Stenlake Publishing - The Atock / Attock Family – Worldwide Railway Engineering Dynasty

The Atock / Attock Family - Worldwide Railway Engineering Dynasty

Author : Ernie Shepherd
ISBN : 9780853616818
Cover : paperback
Price : £15.95

Martin Atock served as locomotive, carriage and wagon superintendent of the Waterford & Limerick Railway from 1861 until 1872 and of the Midland Great Western Railway until 1900. Author, Ernie Shepherd, discovered that Martin Atock had served part of his apprenticeship at the Stratford works of the Eastern Counties Railway, where his father George was in charge of carriages and wagons for 29 years, and where his brothers Frederick and George had also worked. Ernie then decided to follow up the trail.

He eventually traced four generations and thirteen members of the family involved in railways spanning a period of nearly 130 years, not only in Britain and Ireland, but also in Australia, Burma, Ceylon, Cuba, Egypt, Malaya, New Zealand, Sudan and Venezuela – truly a great, worldwide, railway dynasty!

A significant event was when Frederick moved to the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in Newton Heath, Manchester in 1876. Members of the family were to hold positions within the L&Y, and its successor the LMS, for almost 60 years. When the diesel era dawned Martin Oldacres Attock was at the heart of it, working in the design department for English Electric on main line locomotive, railcars and the ubiquitous 350 hp diesel shunter for British and overseas railways.

There had been Atock rocket experiments in Australia in the 1930s and the family can still be found at the cutting edge of technology having been involved with t he European Space Agency on the Rosetta spacecraft. This book draws together the extraordinary story of a long, varied and continuing engineering dynasty.

The book is in A5 format, 264 pages, with 162 illustrations.

The Atock / Attock Family - Worldwide Railway Engineering Dynasty

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