All new Wheeler Dealers episodes debut on Discovery Channel this summer, as Mike and Edd continue on their quest to find and restore some of the most iconic cars in the world.
Back in the UK after their stint in the US, the chaps pick up exactly where they left off and continue their search for Britain's model motors. As Mike tracks down the vehicles in need of a second chance, Edd fixes them up back at the garage.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Wheeler Dealers - A. H. Wheeler - Netflix
A. H. Wheeler & Co. Pvt. Ltd., commonly known as A. H. Wheeler or simply Wheeler, is an entirely Indian owned company. It owns a bookstore chain that was co-founded by Emile Moreau, a French businessman, T. K. Banerjee, an Indian businessman and others in Allahabad in 1877, operating from railway stations. A. H. Wheeler borrowed its name from the then-successful London bookstore and its owner, “Arthur Henry Wheelers”, who was also a friend of Emile Moreau and helped him financially.
Wheeler Dealers - History - Netflix
After foundation in 1877, this chain grew to have stores at railway stations all over India, especially in the north. The first store was opened at Allahabad railway station in 1877. In 1888 the company began publishing a series of booklets known as the Indian Railway Library. The Banerjees took over the company in 1950. In 2004 it had a bookstores in 258 railway stations all over India. It contributed to about 80% of the revenue earned by the Indian Railways made from book sales. It had a monopoly on selling books on railway stations. it is headquartered in Allahabad and the distribution network is also managed from there. A 2004 Indian Railways circular stated: “At present M/s. A.H. Wheeler & Co. is enjoying sole selling rights for running bookstalls at platforms on which this company had been running the same till 01.01.1976. It has now been decided that M/s. A.H. Wheeler & Co. shall not have any sole selling rights henceforth and their rights are brought at par with others. The number of bookstalls held by M/s. A.H. Wheeler & Co. and M/s. Higginbothams Ltd. are at present frozen. Since, the sole selling rights of M/s.A.H. Wheeler & Co. have been withdrawn and their rights have been brought at par with others, the freezing on the holding of stalls by M/s. A.H. Wheeler & Co. and M/s. Higginbothams Ltd. is also removed. In view of the need for decongesting the platform, any fresh allotment of any new bookstall to any category at the stations where railways had frozen the holding of M/s. A.H. Wheeler & Co. and M/s. Higginbothams Ltd. should have to be amply justified before any such decision is taken. The allotment at such stations should be done only with the personal approval of General Manager, irrespective of the type of station.” According to The Financial Express this loss of monopoly was a result of a “New Book policy” being implemented by the Indian Railways. It also carries Wheeler's claims that it was the first Indian company to be granted “total rights of any business” by the British, which it gained in 1937. The following restrictions have been introduced by the railway on the nature of books sold on its platforms: “Sale of all types of obscene, scurrilous, smutty, pornographic, offensive or objectionable publications including pirated books is prohibited at all bookstalls. Zonal railways should exercise strict supervision and in case any licensee is found indulging in sale of such literature serious view should be taken including termination of licence”
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