From Inverness to Crewe - the British 4-6-0 Locomotive
The 4-6-0 locomotive has always been regarded as one of the most typically British, yet it actually originated in America some 47 years before it was adopted for main line working in this country in 1894. The former Great Western Railway made the greatest use of locomotives of the 4-6-0 wheel arrangement, building this type for express, semi-fast and mixed-traffic services. On this railway too, the 4-6-0 reached its peak of size and power, when Collett brought out his famous "King" class. Nearly all the pre-1922 railways built 4-6-0's, and the "Big Four" of 1923-1948 produced them in large numbers. The British Railways standard Class 5 and Class 4 engines proved worthy successors to a long line of outstanding designs. This new work is the third in a series covering the whole history of the British steam railway locomotive. The author, who is well known for his writings in "Model Engineer" on model steam locomotive practice, has made a special study of the 4-6-0 type of engine and he tells here the whole story, with the help of photographs of all the various classes, tables of performances, and details of design and construction. A chapter is also devoted to the great locomotive exchanges of 1948.
Hardback with dust jacket, 164 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Good/Very Good with some age-markings
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