Class 40 Locomotives (Amberley)

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An illustrated survey of one of the iconic locomotives of twentieth-century Britain: The Class 40.

The book begins with an account of the sequence of events that gave rise to the Class 40, beginning with the pioneering work of the LMS in the 1940s. This is followed by a series of illustrated sections looking at various attributes of the class, including:

  • Class 40 Names
  • The Infamous D326 and the Great Train Robbery
  • Accidents
  • Royal Train Duties
  • TOPS and Renumbering
  • The Original Green Goddess
  • The Beginning of the End
  • Preservation

Class 40 Locomotives contains 180 photographs, mostly taken between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s, and mostly in colour. Includes images from Scotland and all around the north of England, where the locomotives saw regular use on both passenger and freight duties.

The vast majority of the photographs were taken by the late Keith Holt, whose formative years were spent in West Yorkshire, something of a stronghold for the class. The book serves as a fitting tribute to his longstanding interest in the railways, and reflects the varied work carried out by the Class 40. 96 pages.

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