LNER 4-6-0 Locomotives: Their Design, Operation & Performance (Pen & Sword)

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Retired senior BR manager and railway author David Maidment has put together this comprehensive history of the design, construction, operation and performance of all 4-6-0 steam locos that ran on the London & North Eastern Railway and British Rail's Eastern Region between the formation of the LNER in 1923 and the end of BR steam in 1968 including those built both before and after the 1923 Grouping.

The book starts with short biographies of the engineers involved in the design and construction of the LNER 4-6-0s: John G Robinson, Stephen D Holden, Wilson Worsdell, Sir Vincent Raven, Edward Thompson and of course Sir Nigel Gresley.

This is followed by chapters on each distinct fleet of 4-6-0s, starting with the Great Central 4-6-9s built before the 1923 Grouping when the GC would become part of the LNER. The other loco types covered are:

  • The North Eastern 4-6-0s
  • The Great Eastern 4-6-0s
  • Gresley’s B17 “Sandringhams” and “Footballers”
  • Thompson’s B1s
  • Thompson’s rebuilds

For each sub-class within each of those fleets there are technical details such as weight, tractive effort and water and coal capacity, and example timings and speeds for some of their regular routes of operation are included. There is a good mix of photos of the locos on shed and hauling passenger trains between the early 1900s and the 1960s. Most of the photos are black & white but there is a colour section towards the back. This is followed by a full fleet list including date of construction, first and last depot, and date of withdrawal.

380 pages. Over 400 photos, mostly black & white. Hardback.

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