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The GWR Stars, Castles and Kings. Part 1: 1906-1930
David & Charles

The GWR Stars, Castles and Kings. Part 1: 1906-1930

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This book is the first of two volumes dealing with some of the best-known and best-loved locomotives ever to run on rails. Even before he succeeded William Dean as Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Superintendent of the Great Western Railway, Churchward had prepared a plan for the complete standardisation of the locomotive stock. All the proposed new standard engines had two cylinders mounted outside the frames, and Stephenson's link motion inside. But in the first years of the twentieth century the remarkable performances of the De Glenn four-cylinder compound engines in France were attracting so much attention that the GWR purchased some French 'Atlantics' for trial purposes. The outcome was the development not of a new range of Great Western compounds but of the ever-famous four-cylinder simple `Stars', which many years later were des-tined to become the forerunners of the even better known 'Castles' and 'Kings'. In this book Mr Nock tells, in a wealth of technical detail, of the factors that led to the establishment of the broad principles, and to the superb detail of the original design. He draws upon many official and unofficial sources in describing how it was developed, and his story is embellished with records of dynamometer car test runs, and logs recorded by expert observers of locomotive performance. The introduction of superheating, top feed, and many features that came to play an important ancillary part in the success of these engines is fully described. In this first volume Mr Nock takes the story down to the time of the 'Kings' and their establishment as the mightiest engines on British metals. The second volume will trace the equally fascinating story of how this 'family' of loco-motives was developed and modernised to meet the gradually changing conditions of railway working, to the time when the last remaining 'Castle' in regular service made its last run, in 1965. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs depicting the main stages of development, and also the many varieties of detail and finish that were incorporated from time to time. While much information has already been published about these locomotives, this is the first time that all data has been gathered together into a single co-ordinated work. There is also much previously unpublished information.

Hardback with dust jacket, 160 pages, black & white photographs

Condition: Good/Very Good

ISBN: 9780715366813

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