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English Electric Class 40s: A Pictorial Appreciation
Peter Watts

English Electric Class 40s: A Pictorial Appreciation

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This volume is a sequel to 'Class 40's In Action' which was compiled for the Class 40 Preservation Society and published in October 1982. Using some 200 photographs. primarily black and white. Martin Buck retraces the routes and areas on the London Midland, Scottish and Eastern Regions where the Class have seen their main turns of duty since being introduced in 1958. A further aim is to illustrate the changing role they have played over the years and the versatility they have shown in their workings. During their lifespan they have worked every type of train from the crack named expresses to local pick up freights and this diversity is due largely to the changes we have seen on BR over the years. When steam was being phased out the Class 40 had a virtual monopoly of the main line expresses, only in time to be ousted by more powerful diesels. Ultimately, with the introduction of A.C. electrics and IC125 units they found less work on expresses and were confined to freight and parcels traffic and some secondary passenger train workings, especially in the summer months. Now the elder statesman of BR's diesel fleet, the class have become one of the most popular diesels amongst rail enthusiasts and considered useful all-rounders by the operating authorities. Although they have been regarded as overweight and underpowered, their record speaks for itself and they have provided a sterling service; a fact which should always be recorded in the annals of railway history.

Hardback with dust jacket, 96 pages black & white and colour photographs

ISBN: 9780906025550

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