Welcome to a bygone age..........

This site will take you back in time, to an age where only the rich could own a car or fly. The train was the only way many people could travel. So let me take you back in time to the mid 1930's, a time long ago where trains and steam power were still king .....

Here you will find facts and stories about railways, trains, locomotives and the railway engineers, who built and ran them. All of the items on these pages date from 1935/6, or before, so please note that over the years since then the names of certain countries, towns and cities may have changed. All place names on this site are as they were in 1935 and all pages are set in that year and should be viewed in that context.

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Pages on Aviation, Engineering, Railways and Shipping from the 1930's


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A RAILWAY OF THE FAR NORTH. The White Pass and Yukon Railway.

MODERN PASSENGER ROLLING STOCK Luxury and Comfort in To-day's Rail Transport

BRITAIN'S INLAND SYSTEM The Influence of the Midland upon Present-Day Practice

HERBERT AKROYD STUART Recognition of the genius of Herbert Akroyd Stuart, who died in 1927, is unaccountably tardy, but he it was who evolved and first put into practical form the principle of airless injection in oil engines.

BUILDING THE STATUE OF LIBERTY The colossal figure which stands at the entrance to New York Harbour was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States. It is made of riveted metal sections and sixty men were occupied for ten years in building it.

MILLING OF FLOUR, THE The picturesque windmills of the past have been superseded by huge modern mills. In the flour mill of to-day the wheat undergoes a number of operations in which separators, dust collectors, mellowing bins, conditioners, sifters, purifiers and other machines play their part.


FIGHT AGAINST FLOODS, THE The engineer is continually battling against the titanic might of the Mississippi River. The problem has proved too formidable for local effort, and its solution is reorganization under national control.

VEHICLES DRIVEN BY GAS Increasing use is being made to-day of gas for propelling motor lorries and cars. The gas is generated on the vehicles themselves from solid fuel such as charcoal or coke, and road tests have proved the producer-gas method of propulsion to be efficient and economical.

EUROPE'S LONGEST SWING BRIDGE Across the Firth of Forth at Kincardine is a magnificent road bridge whose central span, 364 feet long, is pivoted on a central pier. This span is opened by electric controls to allow ths passage of shipping.

CANNING THE NATIONS' FOOD The development of the canning industry in recent years has entailed a remarkable increase in the manufacture of tinplate, which is made from steel into containers of every shape and size.

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