There are few railways subjects that have not been the subject of any number of books - but Breakdown Cranes is certainly one.
Renowned railway writer Peter Tatlow has spend several decades researching the history, origins, allocations, and work of these marvels of the mechanical age.
Part 1 in the series takes the story of the steam crane through from its earliest days to the start of the 'long-jib' variant, although many of the examples featured in this book were still active into the 1970s.
256 pages, heaving illustrated in both b/w and colour complete with numerous drawings
Reproduced with kind permission from Kevin Robertson