"Rule of Thumb": The life story of an engineer.
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Published in December 2006,it covers in a humorous and easy to read manner, David Curwen's life as an engineer. Starting in the motor trade in the 1930s with stories of then current cars and motorcycles, then onto generating plant and finally to locomotive construction. As a designer and builder of small-guage locomotives David Curwen has a reputation second to none. Foreword by Lord Braybrooke Chapter 1 - Born with Steam in my veins! Chapter 2 - A brief Introduction to internal combustion Chapter 3 - Maintaining generating plant Chapter 4 - Time for a change Chapter 5 - Our First Business venture Chapter 6 - Steam Cars and other troubles Chapter 7 - Farmyard engineering Chapter 8 - Talyllyn Adventure Chapter 9 - Formation of Curwen & Newbery Chapter 10 - 1966 New Beginnings Chapter 11 - Hartop Interlude Chapter 12 - Polar Star, Loyalty and Barbara Curwen Chapter 13 - The Age of Steam Cahtper 14 - The best steam engine I have ever seen Chapter 15 - Making a locomotive