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L & S W R Drummond Passenger and Mixed Traffic Locomotive Classes (ePub)

A Survey and Overview

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By David Maidment
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Locomotive Portfolios
File Size: 32.7 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 300 colour & black and white illustrations & weight diagrams
ISBN: 9781526769824
Published: 1st October 2020


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Dugald Drummond had a long career in locomotive and railway engineering, staring in Scotland, Drummond worked and also held high office on the Highland, London Brighton & South Coast Railway, North British and Caledonian Railways, before arriving on the London & South Western Railway in the mid 1890s.

He was quite unlike William Adams his predecessor, who was a mild mannered gentleman, well liked by the staff of the L & S W R, Drummond was a martinet and rough by comparison, who was at times hard to reason with.

As a result of his stubborn nature, he died early after an accident that scalded his feet, having refused to have proper treatment.

His locomotives were a mixed proposition of good bad and indifferent, his 4-4-0 tender and 0-4-4 tank classes being very good, however his 4-6-0 tender locomotives were another proposition, proving to be a disappointment except the T14 class which lasted in service until 1951.

Many of his 4-4-0 tender and 0-4-4 tank locomotives, the T9 and M7 classes, lasted until the early 1960s on British Railways and examples are preserved in the National Collection and on the Swanage Railway.

This book is particularly heavy on photo content, almost all period shots of the various classes at work, all very well reproduced and likely to be a great aid to model engineers reproducing these locos. Southern Railway fans in particular will enjoy this book.


"In summary, this is a highly-recommended account of Drummond’s principal passenger locomotives."

West Somerset Railway Association

Being a North Midlander locomotives of the railways of the south tend to be a bit of a mystery to your reviewer. This book goes a long way to revealing that mystery. It is an excellent source of reference and comes, as with previous Portfolios by this author, very highly recommended.


Backtrack, November 2021

A very well documented work with a magnificent visual archive.

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Miniaturas JM

If you are in the everyday use of the locomotives and images of them in action, particularly in the pre-grouping and grouping periods, then this is the volume for you.

Paul Weeden, Great Eastern Railway Society

David Maidment continues his surveys and overviews by looking at Dugald Drummond’s passenger and mixed traffic locomotives which were first used on the London & South Western Railway. Highly recommended.

Branch Line and Light Railway Publications

This is yet another thorough and entertaining read, and as ever all the royalties go to the Railway Children charity.

Steam World, March 2021

... it is recommend, particularly for students of LSWR and Southern lines.

The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society

How does he do it? David Maidment has authored another in a long line of good books, a truly amazing output.

The Society of Model and Experimental Engineers
 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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