Armstrong Whitworth: A Pioneer of World Diesel Traction


Within this volume the late Brian Webb covers Armstrong Whitworth's involvement in the development of diesel traction on the banks of the River Tyne from the beginning of the 20th century until 1937 when the company ceased production of diesel railway motive power. This company was well ahead of its time and was the pioneer of diesel traction with products built in various gauges not only for the home market but for export to such far-away places such as Argentina, Brazil, Ceylon, India and the West Indies. If the company had continued with the development of its products and sales to Britain's railways had been been much greater the history of Britain's railways in the last century would have been very different. This book is rich in the history of Armstrong Whitworth's involvement with diesel traction and includes rare photographs and technical diagrams covering the development of shunters, railcars, railbuses, articulated train sets and main line locomotives and is a welcome addition to the serious railway enthusiast's collection. CONTENTS Acknowledgements page 5 Foreword page 7 Introduction page 7 Armstrong Whitworth's First Diesel Railway Work page 9 Oil-Electric Traction and the Diesel Traction Department page 17 The First Railcars page 29 The First Shunters page 45 1,700 BHP for South America page 55 Railcars for India page 67 The Railbuses page 85 Main Line Locomotives page 93 The 0-4-0 Shunters page 113 Articulated Train Sets page 131 Large 0-6-0 Shunters page 143 The Final Contracts page 157 Armstrong Whitworth Diesels in Colour, compiled by David Kelso page 169 Proposed Designs and the End page 177 184 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, case bound with printed board covers.

Some pages are slightly stuck together along the edges, but can be gently pulled apart without damaging them.