Bowerbooks Rail Vehicle Testing
Rail Vehicle Testing Book

Rail Vehicle Testing


Bringing to Life My Experiences of Railway Vehicle Testing During the 1980s & 1990s

by Dave Bower


ISBN - 978-1-9999356-0-3

Published by Salient Books

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£25.00 + £3.75 p&p

A unique insight into why and how trains were tested in the 1980s and 90s

Full details of DM&EE test trains and train formations based out of the Railway Technical Centre in Derby

First hand accounts and photographs of testing Wagons, Passenger Coaches, Locomotives, On-Track Plant, and Road-Rail vehicles

Test Car 2 Booklet

Test Car 2 Booklet

by Dave Bower


All profits from purchases of this booklet go towards helping Quorn Wagon & Wagon restoring and maintaining a unique part of UK railway history that is Test Car 2.

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£4.50 + £1.50 p&p


Test Car 2 – ADB975397 was used for over 40 years by British Rail and Serco based out of the RTC at Derby. Thankfully this unique coach is now in preservation under the care of the Quorn Wagon & Wagon group at the Great Central Railway.

This 26 page softback booklet provides an insight into how this coach was modified for its role as a Test Car, and gives a detailed account of the slip/brake testing process for which the Test Car was mainly used by British Rail.

Quorn Wagon & Wagon Stockbook

Quorn Wagon & Wagon
Pocket Stockbook


Support Quorn Wagon & Wagon in restoring and maintaining their ageing collection of rolling stock in operational condition, for the enjoyment of visitors to the Great Central Railway.

Softback ring-bound booklet for easy reference.

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£6.95 + £2.50 p&p


This 114-page booklet provides pictures and details of the groups' rolling stock fleet including box vans, open wagons, hoppers, tanks and departmental vehicles, as well as period road vehicles, comprising of a Scammell Scarab, three trailers and a Road Parcels van.

Books by Dave Bower available to purchase direct from the author, or through eBay, Amazon and West Hill Wagon Works
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The RAIL VEHICLE TESTING book and TEST CAR 2 Booklet available NEW direct from the author. 
Rail Vehicle Testing - £25.00 + £3.75 p&p.  [ UK shipping only ].
Test Car 2 Booklet - £4.50 + £1.50 p&p. [ UK shipping only ].
Pocket Stockbook - £6.95
 + £2.50 p&p. [
UK shipping only ].

Payment method is PayPal, details will be sent following receipt of your order.

Please click on the  Contact  link below to ask any questions or to place an order.
Dave Bower
Also now available from West Hill Wagon Works

Test Train Gallery

FIG 32 - 76t Crane - Crewe - 28-11-1987 -159_edited.jpg

Slip / Brake Test Train - 76tonne Breakdown Crane


Rail Vehicle Testing
- a definitive guide to how and why trains are tested.

Class 59/2 Type Testing - Cricklewood

Readers Reviews

" There is nothing like a book by somebody who was actually there to get the real inside story on something, and this is what we have here. It is a fascinating look at perhaps an overlooked side of railway operations. We all take for granted that trains work, but that is only because of the thorough testing that has gone on in the background.  It gets quite technical in places, but that is a positive as you cannot get information like this readily elsewhere, making this very good value for money " [Rail Express Magazine] 

" This is a superb product just what I was looking for, in-depth and informative " [Amazon]

Great, very technical read for those who are interested in the area. Very detailed and comprehensive "


" Book is well printed with good reproduction of colour and BW images and the information is well laid out "


" Covers a huge amount of testing through the period and really shows what the railways were developing at the time " [eBay]

" Great book on a fantastic and unusual subject, well worth the asking price " [eBay]


" A fascinating read incorporating both a chronological journal and technical treatise on the subject during a transitional period of British Railways history. Should appeal to those interested in railway history or the technical aspects of railway vehicles and operation as well as the lay reader​ "

" A smorgasborg of info about British Rail RTC at Derby. The book covers the period of the mid 1980's -end 1990's at the DM&EE section, which covers wagon, loco, and coach testing. It explains the types of tests carried out & results. A good enjoyable read with more than enough info to keep me enthralled. " [eBay]


" A good enjoyable read with more than enough info to keep me enthralled " 

" Excellent Book Great Detail! "

Very interesting subject,  Well written and a good technical book.  Authors knowledge of subject very in depth. " [eBay]

" Book delivered on time. Highly informative book. " [eBay]

Links relevant to Rail Vehicle Testing
Link to Dave Bower's Test Train Pictures on Flickr
Link to the website
Link to the website
ADW150375 in preservation (W233)
ADB975397 in preservation Quorn Wagon&Wagon at GCR
Train Resistance Testing to Taunton - 1986
Rob Armstrong's Rail Industry Info Pages
Dave Coxon's Traintesting website
The Old Dalby Test Track website
National - Forums
Modelling the Railway Technical Centre (FB Group)
Model Railway - Development of Damson Park Layout
West Hill Wagon Works - Model Railways
150002 Sprinter Preservation Society (154001 Testing)
For all your printing requirements - Mugs, T-Shirts, Canvas
Model Railway Backscenes, Banners, Transfers, Etching
Model Railway Stockist / Specialist - Ilkeston Derbys. UK
Salient Books - Publishers website
Rail Express – Essential reading for today's rail enthusiast
Bob Pearman - the specialist for music and transportation. 
Douglas Blades, Ardrossan - Transport Books
Quorn Wagon & Wagon
Quorn Wagon & Wagon Group, a team of dedicated volunteers whose aim is to keep an ageing collection of Wagons, Departmental Vehicles and Non Passenger Carrying Coaching Stock in operational condition for the enjoyment of visitors to the Great Central Railway.