Neither unreasoning adulation nor blind denigration of Bulleid's controversial Pacific de-signs have formed the author's platform for this definitive work. The warts have not been overlooked but, as there was more to Cromwell than warts, so with Bulleid's Pacifics. The performance of the engines is dealt with fully, including details of footplate working to attain 100 m.p.h. and the relation of the classes to other British express steam locomotives. For the reader not keen on logs (these have been discreetly placed at the end of the volume) there is much to attract his attention such as the proposed location of water troughs on the Southern, some interesting timetable proposals as well as a host of historical detail. A careful selection of photographs completes a volume which the railway enthusiast - whatever his opinion on these locomotives - cannot afford to ignore.
Hardback with dust jacket, 234 pages, 32 black & white plates
Condition: Very Good (ex library)
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