Railway Ribaldry: Being 96 Pages Of Railway Humour by W. Heath RobinsonRailway Ribaldry: Being 96 Pages Of Railway Humour by W. Heath Robinson

Railway Ribaldry: Being 96 Pages Of Railway Humour

byW. Heath Robinson

Hardcover | August 19, 2014

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First published for the centenary of the Great Western Railway in 1935, Railway Ribaldry is an affectionate and humorous look at life on board the company's famous trains, incorporating some of William Heath Robinson's own trademark madcap contraptions.

Featuring almost 100 cartoons - including amusing takes on the varied duties of railway police, the first 'ladies only' carriage and countless 'ingenious plans' and inventions -it is the perfect gift for any railway enthusiast.

William Heath Robinson was an English cartoonist and illustrator best known for drawings of ridiculously complicated machines for achieving simple objectives.
Title:Railway Ribaldry: Being 96 Pages Of Railway HumourFormat:HardcoverDimensions:96 pages, 10.11 × 7.67 × 0.62 inPublished:August 19, 2014Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1908402946

ISBN - 13:9781908402943


Table of Contents

List of Drawings

Mr. W. Heath Robinson's own Private Railway Engine
Early Railway Pioneers Prospecting for a Site
Building the First Locomotive
Testing the Speed of Engines
Ingenious Plan for Fixing the Times for Trains
Night Duty at one of the First Railway Signals
Goods and Passengers Carried Together
Boring the First Tunnel
Pulling the Communication Cord
Early Methods of Engine Cleaning
Varied Duties of Railway Police 
Early Type of Mechanical Signal
The First Waiting Room
The First Excursion Train
Installing the Electric Telegraph between Paddington and the Slough
The Mayor in State letting through the First Train in a New Railway Station
The First "Ladies Only" Compartment
Introducing the Atmospheric System of Traction
Method of Overcoming the "Cold Feet" Difficulty
The First Sleeping Compartment
Filling the Boilers without Stopping the Engine
The Company Starts Steamer Services
The Building of Saltash Bridge
Early Attempt at Pickign up Mails without Stopping
The First Smoking Carriage
Excavations for the Severn Tunnel
Early Engine for Cleaning Tunnels
The Change-over from Broad to Narrow Gauge
New Uses for Old Railway Engines
The First Bathing Compartment
Teaching Engine Drivers the Meaning of Signals
Training the Staff
Training Porters  to Manœuvre Loads on Croweded Platforms
Taking Seats for LUnch
The First Railway Bus
In the Lost Property Office
Relieving the Tedium of Waiting for the Signal
A Speed of 102 m.p.h.
Before the Advent of G.W.R. Turbine Steamers
The New Humane Cow-Catcher
How they Negotiated the Flooded Districts
The First Hiker's Mystery Express Arrives
The G.W.R Takes to the Air
Suggestion for Doing Without Tunnels
A Cause of Delay in the Picturesque Districts

Editorial Reviews

"If you have an older relative who loves either trains or old-fashioned cartoon art, then I have the perfect gift for you to give them... The drawings are lovely, with plenty of detail to pore over. They're full of people, as manual labor was much more common then. And, of course, human nature hasn't changed, with people picking complicated ways to do things, and them liking to dress up and commemorate first trains." -Comics Worth Reading