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Rivet Lad


Retired Master Boilermaker, Alan McEwen’s new book:

RIVET LAD – Lusty Tales of Boiler Making in the Lancashire Mill Towns of the 1960s.

Published by Sledgehammer Engineering Press Ltd in hard back on high quality paper, 183 A4 pages with 145 monochrome photographs.  RIVET LAD consists of 13 chapters:

Obediah Blackroots’s Owl Gob Mill Lancashire Boiler Job,
Samuel McGrew’s Grasshopper Brewery Cornish Boiler Job,
Cranberry Sawmills, Ruston-Proctor Locomotive Re-tube Job,
Plus 10 more chapters

Alan’s book, written in his own inimitable style takes the reader back to the exciting days of the 1960s when he was the youngest member of Carrot Crampthorn’s Squad of Boiler Makers working on heavy structural repairs on Lancashire and Cornish Boilers, a Cochran Vertical Boiler, a Stationary Locomotive Boiler, a huge steam Accumulator converted from a Lancashire Boiler and much more.

The book’s larger-than-life characters, the hard as nails, ale-supping, chain-smoking Boiler Makers: Carrot Crampthorn, Reuben Ramsbottom, Teddy Tulip, Paddy O’Boyle, and not least Alan himself are, to a man, throw-backs to times gone by when British industry was the envy of the world.

RIVET LAD price £35.00 plus £3.00 p&p to UK addresses only.

To place an order please telephone 01535 637153 / 07971 906105 or email:

Overseas customers contact Sledgehammer email for postage costs.


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