Live Steam Book, The by L.B.S.C. Soft Cover 1929, 1990 199 Pages
Live Steam Book, The by L.B.S.C. Soft Cover 1929, 1990 199 Pages
Live Steam Book, The by L.B.S.C. Soft Cover 1929, 1990 199 Pages
Live Steam Book, The by L.B.S.C. Soft Cover 1929, 1990 199 Pages
Live Steam Book, The by L.B.S.C. Soft Cover 1929, 1990 199 Pages

Live Steam Book, The by L.B.S.C. Soft Cover 1929, 1990 199 Pages

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Live Steam Book, The by L.B.S.C. Soft Cover 1929, 1990 199 Pages
 
The Live Steam Book by L B S C Soft Cover 1929, reprinted 1990 199 Pages
I HAVE always had a reputation for being unconventional in all things, so guess I'll maintain it by apologising for the appearance of this book at all! However, just listen here before you start shooting. Between the advent of the " Live Steam" columns in THE MODEL ENGINEER in 1924, and September, 1929 (date of last count), my list of correspondents reached the respectable total of one thousand and thirty-one ; and ninety per cent. of that total had at one time or another severely slated me for constantly referring to " back notes," saying that they couldn't be bothered to wade through back numbers for odd details, and quoted one of my own pet sayings that " Life's too short." They suggested that the notes be published as a book. I didn't like the idea of it, as in miniature locomotive work we are always improving, just like full-size practice, and much of the work described is out of date ; but an argument was put forward which finally settled the matter.
I may, perhaps, be permitted to say, without any idea of blowing my own whistle, that the popularity of the " Live Steam" notes is mainly due to the fact that the jobs described, and the methods employed, HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN CARRIED OUT with very successful results. Therefore, anyone " following the directions on the label" will have the satisfaction of knowing what sort of a result they are going to get, which is a far different proposition from making up a " design" which has never taken the road. I can speak from experience on that subject, hating been a victim very many years ago, when I built an engine " out of a book." There was very little of the original " design" left by the time I got the engine to go as it should. Anyway, our worthy friend, Mr. Marshall, suggested that if he combed out the " Live Steam" notes for suitable matter, maybe I would edit them, and satisfy the demands of our brother loco. builders who wanted a book of notes ; the result is in your hands. It makes no pretence of finality-we are still steaming along the road of progress-but, if it helps you, the object is attained.
I have often been asked why I have such an intense hatred of the word " model" as applied to little locomotives. Well, a friend asked me the same thing one December afternoon as we were passing a large drapery store in Croydon, one window of which was full of Christmas toys. In answer, I pointed to a child's toy clockwork train in cardboard box with rails complete, labelled " SCALE MODEL RAILWAY," price 2S. I I 3/4d." ',Neff sed! Thousands of people saw that toy with its label, and whenever they heard the words" scale model" they instinctively connected it with the toy in the store window. If they heard of anyone making " scale models" they naturally thought that it meant either a maker of kiddies' toys or some poor kite in his second childhood. I have heard them say as much ; whereas the building of a little locomotive is really a skilled engineer's job, necessitating the employment of many branches of the mechanic's craft. In fact, the only fundamental difference between my 2 1/2-in. gauge engine " Ayesha" and her 4 ft. 81 in. gauge sister on the Southern Railway is in the size. They are both working locomotives built to do a specified job on their respective gauges.
To all who build little locomotives ; may they turn out powerful, efficient and satisfactory engines is the sincere wish of your old friend and " fellow-conspirator,"

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