Excellent book - describes the whole locomotive, not just the steam-engine bits,
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This review is from: How Steam Locomotives Really Work (Popular Science) (Paperback)
No wonder steam locomotive drivers & firemen were held in such high esteem ! Having read this book, and realised just how much they had to think about and do every single journey, I am in awe.
This excellent book describes the whole locomotive, as a towing vehicle, not just the steam-engine (boiler, pistons etc).
It claims to be, and is, a description of loco technology in the final days of steam traction. Unfortunately all the interveening advances between Trevithick and then are not covered. This is a pity - perhaps the authors would like to write such a history. Based on this book I would certainly buy it !