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Steam locomotives were developed in the early part of the 19th Century, initially by Trevithick, and then most successfully by George Stephenson, whose engine Locomotion inaugurated the famous Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825 For the next 150 years, steam locomotives were further developed and refined, until the advent of new electrical technology superseded them Although British Railways operated its last main line steam locomotives in 1968, there is still immense interest in the large numbers of locomotives that have been privately preserved, and which run on heritage railways and in various parts of the world This book describes the anatomy and physiology of the steam train, to enable all train enthusiasts to understand the workings of the various types of engines in use It covers the design of the engine, the process of converting fuel into mechanical tractive effort to haul passenger and freight trains, and the function and design of the various components of the engine The authors also outline the reasons behind the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of steam locomotives Although the steam locomotive originated in the UK, there were parallel lines of development in North America and in various other European countries, many of which introduced their own individual features These are dealt with in the book, which will appeal to railway enthusiasts throughout the world....

Title : How Steam Locomotives Really Work (Popular Science)
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ISBN : 0198607822
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Oxford University Press 1 edition June 10, 2004
Number of Pages : 368 pages
File Size : 663 KB
Status : Available For Download
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How Steam Locomotives Really Work (Popular Science) Reviews

  • Michael Kapic
    2019-03-31 10:48

    I was recently in Ely, Nevada and visited the Nevada Northern Railway National Historic Landmark. It's a working train museum. It is similar to the others, like Sacramento CA, or Carson City NV, or Fort Bragg CA, but a bit more informal. They allowed visitors to climb on their steam and diesel engines and wander through the machine shop. We took the three hour ride and I just had to know how these monsters worked so I bought PWB Semmens book.

  • CrabbyAmerikan
    2019-04-07 10:26

    Although written largely from an Englishman's POV, this book still does a good job of relating the story of the evolution of the British and American steam locomotives. He does a fine job explaining in detail the way things work, and why, yet doesn't become overly pedantic or fall so far into engineering jargon that the layman can't "get it". I learned a lot from this, and will probably re-read it soon. Trained as an engineer, I thought I knew a lot about steam engines, but there's a great deal more to it than I knew. This is a thoughtful book about the evolution of a truly fascinating, amazing machine.

  • C. M. Guzowsky
    2019-04-17 13:37

    This book is more then I expected. It delves into the details of how/why a steam engine works. It does make the reader think back and dig out his math skills as well as some chemistry and physics. I have learned a lot and have not finished reading. I am also learning why the diesel electric engine has been so successful in replacing the steam locomotive. A recommended reading for anyone interested in the steam era.

  • Person Reviewer 9814987
    2019-03-31 10:32

    I like this book, it is full of tons of information. I kind of feel that it lacks a section giving the very basics at the very beginning. Instead it just sort of launches in, and you have to put it together. It is kind of like having to picture a forest in your head from a book giving lots of minute details about each tree.

  • Robert S. Lai
    2019-04-21 13:23

    This is a small paperback that had me spellbound. That's as good as a technical text can be! I carried it everywhere with me, and read it in my spare time. If you love steam locomotives, this is a real page turner. It covers steam engines from the earliest ones (stationary mine engines), to the very last. It is of course a UK book, and thus concentrates upon British locomotives. The candor in the writing is quite refreshing. It clearly admits that a failing of many UK steam locomotives was a "just good enough" mentality amongst the designers and drivers. This meant that the engine drivers in France, and in North America had greater technical knowledge of their machine's working. In the design of the machines in these other countries (e.g. Andre Chapelon's engines) their locomotives were far more advanced and sophisticated than their British counterparts.

  • Matthew Purdy
    2019-04-11 09:36

    OUTSTANDING for the understanding of engine development and how locomotives work. This is a book for an engineer.

  • JC
    2019-03-30 14:49

    To appreciate this book, you must be obsessed with steam locomotives. And if you are, this is THE book you've dreamed of. This remarkable book explains in fascinating detail every single thing you've ever wanted to know about how these marvels of engineering function. Mostly British locomotives are discussed, but everything applies to U.S. locos. Plus, the really technical info is presented in a very easy-to-understand manner; you don't need to have a physics background. If you're in love with steam, buy this book or give it as a gift for someone who is. Totally, completely captivating!

  • david boyle
    2019-04-10 10:44

    My third is so well written that I gave two copies away to rail fans of mine.