British Trains Past and Present - O. S. (Oswald Stevens) NockLondon, New York, Toronto & Sydney: B. T. Batsford, 1951, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with the price clipped. A little spotting to the edges of the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates ; Colour frontispiece; Title page vignette;
From the cover: “O. S. Nock is a railway enthusiast who is also a considerable expert on the history and technique of the subject, as his earlier work, The Railways of Britain, showed. In the present book Mr. Nock concentrates more particularly on the engines and on the differing types of rolling stock which they have been pulling during the past century and a quarter. His first chapter is on the Early Days of the Railways, and there are succeeding sections on the Age of Railway Pre-Eminence, Locomotives of the Pre-Eminent Age, the Branches and By-Ways, and present-day Difficulties and Triumphs.
The very numerous illustrations will be no less fascinating to the enthusiast than Mr. Nock’s lively, expert and anecdotal text. These illustrations include four colour plates and more than 100 other subjects from old prints and engravings and from photographs taken at every period from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. In them will be found a history in pictures of the development of British Trains. In particular there are illustrations of an extraordinary variety of locomotives in a series which begins with the “Rocket” and concludes with the British Railways’ first standard locomotive, the “Britannia”.
Railway enthusiasts are an exceptionally well-informed and critical body. The Publishers are confident that in the present book they will be glad to welcome a new and valuable contribution to the literature of their subject.”