GWR Two-Cylinder 4-6-0s and 2-6-0s
The Great Western's two-cylinder 4-6-0s — the Saints, Halls, Granges, Manors and Counties —have never had quite the acclaim given to their bigger sisters, the Stars, Castles and Kings, which worked most of the top line express passenger trains and inevitably took the records of fastest, heaviest or best known. Yet some of the lighter 4-6-0s were occasionally called on to work principal express passenger trains turn and turn about with freight and parcels services, for these were the GWR's maids of all work, the do-almost-anything and go-almost-anywhere types. The Saints with their 6ft 8 in driving wheels were primarily passenger engines designed for the lighter expresses and secondary services, but the Halls, Granges and Manors were decidedly mixed traffic types though designed for much more specific uses. The Manors for example were planned for cross country routes where heavier types were barred while the Halls were equally at home on the Cornish Riviera Express in Cornwall, where the mighty King class never turned a wheel, and fast Broccoli perishable freights or the milk trains coming out of the Duchy. In this book Rodger Bradley surveys all these classes, taking as his starting point the Dean designs at the turn of the century which gave way to the Churchward and Collett 4-6-0s, the prototypes both by Dean and Churchward before the Saint 4-6-0 was evolved after passing through a short lived Atlantic phase where the 4-4-2 wheel arrangement was tried in direct comparison with the GWR's French Atlantics. At the same time Churchward brought out his standard 2-6-0 design which survived for half a century on mixed traffic work and equally has a place in the story. In the style of the long successful David & Charles Locomotive Mono-graphs series GWR Two-cylinder 4-6-0s and 2-6-0s has much technical background, the detail of the designs, the problems and how they were solved and how the locomotives performed in traffic. Tables list dimensions, names, numbers and variations, while photo-graphs and line diagrams illustrate features of the locomotives and show them at work.
Hardback, 96 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Very Good (past owner's stamp IFC)
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