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British Railways Steam Locomotives 1948 1968

Autor: Hugh Longworth
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ISBN: 9780860936602
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An exhaustive and monumental listing of every steam locomotive operated by British Railways from Nationalisation until the end of steam in 1968, now brought completely up to date in a second edition.

British Railways Steam Locomotive Allocations 1948 1968

Autor: Hugh Longworth
Publisher: Ian Allen Pub
ISBN: 9780860936428
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A comprehensive companion volume to Hugh Lonworth's British Railways Steam Locomotives 1948-1968, this latest title provides a locomotive-by-locomotive allocation record from 1948 to 1963.The follow-up to one of the most successful reference books produced by Ian Allan Publishing's OPC imprint in recent years, this book provides a class-by-class, locomotive-by-locomotive record of each steam locomotive that was in service on 1 January 1948 as well as all those that were built between that date and 1963. Drawing upon six vital years in the steam era, the book provides a locomotive-by-locomotive allocation record, including distribution maps to illustrate how each individual class was allocated during the relevant years and a shed-by-shed listing for each of these years. Although the book is primarily designed as a work of reference with detailed tabular matter, there will also be a range of illustrations portraying typical examples of the locomotive classes featured.

British Railways Steam

Autor: John Stretton
Publisher: Silver Link Pub Limited
ISBN: 9781857943207
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Steam on British Railways finaly came to an end officiallyon 4 August 1968. However, this was not the whole story,as by that time steam locomotives in day to day operationswere focused in the North West of the UK. Steam in otherareas of the country had been consigned to history over theprevious few years. The first Region of British Railways to suffer this fate was the Western, with steam being summarily withdrawn on 31 December 1965. After that date, any ex-GWR locos at work on the erstwhile Western Region had been transferred to the Midland Region following boundry changes a year or so beforehand. The East Coast Main Line out of King┬┐s Cross saw progressive withdrawal of steam throughout 1965 and 1966, but perhaps of more significance in the latter year was the end of steam on the Somerset & Dorset and Great Central Railways, with closure of those two much loved and late lamented routes. 1967 was to witnessthe final workings of steam on the Southern Region and jn Scotland. Steam still soldiered on in the North East of theUK to this point but was to go by the end of this year. Thus, 1968 dawned with rapidly depleting steam services and remaining locomotives either being withdrawn or receiving basic maintenance to keep them running - often involving the use of cannibalised parts from their former glorious colleagues. In many cases, Enthusiasts suddenly woke up to the impending demise of steam and began invading the North West in large numbers to witness and /or record events. This book both celebrates and commemorates those last four dramatic years, recording both working locomotives, shed scenes and a selected number of routes, many of which closed during the period under examination, by way of illustrating the disappearing steam age railway. The views are nostalgic, poignant and ones that cannot be repeated.

British Steam Br Standard Locomotives

Autor: Keith Langston
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 1845631463
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After WWII the existing railway companies were all put into the control of the newly formed British Transport Commission and that government organization spawned British Railways, which came into being on 1st January 1948. The railway infrastructure had suffered badly during the war years and most of the steam locomotives were 'tired' and badly maintained and or life expired. Although the management of British Railways was already planning to replace steam power with diesel and electric engines/units they still took a decision to build more steam locomotives (as a stop gap). Some 999 (yes just 1 short) Standard locomotives were built in 12 classes ranging from super powerful express and freight engine to suburban tank locomotives. The locomotives were mainly in good order when the order came in 1968 to end steam, some only 8 years old.There still exists a fleet of 46 preserved Standards of which 75% are in working order in and around the UKs preserved railways, furthermore 3 new build standard locomotives are proposed. Steam fans who were around in the 1960s all remember the 'Standards'.

British Railways First Generation Dmus

Autor: Hugh Longworth
Publisher: Ian Allen Pub
ISBN: 9780860936121
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First introduced in the early 1950s, the diesel multiple-unit represented an attempt to produce a vehicle that would replace steam traction on the countrys branch lines and secondary routes at a time when the railway industry was in desperate need of a cheaper alternative to steam in order to improve the finances of these increasingly unremunerative lines. Initially introduced in areas such as the north west of England, the West Riding of Yorkshire and East Anglia, the arrival of the new and much cleaner Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) undoubtedly helped to stem both the loss of passenger traffic and improve, at least briefly, the economics of the lines over which they operated. Between the early 1950s and the start of the following decade, several thousand of these units were produced by a variety of manufacturers for service nationwide. However, despite the cost savings that these units represented, the financial position of the railways continued to deteriorate with the result that many of the lines for which they were designed were closed in the wake of the Beeching Report. Following refurbishment from the early 1970s onwards, many first generation DMUs were to survive in service until the late 1980s or early 1990s. Indeed a handful can still be found in operation almost 50 years after the first of the type entered service. Although most were scrapped after withdrawal, a significant number of these vehicles have been preserved on the nations heritage railways. In 2005 OPC published Hugh Longworths British Railway Steam Locomotives 1948-1968. This definitive listing of every steam locomotive operated by BR between 1948 and 1968 was one of the most successful railway titles of 2005 and was quickly reprinted on three occasions. Having examined the steam locomotive fleet in detail, Hugh Longworth now turns his attention to all of the first generation DMUs constructed. As with the earlier book, each type is covered in detail with information given about construction, technical specifications, entry into service, withdrawal and its fate. Alongside the detailed tabular material the book also includes some 125 mono illustrations recording the great variety of DMU constructed as part of the programme. Comprehensive in its coverage, this new addition to the OPC list will be sought after by all those modellers, preservationists and historians seeking a detailed reference work on the history of these first generation DMUs.

Fifty Years Since The End Of Steam

Autor: Mark Lee Inman
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445676753
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Mark Lee Inman examines the rapid progress made on Britain's railways over the last fifty years, from the end of steam right up to Crossrail, Class 88s and beyond.