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The LMS Princess Coronation Pacifics, 1937-1956 (Hardback)

Their Design and Development

Transport > Trains & Railways

By David Maidment
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Locomotive Portfolios
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781399085779
Published: 6th April 2023

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This book covers the design, construction, operation and performance of Sir William Stanier’s masterpiece, the Princess Coronation pacific locomotives, better known as the ‘Duchesses’. Included are pen portraits of the LMS engineers, a chapter on the express locomotives of the early LMS period that preceded their introduction and the internal rivalries and politics that Stanier was brought in to resolve. Chapters and photographs cover the streamline era, the war years and aftermath, the early years of nationalisation including the 1948 locomotive exchanges and the recovery of performance in the mid-1950s. The author includes some of his own experiences and photographs. The book includes 200 photographs including a few in colour from the LMS era, and an appendix with weight diagrams, and statistics of the locomotive construction and withdrawal, names, liveries, allocations and mileages.

"The photo content is particularly notable, extensive and well-reproduced covering all the variations and with a colour section. There are some nice general arrangement drawings included with dimensions..."

Engineering in Miniature - October 2023

"Many thanks to Mr. Maidment and Pen & Sword for making this wonderful book available."

The LMS Society

Although very much the standard Locomotive Portfolio format this book has more engineering detail, than most in this series. There is plenty of interest.... much to enjoy, and plenty of great photographs.

The Journal for The Society of Model & Experimental Engineers - Volume 31 - Number 5 - October 2023

"All in all, a great work and a highly enjoyable read!"

York Model Engineers Newsletter - September 2023

"A colour section, and lots of engine detail, such as dates of major modifications and mileages, complete another Pen & Sword locomotive appraisal."

Steam World - September 2023
 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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