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Southern Railway, Maunsell Moguls and Tank Locomotive Classes (Hardback)

Their Design and Development

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By David Maidment
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Locomotive Portfolios
Pages: 235
Illustrations: 330
ISBN: 9781526732132
Published: 29th October 2018


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Southern Maunsell Moguls and Tank Engines is a volume in the series of Locomotive Profiles being published by Pen & Sword. It describes the conception, design and construction of the two- and three-cylinder 2-6-0s initially the ‘Ns’ constructed at the end of the First World War, many at government initiative by the Woolwich Arsenal and their three-cylinder variants, the ‘N1s’. It also describes in similar fashion the class ‘K’ River 2-6-4 tank engines, their riding problems and the decision to convert them as class ‘U’ two-cylinder moguls after the disastrous Sevenoaks derailment in 1927. The solitary ‘K1’ three-cylinder 2-6-4T was similarly converted as the prototype three-cylinder ‘U1’ with new build ‘Us’ and ‘U1s’ following in the early 1930s.

The moguls, originally built by Richard Maunsell for the South Eastern & Chatham Railway, became the standard mixed traffic locomotives throughout the Southern Railway for virtually the whole of its existence and many remained until near the end of BR Southern Region’s steam stock in 1965/6.

After the experience with the passenger 2-6-4 tank engines, Maunsell restricted his larger tank engine designs to freight work – the class ‘W’ for heavy cross-London interchange freight traffic and the ‘Z’0-8-0T for heavy shunting and banking work. Maunsell also redesigned some elderly LB&SCR E1 0-6-0Ts for branch line work in rural Devon and North Cornwall, providing a radial axle as 0-6-2T class E1/R.

The book covers the allocation, operation and performance of these classes and includes some personal reminiscences of the author who experienced the moguls at first hand. It also covers the sale of some of the Woolwich moguls to the CIE in Ireland and the conversion of a number to 2-6-4 freight tank engines for the Metropolitan Railway. The book is lavishly illustrated with over 300 black and white and thirty colour photographs.

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Bulleid Society

The text is well illustrated with a comprehensive selection of black and white and colour photographs.

An excellent and informative book from the pen of David Maidment.

Friends of the National Railway Museum

Listed in 'The Guide' feature

Shoreham Herald, 21st February 2019

With performance details of runs, quality images, drawings, individual histories and preservation, this is yet another excellent Pen and Sword locomotive review.

Steam World, April 2019

This book covers the allocations, operations and performances of Maunsell Moguls and Tank Locomotive classes and includes some personal reminiscences of the author. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 black and white and 30 colour photographs, this book is highly recommended.

Peter A. Harding - Branch Line & Light Railway Publications

A more than interesting work.

Read the full Spanish review here

Miniaturas JM

As referenced in article 'Specialist locomotives in focus in David's new book'

Crewe Chronicle, 19th December 2018
 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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