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L M S Locomotive Design and Development (Hardback)

The Life and Work of Tom Coleman

Transport Trains and Railways

By Tim Hillier-Graves
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Locomotive Portfolios
Pages: 291
ISBN: 9781526721624
Published: 15th August 2018

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In 1958 one of Britain`s greatest locomotive designers died without public fanfare or recognition, mourned only by his family. Yet William Stanier, arguably one of our greatest engineers and his leader, said of him that without his Chief Draughtsman all he achieved with the LMS would not have been possible. How could such a man slip from our view and remain anonymous, although his Princess Coronations, Black 5s and 8Fs are regarded as three of the finest classes of locomotive ever built? And today many survive as stars to grace the ever growing preservation movement.

In reality, Tom Coleman was an intensely private and modest man who never sought recognition or commendation. His need for privacy may be one reason why his life has remained shrouded in mystery for so long, but finally his story has been slowly pieced together from a wide variety of sources, many previously untapped. So now we can see for ourselves his great contribution to railway history and recognise his singular talents.

The book includes some interesting line drawings and many images both monochrome and colour. There is a comprehensive index and, especially valuable, a number of pages providing brief biographies of key LMS senior personnel.

Friends of the National Railway Museum

This high quality publication has a huge collection of photographs of the various LMS classes - being constructed, on shed and at various locations, plus build diagrams and statistics. It's a veritable 'everything you ever wanted to know' about the locomotives of the LMS, combined with a biography of a modest man who rose through the ranks of loco design to become Stanier's most senior draughtsman, close associate and respected friend. Superb production and layout.

Friends of the West Highland Lines

An interesting story about the work of a genius who should not be forgotten

Read the full Spanish review here

Miniaturas JM

REVIEW OF THE MONTH

Page after page of riveting facts - many of them previously unknown to the reviewer - are rolled out in easy read style that makes the book hard to put down.

Steam World, November 2018

About Tim Hillier-Graves

Tim Hillier-Graves was born in North London in 1951. From an early age he was fascinated by steam locomotives. In 1972, Tim joined the Navy Department of the MOD and saw wide service in many locations. He retired in 2011, having specialised in Human Resource Management, then the management of the MOD's huge housing stock as one of the department`s Assistant Directors for Housing. On the death of his uncle in 1984, he became the custodian of a substantial railway collection and in retirement has spent considerable time reviewing and cataloguing this material. 'The Turbomotive, Staniers Advanced Pacific' is the first result of this work.

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