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The late Jack Hampshire was a familiar sight around Southern rally fields during the late 1960s and 1970s with his Foden Steam Wagon `Peg o' my Heart', when he was one of the small number of men, alas all now departed, who really had worked with road steam during its heyday, in his case just prior to World War One, and then the decade after the war. Jack's life with steam started shortly after his birth in 1898 his father became the owner of a portable and a sawbench, largely by accident, and branched out as a haulage and threshing contractor, based at Loxwood in Sussex. As a result Jack was driving engines for the company when barely in his teens, and was to work with steam all his life, latterly the marine variety. He was one of the very few men who wrote of their life with road steam, this book being first published in 1967. It vividly illustrates what it was like hauling and threshing with steam during the first 30 years of the twentieth century.
Code No. 015254, 152 pages, ISBN 9780956407337, $21.00