Brian Sharpe

  • Great steam Engineers of the nineteenth century: Part 5 – the 1860s

    Great steam Engineers of the nineteenth century: Part 5 – the 1860s

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    Steam locomotives grew larger, more powerful and faster during the 1860s. Brian Sharpe outlines how the jobs of the locomotive superintendents of the major railway companies also grew ever larger, in terms of their responsibilities and the huge workforces under their control.  The 1860s was a time of expansion for the GWR. After the Gauge…

  • Allan ‘did not design Crewe-type’ engines: there’s more to the story

    Allan ‘did not design Crewe-type’ engines: there’s more to the story

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    I enjoyed reading issue 250 of Heritage Railway and was delighted to find an interesting article by Brian Sharpe regarding 1840s locomotive engineers. As a professional railway historian studying and writing about the period 1830-50, it is always nice to see something – anything – from the earlier 19th century. However, I feel I need…

  • Great Steam Engineers of the 19th century: Part Four

    Great Steam Engineers of the 19th century: Part Four

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    In the 1850s, railway companies grew bigger through new construction and mergers.

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