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Four-coupled Tank Locomotive Classes Absorbed by the Great Western Railway (Hardback)

Transport > Trains & Railways

By David Maidment
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Locomotive Portfolios
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 200 Mono integrated
ISBN: 9781399095433
Published: 12th September 2023



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This book is a comprehensive history of the four coupled tank engines absorbed by the Great Western Railway – locomotives of nine Broad Gauge companies, nineteen Standard Gauge companies, mainly in the South West which became part of the GWR between the 1870s and 1914, and a further eighteen companies, mainly in South Wales absorbed by the GWR in 1922 and 1923 at the formation of the ‘Big Four’ Grouping. The locomotives described and illustrated range from the 4-4-0 Broad Gauge saddle tanks of the South Devon and Bristol & Exeter Railways to the large 4-4-4 tank locomotives of the Midland & South Western Junction Railway, not forgetting the numerous and varied 0-4-0 pug saddle tanks of the Swansea Harbour Trust and the Powlesland & Mason company. The book includes thirty-two weight diagrams and nearly 200 photographs, many of exotic and rare locomotives.

"I found this book unusually absorbing with some surprising locomotives...I quite enjoyed it."

The Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Journal - April 2024

"His (David Maidment's) output of locomotive histories in the now quite familiar Pen & Sword series is a valuable one..."

Steam World - March 2024

"As David Maidment says when he started this book, he didn't realise how many four coupled classes were absorbed by the GWR. This may be the first comprehensive review and so is welcome."

Welsh Railways Research Circle Newsletter No.175, Autumn 2023

"This is another volume in what is steadily becoming an extremely useful series on locomotives of the GWR."

6024 Preservation Society

"...the breadth of locomotives involved is fascinating... Drawings in the book’s appendices include some useful dimensions, while again the quality of the photo reproduction is excellent. Even if you are not about to build a new model locomotive any time soon, this is the type of book you’ll get a lot from by just thumbing through it."

Engineering in Miniature - November 2023
 David Maidment

About David Maidment

David Maidment was a senior manager with British Railways, with widespread experience of railway operating on the Western and London Midland Regions culminating in the role of Head of Safety Policy for the BRB after the Clapham Junction train accident. He retired in 1996, was a Principal Railway Safety Consultant with International Risk Management Services from 1996 to 2001 and founded the Railway Children charity (www.railwaychildren.org.uk) in 1995. He was awarded the OBE for services to the rail industry in 1996 and is now a frequent speaker on both the charity and his railway career and author of four novels, two non-fiction works on street children and over eighteen books for Pen & Sword’s locomotive portfolio series, the royalties from all being donated to the charity.

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