It is often said that steam locomotives appear to be living machines, casting a spell over spectators young and old, from lifelong steam enthusiasts to those witnessing live steam for the first time.
This extensively illustrated manual provides a fascinating practical insight into the hard work, knowledge and skills required to safely drive a steam loco. The unique "Haynes Manual" approach, marrying the engaging text with step-by-step photographs and fascinating illustrations, puts the reader firmly on the footplate to experience the raw power and energy of a steam locomotive in action.
About the Author
Andrew Charman is an experienced journalist and lifelong railway enthusiast with an extensive knowledge of the steam locomotive scene. He is currently taking a training course to qualify as a driver on a heritage steam railway. As well as his own extensive knowledge of the scene, he is calling on the experience of around a dozen former British Railway locomen.
An innovative approach to the subject, explaining each area of a locomotive and its practical operation from the perspective of the railwayman roles - cleaner, fireman and driver.
Types of locomotive and how they work - boiler, cylinders, valve gear, brakes. The cleaner - cleaning and lubrication.
The fireman - lighting up, fireman's cab controls, adding water, types and shapes of fire, coupling-up, duties on the road, end-of-day duties.
The driver - from fireman to driver, dawn duties, driver's cab controls, driving procedure, types of journey, understanding signals, end-of-day duties.
Appendices detailing emergencies and faults, a study of different loco footplates, where to find steam today, useful contacts.
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 30th March 2015
Publisher: HAYNES PUBLISHING GROUP
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.0 x 21.0
Weight (kg): 0.76