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The Book of the A3 Pacifics

Peter J. Coster    [Publisher:  Irwell Press  2003]    Hardback    164 pages

This is different to the other books in this series in that there is not a complete set of detailed biographies for the class. An appendix shows tabulated key dates and details for all class members, but mostly this book is a spectacular pictorial celebration of a truly great locomotive class. The text recalls their exploits drawing on the personal observations of the author as a lineside enthusiast and also the experiences of engineers who worked with the locomotives.

The Book of the Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2Ts 41200 - 41329

John Jennison    [Publisher:  Irwell Press  2020]    Hardback    352 pages

The usual format, a good description of the genesis of the locomotive's design, clear descriptions and photographs of different design features and in this case a pictorially pleasing review of the wide ranging lines and services that they were used on. The bulk of the book then takes each member of the class in turn, with two photographs and detailed records for each locomotive.

The Broad Gauge Engines Of The Great Western Railway Part 2 1840-1845

Canon Brian Arman    [Publisher:  Lightmoor  2020]    Hardback    144 pages

Another glorious excursion into ancient locomotive history from Brian Arman, apparently surprised by the relative success of Part One! Starting with the famous "Firefly", this book is a fascinating journey through near Heath Robinson-ery that takes us as far as the "Leo" and "Hercules" classes. Well illustrated and containing a lot of new information gleaned from contemporary sources and newspapers, the results of boiler explosions and accidents were often photographically recorded and this book thus show us some fascinating if not terrifying results of mechanical failure.

Diesel Shunters

Hugh Llewelyn    [Publisher:  Amberley Publishing  2014]    Softback    96 pages

Another surprisingly good book from this rather general publisher, an all colour album of shunting locomotives, the strength of which is the coverage of the smaller and more obscure classes and manufacturers.

French Railways Locomotives & Multiple Units 6th Edition

David Haydock    [Publisher:  Platform 5  2016]    Softback    240 pages

A complete listing of all French locomotives and Multiple Units, complete with good quality colour photographs, a detailed and colour coded series of maps of French railways and brief descriptions of individual lines.

LBSCR Atlantics

Jeremy English    [Publisher:  Ian Allan  2014]    Hardback    128 pages

A nicely produced and well illustrated book describing the Atlantics in some detail, works drawing are included as is a small but effective section on the project tobuild a new example.

LNER Pacifics Remembered

Peter Townend    [Publisher:  Irwell Press  2014]    Hardback    160 pages

A well produced and very comprehensively illustrated book, a collection of experiences and memories of working in and around Gresley's pacific locomotives. Written by men with distinguished railway careers who mostly started in work before the last War, this is a great read and confers upon its readers an incredible insight into the operation and management of the steam railway, I think.

Locomotive Testing On Britain's Railways 1901 - 1968

Dave Peel    [Publisher:  Kestrel Publishing  2013]    Softback    74 pages

A non technical but interesting account of locomotive testing on British Railways using dynamometer cars and indicator shelters, work which preceeded the establishment of the Derby test centre in 1967.

Locomotives Of The Great Northern Railway

G.F. Bird    [Publisher:  Amberley Publishing  2014]    Softback    160 pages

A reprint of a book published as long ago as 1910, but with a modern introduction. Lots of well known names, Sturrock, Stirling and Ivatt and mainly illustrated by line drawings.

Locomotives of the LNWR Southern Division

Harry Jack    [Publisher:  RCTS  2001]    Hardback    300 pages

An account of locomotives as used from opening onwards on "unquestionably the greatest public work ever executed", the London and Birmingham railway, which went on to become the major constituent of the LNWR. The subject was last written about in 1890 or thereabouts and this author has unearthed a wide diversity of primary sources to produce this interesting and thoughtful book. Given the antiquity of the subject the photographic content is impressive and there are side elevations of most classes provided together with more detailed plans of a few locomotives. The whole is well presented and printed on to art paper, and the book also includes a lot of history of Wolverton works, the early railway and the locomotive engineers.

Mainline To Industry

Frank Jones    [Publisher:  Lightmoor  1998]    Softback    112 pages

A really fascinating book, profusely illustrated and detailing all the locomotives which were sold out of the ownership of mainline companies into industry. A very wide variety of types were involved and several unique preserved locomotives owe their existence to the phenomenon, for example the Furness Railway Sharp Stewarts, one of which has just been rebuilt into its original form.

Red Panniers Last Steam on The Underground

John Scott Morgan and Kirk Martin    [Publisher:  Lightmoor  2008]    Hardback    176 pages

Featuring many previously unpublished photographs, many of them in full colour and enlivened by some very good writing and memories from the men who worked with them, this is the story of the 13 ex GWR "Pannier Tanks" that went to London Transport between 1957 and 1971. Briefly covering the Panniers' origins and earlier LT steam operations, this is an absolutely glorious celebration of its subject. The photography is phenomenal, both in its quality and coverage, and the writing is equally interesting - covering many aspects of the locos, their LT operations and not ignoring the human side of things. This is one of my favourite railway books of all time and is a real credit to its publisher, Kirk Martin, Geoff Plumb, and all the other names that helped put it together.