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The Power of the 8Fs (Power Series)

The Power of the 8Fs (Power Series)

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In 1932, when William Stanier became Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London. Midland 8 Scottish Railway. the railway's need for a versatile heavy freight locomotive to counter the increasing competition from the road haulage industry was becoming critical. Stanier's response was to design a 2-8-0 locomotive that eventually became the class. First introduced in 1935, some 126 were constructed by the outbreak of war, whilst the adoption of the class by the War Department saw a huge leap in construction during the wartime years. A total of 852 were completed by the time production ceased in October 1946 Many were shipped to the Middle East theatre of operations and after the war returned to the domestic railways, with the last being demobilised as late as 1957. although a number remained overseas in places like Iran and Iraq. At the class's peak in 1957, some 666 were in BR service Used widely over the LMR network, primarily on freight services. examples of the type remained in service until the very end of main line steam in August 1968 Subsequently. a number of the class have been preserved.

Authors Jeff Ryan, David McIntosh and George Moon are directors of the Stanier 8F Locomotive Society, which owns one of the preserved 8Fs, No 48773 (now a designated war memorial). Drawing upon the collections of many of the country's best'known railway photographers and the Society's own impressive archive of 8F'-related photographs, the book includes some 230 photographs, with highly detailed captions, recording the varied life of the class over its entire career. Concentrating for the most part on service within the British Isles, the book also provides an insight into the type's wartime career and postwar service overseas.

The '8Fs' represented one of the most successful and influential of Sir William Stanier's designs for the LMS. Power of the 8Fs is an evocative tribute to this much•loved class of locomotive. The book will be of interest to historians and railway modellers alike.

Hardback with dust jacket, 112 pages, around 230 black & white photographs

Condition: Very Good

ISBN: 9780860935940

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