A Pictorial Record of British Railways Standard Steam Locomotives
The new range of Standard steam locomotives introduced by British Railways in 1951 represented the ultimate development of the steam locomotive in Great Britain. While they showed no real advance in terms of power over designs of the 'Big Four' companies which preceded the nationalised British Railways, they were designed for the austerity of the postwar years. There was now a need for locomotives which required the minimum attention, and which gave maximum service irrespective of the quality of their fuel. Therefore, the new Standard engines were designed to meet the requirements of the times - they were cheap to build, economical to run, convenient to drive and fire. covered greater mileages between major overhauls and were easy to service and repair.
In all, 12 Standard classes were planned to meet the whole of the traffic requirements of BR, but there is little doubt about the most successful of the Standard classes. The 9F 2-10-0 was the one locomotive which represented an advance in power over those engines it displaced, being considerably superior to the various types of 2-8-0s. Moreover, these remarkable engines were found to be equally at home on express passenger trains on the Somerset & Dorset and the heavy goods trains over Shap summit.
This book presents a record of these engines with line drawings and photographs of when the locomotives were new and in service.
Hardback with dust jacket, 160 pages, 241 numbered black & white photographs, drawings
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