• About polunnio.co.uk

    Polunnio is a UK-based publishing company, undertaking layout, design and typeset work. We are also the prime source of information, and publishers of not-for-profit books, about the history of the Westinghouse Brake & Signal Company. Founded in 2010 in the Chippenham, Wiltshire, area of the UK, polunnio was created to publish …

    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

November 2016 News

Two big bits of WB&S news this month – one very much in the category of ‘history of technology’, the other a new social history project. Firstly a dedicated group from the North Eastern Railway Association has released a magnificent new summary of NER signalling. Edited by Neil Mackay, the mammoth …

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Unsung heroes

There are many unsung heroes in the history of WB&S and its constituent companies, but one of the most significant – and perhaps enigmatic – has reappeared over the past few weeks. A team from the North Eastern Railway Association (NERA, visit their website here) are beavering away to produce …

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August 2015 News

This month’s news includes: A Royalties cheque for Kidderminster Railway Museum | ‘Blue book’ out of print! | When does ‘recent memory’ become history? | Personnel records, family history – and a mystery! Royalties cheque for Kidderminster Railway Museum Continuing steady sales of ‘Second Edition: Speed with Safety’ have allowed Polunnio …

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May 2015 News

We’re delighted to announce that in the past three or four weeks we have reached the point that we have sold sufficient …


Sykes Catalogue Complete

As we said in our headline in December, a dedicated team have been working hard at Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre to …


Cataloguing in progress!

The Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre (former County Records Office) at Chippenham houses two collections donated by Westinghouse. The first of these …


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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …


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