East Coast Pacifics at Work
This volume in Ian Allan s highly successful at Work' series covers a wide-ranging subject area: the East Coast Pacifies from Gresley's 'A1 class of 1922 through to Peppercorn's postwar designs.
The story starts on the Great Northern Railway when No 1470 Great Northern, the first of Gresley's Pacifics, was designed and put into traffic When the GNR amalgamated with other companies to form the LNER, Gresley became chief mechanical engineer and proceeded to continue the development of a range of Pacific locomotives that had a major impact on the British railway scene in early 1923 Flying Scotsman appeared - to gain fame in 1928 as the engine that headed the first Kings Cross to Edinburgh non-stop service, the flying Scotsman': in 1935 the first streamlined 'A4' was unveiled and in 1938 one of the 'A4s, Mallard, became the world speed record holder for steam haulage with a record that exists to this day 126 miles an hour.
The story doesn't end with Gresley's retirement: his successors Thompson and Peppercorn continued to experiment and innovate and developed the final range of LNER Pacifics, Peppercorns Al' and 'A2 classes.
To cover such a kaleidoscope of brilliant designs requires an author of authority and experience: P. N. Townend is just that. As shed master of the Kings Cross 'Top Shed' depot he worked with all the LNER Pacific types and is able to use his knowledge and contacts to make East Coast Pacifies at Work a reference book to grace the historian's bookshelf with a superb collection of fine drawings and photographs to illustrate the detailed text.
Hardback with dust jacket, 192 pages, black & white and colour photographs
Condition: Good/Very Good with a little foxing to end papers
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