Churchward Locomotives: A Pictorial History
George Jackson Churchward, who succeeded William Dean as the Great Western Railway's Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Superintendent in 1902, was one of the giants among British locomotive engineers. He revolutionised locomotive design on his own railway. the GWR, and moreover his ideas influenced practice throughout the Country. While other locomotive engineers stuck to traditional concepts. Churchward made bold advances in the design of valve gear and steam passages which significantly enhanced both the performance and the economy of GWR locomotives. To the end of steam on the GWR this was accoustically evident in the contrast of a GWR engine's explosive exhaust on starting with its exceptional quietness at speed: the combination was testimony to the economical way in which the steam was being used and the freedom with which it was being exhausted after use.
In this new pictorial history Brian Haresnape succinctly describes the development, performance and use of every Churchward locomotive class. His comprehensive history is backed by a brilliant collection of illustration of Churchward engines at rest and in action.
Hardback with dust jacket, 112 pages, black & white photographs, drawings
Condition: Very Good
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