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Great Western, Grange Class Locomotives (Kindle)

Their Design and Development

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By David Maidment
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Locomotive Portfolios
File Size: 24.0 MB (.mobi)
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781526752031
eBook Released: 20th June 2019


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Churchward proposed a 5ft 8in wheeled 4-6-0 for mixed traffic duties in 1901 and it was seriously considered in 1905, but it took until 1936 before his successor, Charles Collett, realised the plan by persuading the GWR Board to replace many of the 43XX moguls with modern standard mixed traffic engines that bore a remarkable likeness to the Churchward proposal. David Maidment has written another in his series of ‘Locomotive Portfolios’ for Pen & Sword to coincide with the construction of a new ‘Grange’ at Llangollen from GW standard parts to fill the gap left by the total withdrawal and scrapping of one of that railway’s most popular classes – to their crews at the very least. As well as covering the type’s design and construction, the author deals comprehensively with the allocation and operation of the eighty locomotives and in particular has researched their performance and illustrated it with many examples of recorded logs from the 1930s as well as in more recent times. As in previous volumes, the author has added his own personal experiences with the engines and has sourced more than 250 photos, over 40 of which are in colour.

"It provides a well-illustrated account of the rationale behind Collett’s construction of this 80 strong class, with a range of good quality black and white and colour photographs."

West Somerset Railway Association

Granges worked off-region quite widely, so this is not just a book for the copper-capped chimney brigade; enthusiasts for whom these capable machines are favourites will definitely want this volume on the bookshelf.

Railway Modeller, October 2019

Superbly researched, impressively informative, profusely illustrated, "Great Western, Grange Class Locomotives: Their Design and Development" is still another extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library British Railroading History collections.

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About David Maidment

David Maidment was born in 1938. He began his railway career in 1961 and although he retired from the railway industry over eighteen years ago, he is still busy as a writer, activist in the voluntary sector and as a speaker in schools, church groups and general interest clubs. In 1996, David received an OBE for services to the railway industry and, in 2012, he received a Life Achievement Award at the National Rail Awards. His published works include articles on railway history, safety, practice, performance and nostalgia, and several books including The Other Railway Children and Lives on the Line, among other publications.

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