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ISBN: 9780857100528
AUTHOR: Paul Jarman
Spirit of the Beamish Transport Collection
Spirit of the Beamish Transport Collection
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Spirit of the Beamish Transport Collection captures the extensive railway, tramway and horse drawn vehicle collections at Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum in Co Durham. The 400 acre site has four railways, one electric tramway and over two miles of internal roads upon which both its own collection, and visiting transport attractions, can be safely demonstrated in action.

The Museum holds two major transport events every year which are also well covered in this book. Throughout the year the Museum’s two miles of tramway carry over 400,000 visitors (often more than once) around the site and through a reconstructed Edwardian town, using vehicles over a century old.

Passenger train rides from the 1820s and the 1920s are offered on two separate railways and two further railways recreate the typical means of distribution of coal in the north east on a wooden waggonway and Edwardian colliery railway system.

Steam is also found on the road, with steam rollers and traction engines at work around the site, used on the farm and for road maintenance. Steaming for pleasure is catered for by the magnificent Savage steam gallopers which delight visitors all year round.

All of these facets are covered in this new, handysized hardback book containing over 60 photographs taken to show a ‘typical’ year at Beamish Museum.

Paul Jarman has been the Keeper of Transport at Beamish for six years and is responsible for all things on wheels seen at the award winning 400 acre Open Air Museum. An Archaeology graduate from Durham University in 1999, Paul initially pursued a career in insurance and pensions brokering before turning his hobby into a new career as a museum curator in 2004.

He specialises in industrial and narrow gauge railways, and the restoration to working order of mid-Victorian steam locomotives in full sympathy with best museum practice.

Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 0 85710 052 8, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published April 2011.

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