Online Catalogue last updated 23rd of October 2014
In this practical manual former BR steam engineman Brian Topping reveals the traditional learning path from cleaner to fireman to driver, showing that for all the glamour of the footplate, there is also a great deal of dirty and strenuous work involved!
With nearly 300 illustrations, including more than 70 'exploded' diagrams, this is very much a 'hands on' guide to all aspects of the various types of steam locomotive likely to be encountered on today's heritage railways. It covers not only the mechanical anatomy of the locomotive, but also such matters as maintenance, lubrication, differing braking systems and valve gears, efficient firing, footplate controls, basic railway signalling, and much more.
For an established driver wishing to brush up on locomotive knowledge, an armchair enthusiast, or would-be volunteer on a preserved line, this is an indispensable aid to safe and successful steam locomotive driving and management.
Code No. 010810, 192 pages, ISBN 0860935396, $45.00