by Keith Langston
Imprint: Wharncliffe Transport
Found in: Wharncliffe Transport
Published: 12 November 2012
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The railway infrastructure had suffered badly during the war years and most of the steam locomotives were Ďtiredí and badly maintained. Although the management of British Railways was already planning to replace steam power with diesel and electric engines, they still took the decision to build more steam locomotives as a stop gap. Cometh the hour, cometh the man! That man was Robert Arthur Riddles; he had more than proved his worth during the war years overseeing the rapid creation of War Department locomotives. Some 999 Standard locomotives were built in twelve classes ranging from super powerful express and freight engines to suburban tank locomotives. The locomotives were mainly in good order when the order came in 1968 to end steam, with some locomotives being only eight years old.
There still exists a fleet of forty-six preserved Standards, of which seventy-five percent are still in working order around the UK's preserved railways. A further three new build Standard locomotives are proposed.
This comprehensive publication details all the BR Standards and three Austerity type engine classes associated with Riddles. The locomotive specifications are illustrated and presented in a manner that will appeal equally to enthusiasts, model makers and railway historians.
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In addition Keith has produced two further books for Wharncliffe: Fred Dibnah a Tribute and Images of Fred Dibnah, both of which celebrate the life of the late TV personality steeplejack from Bolton, Lancashire.
Images of Fred Dibnah
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British Steam Patriots
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Scottish Steam - A Celebration
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