BR Standard Steam Locomotives
In the aftermath of World War 2 and the nationalisation of Britain's railway network, there was an urgent need for a range of loco-motives that could carry out a number of unremarkable everyday jobs efficiently and with minimum recourse to expensive maintenance.
The result of this requirement was the range of Standard locomotives designed by R. A. Riddles and his team, based to a large extent on the LMS designs of Stanier. Fairburn and Ivan There were 12 classes in all - totalling 999 locomotives built between January 1951, when the first No 70000 Britannia. emerged from the BR workshops at Crewe. and March 1960 - the date that No 92220 Evening Star, the last of the Standards and. incidentally, the last standard gauge steam locomotive to be built in Britain, left Swindon. With a planned lifetime extending into the last quarter of the 20th century. the Standards proved themselves excellent maids-of-all-work at home on passenger or freight workings Unfortunately, premature retirement, as diesel and electric traction replaced steam in the 1960s, meant that most of them never reached even their second decade of use. But in recent years, the advent of the 'Age of Preservation has seen a number return to steam at the hands of preservationists and today the enthusiast can see preserved examples of eight of the 12 classes in Britain.
BR Standard Steam Locomotives originally appeared in magazine format in the Locomotives Illustrated series.
Hardback with dust jacket, 128 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Very Good
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Updated: 1 January 2021