Rope & Chain Haulage - The Forgotten Element of Railway History, by Colin E. Mountford
Published by the Industrial Railway Society in 2013, 384 pages. Hardback - c.17cm by 24.5cm (N6137)
Brand New Book
From the rear side cover: In the whole history of railways, stretching back over 200 years, there has never been a book devoted solely to the history and use of rope and chain haulage on railways.
From explaining the different types of haulage in the first three chapters, this book moves on to look at the historical development of chain and rope inclines in the late eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century. Then a chapter is devoted to the development of railway stationary engines over more than 120 years, from the early days of steam to electric haulers. Next come chapters on narrow gauge haulages and on some of the more unusual inclines or incline systems, firstly here in Britain but then also abroad, where the influence of British engineers can also strongly be found. Chapter 9 is a visual record of a huge range of different types of haulage from 1900 to the present day, and the final chapter looks at haulage in preservation, often not a happy story.
There was an exceptional variety of railway haulages, with fascinating histories, and they played an important part in the history of railways.