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Gerald Baker

Railways, motoring, aviation, maritime, industrial history, canals & inland waterways, topography, interesting ephemera, official publicity of the British railway companies. Occasional catalogues on specialisms and in advance of book fairs.

A RARE HISTORY OF KITSONS, LOCOMOTIVE BUILDERS, OF LEEDS

Clark, Edwin Kitson

KITSONS OF LEEDS 1837 – 1937 1938

Description

The Locomotive Publishing Co. Ltd., London, 1938, 185pp, illustrations, plates, 4 fold out diagrams, blue cloth covers with gilt titles to spine, dustwrapper. The book is in fine condition, although the front end paper has been removed. The dustwrapper has a little loss to the corners & edges and has been strengthened with 'lick & stick' paper verso. Overall a handsome example of a scarce book - one in its original dustwrapper is exceptional.

After nearly a century of locomotive manufacturing, a slump in the heavy engineering industry in the early 1930s and the policy of the railway companies of building their own locomotives led to a fall in orders and Kitsons called in the receivers in 1934. In 1937, a new owner and an injection of working capital brought the receivership to an end but the reprieve was to be short lived - the company ceased locomotive production in 1938 and the remaining business was sold to J & H McLaren in 1945.

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