Horwich Locomotive Works Re-Visited (Smith)

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An illustrated history of the former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway locomotive works at Horwich in Lancashire. In the 1870s, the L&YR found itself in urgent need of a new works as its existing facility at Miles Platting was situated in a constricted site and unable to expand. Land was acquired in Horwich and the new works opened in 1887.

Over the years Horwich Works developed an impressive reputation for locomotive building, including many different types of loco for the L&YR and latterly for the LMS and British Rail. In wartime it even built tanks to support the war effort. In later years attention moved to rolling stock repairs before the proud tradition came to an end in 1983 with closure of the works.

Horwich Locomotive Works Revisited is an updated and expanded version of Malcolm Smith’s 1996 work, “Horwich Locomotive Works”, including new information, some new photographs and details that have come to light since the earlier work was published.

The book is mainly photographic and includes many archive black & white photographs taken in and around the works, plus illustrations of some of the famous locomotives built there. It covers a variety of aspects relating to the works, including the amenities and staff associations as well as the main purpose of locomotive construction. Hardback. 192 pages.

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