978-0-7153-8388-9 / 9780715383889

The Gresley Pacifics (Locomotive Monograph)


Publisher:David & Charles



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Authoritative and detailed history of the development by Sir Nigel Gresley and his successors of one of the most famous steam locomotives ever to run the rails. The original design was developed on the Great Northern Railway and blended the best of the large boilered Doncaster Atlantics and the three-cylinder Moguls of 1920.. These new Doncaster Pacifics were eventually supplanted by the introduction in 1935 by the record breaking A4 streamlined class. The astonishing performances of the Silver Link, the Coronation express and the world speed record set by the Mallard set the standard for steam engines and although Sir Nigel Gresley's untimely death and World War II momentarily eclipsed these engines, they staged a remarkable comeback after the war and finished their careers in a blaze of glory. The author, who was an eyewitness to many of the events described and a friend of many of the engineers involved, describes the establishment of the broad design principles, the development of the different classes of locomotives and their performances, statistical data of all sorts, the effect of nationalization, and the work of K. J. Cook. With rosters. Illustrated throughout with black and white photos and schematic diagrams. With bibliography. 284 pages with index.

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