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Southern Maunsell 4-4-0 Classes (L, D1, E1, L1 and V) (Kindle)

British History Transport 20th Century Trains and Railways

By David Maidment
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Locomotive Portfolios
File Size: 75.8 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 228
ISBN: 9781526714701
eBook Released: 17th April 2019

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This book is one of the Pen & Sword Locomotive Portfolio series and covers the rebuilding by Richard Maunsell of the South Eastern & Chatham Railway ‘D’ and ‘E’ 4-4-0s as ‘D1’ and ‘E1’ locomotives with higher pressure boilers and long-travel valve events following the Churchward principles. The book also covers the SE&CR ‘L’ class designed by Maunsell’s predecessor, Harry Wainwright, with modifications made by Maunsell just before their delivery in 1914. Maunsell then designed a further 2 cylinder 4-4-0, the ‘L1’ for the Victoria – Folkestone 80-minute expresses of the mid-1920s and finally the 3-cylinder ‘V’ (the ‘Schools’ class), his masterpiece, for express services on all three constituent parts of the Southern Railway.

Design, construction, operations and performance of these locomotives are described and profusely illustrated with over 300 black & white and colour photos from their construction right through to their final demise in 1962, together with an update on the three ‘Schools’ that have been preserved and operate on Britain’s heritage steam railways.

The author has followed his railway career with an enthusiasm and passion that comes out in his articles and books on the subject. This is a must read book for all steam and railway enthusiasts but it is also something for the general reader to wet their appetite and learn more a world that has passed, but only recently.

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Firetrench

Profusely illustrated throughout, "Southern Maunsell 4-4-0 Classes" is an extraordinarily informative and very highly recommended addition to community and academic library British Railroading History collections.

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Midwest Book Review

David Maidment continues his well respected series of Locomotive Portfolios by looking at Richard Maunsell 4-4-0 classes L, D1, E1, L1, & V for the Southern Railway. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 black and white and colour photographs and is highly recommended.

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About David Maidment

David Maidment was born in 1938. He began his railway career in 1961 and although he retired from the railway industry over eighteen years ago, he is still busy as a writer, activist in the voluntary sector and as a speaker in schools, church groups and general interest clubs. In 1996, David received an OBE for services to the railway industry and, in 2012, he received a Life Achievement Award at the National Rail Awards. His published works include articles on railway history, safety, practice, performance and nostalgia, and several books including The Other Railway Children and Lives on the Line, among other publications.

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