The Last Steam Locomotive Engineer: R.A.Riddles
- The Last Steam Locomotive Engineer: R.A.Riddles
- The occasion of the naming of an engine Royal Signals - a lunch party held by the London, Midland & Scottish Railway - was also the occasion of the first encounter between R.A.Riddles and his present biographer. Both were leaving the party early on their respective duties.
- This book is the outcome of that early meeting. It deals with the career of a remarkable locomotive engineer who joined the Crewe Works of the old London & North Western Railway in the years before the First World War and rose to the very top of his profession, with responsibility on British Railways for more locomotives than any previous Chief Mechanical Engineer. He was responsible for the design of the Austerity locomotives of the Second World War and for the Standard locomotives of British Railways. Of these, his 2-10-0 has strong claims to being the finest steam engine ever to run in the British Isles. R.A.Riddles is the last of the long line of British steam locomotive engineers.
- 1970, Hardback, 215 pages, 5¾" x 8¾"
- George, Allen & Unwin Publishing
- ISBN-10 0043850537
- ISBN-13 9780043850534
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