Royal Scots and Patriots of the LMS - O. S. (Oswald Stevens) NockNewton Abbot, London & North Pomfret: David & Charles, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Personal blind-stamp to the front flap and top corner of the title page. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Charts; Diagrams; Tables; Frontispiece; Title page vignette; 2-column text; Appendices ;
From the cover: “No famous locomotive family owes its origin to stranger or more dramatic circumstances. Amalgamations of large and long established business houses are seldom consummated without deep undercurrents, outbursts of partisan feeling and much frustration; but on the LMS interdepartmental strife led to the complete overturning of the policy of a distinguished Chief Mechanical Engineer, and the imposition of panic measures to get large numbers of an entirely different design built quickly. How those engines, the Royal Scots of 1927, were developed, with little modification into a great loco-motive forms a stirring tale.
In this book O. S. Nock describes those early stages, and how the great experience of Sir William Stanier brought the design to its highest achievement. How the smaller version, the Baby Scots, known also as Patriots, came out of the enlarged boiler LNWR Claughton continues the story; finally came the conversion of all the Royal Scots and many of the Baby Scots into the taper boilered variety, which despite much outstanding work were not without their troubles. Mr Nock’s account is drawn from first hand observation and frequent travel over long periods, together with experience on the footplate.”