Great Western Small-Wheeled Double-Framed 4-4-0 Tender Locomotives (Hardback)
Duke, Bulldog, Dukedog and '3521' Classes
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The Great Western Railway experienced the trauma and disruption of the end of the broad gauge in 1892 and were faced with equipping the network with suitable motive power, especially in Devon and Cornwall where the last track conversion had taken place. West of Newton Abbot, the GWR had relied on a variety of 4-4-0, 2-4-0, 0-4-2 and 0-4-4 side and saddle tanks, often doubled-headed, and Dean set about designing a sturdy outside-framed powerful 4-4-0 with 5ft 8in coupled wheels, the 'Dukes', to tackle increasing loads over the heavily graded main line. Then, Churchward came to assist the ailing Locomotive Superintendent, using his knowledge and experience of American and continental practice to develop the Dean designs. He improved the efficiency and performance of the boilers, using the Belgian Belpaire firebox, then developed the tapered 'cone' boiler, and applied it to the chassis of the 'Duke's to form the 'Camel' class, later known as the 'Bulldogs', which eventually numbered 156 locomotives. Finally, in the 1930s when engines of the 'Duke' route availability were still required but their frames were life-expired, their boilers were matched with the stronger frames of the 'Bulldogs' to form the 'Dukedog' class, which lasted until the 1950s, particularly on the former Cambrian lines in mid-Wales. This book recounts the design, construction and operation of these small-wheeled outside-framed locomotives with many rare photos of their operation in the first decade of the twentieth century as well as in more recent times.
A noble effort has been made to include photographs of as many individual locomotives as possible, often portraying them at several stages in their lives making these outstanding reference works for historians and modellers, or just enthusiasts who will be fascinated by the illustrated story of these important locomotives.Great Western Echo No.219
Another stylish book of which both author and publisher can be proud.Telling the stories of relatively older and smaller locomotives than the more famous 4-6-0's, it will fill a useful gap in the library of many a Great Western or locomotive devotee.Friends of the National Railway Museum
The work is magnificently illustrated. The visual content consists of 8 locomotive diagrams, 16 color photographs and 391 black and white photographs.José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM
An interesting and complicated chapter within British railway history.
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