Green Diesel Days
As a result of British Railway's Modernisation Plan of 1955, from 1958 onwards, vast numbers of diesel locomotives were produced both by BR's own workshops and by outside contractors. So rapid was the transformation of the railways, by August 1968, steam traction had been eliminated. Some of the new diesel designs proved successful; others less so, with some of these failing to outlast the steam locomotives they were designed to replace. This colour album recalls those early diesel years when the locomotives were painted in an attractive green livery. Mistakes were made in this rapid shift towards diesel traction. With the benefit of hindsight, the Western Region's foray into hydraulic, as opposed to electric, transmission can be seen as a mistake; but so too were designs such as the Clayton Bo-Bo type and the Metropolitan-Vickers Co-Bo class.Of the classes built as a result of the Modernisation Plan, a large proportion failed to survive into the era of BR Corporate Blue.
Hardback, 96 pages, colour photographs
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