The Book of the BR Standards (A British Railways Illustrated Special)
The BR Standards comprised twelve classes amounting to the semi mystical total of 999 locomotives, built between 1951 (Britannia) and March 1960 (Evening Star). By any measure it was a remarkable decade for British Steam, beginning in a Britain still pinched and drawn by austerity and ending as a time of undreamed of, dazzling prosperity beckoned. For long an ideal, a truly comprehensive locomotive range enjoying an extensive interchange of parts and roles was at last ushered in. It ended after only nine brief years and reassuring talk of a long, honourable bowing out for steam proved false. Comfortably switching emphasis from the political, to the engineering and economic to plain old trainspotting and back again, with contributions from men who worked and operated the Standards, Richard Derry's affectionate account is the life and times of 999 locomotives.
Hardback, 90 pages, black & white photographs
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