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Steam Trains : The Magnificent History of Britain's Locomotives from Stephenson's Rocket to BR's Evening Star
by Colin Maggs


Overview - Most people are under a misapprehension: the Rocket was not the first steam engine. Quite a few were built before it, but Stephenson's engine was the first successful steam locomotive.

Colin Maggs tells the history of the steam engine from pre-Rocket days to British Railways building Evening Star, the last main line locomotive, through to the preservation movement and even discusses new-build locomotives of extinct classes such as the Tornado.
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Overview
Most people are under a misapprehension: the Rocket was not the first steam engine. Quite a few were built before it, but Stephenson's engine was the first successful steam locomotive.

Colin Maggs tells the history of the steam engine from pre-Rocket days to British Railways building Evening Star, the last main line locomotive, through to the preservation movement and even discusses new-build locomotives of extinct classes such as the Tornado.

This is also the story of the rolling stock, the 'train'. The early first-class coaches were based on a stagecoach design, while some second-class coaches had no glass in the windows and passengers wore fine-gauge goggles to avoid getting cinders in their eyes. Third-class coaches were merely open trucks after all, why not travel in the open as passengers had done on the outside of a stagecoach?"

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781445632728
  • ISBN-10: 1445632721
  • Publisher: Amberley Pub Plc
  • Publish Date: December 2014
  • Page Count: 219


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