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Gwr Collett Castle Class

Author : Fred Kerr
ISBN : 9781473851863
Genre : Transportation
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The 'Castle' class 4-6-0 locomotives designed by Charles Collett and built at Swindon Works were the principal passenger locomotives of the Great Western Railway. The 4-cylinder locomotives were built in batches between 1923 and 1950, the later examples being constructed after nationalisation by British Railways. In total 171 engines of the class were built and they were originally to be seen at work all over the Great Western Railway network, and later working on the Western Region of British Railways. The highly successful class could be described as a GWR work in progress, because further development took place over almost all of the locomotives working lives. In addition to inspiring other locomotive designers the 'Castle' class engines were proved to be capable of outstanding performances, and when introduced were rightly described as being 'Britain's most powerful passenger locomotives'. Some of the 'Castles' survived in service for over 40 years, and individually clocked up just a little short of 2 million miles in traffic. In this book, Keith Langston provides a definitive chronological history of the iconic class together with archive photographic records of each GWR 'Castle' locomotive. Many of the 300 plus images are published for the first time. In addition background information on the origin of the names the engines carried, including details of the many name changes which took place, are also included. The extra anecdotal information adds a fascinating glimpse of social history. Collett CASTLE Class is a lavishly illustrated factual reference book which will delight steam railway enthusiasts in general and in particular those with a love of all things Great Western!

British Steam Military Connections

Author : Fred Kerr
ISBN : 9781473853300
Genre : Transportation
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In Great Britain there existed a practice of naming steam locomotives. The names chosen covered many and varied subjects, however a large number of those represented direct links with military personnel, regiments, squadrons, naval vessels, aircraft, battles and associated historic events. For example, all but one member of the famous Royal Scot class were named in honor of British regiments. Also the Southern Railway created a Battle of Britain class of locomotives, which were named in recognition of Battle of Britain squadrons, airfields, aircraft and personnel. In addition, the Great Western Railway renamed some of its engines after Second World War aircraft. The tradition has continued into modern times as the newly built A1 class locomotive is named Tornado in recognition of the jet fighter aircraft of the same name. This generously illustrated publication highlights the relevant steam locomotives and additionally examines the origin of the military names.

British Steam Past And Present

Author : Morton Media Group
ISBN : 9781781598160
Genre : Transportation
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"British Steam: Past and Present contains an evocative mix of specially commissioned modern steam images and steam era archive pictures, the majority of which have never been published before.The work of accomplished steam photographer David Anderson is highlighted in three special Location in Focus features, studies of 1950s and 1960s steam workings at Oxford and on the mighty Beattock Bank. In addition there is the photographic record of a 1959 visit to Belfast, with unique images of steam on the Belfast Dublin (ex GNR route).Original photographic studies from the preservation era by David Gibson who features the Churnet Valley Railway, Paul Pettitt who features the Bluebell Railway and Southern Region locomotives, and Fred Kerr who presents an eclectic mix of Main Line Steam images, are all included. Freight locomotive preservation is not forgotten and is featured, using modern and archive images. Together with many archive and new images from the authors own collection these images present an enthralling window on steam, which is totally unrivaled."

Classic British Steam Locos

Author : compiled from Wikipedia entries and published byby DrGoogelberg
ISBN : 9781291079739
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Castles The Final Years

Author : Laurence Waters
ISBN : 0711038228
Genre : Castle Class (Steam locomotives)
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Designed by Charles Collett, Churchward's successor as Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Great Western Railway, the 'Castle' class 4-6-0 locomotive represented a significant development of his predecessor's 'Star' class of four-cylinder 4-6-0s. When appointed, Collett was faced by the challenge of producing more powerful express locomotives, capable of hauling the heavy services then in service to the prewar timings, without adding significantly to the axle weight of the locomotives. With larger boilers and cylinder bores than the 'Stars', the 'Castles' were about 10% more powerful and, at the time that the first was completed in 1923, represented the most powerful passenger locomotive in service on Britain's railways. Between then and 1950, when production ceased, no fewer than 171 of the class had been constructed, of which 16 were rebuilds of older locomotives. Although overshadowed by the later 'King' class in terms of performance, the 'Castle' class remained at the forefront of GWR and BR(WR) main-line operation until the final demise of steam in the region in the 1960s. Of the locomotives built, eight survive in preservation. This book concentrates upon the final decade of the type's operation, from 1954 when the 'Castles' were in their golden years to the withdrawal of the final members of the class from the Western Region in 1965, and include some illustrious names such as Caerphilly Castle and Pendennis Castle. Following an informative introduction outlining the development of the class, the book is illustrated with 'Castles' year by year throughout the region, showing wide variations in the class and its operations. The book contains approximately 200 mono and 30 colour photographs, most of which are previously unpublished and drawn from the archives of the Great Western Society at Didcot, and accompanied by extended detailed captions.

Great Western Star Class Locomotives

Author : Laurence Waters
ISBN : 9781473871045
Genre : History
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Designed by G.J. Churchward, no. 40 was constructed at Swindon in April 1906. It was Swindon’s first 4 cylinder simple engine and was the forerunner of Churchward’s famous 4 cylinder Star Class 4-6-0s. Initially built as a 4-4-2 Atlantic, no. 40 was named North Star in September 1906, rebuilt as a 4-6-0 in 1909, and renumbered 4000 in 1913. Including no. 40, the Star class eventually numbered seventy-three locomotives, all built at Swindon in batches between 1906 and 1923. In service the Stars proved to be both free-running and reliable locomotives, and for many years were used to haul the Great Western’s top link services, including the world-famous ‘Cornish Riviera Express’. The introduction of the Collett Castle Class 4-6-0s in 1923, and the King Class 4-6-0s in 1927, saw the Stars relegated to secondary passenger, freight and parcels services. A number of Stars were rebuilt by Collett as Castles, including the prototype no. 4000 North Star, but the remaining Stars continued to give good service. At Nationalisation in 1948, no less than forty-seven of these fine locomotives passed into Western Region ownership, the last example, no. 4056 Princess Margaret, being withdrawn in October 1957. In this book, Laurence Waters charts the history of the class from the prototype, right through to the final workings in October 1957. Using many previously unpublished photographs from the Great Western Trust photographic collection, accompanied by informative captions, every member of the Class is illustrated. This book should appeal to those interested in the history of Great Western locomotive development as well as modellers of the Great Western and Western Region.

The Standard Steam Locomotives Of British Railways

Author : Rodger P. Bradley
ISBN : UOM:39015007649166
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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Steam Trains

Author : B Marvis
ISBN : 1856277437
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Looks at over forty of the world's most famous steam trains, with specifications and a brief history of each one.

Collect Railways On Stamps

Author : Arthur Dyson
ISBN : 0852594364
Genre : Railroads on postage stamps
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Express Steam Locomotive Development In Great Britain And France

Author : Hugh Cuthbert Basset Rogers
ISBN : STANFORD:36105043294433
Genre : Transportation
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