Compound Locomotives of the British Isles
With the exception of two railway companies, the London & North Western Railway and the Midland Railway, compound locomotives, where steam from the cylinders is passed to another cylinder or cylinders for re-use rather than being ejected straight to the chimney, never featured largely in the British Isles. The reasons for this are probably many and varied, from the poor design or high maintenance costs of many experimental compounds to the sheer stubbornness of some Chief Mechanical Engineers who did not wish to have anything to do with devices not of their own design.
This book describes in detail for each railway company that did have compound locomotives, the evolution of their design and their performance in service, from the highly successful that lasted almost to the end of main line steam in the British Isles to the failures that were quickly scrapped, converted to 'simples' or quietly relegated to mundane duties.
Hardback with dust jacket, 112 pages,
black & white photos and data tables.
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