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Midland Railway and L M S 4-4-0 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: 352
Illustrations: 300 black and white illustrations, weight diagrams and logs
ISBN: 9781526772503
Published: 13th October 2021



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David Maidment has unravelled the complex history of the Johnson, Deeley and Fowler 4-4-0 locomotives of the Midland Railway and its LMS successor, covering their design, construction, operation and performance in this book with over 400 black and white photographs. It recounts their working on the Midland main lines from St Pancras to Derby, Manchester, Leeds and Carlisle, the latter via the celebrated Settle & Carlisle line, and the later work of the Fowler LMS engines on the West Coast main line. The book also describes the history of the Midland 4-4-0s built for the Somerset & Dorset and Midland & Great Northern Railways. The book covers the period from the first Midland 4-4-0 built in 1876 to the last LMS 2P withdrawn in 1962 and includes performance logs, weight diagrams and dimensions and statistical details of each locomotive.

This is very comprehensive portrait of the locomotive classes, even if you view it as a well-produced photo album of over 400 images.

All in all, a very interesting read.

Bradford Railway Circle

"Enjoy the feast of photographs and salute the generosity of the author who is denoting the royalties to the Railway Children charity."

Backtrack Magazine - November 2022

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The Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Newsletter - June 2022

"This is another excellent book that should have wide appeal especially to those of a Midland or LMS persuasion."

Friends of the NRM Review No. 179 Spring 2022

"There are numerous photos, many from the Manchester Locomotive Society collection."

Martin Shill, Industrial Railway Society

Another book in this great series. An in-depth look and analysis of the locomotive power of the Midlands Railway.

This a must have for the enthusiast

The Broad Gauge Society

"This is another beautifully presented work from Pen & Sword, and is highly recommended."

West Somerset Railway Association

"There is much to like in this book."

Roger Backhouse - SMEE Journal

As previously a major plus of this book are the photos – there are very many period shots, ranging from official works pictures to views of the locos in action, all reproduced to a large format and high standard – anyone recreating one of these locos in miniature will find great help in these pictures and indeed the book as a whole.


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Steam World - March 2022

In conclusion this is an impressive book that will find pride of place on the bookshelves of railway historians and railway model makers alike. An essential guide that is highly recommended.

Tom Cole - Miniature Armoured Fighting Vehicles Association

This is another great book by David Maidment..covering in depth the engines of the Midland Railway.

A must have for the rail enthusiast. Highly recommended

James Simmonds
 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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