John Hawkshaw was an engineering giant, and a true visionary, who was one of the earliest proponents of underground railways criss-crossing central London, and of a Channel Tunnel linking Britain and France. Just a few years younger than Robert Stephenson and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, he remained at the height of his powers for nearly thirty years after their early deaths in 1859, and was responsible for some of the most magnificent achievements of the age.

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  • ISBN: 978-09559467-7-6
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In his 'day job' Ramsbottom became the first true Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London & North Western Railway and developed Crewe Works as a totally self sufficient manufacturing entity, even to the extent of making its own steel. After a period in consultancy he became an adviser and later a Director of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and was the guiding mind responsible for the planning and building of Horwich Works.

Away from the day job he was a prolific inventor of such things as the water trough and the modern piston ring which is still used in petrol and diesel engines. He also invented the safety valve that carried his name.

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