From a railwayman and railway historian, a book to delight all enthusiasts of the age of steam railways. This is a story of a man rebuilding a railway with new technology in a series of locomotive classes. – Very Highly Recommended
NAME: Locomotive Portfolios, Southern Maunsell 4-4-0 Classes (L, D1, E1, L1 &V FILE: R2890 AUTHOR: David Maidment PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword Transport BINDING: hard back PAGES: 228 PRICE: £35.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: South Eastern & Chatham Railway, locomotive classes, steam, age of steam, British railways, railroads, technology, operation, design, construction, performance, Richard Maunsell
IMAGE: B2890.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y2p3sxey LINKS: DESCRIPTION: From a railwayman and railway historian, a book to delight all enthusiasts of the age of steam railways. This is a story of a man rebuilding a railway with new technology in a series of locomotive classes. – Very Highly Recommended This book is part of a series within the Pen & Sword Transport Locomotive Portfolio. It is a subject area in which this publisher excels, with text from a well-respected specialist and a selection of stunning photographs in illustration of the story. Many photographs are produced in full colour and accompanied by many engineering and line drawings, all reproduced on gloss quality paper. The huge popularity of museums, preserved rail track and locomotives is evidence that the magic of steam has survived the demise of steam in commercial railways. This even to the extent where steam trains are once more being operated on the main rail track of Britain. This popularity is creating a new generation of enthusiasts eager to expand their knowledge and understand the history and technology of a past age. Exactly why steam has produced this level of enthusiasm is difficult to explain but easy to experience. Unlike modern diesel and electric locomotives, steam engines seemed living things, even in their working life. Walking to a railway halt to stop a passing tank locomotive hauling two carriages on a local line was always an adventure, so much more than just a method of transport. In the same way the sight, sound and smell of a main line express was a sensory experience beyond simple mobility. Today, this can still be experienced and books like this provide depth to the experience. The author has followed his railway career with an enthusiasm and passion that comes out in his articles and books on the subject. This is a must-read book for all steam and railway enthusiasts but it is also something for the general reader to wet their appetite and learn more a world that has passed, but only recently.