Bulleid Pacifics (Haynes Great Locomotives)
When the first 'Merchant Navy' 4-6-2 Pacific appeared from the Southern Railway's Eastleigh Works in 1941, it was a sensation. Never before had a steam locomotive looked anything like this, and under the 'air-smoothed' casing, as it was termed by its designer Oliver Bulleid, there were a great many technical innovations. In all, 140 such locomotives were built including 110 of the lighter 'West Country'/'Battle of Britain' class, which had a greater route availability throughout the Southern Railway system. Later, all the 'Merchant Navies' and more than half the light Pacifics were rebuilt to a more conventional form. This is the story of how the Men from the Ministry' were persuaded to allow this unique design to be developed and built in days of wartime austerity, following the locomotives from introduction up to the time of their rebuilding, when they lost much of their unique character.
Hardback with dust jacket, 160 pages, black & white and colour photographs
Condition: Very Good
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Updated: 29 December 2021