The Book of the Castle 4-6-0s
There were three ‘generations’ of Great Western four cylinder express power. In the middle, between the Stars and the Kings, but greatly more important in terms of numbers and the breadth of their usefulness, were the Castles. They could be regarded as the high water mark of Great Western, or rather Churchwardian, steam practice and probably influenced steam design work across the country more than any other class. Their numbers were made up in a peculiar odd way. Of the total of 171 in the class only 155 were built new – and it took 27 years to do it. The rest were five rebuilt Stars and the rebuilt Pacific THE GREAT BEAR, together with the last ten Stars, originally built with Abbey names after Churchward retired and then ‘rebuilt’ into the 5000 series, 5083-5092. The Stars (also retaining their names) and the Pacific were officially rebuilds but the Abbeys were officially ‘new’. One odd outcome of all this was that the first withdrawal came before the final one was built.
Hardback, 336 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Very Good
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