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Great Western Railway Pannier Tanks [Hardcover]

Robin Jones
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24 Jan 2014
The name 'Great Western Railway' immediately conjures up images of Stars, Castles and Kings, the legendary express passenger locomotives that were the envy of the world in their day. However, the Swindon empire also produced extensive fleets of all-purpose tank engines - everyday reliable workhorses and unsung heroes - which were also standout classics in their own right. The most distinctive and immediately recognizable type in terms of shape, all but unique to the GWR, was the six-coupled pannier tank. Great Western Railway Pannier Tanks details the history and development of all the classes of pannier tanks, from the mid-Victorian age to the end of London Underground steam locomotives in 1971. It has a particular focus on the 5700 class, the second-biggest British steam locomotive class of all. GWR pannier tanks are still giving sterling service today, both on heritage railway and hauling specials on the main line - one has even pulled a Royal Train!

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (24 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847976530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847976536
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 21.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Jones is the founding editor of Heritage Railway magazine, a monthly title devoted to railway prreservation. A railway enthusiast since his early years, he was taken trainspotting at Widney Manor station in Solihull - on the Western Region route from Birmingham Snow Hill to Leamington Spa - during the last years of British Railways steam locomotives. Robin has had many books published, on subjects ranging from railways to history and travel.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable read 1 Mar 2014
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This book is puzzling, the author is obviously a great fan of the pannier tank 'breed', and the book contains much useful information
and some excellent photos. However the history of its development through various classes is slightly sketchy and not strictly
accurate. The story of what Robin Jones describes as the small panniers is rushed and their importance is very much underestimated.
Additionally the book would be more useful for modellers and engineering students if there were more technical details and comparative diagrams. The book is a very good introduction especially for the uninitiated, as well as for established fans but it is a pity that having done so much good work the book doesn't go the whole hog and include all the information on the class which at present can only be obtained by trawling through several volumes of different publications.
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