Industrial Wagons - An Introduction, by David Monk Steel
Published by the Industrial Railway Society (IRS) in 2005, 100 pages. Paperback (N6043)
Brand New Book
From the rear side cover: The essential ingredients for a railway are rails and rolling stock. Locomotives are a special kind of rolling stock capable of moving themselves as well as hauling loads of product, but locomotives are not essential. Man or horse power, gravity or stationary engines propelling the vehicles by haulage rope or atmospheric pressure, also provide traction. Some form of carriage or wagon, irrespective of the motive power being utilised, is, however, essential for a railway to function.
A great deal has been written about locomotives over the years, but very little has been published until recently about wagons, and little has appeared about those used exclusively on standard gauge industrial railways. This book seeks to address the balance, by describing some of the types of rolling stock that could be seen during the final quarter of the 20th century.
There are photographs of each representative type with some line drawings to scale included, which will be of use to modellers of the recent industrial scene. It is also to be hoped that this book will help kindle further interest in those objects that bumped along behind the locomotive rear buffers!
The book is illustrated throughout with lots of colour and black and white photographs of the wagons themselves.