The Garratt Locomotive
- The Garratt Locomotive
- Locomotive Studies
- by A.E.Durrant
- This book recounts the whole story of the Garratt Locomotive, from the inventor's first inspiration and its practical realisation in a tiny engine built for Tasmania, to the present day, when the giant Garratts, still giving yeoman service in Africa and elsewhere, provide a worthy final chapter in the saga of steam
- Through technical considerations are not neglected, the main interest lies in the operational aspect. The subject of articulated locomotives in general is first considered; then the development of the Garratt design is traced in details. An impressive piece of research has gathered together particulars of practically every Garratt ever built, a convenient method of classification by continents being adopted. Not the least notable feature is the collection of spectacular action photographs, many of them from the author's own camera.
- The author is well fitted to write on this subject. His contact with Garratts extends back thirty years, to his schooldays. Extensive practical experience came in 1955, when he was seconded from Swindon to the East African Railways at Nairobi. At the time of publication he resided in the greatest of Garratt countries, South Africa, whose immediate neighbours, Rhodesia and Mozambique, possess yet more Garratts, thirty different classes being within comparatively easy reach.
- 144 pages, 1969, Case bound, 6" x 8½"
- ISBN-10 0715343564
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