Online Catalogue last updated 25th of June 2012
It is no surprise that collectors are drawn to steam gauges. They were in use everywhere, in great numbers and varieties. Some were strictly utilitarian in appearance; others were beautifully decorated. They were manufactured to perform multitudes of tasks, and one of the most interesting facets of steam gauge collecting is determining just what task the gauge was designed to do.
In this book Barry David provides an enormous amount of information (with many illustrations) to help the collector learn about his gauge: when it was made, what job it was designed to do, how it did this job, who made it, and for what company it was made.
The book has a long chapter on Railroad Gauges, showing where and how they were used throughout the train, as well as chapters on The Gauge Makers, Discovery (learning the basic facts about a particular gauge), Cleaning and Restoring Steam Gauges, Fire Engine Gauges, Portable and Traction Engine Gauges, Marine (Nautical) Gauges, Press Gauges, Common Building Gauges, Steam Car Gauges, Gauge Appliances and Recorders, and Gauge Patents. There are also a Bibliography and an Index, as well as a section of coloured pictures.
Any gauge collector, or student of railroads or technological history, will find this book an invaluable addition to his library.
Code No. 010308, 304 pages, ISBN 1931626138, $62.00