• About polunnio.co.uk

    Founded in 2010 in the Chippenham, Wiltshire, area of the UK, polunnio was created to publish relevant history books, and to make relevant resources available to a wider audience. To learn more click on ‘About us’ on the menu at the top of the page.

    Chippenham site from the air, 1973
  • Current Publications

    Click on ‘Publications’ in the menu above to learn more about our in-print publications.

  • New Projects

    polunnio is always open to new publishing ideas that are relevant to our particular area of interest. Click on ‘New Projects’ in the menu above to learn more.    

    Building the Painting and Plating Shop
  • Research Resources

    This site is home to links, photo galleries, documents other information relevant to the social and industrial history – and some more general railway signalling information. Click on ‘Research Resource’ in the menu above, or on the links on the left of the page.

    Research Lab, 1950s

Cataloguing in progress!

The Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre (former County Records Office) at Chippenham houses two collections donated by Westinghouse. The first of these is a set of 11 filing boxes of microfiches containing Sykes drawings. These date from the early years of the 20th century to the 1960s. Although Sykes was …

Juergen Chippenham-163-blog-crop

November News: Strong Sales and Siemens CEO Visit

Following October’s launch of the Second Edition of Nock’s ‘A Hundred Years of Speed with Safety’, Polunnio has settled down to the pleasant routine of processing orders from individuals, organisations and booksellers, with over 220 copies of the second edition now sold. We’ve also seen something of a resurgence in …


Westinghouse CTC in New Zealand

One of the many technologies imported to the Westinghouse Brake & Signal Company from its American sister, Union Switch & Signal, was Centralised Traffic Control (CTC). Using a range of electrical techniques indications and controls were ‘squeezed’ down a cable between interlocking equipment and remote control centres. This radical approach …

S&F Works from St Paul's

Thomas Haywood and Sons

Thomas Eli Haywood – TEH – is a name long associated with railway signalling. Thomas gets an honourable mention in both the …


New Photo Gallery: Model Railways

We’ve added a new photo gallery, looking at the intricate and complex model railways assembled at the Chippenham site during the 1980s. …

120914 IRSE Centenary Book Cover_Kube_small

IRSE Publish Centenary Textbook

The great signalling engineers of Westinghouse and its Constituent Companies have had a long involvement with the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers …

045 EP Locking Frame Style B-internet

Westinghouse Power Frame List Added

Three new pages have been added today, giving the ‘complete’ (subject to the vagaries of WB&S numbering) list of Electropneumatic, Electric and …


Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers: