GWR Stars, Castles, & Kings Part 2 1930-1965 by OS Nock w/ dust jacket
GWR Stars, Castles, & Kings Part 2 1930-1965 by OS Nock w/ dust jacket
GWR Stars, Castles, & Kings Part 2 1930-1965 by OS Nock w/ dust jacket
GWR Stars, Castles, & Kings Part 2 1930-1965 by OS Nock w/ dust jacket
GWR Stars, Castles, & Kings Part 2 1930-1965 by OS Nock w/ dust jacket
GWR Stars, Castles, & Kings Part 2 1930-1965 by OS Nock w/ dust jacket
GWR Stars, Castles, & Kings Part 2 1930-1965 by OS Nock w/ dust jacket
GWR Stars, Castles, & Kings Part 2 1930-1965 by OS Nock w/ dust jacket

GWR Stars, Castles, & Kings Part 2 1930-1965 by OS Nock w/ dust jacket

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GWR Stars, Castles, & Kings Part 2 1930-1965 by OS Nock w/ dust jacket
 
The GWR Stars, Castles, & Kings by OS Nock
Hard cover with dust jacket
Copyright 1970
160 pages  Indexed
David & Charles Locomotive Monograph
CONTENTS
PAGE
PREFACE TO PART 2............9
CHAPTER 1. The Brilliant Prelude.......11
2. The 'Castles': Phase Two ............18
3. Performance 1930-1939.........29
4.The War Years............41
5. Testing: Old and New Methods......55
6. Nationalisation Under Way . ........71
7.Last Work of the `Stars'.......78
8. Improved Draughting............88
9. Vital Dynamometer Car Tests......106
10.1958 and After............126
11.Swan Song..............138
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ...........150
APPENDIX 1. Case Histories.........151
2. Nominal Valve Events...........156
3. Boiler Dimensions............157
INDEX................158

David & Charles Locomotive Monographs

THE second half of the fascinating saga of Great Western four-cylinder 4-6-0 locomotive history has many difficulties and not a few pitfalls for its author. The span of few British locomotive families has extended over so long a period, and rarely under the same continuing influence all the time. In this respect the 'Stars', 'Castles' and 'Kings' differed profoundly from other dynasties of equal, or near-equal longevity. The Great Western itself may have ceased to exist at the end of 1947, but the British Railways management, while drafting new standard designs to the Western Region never presumed to dictate alterations to purely Great Western designs, as for example the Midland had done to the North Western after grouping. Swindon retained complete autonomy so far as ex-GWR classes were concerned. In this respect the story from 1930, and especially that from 1948, is straightforward. Inevitably, however, over so long a period there were many changes of detail, on individual engines, and faced with a vast amount of factual data, one has to be careful to distinguish between those changes which were significant, and those which were purely matters of convenience or expediency in the course of repair work at Swindon. I am indebted to many enthusiasts for a plethora of notes of this kind, some of which have been included in the footnotes to the case histories of the three classes.
As regards the main line of development, which occupies most of the space in this book, I had the privilege, from Mr Hawksworth and his successors at Swindon, of seeing much of it at first hand, with frequent opportunities of seeing tests in progress on the stationary plant, and from the dynamometer car; of studying drawing office and test records, and of riding many thousands of miles on 'Stars', 'Castles' and 'Kings'. The Running Superintendents, first W. N. Pellow and then H. E. A. White, frequently made special allocations of engines to trains, so that I could observe workings on particular duties. These included 'Stars' on such important trains as the 9 am Bristol to Paddington, and the down night Postal Special. Quite apart from special occasions of this kind, I was travelling in the ordinary course of business regularly and frequently between Bath
and Paddington, and from the end of the second world war until the end of steam haulage on these services I compiled detailed logs of well over 1,000 journeys behind 'Stars', 'Castles' and 'Kings'. These engines and their performance were not only of great interest to me as a railway enthusiast, but their reliability in service was an important factor in my business life. The background to this book is thus a very extensive experience of the daily work of these engines. Studying it in retrospect, the record of reliability is positively massive. Apart from one or two instances during the glacial winter of 1946-7 when owing to disruption of services, unprepared, or inadequately serviced engines were called upon in emergency, my records in regular business travelling over twelve years do not include one single engine failure, and the occasions on which any time could be booked against engines amount to less than one per cent of all journeys made. Curiously enough the only two occasions over the whole period when an engine had to be given up en route took place when I was riding on the footplate, on the West of England road, and were both due to a combination of quite exceptional circumstances.
Taken all in all, this volume is a record of stirring achievement in locomotive design, construction and operation. The indebtedness of the Great Western Railway, and of the Western Region afterwards, to Churchward, is something that his successors never forgot, and in the highly modernised dynamometer car of 1955 there was room for a handsome portrait of 'The Old Man'. To add my own modest tribute I have included in this preface two of my photographs taken in the village of his birth, Stoke Gabriel, beside the River Dart.

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