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L N E R 4-6-0 Locomotives (Hardback)

Their Design, Operation and Performance

Colour Books Photographic Books Transport > Trains & Railways

By David Maidment
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Locomotive Portfolios
Pages: 384
Illustrations: 350 colour & black and white illustrations, weight diagrams and logs
ISBN: 9781526772541
Published: 2nd February 2021



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L N E R 4-6-0 Tender Mixed Traffic Locomotives covers the design, construction, operation and performance of all 4-6-0 locomotives that ran on the London & North Eastern Railway between 1923 and 1947 and the LNER designed engines that ran on BR’s Eastern Region until the end of BR steam in 1968. This includes the former Great Central 4-6-0s of classes B1 – B9 (the B1 and B2 later reclassified B18 & B19); the North Eastern Railway B13 – B16s; the Great Eastern B12s; and the LNER B17s, the Thompson B1s and rebuilds (B2 and B3/3). The book has over 60,000 words and 400 black and white and coloured photographs, many previously unpublished from the archives of the Manchester Locomotive Society at Stockport. It will be of particular interest to railway modellers and enthusiasts of locomotive running and performance as well as those seeking more general locomotive history. The book is designed and written in the same style as David Maidment’s previous Locomotive Portfolio books on engines of the Great Western and Southern Railways, and includes where possible his own experiences, seeing and travelling behind engines of these classes in the 1950s and early 1960s, especially the B1s, B12s and B17 ‘Sandringhams’.

As ever the book scores on its detailed analysis of each type, including tables of runs with all intermediate station times listed. And again the photographs are a major plus factor – a host of well-printed period shots that will be a real boon to modellers striving for accuracy.

Our desire from previous editions to see some detailed drawings remains with this title, though it would be difficult in this case as basic general arrangements of some 20 different types are included in a detailed reference section. This also lists every single locomotive, their first and last depots and eventual fate.

Engineering in Miniature

This well-illustrated, weighty volume is another useful addition to the informative Locomotive Portfolios series.

Best of British

"The author chose a huge subject in deciding the scope of this book – some 800 locomotives in all (although more than half comprised a single class, the B1’s) – so it must have been a very demanding task. However, he succeeds very well - the book is about the right length and is full of relevant information, including statistical details of every loco. There are also plenty of logs to interest the performance enthusiast. The author cannot provide as many personal recollections as he does for GWR classes in other volumes of the Locomotive Panorama series, but his memories from around London in the late 1950’s and 1960’s, and the photos of his 00 scale models of several types covered, add the necessary human interest to the book. The photographs – some 400, including a colour section - are well-chosen and have detailed captions and, as always from Pen & Sword, the book is beautifully printed, and the photos reproduce well. Also, the dust-cover has a nice photo of B16/3 61444 at Doncaster. There is slight inconsistency (seen in many Locomotive Panorama books) with Atlantic being spelt with capital A, but pacific with a small p. But that and the unfortunate typo affecting Chapter 2, are the only criticisms that can be made. Otherwise, an excellent book for steam and LNER/Eastern Region enthusiasts."

Bradford Railway Circle

"It is an important and invaluable record of a group of locomotive and invaluable record of a group of locomotive classes that were at the heart of railway operations in eastern Britain for over half a century. Congratulations once again to David Maidment on a work that will have a wide appeal."

Phillip Benham, The Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum Winter 2021-2022

"I found the book interesting and well written and a comprehensive overview of the classes... for the general reader I highly recommend the book."

The Railway Observer, Volume 92, February 2022

"Overall a book with a lot of locomotives for the money and an enjoyable browse."

The Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Journal - December 21

A new gem to include in the list of the Série "Locomotive Portfolio" of the friends of Pen and Sword Book.

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Miniaturas JM

Another thoroughly competent book.

Steam World, June 2021

"Another very fine book."

West Somerset Railway Association

As with other books from the Locomotive Portfolio series, this book by David Maidment comes highly recommended. A worthwhile addition to the series, and a great book in its own right if you have an interest in steam locomotives.

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Rail Advent

In summary, whether as a ‘coffee table’ book or as a research document this is worth the investment. The photographs are consistently good and well presented, with good contrast in the printing that allows you to pick up on details and it is an excellent source of information for modellers and model engineers interested in these engines. Every class of LNER 4-6-0 is covered so whatever your favourite, there’s bound to be something of interest. Many of the photographs (from the Manchester Locomotive Society) are seen in print for the first time and, as a bonus, often show interesting rolling stock and locations.

York Model Engineers Newsletter, May 2021
 David Maidment

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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