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Pacific Power (British Steam) [Kindle Edition]

Keith Langston
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‘Pacific’, collectively a name applied to steam locomotives with a 4-6-2 wheel arrangement is perhaps more commonly associated with express passenger engines but that is not the whole story, there were also Pacific Tank Engines. The LNER is famously associated with their streamlined Gresley A4 Pacific locomotives and that most celebrated of locomotives, Flying Scotsman. The new build Pacific Tornado has raised the profile of the 4-6-2 type to even greater heights. The LMS produced powerful Pacific locomotives to a Stanier design; whilst the Southern Railway constructed Bullied air smoothed 4-6-2 engines. The GWR, who built Britain’s first Pacific type, actually entered the BR era without a 4-6-2 type on their stock list! However Riddles included 4-6-2 engines in his multi regional BR Standard range. The locomotive specifications are illustrated and presented in a manner which will appeal equally to enthusiasts, model makers and railway historians.

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About the Author

Cheshire based Keith Langston is a widely published and highly respected photo journalist who specialises in heritage transportation and industrial archaeology subjects. Keith counts himself fortunate to have known Fred Dibnah personally and to have observed the great man first hand as he went about his fascinating work. Keith Langston contributes news and feature material on a regular basis across a wide range of heritage titles, including Old Glory, Heritage Railway, Heritage Commercials, Tractor, and Towpath Talk.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 230717 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wharncliffe (19 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,991 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars very well structured 23 Mar. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
owning a number of books about British railways in general and its steam period in detail, I always felt confused about the steam engines classification system(s), the sequences of development, etc. This excellent book brings structure into the development and classification of the British Pacific type steam locomotives.
Good text, good Pictures good general explanations, what I miss as engineer (and as Swiss) are some more technical details in the tables (e.g. about the boiler/steam generator design, the valve gear) and that the figures are only given in British dimensions and not in addition in metric System.
However, I found this book so good that I ordered more copies of this book to give my friends as a gift.
What I would like to see is a book dealing with the British ten-wheeler classes (4-6-0) by the same author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Age of Steam 8 Jun. 2014
By pharoah
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As a Railway Signalman of 43 years (retired) it certainly bought back memories of my steam days, seing a Brittania race through our station was exciting. There are lots of pictures in this, but for me it leant very heavily on the Great Western, Southern Region and the LMS, not a lot on the Great Eastern, nevertheless it was very informative, such as why was only one loco 71000 Duke of Gloucester was built and why, and even i discovered why in my younger days there were a few gaps in my Ian Allen Combined Edition train spotters book, they were shedded in Scotland! A good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb collection of photos and info 30 Jan. 2014
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A lovely book with great pics and narrative on the great steam Pacific loco engines of our time. Nice to see the preserved ones as well. Recommended for steam enthusiasts everywhere !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 21 Mar. 2015
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Enjoyable easy reading, it gives a good incite of the engineers who help build these engines
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5.0 out of 5 stars good value 14 May 2014
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excellent pictures with brief description of the locomotives. Good starting point for further research. Great for enthusiasts of British Steam.
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