Jeremy Clements


The GWR exposed: Swindon in the days of Collett and Hawksworth.
OPC, 2015.. 192pp.

The LMS Turbomotive from evolution to legacy. with Kevin Robertson. Manchester: Crecy Publishing, 2016. 159pp.
Reviewed (very well received) by Phil Atkins in Backtrack, 2017, 31, 318. Having purchased my own copy Kevin is struck by the excellence of most of the illustrations, but the book fails to give full bibliographical references and fails in one or two places to annotate potential misreadings. For instance the H. Fowler who commented on the Bond paper was clearly not Sir Henry, but probably his son, who is a somewhat "in the shadows" figure. If steamindex had been consulted some minor addeitions might have been made about the sound of the machine. Joint authors should identify who did what. It would seem probable that Robinson was involved in the other turbine locomotives, especially the gas turbines. One sad omission is the Lamont boilered condensing turbine locomotive illustrated in Robin Barnes's Locomotives that never were which received the blesssing of E.S. Cox. The coal-fired gas turbine is also illustrated by Barnes. Further neither the names of Willans nor Heilmann figure in the what appears to be an excellent index. Miisses Hamilton Ellis's observations which introduce the name Harry Johnso, CME of the Swedish railway which had adopted turbine propulsion on three locomotives to convey iron ore, and the syren sound of the Turbpmotive in action.

Locomotives of the GSR. Newtownards: Colourpoint, 2008. 384pp.

William Dean: the greatest of them all. Southampton:. Noodle Books. 228pp.
Reviewed J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc.,2013 (217) 53