Released just a few months ago, this new book from Pen and Sword, written by David Maidment, is part of their Locomotive Portfolio series.
Measuring around 25cm x 26cm, the book has 380 pages and has a published price of £35, but can be picked up on Amazon for around £25 (at the time of writing).
The book covers the design, construction, operation and performance of all LNER-designed 4-6-0 locomotives that ran between 1923 and 1968.
Over 400 photos feature in the book, some of which are colour, and many are previously unpublished pictures from the Manchester Locomotive Society, in Stockport.
The book is split into seven chapters and also has a comprehensive appendix.
Chapter 1 is about the LNER engineers: John Robinson, Stephen Holden, Wilson Worsdell, Sir Vincent Raven, Sir Nigel Gresley and Edward Thompson.
Chapter 2 covers the Great Central 4-6-0s before LNER
Chapter 3 looks at the North Eastern 4-6-0s
Chapter 4 is about the Great Eastern 4-6-0s
Chapter 5 has information about Gresley’s B17 Sandringham and Footballers.
Chapter 6 features the Thompson B1s
Chapter 7 then looks at the Thompson rebuilds.
As in previous books by David Maidment, the chapters are followed by the appendices, which includes technical information of the classes along with drawings. As you would expect, this includes details of the wheel diameter, boiler pressure, weight, water capacity and tractive effort among other statistics.
Many of us will have seen B1s No. 61306 Mayflower and 61264 in real life, and many will be following the construction of 61673 Spirit of Sandringham, and it is great to be able to look back on all the many variations of 4-6-0s that once existed.
The format of the book means you can dive in at any point to explore the photos as well as find further information in the surrounding pages.
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We would like to thank Pen & Sword for providing us with a copy of the book for review.
LNER 4-6-0 Locomotives
As with other books from the Locomotive Portfolio series, this book by David Maidment comes highly recommended. A worthwhile addition to the series, and a great book in its own right if you have an interest in steam locomotives.
- Good mix of text and images
- Includes colour and black and white photos
- Highly detailed appendices
- Would have been great to refer appendix to the page containing an image if included
Presentation and Layout
Value for Money