The LMS Princess Coronation Pacifics, 1937-1956 (ePub)
Their Design and Development
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.
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