Great Western 4-4-0s 1904-1961
- Standard Gauge Great Western 4-4-0s Part 2
- 'Counties' to the close 1904-1961
- by O.S.Nock
- The era of the 4-4-0 construction on the Great Western spans the transition from the late Victorian practices of William dean to the modern ideas of Churchward. In the second volume of this two-part work O.S.Nock describes the introduction of the outside-cylinder 'County' class and shows how strongly the design was influenced by American practice. Their early work is discussed in relation to the motive power situation on the GWR in the early 1900s. Churchward then gradually added what became the standard features of super-heating, piston valves, and top-feed to all the 4-4-0 locomotives, both inside and outside cylinder. The story is enhanced by the details of many excellent runs.
- By the end of World War I Churchward's 4-6-0s had become supreme and during the 1920s withdrawal of the several 4-4-0 classes started, yet the implications of Grouping in 1923 played an important part in the 4-4-0s story, largely because of a need for suitable motive power for the Cambrian section.
- Despite the disappearance of many of the GWR 4-4-0 types by the 1930s, in the middle of the decade the Great Western placed in service a 'new' 4-4-0 design, a hybrid utilising parts of both Bulldog and Duke classes nicknamed Dukedogs. One notable GWR 4-4-0 to be preserved is City of Truro and no account of Great Western 4-4-0s could possibly omit reference to the exploits of this famous locomotive. In this volume, true to form, Mr Nock vindicates its claim to a maximum speed of 100mph in 1904 and describes a footplate ride on the engine as preserved in 1957 when it reached a maximum of 84 mph, a tribute indeed to Churchward's modern thinking more than half a century before.
- 96 pages, 1978, Case bound, 6¾" x 10;"
- ISBN-10 0-7153-7411-7
- New — N/A
- Pre-Owned, Excellent
- Related Titles
- Standard Gauge Great Western 4-4-0s Part 1
- David & Charles Publications