Locomotion: A World Survey of Railway Traction - O. S. (Oswald Stevens) NockLondon: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is lightly pulled at the head of the upper panel. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.
Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Tables; Cutaways; Photographic end papers & blanks;
From the cover: “O. S. Nock’s individual histories of railways and locomotives have made him one of the best known of all railway writers. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, Mr Nock has produced a magnificent and entertaining survey of all forms of traction which can work on permanent way.
This review of the art and technique of railway traction ranges from the sporadic early development, before the work of George Stephenson, through the struggles to get the locomotive established as the sole means of railway traction, to the momentous trials at Rainhill in 1829, when, with the Rocket, the locomotive had attained the basic form that was to endure, with successive embellishments, for upwards of 150 years. The book traces the gradual improvement of the steam locomotive, with the introduction of steel into its construction, with superheating, the development of valve gears, and to colossal proportions. At the same time, Mr Nock looks at the introduction of electric traction and of diesels, and examines the changing role of railways in the modern age. He discusses the use of railways as bulk freight carriers for lengthy mineral hauls, and the prospect of new super-speed passenger services on which continuous running at more than 200 m.p.h. is envisaged.
The illustrations in the book form a unique gallery of the subject, and they include many drawings which show the problems that engineers-past and present-have had to face and how they overcame them. Offering a broader picture than any previous railway book, this is a must for all those who are interested in the history of the most efficient means of land transport ever invented.”