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Caledonian Railway Locomotives: The Classic Years

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Caledonian Railway Locomotives: The Classic Years


H. J. C. Cornwell

320 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, casebound with colour laminated covers..

ISBN13 : 9781911038757

£35.00


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The Classic Years of the Caledonian Railway’s locomotives cover the designs of Dugald Drummond, John Lambie, J.F. McIntosh and William Pickersgill. During this period, the Company was at the forefront of locomotive design and produced, particularly in the 4-4-0s, the classic Victorian British locomotive. For express passenger work, locomotives capable of climbing to Beattock summit and running the long distance from Carlisle to Perth were required. For goods traffic, the numerous collieries and industrial plants of the Central Belt had to be handled, together with the associated shunting at numerous sidings and yards. Weight restrictions on the hilly Callander & Oban line required bespoke designs. Throughout the period, passenger locomotives displayed the Company’s distinctive blue livery which set them apart from all others. In this volume, the author describes the design practices developed by each of the Locomotive Superintendents, followed by details of each class, accompanied by suitable drawings and illustrations. The Caledonian’s express trains attracted the attention of several enthusiasts of the day, whose recordings provide added detail of locomotive performance. Together with David Hamilton’s Caledonian Locomotives: The Formative Years, these two volumes provide the definitive history of Caledonian Railway motive power.

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Plate 1 – 4-4-0 locomotives powered the majority of express passenger trains and were in many respects more successful than their six-coupled cousins. This is No. 146 of the ‘140’ Class on an Edinburgh to Carlisle train passing Gretna.
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Plate 6.15 – ‘104’ Class 0-4-4T No. 169 outside St. Rollox Works. To the author’s mind, the twelve engines of this class were the prettiest tank engines on the system. It is a pity that a larger version with 5ft 9ins wheels, 18in x 26ins cylinders and the N34 boiler was never built.