AC Electric Locomtives of British Rail
Surprisingly, it is just 140 years since the first primitive electric locomotive rolled along a demonstration track in Germany, for railway electrification is usually regarded as a modern development, doubtless because Britain was not a leader in long distance electric working. True, a number of city suburban and underground routes were electrified from the turn of the century, culminating in the development of the Southern electric network in Southern England, but it is only in the last two decades that Britain has seen trunk route electrification. Coming from behind, British Railways took a lead in the adoption of high voltage alternating current electrification at industrial frequency, instead of the direct current systems used before.
The book, the fourth in the David & Charles Locomotive Studies Series to deal with modern British Rail locomotive fleets, covers the basics of alternating current traction, the prototype AC locomotives, and the present day standard locomotives developed from them. It combines technicalities and locomotive history, and discusses some of the major problems of the fleet and their rectification.
The authors, an established researcher in modern rail traction, and a British Rail rolling stock inspector, also describe the involvement of the British rail traction industry with BR and overseas AC traction projects arising from experience in Britain. AC electric loco-motives on British Rail are relatively small in number, but the future seems likely to see a large expansion of the fleet if current plans for further main line electrification are approved.
Hardback with dust jacket, 96 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Very Good
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