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Steam locomotives - Southern Railway: books - history

Books on the history, models and technology of steam locomotives of the Southern Railway (SR, 1923-1947), including the Bulleid Pacific locomotives.

Bulleid Pacifics

The Bulleid Pacifics remain one of the most iconic classes of locomotives in the history of Britain's railways - a unique breed that delighted enthusiasts all around the Southern Region. With their distinctive shape and technical innovations, they are an ever-popular favourite of modellers and enthusiasts alike and continue to delight in preservation.

Oliver Bulleid's Merchant Navy, West Country and Battle of Britain Pacifics had such relatively short lives, yet their performance feats over the switchback West Country hills, the Kentish boat trains, and the Bournemouth and Weymouth line still fascinate loyal enthusiasts and students of locomotive performance to this day.

Focusing here on the twilight years of the 1960s, and featuring a large number of previously unpublished images, long-time Bulleid Pacific aficionado Nigel Kendall shares some of his stunning archive images of these majestic machines in action.

Author:Nigel Kendall
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 x 1 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:180 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2018)
Book: Bulleid Pacifics

Bulleid Pacifics

Language: English

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Southern Railway - Lord Nelson Class 4-6-0s - Their Design and Development (Locomotive Portfolio)

The Lord Nelson Class has come to be viewed as an 'also ran' amongst express locomotives and is largely overlooked for that reason. It had the misfortune to be sandwiched on Southern metals between the classic and much revered King Arthurs and Schools and by Bullied's controversial Pacifics. In such company any design might suffer by comparison.

And yet when first appearing they attracted plaudits from railway professionals, including the footplate crew, and the public alike. But with only 16 being built their impact was muted and any faults in their design were magnified beyond their actual impact.
In truth they deserved far better than this and were, in fact sturdy, reliable performers that served the company well on the heavy boat trains for which they were designed and across their other passenger services for 30 years and more in peace and war.

Much has been written about these locomotives but no story is ever complete, with new information and photographs emerging to deepen our understanding of them.
This book provides an in depth view that re-examines these impressive engines using, new material, eye witness accounts, contemporary assessments and more than 200 photographs and drawings.

Author:Tim Hillier-Graves
Specs:176 pages, 24 x 25.5 x 1.9 cm / 9 x 10 x 0.75 in, hardback
Illustrations:200+ photographs and drawings
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2020)
Series:Locomotive Portfolio (Steam)
Book: Southern Railway - Lord Nelson Class 4-6-0s - Their Design and Development (Locomotive Portfolio)

Southern Railway - Lord Nelson Class 4-6-0s - Their Design and Development

Language: English

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Southern Railway - 0-6-0 Tender Goods Locomotive Classes - A Survey and Overview (Locomotive Portfolio)

This book looks at the 0-6-0 tender goods locomotives of the Southern Railway, from the steam locomotive classes taken over at the railway grouping in 1923, through to the two classes introduced during Southern Railway days, that of the Q and Q1 classes.

The Southern Railway had a rich and varied number of 0-6-0 tender goods classes, originating from all three former main line pre grouping companies, many of them lasted until the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Many of the older Victorian and Edwardian classes of locomotive taken over in 1923, did not last very long with the new company, but are covered here for historical and modelling interest.

Author:David Maidment
Specs:272 pages, 24 x 25.5 x 2.3 cm / 9 x 10 x 0.91 in, hardback
Illustrations:250 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2021)
Series:Locomotive Portfolio (Steam)
Book: Southern Railway - 0-6-0 Tender Goods Locomotive Classes - A Survey and Overview (Locomotive Portfolio)

Southern Railway - 0-6-0 Tender Goods Locomotive Classes - A Survey and Overview

Language: English

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Southern Railway - Maunsell Moguls and Tank Locomotive Classes (Locomotive Portfolio)

A volume in the series of Locomotive Profiles being published by Pen & Sword. It describes the conception, design and construction of the two- and three-cylinder 2-6-0s initially the 'Ns' constructed at the end of the First World War, many at government initiative by the Woolwich Arsenal and their three-cylinder variants, the 'N1s'.
It also describes in similar fashion the class 'K' River 2-6-4 tank engines, their riding problems and the decision to convert them as class 'U' two-cylinder moguls after the disastrous Sevenoaks derailment in 1927. The solitary 'K1' three-cylinder 2-6-4T was similarly converted as the prototype three-cylinder 'U1' with new build 'Us' and 'U1s' following in the early 1930s.
The Moguls, originally built by Richard Maunsell for the South Eastern & Chatham Railway, became the standard mixed traffic locomotives throughout the Southern Railway for virtually the whole of its existence and many remained until near the end of BR Southern Region's steam stock in 1965/6.

After the experience with the passenger 2-6-4 tank engines, Maunsell restricted his larger tank engine designs to freight work - the class 'W' for heavy cross-London interchange freight traffic and the 'Z'0-8-0T for heavy shunting and banking work. Maunsell also redesigned some elderly LB&SCR E1 0-6-0Ts for branch line work in rural Devon and North Cornwall, providing a radial axle as 0-6-2T class E1/R.

The book covers the allocation, operation and performance of these classes and includes some personal reminiscences of the author who experienced the moguls at first hand. It also covers the sale of some of the Woolwich moguls to the CIE in Ireland and the conversion of a number to 2-6-4 freight tank engines for the Metropolitan Railway.
The book is lavishly illustrated with over 300 black and white and thirty colour photographs.

Author:David Maidment
Specs:232 pages, 24 x 26.5 x 1.9 cm / 9 x 10.4 x 0.75 in, hardback
Illustrations:300+ b&w and 30 colour photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2019)
Series:Locomotive Portfolio (Steam)
Book: Southern Railway - Maunsell Moguls and Tank Locomotive Classes (Locomotive Portfolio)

Southern Railway - Maunsell Moguls and Tank Locomotive Classes

Language: English

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