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Peppercorn, His Life and Locomotives (Hardback)

Transport Photographic Books Colour Books Trains and Railways Biographies

By Tim Hillier-Graves
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 264
Illustrations: 250 colour & black and white photographs and weight diagrams
ISBN: 9781526729859
Published: 30th June 2021

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Arthur Peppercorn, a vicar's son from Herefordshire, was the last L N E R Chief Mechanical Engineer.

He managed his department for a very short time before it was swept away in the wholesale changes that followed Nationalisation of British Railways in 1948.Although a disciple and follower of Sir Nigel Gresley, he was his own man and developed his talent for production engineering that fully complimented the design skills of his greatly respected leader.

He then became a worthy deputy to Edward Thompson during a war that demanded great personal sacrifices from both men.

When he finally became C M E in 1946 he used his wide talents and experience to lead in developing two successful pacific classes of locomotives, that many rate as being among the best locomotives of this type ever to appear in Britain.

This book, which is the first detailed biography of Peppercorn, tells his fascinating story and describes the influences on his life and career, illustrating his many achievements along the way.

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About Tim Hillier-Graves

Tim Hillier-Graves was born in North London in 1951, on leaving University he served with the Royal Navy seeing wide service on land and sea.


For much of this time he specialised in weapon development projects, specifically missiles and heavyweight torpedoes, working alongside BAe Systems, Marconi Space and defence systems and Mc Donnell Douglas in the process.


In support of this work he undertook prolonged periods study at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich and the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivingham. 


Later in his career he changed specialisms and focussed on human resource management and also outsourcing to industry.


After which he became an assistant director with responsibility of housing for military personnel, from which he retired 2011, to concentrate more fully on writing.

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