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Steam locomotives: books - technology, operation and operation

A technical book about locomotives? Discover here our books about steam locomotives (frames, shafts, bearings, wheels, boiler, booster, distributor, steam engine, pumps, regulation, steam whistle, air compressor, brakes, clutch, lamps, etc.).

The Steam Locomotive - An Engineering History

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Books on railway history invariably start with the Stephenson's or with Richard Trevithick's locomotive of 1804, but the story begins much earlier with the development of steam engines for pumping out deep mines.

Ken Gibbs, a retired engineer who served his apprenticeship in the Swindon Works of British Railways, takes a more practical approach to railway history, using its engineering developments to tell the story of the railways. From the first ideas to the development of better metals, manufacturing, technology in wheel casting, improved boilers and valve gears, his book is a refreshingly different approach to the plethora of picture books showing branch lines in days past.

Ken's engineering background and love of railway technology gives us a book suited to the layman and engineer alike, explaining how each development made the railways better, faster or safer.
It took over 150 years to develop the steam locomotive from a basic boiler on wheels weighing a couple of tons to the magnificent express passenger and freight locomotives weighing in excess of 100 tons and capable of speeds over 120mph. Read how the steam locomotive developed from those early days to the last days of steam.

Specs:256 pages, 24.5 x 17 x 1.6 cm / 9.7 x 6.7 x 0.63 in, paperback
Illustrations:307 photographs and drawings
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2012)
EAN:9781445609188
Book: The Steam Locomotive - An Engineering History

The Steam Locomotive - An Engineering History

Language: English

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How Steam Locomotives Really Work

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The authors, both railway experts, cover the design of locomotives, the many processes in the conversion of fuel to tractive effort, the dynamic characteristics of the locomotive as a vehicle, the braking equipment, and a host of other systems, major and minor, that make up a working locomotive. They also explain the reasons for running and maintenance practices.

Specs:354 pages, 19.5 x 13 x 1.8 cm / 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.71 in, paperback
Illustrations:120 b&w photographs, 70 drawings
Publisher:Oxford University Press (GB, 2004)
EAN:9780198607823
Book: How Steam Locomotives Really Work

How Steam Locomotives Really Work

Language: English

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Modern Locomotive Construction - The legendary Bible of Locomotive Building from 1892

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Created in 1892 by J.G.A. Meyer, the former chief draftsman at the Grant Locomotive Works, "Modern Locomotive Construction" is one of the most in-depth documents to emerge from the age of steam. Regarded as "the Bible" of steam engines, it is replete with information about every aspect of locomotive building and maintenance.

This text can educate even the most learned railroader and answer questions you never even knew you had. Running over 660 pages, this book is an encyclopedic discussion of operating components including but not limited to cylinders, valve gears, frames, pistons, driving axles, main rods, throttle pipes and gear, spring gear, boilers, smoke stacks, sand boxes, trucks, tenders, and more.

Exceptionally well-written and richly illustrated, this book educated a generation of engineers and draftsman. Regarded as exceptionally rare, it's never been easy to lay your hands on this wonderful book, until now!
This paperback edition represents the first time Modern Locomotive Construction has been available in over 100 years.

Specs:672 pages, 25.5 x 20.5 x 3.6 cm / 10 x 8.1 x 1.42 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous photographs and drawings
Publisher:Periscope Film (USA, 2010)
EAN:9781935700203
Book: Modern Locomotive Construction - The legendary Bible of Locomotive Building from 1892

Modern Locomotive Construction - The legendary Bible of Locomotive Building from 1892

Language: English

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The Locomotive Up To Date - The Classic Encyclopedic Reference for Steam Locomotive Engineers and Firemen

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When it was originally published in 1899, "The Locomotive Up to Date" was hailed as "the most definitive work ever published concerning the mechanism that has transformed the American nation: the steam locomotive."

Filled with over 700 pages of text, diagrams and photos, this remains one of the most important railroading books ever written. From steam valves to sanders, trucks to side rods, it's a treasure trove of information, explaining in easy-to-understand language how the most sophisticated machines of the 19th Century were operated and maintained.

This new edition is an exact duplicate of the original. Reformatted as an easy-to-read 8.5x11 volume, it's delightful for railroad enthusiasts of all ages.

