Thompson's B1s (Great Northern)

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A photographic album in which author, Peter Tuffrey, celebrates the B1 Class 4-6-0 locomotive, Edward Thompson’s most enduring design which was manufactured between 1942 and 1952. In total 410 examples of the class were built and it was a familiar sight across the former London & North Eastern Railway region.

In Thompson’s B1s the introduction gives a summary of Edward Thompson’s background; as Nigel Gresley’s successor as Chief Mechanical Engineer at the LNER from 1941 to 1946, he is principally remembered for his programme of standardisation, and for designing the B1 Class 4-6-0 locomotive. The photographs illustrate an assortment of these engines at work in the LNER and BR periods, in settings such as stations, sheds, workshops and lineside. Locations include York, Newcastle, Darlington, Doncaster, Colchester, Grantham, King’s Cross, Marylebone, Neasden, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Leicester, Hull, Fort William and Aberdeen. All the photographs are accompanied by well-researched and informative captions.

230 colour and black & white photographs. Hardback. 160 pages.

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