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British Steam - BR Standard Locomotives Kindle Edition
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In short, a nice collection of photos, but greatly lacking in real depth. Shame.
But the book has several issues, amongst which is the poor punctuation, which is a bit off-putting. In addition, there are one or two links in the e-version which don,t I would also have liked to see a chapter early on bringing together the reasoning behind the decisions as to how many different Standard types should be designed and what they should be. The facts are there, but they're scattered across the separate chapters for the various types, and what this approach gains in relevance to the individual chapters, it loses in overall coherence.
But what irritated me most - and I can only speak about the Kindle version, the paper version may be fine - is the abysmal layout of photographs and captions. Photos which I guess are on facing pages in the paper version almost invariably come out so the left half is on the right hand page and the right half is on the next left hand page, so it's impossible to see the whole photo even on a 10" iPad displaying two pages side by side. In the one exception, where the two halves ARE on facing pages, the engine and tender don't align, creating a bizarre effect. And the captions have often become orphaned or part-orphaned from the photos they apply to, often appearing at first sight to relate to a different photo. None of this should be laid at the author's door, of course; it's down to how casually the book was converted into e-format.
I wasn't bothered by what seems to have irked some other reviewers, the space given to the derivation of the names. I found this very interesting and felt it also gave a flavour of attitudes in that era.
Perhaps the author should read the comments on Amazon, and revamp the book into a really good definitive work. My suggestion would be to cut down the bits on loco names, and add technical information, perhaps contrasting the features which are not so standard between classes.
I agree with the reviewwr who thought the sections on names were a bit long winded.
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