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Class 40s at Work
Ian Allan

Class 40s at Work

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The venerable Class 40s have served British Railways for over 20 years. Now among the oldest main line diesels on Britain's rail network, the majority of these popular giants have survived despite the appearance of newer and more efficient designs. Compared to the second-generation diesels and the IC125. the Class 40s are overweight and underpowered and their 90mph maximum speed creates diagramming problems.

The origins of the class stretch back to the mid 1950s when British Railways decided to phase out steam traction in favour of diesel and electric locomotives. The resultant pilot scheme authorised construction of prototypes for the first generation of main line diesels - 20s, 24s,31s and the Class 40s.

John Vaughan analyses English Electric's design decisions showing the links between these and the LMS and SR designs of the early postwar period. He charts the entry into service of the 40s and their subsequent history. Over 200 photographs show the class at work from Exeter to Inverness. Aberystwyth to Harwich.

Hardback with dust jacket, 128 pages, black & white and colour photographs

Condition: Good/Very Good

ISBN: 9780711011205

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