Back to the early days

My latest completed proofread for Pen & Sword Books was a manuscript about the British-built ‘Planet’ and ‘Samson’ locomotives, originally built in the early 1830s for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, and which became not only the first steam engines to be built in quantity (as opposed to one-off machines), but the trailblazers for many other UK engines, in finding export markets in Europe and the USA. Author Anthony Dawson has written a most informative work, drawing on records from around 200 years ago, in tracing the history of these pioneering machines. Mr Dawson is also involved with the running and operation of the replica ‘Planet’ locomotive, built in the early 1990s by the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, an engine that provides a fascinating link with the very early railway days.

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