Steam Locomotive: The Unfinished Story of Steam Locomotives and Steam Locomotive Men on the Railways of Great Britain
For almost a century and a half the great steam locomotives have proudly thundered their way across the English countryside. Their perfect combination of power and majesty has fascinated and enchanted a vast body of men and women. Now the age of steam on British railways has virtually ended, and though this ending has for some time been foreshadowed few could have anticipated that the final phase would have been so quickened as to become absolute slaughter. As with most slaughters it cannot have been anything but wasteful, with 16,000 engines - a high proportion relatively new - scrapped in eight years. In this new edition Mr Nock has added to his original survey of the amazing age of steam, four new chapters, bringing the story right down to the final curtain. From 1830 to 1968 he recalls the highlights of the long story, the famous engines, the great runs, and that unique breed, the steam locomotive men. Mr Nock describes the locomotives they built, the background of railway economics and politics, and the changing circumstances of railway life. He deals with the Chief Mechanical Engineers, and their entourages, and in particular stresses the notable part played in this age by the locomotive running inspectors. As a railway engineer in present day practice he has come to know, and to include among his personal friends, many Chief Mechanical Engineers, and other senior officers; this together with his own extensive experience on the footplate, and the many friendships he has made among drivers, firemen, and shed staff has en-abled him to write with penetrating insight.
Hardback with dust jacket, 273 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Good/Very Good
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