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The Early Years of London Diesels
Capital Transport

The Early Years of London Diesels

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In the mid-1950s, British Railways embarked on a modernisation programme which heralded the replacement of steam traction by more modern motive power. In the London area, apart from those routes earmarked for electrification, steam was to be replaced by diesel locomotives and multiple units. At that time BR's experience with main line diesels was limited. so a small number of 'pilot scheme' diesels were ordered. Later, however, BR's first tentative steps towards dieselisation developed into a headlong rush as orders for new diesel locomotives were dramatically increased. This policy change resulted in a multiplicity of designs, most of which could be seen at work in the London area at some stage. Some classes, such as the English Electric Type 3s. introduced in 1961. proved to be very capable machines and can still be observed in the Capital today, but unsuccessful designs. like the North British Type 2s. lasted just over a year in London before being banished to Scotland. Using top quality colour transparencies this evocative album vividly portrays everyday scenes from the fascinating era of the early diesels, when London boasted such a rich variety of motive power.

Softback, 80 pages, around 100 colour photographs all with extensive captions

ISBN: 9781854142535

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