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How Steam Locomotives Really Work : Popular Science - P. W. B. Semmens

How Steam Locomotives Really Work

Popular Science

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Published: 22nd April 2004
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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the next 150 years, steam locomotives were further developed and refined, until the advent of new electrical technology superseded them.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.

`Review from previous edition ...if you are only buying one book for a steam railway enthusiast this Christmas, it has to be this one.' National Railway Museum Review `This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the realities of steam traction.' Transport Digest `. . . an excellent treatment of theory, practice and history . . . It will fascinate engineers and railway enthusiasts, as well as prove a source of interesting historical and technical teaching material.' New Scientist `Enthusiasts will be riveted.' Yorkshire Evening Press `. . . a most worthy book at an attractive price for anyone interested in steam locomotive technology.' The Newcomen Society `Excellent value for money.' Railnews `To enable train enthusiasts to understand the workings of the various types of engines in use, this book describes the anatomy and physiology of the steam train. It covers the design of the engine, the process of converting fuel into mechanical tractive effort to haul passenger and freight trains, the function and design of the various components of the engine, and the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of steam locomotives. Although the steam locomotive originated in the United Kingdom, there were parallel lines of development in North America and Europe, and the individual features of these are also covered.' Mechanical Engineering

Introduction 1: Why use steam? 2: Burning the fuel 3: Raising steam 4: Using the steam 5: Transmitting the power 6: The locomotive as a vehicle 7: The steam locomotive at work 8: Brakes 9: Designing a steam locomotive Index

ISBN: 9780198607823
ISBN-10: 0198607822
Series: Popular Science
Audience: Children
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 22nd April 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.1  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.25