Road Vehicles Of The Great Western Railway GWR By Philip J. Kelley SIGNED w/DJ
Road Vehicles Of The Great Western Railway GWR By Philip J. Kelley SIGNED w/DJ
Road Vehicles Of The Great Western Railway GWR By Philip J. Kelley SIGNED w/DJ
Road Vehicles Of The Great Western Railway GWR By Philip J. Kelley SIGNED w/DJ
Road Vehicles Of The Great Western Railway GWR By Philip J. Kelley SIGNED w/DJ
Road Vehicles Of The Great Western Railway GWR By Philip J. Kelley SIGNED w/DJ
Road Vehicles Of The Great Western Railway GWR By Philip J. Kelley SIGNED w/DJ
Road Vehicles Of The Great Western Railway GWR By Philip J. Kelley SIGNED w/DJ
Road Vehicles Of The Great Western Railway GWR By Philip J. Kelley SIGNED w/DJ
Road Vehicles Of The Great Western Railway GWR By Philip J. Kelley SIGNED w/DJ

Road Vehicles Of The Great Western Railway GWR By Philip J. Kelley SIGNED w/DJ

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Road Vehicles Of The Great Western Railway GWR By Philip J. Kelley SIGNED w/DJ
 
Road Vehicles Of The Great Western Railway GWR
By Philip J. Kelley    SIGNED
Hardbound With Dustjacket - 127 Pages
Copyright 1973

Contents
Horse Drawn Vehicles
Mechanical Cartage Vehicles
Road Motor Department - Repair Shops - Slough
Motor Omnibuses
Miscellaneous  Vehicles


Introduction
Many books have been written about the Great Western Railway but one aspect that hasn't been covered fully, is the vast collection of road vehicles, of many types, which comprised the Company's fleet. This album, it is hoped, will go some way towards filling this gap. It is not intended to be a concise history but more a pictorial record with the photographs, (many of which have not been published before) telling their own story. The drawings have been specially prepared and in certain cases some detail is subject to conjecture, due to lack of information available. They should be of assistance to modellers who wish to have an authentic scale model in their station yard.
The livery of G.W.R. road vehicles followed very closely that of the rail passenger carriages, being either chocolate brown & cream, chocolate brown or crimson lake according to the period. Some of the early omnibuses had just plain varnished wood bodies and a few were thought to have appeared in green. The lettering consisted of the full "Great Western Railway" or just the initials "G.W.R." either in gold leaf or cream with or without
shading. The coat of arms was rarely used. The canvas tilt or hood, where fitted, was usually black with white unshaded lettering and, in some cases, space was provided for a company poster. There were many variations and exceptions to the above and where this is considered of interest they are noted under the photograph concerned.
The book has been compiled under four main headings: (1) Horse drawn vehicles (2) Mechanically propelled cartage vehicles (3) Motor omnibuses 'Road motors' (4) Miscellaneous vehicles. There is an introduction to each section.
Horses were used, of course, from the very beginning and later worked side by side with their mechanical brothers, right up to Nationalisation. The G.W.R. was undoubtedly one of the pioneers in using mechanically propelled road vehicles, first for cartage in 1902 and for passengers in 1903. Many experimental units were tried using different methods of propulsion. The mechanical horse and trailer were the final stage in the development before the Great Western Railway went out of existence in 1947.

Born in Guernsey, Channel Islands, in 1928, Philip J. Kelley first came to the mainland in 1933 and was immediately drawn to railways, encouraged, no doubt, by his Father who is also an enthusiast. The idea for this book must surely have been conceived in Guernsey as the omnibuses of the Guernsey Railway Company were an everyday sight.
At the moment he is employed by British Rail, Western Region, and during his railway career has served as a photographer and worked in both the B.R.B. Archives and the museum at Clapham.
He is a keen photographer of prototype railways and model railways. At present he is building a 7mm scale model railway in his garden based mainly on the Somerset and Dorset with a certain amount of Great Western flavour. He is a member of the Historical Model Railway Society, the Gauge '0' Guild and a fully operational member of the 'Sherwood' Model Railway. He is also a member of the Royal Observer Corps and a Church Organist.

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