Collett & Hawksworth Locomotives: A Pictorial History
C. B. Collett succeeded Churchward as Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Great Western Railway in 1922. For twenty years he developed and improved upon Churchward's standardisation scheme and extended it to include the small types of locomotive. including the classic 0-6-0 pannier tanks. His large express passenger 4-6-0s were the mainstay of the GWR in its golden years, when the style and performance of his 'Castle' and 'King' class engines made them legends in their own time: attracting a huge following amongst the enthusiasts of the day He also ventured into diesel traction and produced a series of streamlined railcars that were very advanced for their time.
When Collett retired in 1941, his successor F. W. Hawksworth, who had a lifelong association with Swindon and had been Chief Draughtsman and Technical Assistant to Collett, was faced with the problems of a railway in the midst of World War II. His designs for postwar construction were to some extent influenced by the more austere operating conditions then prevailing. Perhaps his most notable contribution was the experimental introduction of main line gas turbine locomotives to this country.
This pictorial history of Collett & Hawksworth locomotives follows the now well-established pattern of Brian Haresnape's popular studies of famous British locomotive engineers, and is a companion volume to his early Churchward Locomotives, completing the story of GWR locomotives up to and including the early days of nationalisation. Over 200 illustrations give the reader a fascinating insight into this period of GWR design. including detail changes. and these are backed by concise and informative text and captions.
Hardback with dust jacket, 128 pages, over 200 black & white photographs
Condition: Good with some sun fading to spine
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