|Subtitled: A Bibliography
Francis William Webb was Chief Mechanical Engineer, London & North Western Railway from 1871 to 1903. This document is a survey of material for a study of his life and work. A new and interesting look at the man, his reputation and his extensive achievements.
Too often derided for the poor performance of some of his compound locomotive designs, Webb created what was probably the greatest railway manufacturing works of the time at Crewe and oversaw the production of a fleet of locomotives that provided reliable performance and regular dividends for the shareholder's of the Company.
Originally written as a thesis for the Fellowship of the Library Association in 1965 and "rediscovered" in 2010, this bibliography comprises a vast number of sources of information on the life and work of the Premier Line's CME. The original material is reproduced without alteration, but a separate section of notes and comments has been added to bring it up to date to the present day, along with archive and specially commissioned photographs.
The extensive information on Webb's technical achievements is of particular interest to students of Victoriana and Edwardian industrial history, as well as to historians and enthusiasts of the LNWR.
John E. Spink
Softback. 275mm x 215mm
61 black & white & colour photographs
Published by London and North Western Railway Society