Specs:721 pages, 25.5 x 20.5 x 3.8 cm / 10 x 8.1 x 1.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous b&w photographs
Publisher:Periscope Film (USA, 2010)
EAN:9781935700210
Book: The Locomotive Up To Date - The Classic Encyclopedic Reference for Steam Locomotive Engineers and Firemen

The Locomotive Up To Date - The Classic Encyclopedic Reference for Steam Locomotive Engineers and Firemen

Language: English

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Locomotive Building - Construction of a Steam Engine for Railway Use

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Originally created in 1911, "Locomotive Building" is the definitive text concerning the construction of steam engines for railroad use. Chapters include descriptions of all locomotive systems and their functions, including side rods, boiler, wheels, axle and diving boxes, frames and cylinders, valve motion, shop practice and more.
Profusely illustrated with diagrams and rare photos, this reprint has been slightly reformatted. Care has been taken however to preserve the integrity of the text.

Specs:245 pages, 25.5 x 20.5 x 1.1 cm / 10 x 8.1 x 0.43 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous photographs and drawings
Publisher:Periscope Film (USA, 2010)
EAN:9781935327899
Book: Locomotive Building - Construction of a Steam Engine for Railway Use

Locomotive Building - Construction of a Steam Engine for Railway Use

Language: English

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The Locomotive Engineman's Manual - The Classic Locomotive Text from 1919

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Originally printed in 1919, "The Engineman's Manual" was intended to be used in the instruction of locomotive engineers, firemen, and railroad mechanics. It features dozens of chapters concerning every aspect of the steam locomotive power plant and control systems, including the air brakes.

Complete with detailed examination questions and answers, "The Engineman's Manual" remains one of the most complete books ever written about the working components of the railroad steam engine.
This high quality reprint includes all of the original text, nearly 500 pages worth, in an easy-to-read 8.5x11 format.

Specs:472 pages, 25.5 x 20.5 x 2.4 cm / 10 x 8.1 x 0.94 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous photographs and drawings
Publisher:Periscope Film (USA, 2009)
EAN:9781935327820
Book: The Locomotive Engineman's Manual - The Classic Locomotive Text from 1919

The Locomotive Engineman's Manual - The Classic Locomotive Text from 1919

Language: English

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La machine locomotive

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Destiné au départ " A l'usage des mécaniciens et des chauffeurs " ce manuel pratique est une référence sur le sujet, un ouvrage passionnant et très technique.
Cette édition est la cinquième, la première datant de 1894. Édouard Sauvage laisse un traité majeur sur la locomotive en détaillant les chaudières, les mécanismes, les châssis et suspensions, les tenders, les différents types de locomotives, les freins et la conduite de ces engins ; abondamment illustré de plus de trois cents gravures et photographies, rien n'est laissé au hasard.

Les amateurs trouveront là un manuel extrêmement précis et détaillé, les passionnés d'Histoire l'étude méthodique des machines à vapeur ainsi que des photos d'anciennes locomotives, le modéliste des gravures et des schémas cotées.
On ne peut qu'être impressionné par l'étendue du savoir d'Édouard Sauvage et admiratif devant ce monument dédié aux trains et à leur entretien.

Véritable réédition. Ce livre n'est pas un fac-similé.

Specs:416 pages, 22 x 17 x 2.9 cm / 8.7 x 6.7 x 1.14 in, paperback
Illustrations:300+ photographs and drawings
Publisher:Editions Decoopman (F, 2012)
EAN:9782917254509
Book: La machine locomotive

La machine locomotive

Language: French

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La Locomotive (réédition de l'édition originale de 1920)

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La Chaudière, le Moteur, le Véhicule et enfin le Tender constituent les quatre parties de ce livre. Ulysse Lamalle et Fernand Legein savent de quoi ils parlent : le premier était Ingénieur Civil des Mines, le second, Ingénieur Civil mécanicien et tous les deux ont passé leur vie dans les trains, les étudiant pour les améliorer sans cesse. Bien que technique, ce livre est à la portée de tous.

Plus de 320 gravures, schémas et plans illustrent ce texte et améliorent sa compréhension. Ici, ce sont toutes les parties techniques et les divers éléments de la locomotive d'abord, du tender ensuite qui sont décortiquées et analysées. Le renversement du sens de la marche est longuement décrit, gravures à l'appui, de même que les freins, organes essentiels qui ont largement contribué à faire du chemin de fer l'un des moyens de transport le plus sur du monde moderne.

