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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.