British Steam Locomotive Builders

B2012

The first reaction to the book is WOW!! The amount of work that has gone into collecting all of the information and packing it tightly into 704 pages is impressive and has built a book that no serious enthusiast or historian can afford not to add to their existing library of essential works. 350 builders have been identified and recorded and the text is supported by 541 illustrations and 47 diagrams. In the process, it is possible that a builder has been missed, or a rare locomotive escaped inclusion, but it does not seem very likely.

Even the most knowledgeable enthusiasts and historians will find some surprises when reading this book, it really is that comprehensive. It is one of those rare reference works where it will answer every question, if the readers only know enough to ask.

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NAME: British Steam Locomotive Builders
DATE: 160814
FILE: R2012
AUTHOR: James W Lowe
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 704
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Steam locomotives, steam locomotive builders, factories, heavy engineering, steel production, rolling stock, railways, rail way companies, rail roads, trains, passengers, freight
ISBN: 1-47382-289-0
IMAGE: B2012.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The British Isles, including Ireland saw an amazing industry develop to construct railways and the locomotives to draw the rolling stock on them. For 170 years, a great variety of firms of every size, from the smallest through to considerable companies, established themselves and built an amazing variety of locomotives for use in the British Isles and for export to every corner of the World. Production ended in the 1960s, the British rail network was to be vandalized by politicians, and this book first published in 1975. It has been out of print for many years. The publisher and author will receive the thanks of the growing army of steam railway enthusiasts for bringing this work back into print. It is a tour de force in its field.

The first reaction to the book is WOW!! The amount of work that has gone into collecting all of the information and packing it tightly into 704 pages is impressive and has built a book that no serious enthusiast or historian can afford not to add to their existing library of essential works. 350 builders have been identified and recorded and the text is supported by 541 illustrations and 47 diagrams. In the process, it is possible that a builder has been missed, or a rare locomotive escaped inclusion, but it does not seem very likely.

Some of the larger builders may have survived for many years as steam locomotive builders, and covered a range of types and sizes of steam locomotive, but there were also companies that pioneered new technology, produced a small number of specialist locomotives, survived briefly and were very small companies. Until the nationalization of the railways after World War Two. Britain boasted an extensive network of rail lines and a number of competing rail companies, each with its own idea of what equipment it needed to deliver a service for passengers and freight. They patronized some builders to the exclusion of others and gradually technical standards came to be adopted to improve rail safety. Progress was impressive and some builders concentrated much of their efforts on the export market through the British Empire and beyond.
Even the most knowledgeable enthusiasts and historians will find some surprises when reading this book, it really is that comprehensive. It is one of those rare reference works where it will answer every question, if the readers only know enough to ask.

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