- LMS Steam
- by O.S.Nock
- The London Midland and Scottish was the largest and at first the most unwieldy of the 'Big Four' main line companies set up by the grouping scheme in 1923. This book, a companion volume to the author's previous works, Southern Steam and LNER Steam, describes the many difficulties that arose from the amalgamation, the clashes of personalities, the rival practices in locomotive design, and the vital changes in top management structure that eventually had such a profound influence upon locomotive development.
- Mr Nock writes of these early days from his acquaintance and friendship with many of the men concerned, and from frequent journeys on the line. The significance of the early dynamometer car trials is discussed, and then the changes that developed following the appointment of Sir Josiah Stamp as president of the executive. The subsequent appointment of Stanier as chief mechanical engineer and the immense programme of modernisation so successfully carried out is fully described, with accounts of many record runs; emphasis is also laid upon the success of Stanier's team building for the future.
- The story does not entirely end with the later work of Faiburn and Ivatt, because LMS Steam played a great part in the revitalisation of the West Coast express services after nationalisation, and no less on the Midland line.
- 269 pages, 1971, Case bound, 5¾" x 8¾"
- ISBN-10 0715352407
- Pre-Owned, minor spine fade
- David & Charles Publications