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Steam Locomotive Design: Data and Formulae by E.A. Phillipson (1936)

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Reprinted by Camden Miniature Steam Services in 2004.

This book was first published in 1936 and hence pre-dates both editions of "La Locomotive a Vapeur", but the parameters with which it is mainly concerned - i.e. stresses, forces etc. were established by then and whilst the book largely revolves round British and Empire practice, American and European variants and developments are covered.

The Chapter titles are: 1 - Extraneous Considerations, 2 - Tractive Force, Power, Adhesion and Resistance, 3 - Determination of other Leading Dimensions, 4 - Cardinal Points of Design, 5 - The Boiler, 6 - Boiler Mountings and Steam using Auxiliaries, 7 - Superheaters and Feed Water Heaters, 8 - The Smokebox, Blast Pipe and Chimney, 9 - The Engine, 10 - Valves, Ports and Valve Gears, 11 - Compound Expansion and 12 - Frames, Springs, Brakes, Flexibility on Curves, Tanks, Bunkers and Tenders, Superstructure. An Appendix then gives Ultimate Tensile Strength and other Particulars of Materials for Locomotive Construction, as specified by the British Standards Institution. If you want details of a `modern' exhaust, Chapter 8 will be a disappointment, although the underlying information and formulae are still correct. Conversely, whilst the detail in Chapter 10 is not so great as in "Locomotive Valves and Valve Gears", it does include quite a lot of information on conjugated valve gears and Caprotti and other poppet or rotary valve gears.

By its nature this book contains a lot of maths, but it also contains numerous drawings and diagrams, many originally in the form of fold out pages which were tipped in by hand. Whilst it is still possible to do this, nowadays it is extremely expensive and, as at least some of these pages have a direct relevance to the text, they are all being reproduced, sometimes slightly reduced in size, in a separate folder, so this is now effectively a two volume work (and only available as such).

As the steam locomotive was at its zenith in 1936, it seems unlikely that a better book than this was published subsequently on the parameters of designing them - I am certainly not aware of one, so if you want to know how to calculate horsepower, driving wheel and cylinders sizes for a given power-output, the bearing surfaces required throughout the design for the intended power-output, the heating surface, hammer-blow, etc. then this is the book for you.

Comes with 35 separate drawings and charts, many A3 format, loose in a folder.

Code No. 010824, 444 pages, ISBN 0953652394, $45.00

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