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Post #1 by IBH » Tue Feb 26, 2008 1:23 am

I thought I'd try something new and recommend/review a book:

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L.C.L. Lewis Heavy Haulage

Author: Paul Heaton
First Edition October 1996
Published by P.M. Heaton Publishing Abergavenny, Gwent, Wales.
128 pages

Whilst having a browse through a 2nd hand book shop I came across this book which I purchased, from the title you may not think the book would be of interest to a construction and earthmoving machinery enthusiast such as myself.
But the book provides visual history of the career of Lewyn Cyril Lewis from his early days as a plant operator in South Wales to how he became involved in road haulage and went onto found his own haulage company.
The majority of the photos in the book depict haulage work undertaken for Short Bros. (Plant) Ltd from the 1960’s and into the 1990’s with much of the kit shown going to (or coming from) opencast coal mines and steel works in South Wales, with many shots of loads entering or leaving the Short Bros. yards.

The following is just a selection of the machinery hauled for Short Bros. in the photos:
NCK cranes, 22RB,38RB,61RB Ruston Bucyrus cranes, Cat wheel loaders, scrapers ,bulldozers , Gradall excavators, Hitachi excavators, Finlay screening equipment , Terex rigid dumptrucks and scrapers.
There are some cracking photos of a 61RB arriving at a site and being assembled in order to drive it off the low loader.
The firm were also for a time the main transporter of Ford construction equipment in the UK with shots including an A64 wheel loader and a Ford H50 CK crawler excavator, Other highlights include 22RB and Cat 235 excavators on the move for Ryan Mining.
Most of the photos are black and white but there are several pages in colour.
Even if your not too interested in heavy haulage this book is worth getting for the plant images alone, though I dont know how easy it is to procure a copy of this book.

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Perhaps other members could review a book they've got in their collection?

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Re: Books.

Post #2 by John Gaunt » Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:37 am

Good idea doing book review (could be frustrating if one wanted to read it and it was no longer available)....nevertheless, great idea !


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Re: Books.

Post #3 by martyn williams » Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:56 pm

I found a very interesting book a few years ago,its called "40 YEARS A SALESMAN" by RJ Lloyd
Published by maygreen publications,ISBN No9550250-0-1
It covers Mr Lloyds experiences as a salesman for Priestman & Coles cranes and many other firms he worked for.Its a book packed with life experiences and some great old photo's.
I met the author at SED 2006 and had a good chat with this interesting man.
The book has 464 pages of text and old photo's of classic machines.
A good read.It has articles on Priestman Tigers and Mustang and Hymacs 580's 1080 and an interesting photo of a Hymac cherry picker.


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Re: Books.

Post #4 by Jeremy Rowland » Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:59 am

Hi Martyn,

I have a copy of the same book and also spoke to R J Lloyd at SED, it is a great book thats well worth reading with some good pics. Think I still have his address if anybody on CMN would wish to purchase a copy.
Sadly there are too few books out there that cover this particular genre, I do have a few but don't think many of them are still in print one that springs to mind is "Excavators" by Peter Grimshaw this book gives a good history of all major manufacturers very interesting.
You never know you may just pick up a copy in a second hand book shop specially in Hay on Wye.

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Post #5 by IBH » Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:13 pm

Peter Grimshaw followed up Excavators with this book:
The Amazing Story of Excavators. Volume 1: Makers of Machines that Reshape the World, by Peter N Grimshaw, Published by KHL Group, April 2002

It takes the manufacturer histories in Excavators and greatly expands upon them with new entries, photos etc, its THE book to have on your book shelf if you like excavators!

I did meet Mr Grimshaw once back in 2002 and talked to him about the book and he said Volume 2 was going to be an expanded and updated of the rest of the Excavators book, but he hadn't started it at that time. Fingers crossed it will see the light of day.

I tend to order most of my plant books from
http://www.nynehead-books.co.uk/
Plant section:
http://www.nynehead-books.co.uk/items.p ... PE&start=0


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Re: Books.

Post #6 by Jeremy Rowland » Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:42 am

Hi IBH,

Yes Peter N Grimshaw has published some excellent books, the other book I possess that he has published is called "Fifty Years Sunshine Miners, Opencast Coalmining in Britain 1942-1992"
This is another book well worth having in ones collection, think I obtained it from Ian Allen geek shop :ugeek: oops sorry Book shop in Brum. I just had a quick look to see if there was an ISBN number on it and am surprised to see that it hasn't.

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Post #7 by IBH » Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:49 am

I've got a copy of Sunshine Miners, I think it may not have an ISBN number because it was a private publication for the National Coal Board at the time.
I've never been to the Ian Allen book shop in Birmingham but I do own their Excavators, Cranes and Forklifts books, is it worth having a nose round?


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Post #8 by Jeremy Rowland » Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:11 am

Yes definetly worth a browse I 've bought several books from there, the upstairs part of the shop is where the transport and specialist books are downstairs is all railway books (which I also confess to browsing through :ugeek: ).
You take it as you find it, sometimes nothing other at other times you find a gem.
And of course they will order books in for you they do tend to have a lot of the American Motorhouse books eg "The Caterpillar Chronicles" etc... Also plenty of tractor books for those who like them.
So next time your round Brum check it out :thumbs_up:
After all the more people who show an interest in this type of book will encourage market forces to publish more. :D

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Re: Books.

Post #9 by martyn williams » Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:36 pm

I have been trying to get a TV production company to put together a machinery restoration tv programme similar to Salvage Squad. They are looking into it.


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Re: Books.

Post #10 by Jeremy Rowland » Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:29 pm

Hi to all,

Well whilst I have too many books to review I will just take a look at this book which took my eye whilst on holiday in Canada some years ago now.
Oh and I have seen this book for sale over here so don't get rushin over to Canada :lol: :lol:

Book: Demolition Equipment
Author: Hans Halberstadt
First published: 1996 by Motorbooks International
ISBN 0-7603-0042-9

This book looks at demolition in the USA and Canada and is divided into five chapters which look at; The National Association of Demolition Contractors (NADC USA & Canada), Excavators, Front-End Loaders (track shovels to us), Wrecking ball and Explosives.
There are many excellent colour pics of different excavators and Cat 977 track loaders a real must for all of us geeks :D
This is a soft back book and should retail for something like £10-£15 over here so it won't dent the wallet (plenty dosh left for a swift pint or three) ;)

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