Cet ouvrage est également illustré de nombreuses et magnifiques photographies noir et blanc de locomotives et de conducteurs en action que la Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Belges ainsi que des passionnés ont bien voulu mettre à notre disposition pour cette réédition et qui permettront aux "Anciens" de retrouver l'ambiance si particulière de cet univers.

Un très bel ouvrage sur la locomotive à vapeur qui s'éloigne de plus en plus...
Véritable réédition. Ce livre n'est pas un fac-similé.

Specs:433 pages, 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.1 x 0.98 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous photographs and drawings
Publisher:Editions Decoopman (F, 2013)
EAN:9782917254981
Book: La Locomotive (réédition de l'édition originale de 1920)

La Locomotive (réédition de l'édition originale de 1920)

Language: French

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Dampflok - Technik und Funktion

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Dampflokomotiven haben bis heute nichts von ihrer Faszination verloren. Wo auch immer sich einer dieser Giganten aus Stahl zeigt, zieht er viele Menschen an. Das überrascht nicht: Kein anderes Fahrzeug setzt die drei Elemente Feuer, Wasser und Kohle so eindrucksvoll in Kraft und Bewegung um.

Pages of the book Dampflok - Technik und Funktion (1)

Doch wie funktioniert die Dampflok eigentlich? Diese Frage beantwortet Dirk Endisch in seinem Buch. Kompetent und verständlich erklärt der Autor Schritt für Schritt die Technik der Dampfrösser.
Damit bietet dieses Buch fundiertes Wissen für jeden, der sich für Technik und Funktion dieser faszinierenden Fahrzeuge interessiert.

Pages of the book Dampflok - Technik und Funktion (2)

Specs:160 pages, 26.5 x 23 cm / 10.4 x 9.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:130 b&w and colour photographs, drawings
Publisher:Transpress (D, 2018)
EAN:9783613715721
Book: Dampflok - Technik und Funktion

Dampflok - Technik und Funktion

Language: German

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Die Dampflok im Bahnbetriebswerk

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Das Dampflok-Bahnbetriebswerk übt bis heute auf alle Dampflokfreunde eine besondere Anziehungskraft aus. Nirgendwo sonst kommen sie der Dampflok so nah und können den unverwechselbaren Duft aus Kohle, Russ und heissem Öl schnuppern.

Pages of the book Die Dampflok im Bahnbetriebswerk (1)

Weit weniger romantisch erlebten Berufseisenbahner das Bahnbetriebswerk: für sie bedeutete es in erster Linie harte Arbeit. Hier wurden die Maschinen mit Wasser und Kohle versorgt, der Kessel ausgewaschen, die Rauchkammer gesäubert und das Triebwerk abgeölt. Reparaturen zählten ebenso zum Alltag wie Fristarbeiten.
Dieses Buch schildert den Alltag im Dampflok-Bahnbetriebswerk auf detaillierte Weise.

Pages of the book Die Dampflok im Bahnbetriebswerk (2)

Specs:144 pages, 26.5 x 23 cm / 10.4 x 9.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:88 b&w and 74 colour photographs, 18 drawings
Publisher:Transpress (D, 2017)
EAN:9783613715523
Book: Die Dampflok im Bahnbetriebswerk

Die Dampflok im Bahnbetriebswerk

Language: German

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Schäden und Störungen beim Betrieb der Dampflok

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Eine Dampflok muss gepflegt, gewartet und bei Bedarf repariert werden. Diese anspruchsvollen Arbeiten beschreibt dieses Fachbuch ausführlich. Es erschien erstmals im Jahr 1959 unter dem Titel "Unregelmässigkeiten beim Betrieb der Dampflok".
Es unterstützte die Lokpersonale der Deutschen Reichsbahn der DDR bei Einsatz und Wartung der Dampflokomotiven im täglichen Betriebsdienst.

Noch heute werden in Deutschland fast täglich Dampfloks eingesetzt, sei es bei Privat-, Touristik- oder Museumsbahnen. Deshalb hat dieses Werk nichts von seiner Aktualität verloren, denn sein praktischer Nutzen für Lokführer und Heizer ist unverändert gross. Gleichzeitig finden Dampflokfreunde hier wichtiges Wissen rund um ihr Hobby.

Specs:192 pages, 24 x 17 cm / 9 x 6.7 in, hardback
Illustrations:120 b&w photographs
Publisher:Transpress (D, 2007)
EAN:9783613713086
Book: Schäden und Störungen beim Betrieb der Dampflok

Schäden und Störungen beim Betrieb der Dampflok

Language: German

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