Locomotives of the Great Central Railway - Volume One 1897 - 1914
In 1897 the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincoln- shire Railway, hitherto a provincial cross- country line, changed its name to that of 'Great Central Railway'. Under the chairman ship of Sir Edward Watkin, its dynamic and mercurial leader, the MS&L had set its sights on the Capital and engaged itself in a hugely ambitious and expensive line from Annesley, south of Sheffield, to Marylebone, London. For Watkin this was to be but a start. Ultimately, and with incredible foresight, he had the idea for a Channel Tunnel when such ideas were held to be bordering on the lunatic. Though its London Extension gave the Great Gentral its own independent route to the Metropolis, this was not the company's first venture in running through expresses from the North. In conjunction with the Great Northern Railway, the MS&L had run Manchester- London trains since the l850s-much to the chagrin of the LNWR who had sought a monopoly over northbound traffic. From double-framed Single, 2-4-0 and 4-4-0 locomotive types under Charles Sacre, the MS&L and G.C. had built a series of single framed 4-4-Os for their London expresses for which they provided motive power as far as Grantham. In 1900, the year after the London Extension had opened for regular traffic, the Great Central Board appointed J.G.Robinson as Locomotive Engineer. Robinson, who had served on the Great Western with Churchward under Armstrong and Dean, was seen as something of a 'rising star' in the locomotive world. Robinson had no easy task on taking up his appointment. Using a selection of superb photographs, mostly from the collection of the late G.H.Platt we see Great Central locomotives at the zenith of the British railway system when the companies were unchallenged as prime movers of passengers and freight. Including drawings and archival material, this work endeavours to present a balanced and objective view of the Great Central Railway locomotive fleet.
Hardback with dust jacket, 138 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Very Good
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