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Great Western, Grange Class Locomotives (ePub)

Their Design and Development

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By David Maidment
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Locomotive Portfolios
File Size: 14.7 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781526752024
Published: 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.

Another superb Locomotive Portfolio book – the author’s ninth in the series. The book begins with an introduction and a brief biography of Charles Collett, the designer of the class. Collett succeeded Churchward in 1922 as CME of the GWR at Swindon, and continued in that post until 1942, being succeeded by Hawksworth. Collett built on Churchward’s successes such as the Stars and Saints, to produce the Castles and the Halls and eventually the Granges (and Manors) just before WWII.

Ian Button, The Circular

A worthy tribute to all things GWR

Railway Correspondence and Travel Society

Another work by David Maidment, with an exclusive and reserved place in my Transport Library.

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Miniaturas JM

Another excellent book to add to the set.

Steam World, October 2019

"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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Great Western Echo

Another fantastic volume about this sometimes overlooked class of GWR engine. I cannot recommend this strongly enough. A must have

James Simmonds
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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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