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The Urie and Maunsell Cylinder 4-6-0s (ePub)

Transport > Trains & Railways

By David Maidment
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Locomotive Portfolios
File Size: 49.8 MB (.epub)
Pages: 264
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781473852549
Published: 20th October 2016


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This book is one in the Pen & Sword Transport History imprint in the ‘Locomotive Portfolio’ series and covers the family of two-cylinder 4-6-0s designed and built by the Chief Mechanical Engineers of the London & South Western and Southern Railways between 1914 and 1936, which survived well into the era of British Railways.

The N15 ‘King Arthur’ class of express passenger engines were the mainstay of the Southern Railway’s passenger business between the two world wars, but both Robert Urie and Richard Maunsell built mixed traffic and freight locomotives of a similar ilk forming a ‘King Arthur’ family of locomotives for all purposes that were simple, robust and long lived. This book describes the conception, design and construction of the N15, H15 and S15 classes and the N15X rebuilds of the LB&SCR ‘Baltic Tanks’ and their operation in traffic before and after the Second World War, until the withdrawal of the last Maunsell 4-6-0 in 1965.

The book includes extensive personal recollections of the author, who both saw and travelled on hundreds of trains hauled by many of these engines in the 1950s and ‘60s, and gives a brief summary of those that have been preserved on Britain’s heritage railways.

The book is copiously illustrated with over 200 black and white and colour illustrations.

The book is excellently illustrated throughout, in both black and white and colour photographs, covering all periods of the locomotive's existence.
Highly recommended to Southern supporters and others.

Historic Model Railway Society

The work comes with an impressive visual section, 69 colour photographs, 299 black and white and an appendix with 9 diagrams of different types of machines. Without a doubt, another great piece of work from the "Locomotive Portfolios" series.

Read the full review here.

José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

David Maidment was both an enthusiast and a career railwayman. His interest shows in Urie and Maunsell 2 cylinder 4-6-0s of the Southern Railway.
All royalties go to that worthy charity The Railway Children. Buy it if you loved Southern steam.

Society of Model & Experimental Engineers

An enthusiastic first impression was wholly justified, as it is a book to be studied repeatedly, especially by those who remember these locomotives. With so much in it, it is good value, and fully recommended as something to treasure for all time.

The Railway Observer Feb 2017

The long career of these engines is set out in a well researched text and photographs, as well as the authors personal reminisces which brings the story to life.

The Great Western Society

David Maidment's book not only gives us a great grounding in the working lives of Robert Urie's and Richard Maunsell's 2-cylinder H15, N15 and S14 4-6-0s - plus Maunsell's rebuilds of the London, Brighton & South Coast Baltic tanks that became the N15Xs - he also puts the whole story into perspective about what went before and what came afterwards.

In addition to a thorough examination of the locomotive's development, with experiments to keep drifting smoke out of the crews' eyes in the cab so they could see the signals and the road ahead, there are personal recollections from a fireman about working with the engines, plus the author's own view as an enthusiast.

An excellent ingredient of this 264-page hardback is the superb selection of photographs showing the different locomotives on shed and at work. Many of the images are from well-known collections including those of the late Dick Riley, whose colour slides always seem so evocative of the period revealing lots of detail beyond that of the locomotives themselves.

Best of British, February 2017

I know there are people who will lap up every page of this fantastic pictorial history of the 4-6-0s - they are awe-inspiring pieces of machinery, built to last and to work. An amazing tribute to the manufacturing processes and the people who created these amazing machines.

Books Monthly, December 2017 – reviewed by Paul Norman
 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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