Hi Alan, I'm afraid the limited edition hardback copies have all sold out. We made a commitment to only issue ten of these, as part of the Kickstarter campaign, so I'm not planning to reissue them. The softcover version here contains the same text and almost the same set of photographs. Dan

posted at 11:14am Oct 23 PST


raglled says

any hardback copies left? if not, will you be printing any more?



posted at 11:03am Oct 23 PST

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