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The Midland Compounds O. S. Nock

The Midland Compounds - O. S. Nock

Dawlish: David & Charles, 1964, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed. Personal blind-stamp to front flap. 4 postage stamps attached to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; Tables; Colour frontispiece; Title page vignette; 2-column text;

From the cover: “At the turn of the century compound locomotives were very much in vogue. In Great Britain, however, the principle had not made much headway, and the large-scale experiments on the London & North Western Railway were proving a failure. At the same time the outstanding success of Alfred de Glehn’s work in France was a phenomenon that could not be ignored. In England the compound principle entered upon a new phase in 1902 when S. W. Johnson built the first two Midland compounds at Derby. How these two largely-experimental locomotives became the forerunners of a class standardised by the L.M.S. in 1923, of which 195 engines were subsequently built, is one of the romances of railway history.

In this book O. S. Nock tells the early history of the locomotives in their successive developments and tests, and of the still larger compounds schemed out at Derby, but never built. With quotations from official results and drawings, and the personal diaries of men intimately connected with the work, it is a fascinating story. But the most exciting period was at grouping, with the successful test runs over the wild and severely-graded railway through the Northern Pennines. An outstanding result of these tests was that the type was adopted for many purely Scottish duties as well as for the Anglo-Scottish expresses.

The story is lavishly illustrated with photographs, while the collection of drawings, experimental results, test runs and logs of ordinary service trips provide a most comprehensive account of a remarkably successful locomotive class.”

Size: 10" x 7½". Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the David & Charles Locomotive Monographs series. 160 pages.

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