BR Standard Steam Album - Alan WilliamsIan Allan, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with resultant slight wear to the dust wrapper which has a nick at the head of the spine.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “The ‘standard’ range of BR locomotives was born in 1951 as a result of the locomotive exchange trials of 1948. Designed to have a high route availability and to give an all-line standard, the first was produced by R. A. Riddles and his team and was intended to last well into the 1970s. In January 1951 No 70000 Britannia the first of 999 Standard locomotives — emerged into a world of change. Within 10 years British Railways’ final steam engine, Class 9F No 92220 Evening Star, was completed at Swindon and commenced a mere five years of service.
Developed mostly from the ex-LMS designs of Stanier, Fairburn and Ivatt, the Standards met their job specification perfectly — they were able to continue unremarkable everyday working without recourse to expensive maintenance. Within 17 years these workhorses of the final years of British steam were gone, superseded by their electric and diesel counterparts.
However, the engines were not lost forever — eight of the 1 2 classes enjoy an ‘afterlife’ on preserved railways. For those that did not survive, Alan Williams’ album will supply a suitable memorial.”