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Great Western Halls and Modified Halls (Hardback)

Transport > Trains & Railways

By Laurence Waters
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Locomotive Portfolios
Pages: 127
ISBN: 9781783831456
Published: 2nd September 2015



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The gradual growth of the railways in Britain during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in both passenger and freight traffic, saw the requirement for a more powerful and versatile type of motive power – mixed traffic locomotives. The construction of Great Western Halls and Modified Halls gave the Great Western a superb all round locomotive, and for thirty-six years they operated passenger and freight services over the Great Western, and later Western, Region.

The Hall class were among the largest mixed traffic steam locomotives running throughout the country, and this book is the first serious volume to focus on them in fifty years. The book charts the history of both classes, from their construction and withdrawal, to their design, development and eventual scrapping. With over 200 black and white and colour photographs, accompanied by informative captions, many members of the class are excellently illustrated. It will appeal greatly to those interested in the history of Great Western Locomotive development.

A comprehensive overview of the class.

Historic Model Railway Society

The work is magnificently illustrated, like all that make up this series spoiled by Pen & Sword Transport. 61 photographs in colour and 163 in black and white compose the visual file along with two planes with diagrams, weight, measures and load capacity of both Classes.

A magnificent book both visually and historically speaking.

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About Laurence Waters

Laurence Waters has written a number of books for Pen and Sword and is a well known railway historian of Great Western subjects. The Author has had a life long interest in the history and operation of the railway in Oxford . This book on the history of the railways in Oxford is his latest work, and covers the growth of the railway and its effect on the economic and social development of the area.
He lives in Oxford and is the honorary photographic archivist for the Great Western Trust at Didcot Railway Centre.
He has been instrumental in saving a number of important photographic collections for the Great Western Trust and currently leads a small team of volunteers who research and catalogue the ever increasing collection of images being donated to the Trust’s archive.

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