A fascinating book that looks at LNER naming of locomotives and the military subjects they were named for. This is a fine production that does credit to the able text and the excellent images using quality gloss paper stock. – Highly Recommended.
NAME: British Steam Military Connections, LNER Steam Locomotives & Tornado FILE: R3058 AUTHOR: Keith Langston PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Transport BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWI, World War I, World War 1, First World War, The Great War, 1914- 1918, WWII, World War II, World War 2, World War Two, Second World War, 1939- 1945, Cold War, Gulf War, fighter aircraft, boats, RAF, Royal Navy, Locomotives, Steam Engines, railways, rail roads, Army, President Eisenhower
IMAGE: B3058.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/utz8yxx LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A fascinating book that looks at LNER naming of locomotives and the military subjects they were named for. This is a fine production that does credit to the able text and the excellent images using quality gloss paper stock. – Highly Recommended. The subject of steam locomotives has attracted a large and growing number of enthusiasts, but it has also a very wide appeal to people who otherwise may have little interest in transport or rail technology. Even people who have never seen a steam locomotive, or traveled on a train hauled by steam, are attracted to the subject which is an almost unique phenomenon. Every year more and more steam locomotives are added to the number on display and working on railways, using private track, or now venturing onto the main lines. Initially, as steam died out on scheduled public train services, engines were acquired by enthusiasts who devoted hundreds of hours and hard work to restore them to their glory and display them. As with vintage aeroplanes, the larger the stock of restored machines, the more joined their ranks every year. In any area of restoration of important artifacts, the first enthusiasts faced a major task because they had to learn how to restore and to replace defective components when the surviving stocks were rapidly running out. Increasingly, they had to learn how to make new parts. As this pool of relearned skills and specialists building parts no longer in stock or production, the more surviving relicts can be restored and the larger the number of people keen to see them perform and enjoy a method transport that has been succeeded by machines that do not have the same carisma. Inevitably, this increasing pool of resources and admirers set some to thinking of building full size working facsimilies of locomotives that no longer existed. It is an incredible story and the thirst for more information on this subject is never slaked. LNER had a tradition of naming locomotives after military subjects and in some cases the name had a dual currency, as with the Army's Derby Class Motor Launches named after horse racing subjects and contributing those names to locomotives. The author has made a very good job of covering both the locomotives and the subjects they were named for and there are many stunning full colour photographs in support of very readable text.