GWR Collett Castle Class

GWR Collett Castle Class

??In this book, Keith Langston provides a definitive chronological history of the iconic class together with archive photographic records of each GWR 'Castle' locomotive. Many of the 300 plus images are published for the first time.

Author: Keith Langston

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473823563

Category: Transportation

Page: 224

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The 'Castle' class 4-6-0 locomotives designed by Charles Collett and built at Swindon Works were the principal passenger locomotives of the Great Western Railway. The 4-cylinder locomotives were built in batches between 1923 and 1950, the later examples being constructed after nationalisation by British Railways. ??In total 171 engines of the class were built and they were originally to be seen at work all over the Great Western Railway network, and later working on the Western Region of British Railways. ?The highly successful class could be described as a GWR work in progress, because further development took place over almost all of the locomotives working lives. In addition to inspiring other locomotive designers the 'Castle' class engines were proved to be capable of outstanding performances, and when introduced were rightly described as being 'Britain's most powerful passenger locomotives'. Some of the 'Castles' survived in service for over 40 years, and individually clocked up just a little short of 2 million miles in traffic. ??In this book, Keith Langston provides a definitive chronological history of the iconic class together with archive photographic records of each GWR 'Castle' locomotive. Many of the 300 plus images are published for the first time. In addition background information on the origin of the names the engines carried, including details of the many name changes which took place, are also included. The extra anecdotal information adds a fascinating glimpse of social history. ??Collett CASTLE Class is a lavishly illustrated factual reference book which will delight steam railway enthusiasts in general and in particular those with a love of all things Great Western!
Categories: Transportation

Great Western Railway Stars Castles and Kings

Great Western Railway Stars  Castles and Kings

GWR; Great Western Railway; George Jackson Churchward; Boilers; Valves; GWR 4-6-0; De Glehn Compound; 4-4-2 Atlantic; Star Class; Scissors Valve Gear; L&NWR; London and North Western Railway; WWII; LNER; London and North Eastern Railway; ...

Author: Allen Jackson

Publisher: The Crowood Press

ISBN: 9781785004827

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

View: 514

GWR; Great Western Railway; George Jackson Churchward; Boilers; Valves; GWR 4-6-0; De Glehn Compound; 4-4-2 Atlantic; Star Class; Scissors Valve Gear; L&NWR; London and North Western Railway; WWII; LNER; London and North Eastern Railway; LMSR; London Midland and Scottish Railway; Castle Class; Cheltenham Spa Express; King Class; Shrivenham Collision; 1948 Locomotive Exchanges; railway preservation; William Dean; Swindon; steam engine; Belpaire locomotive firebox; 5043 Earl of Mount Edgecumbe; R.M. Deeley; Lode Star; North Star; Dog Star; Evening Star; Morning Star; Polar Star; Red Star; Rising Star; Royal Star; Shooting Star; Western Star; Swallowfield Park; Knight of the Garter; Knight of the Thistle; Knight of the Patrick; Knight of the Bath; Knight of St. John; Knight of the Golden Fleece; Knight of the Black Eagle; Knight of Liège; Knight of the Grand Cross; Knight Templar; Knight Commander; William Stanier; Caerphilly Castle; Caldicot Castle; Cardiff Castle; Carmarthen Castle; Chepstow Castle; Pembroke Castle; Pendennis Castle; Powderham Castle; Warwick Castle; Windsor Castle; Midgham derailment; King Edward VII; King William IV; King George IV; King George III; King George II; King George I; King William III; King James II; King Charles II; King Charles I; King James I; King Edward VI; King Edward VIII; King Henry VII; King Richard III; King Edward V; King Edward IV; King Henry VI; King Henry V; King Henry IV; King Richard II; King Edward III; King Edward II; King Edward I; King Henry III; King John; King Richard I; King Henry II; King Stephen; steam locomotive; British Railways; Shakespeare Express; The Bristolian; Cornish Riviera Express; Cheltenham Flyer
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An Introduction to Great Western Locomotive Development

An Introduction to Great Western Locomotive Development

Minor fittings frequently varied in position and changes were made over the locomotives' lifetimes. Nevertheless, this collection of drawings provides a uniquely consistent view of the GWR locomotive fleet.

Author: Jim Champ

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473877856

Category: Transportation

Page: 360

View: 501

The first thought, when contemplating a new study of the Great Western Railway locomotive fleet, must surely be to ask what can there be left to say? But there is no single source which gives a general introduction to the Great Western locomotive fleet. There are monographs on individual classes, an excellent multi-volume detail study from the RCTS, and superb collections of photographs, but nothing that brings it all together. This work is intended to provide that general introduction.The volume begins with a series of short essays covering general trends in design development, whilst the main body of the volume covers individual classes. For each class there is a small table containing some principal dimensions and paragraphs of text, covering an introduction, renumbering, key changes in the development of the class and information on withdrawal.The volume concludes with appendices covering the development and types of standard boilers, the various numbering schemes used by the GWR, the arcane subject of locomotive diagrams and lot numbers, and a short reference on the many lines the GWR engulfed.The majority of illustrations are new profile drawings to a consistent format. Described as sketches, they are drawn to a consistent scale, but do not claim to be scale drawings. Much minor equipment has been omitted and the author has certainly not dared to include rivets! Although most are based around GWR weight diagrams, they are not simple traces of the original drawings. Detail has been added from other sources, components copied from different drawings and details have been checked against historical and modern photographs. One must also bear in mind that steam locomotives were not mass produced. Minor fittings frequently varied in position and changes were made over the locomotives' lifetimes. Nevertheless, this collection of drawings provides a uniquely consistent view of the GWR locomotive fleet.
Categories: Transportation

Loco Spotter s Guide

Loco Spotter   s Guide

Since the 1800s locomotives have steamed, chugged and sparked their way into the nation's affections.

Author: Stuart Black

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472820501

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 259

Since the 1800s locomotives have steamed, chugged and sparked their way into the nation's affections. These powerful engines were the drivers of the Industrial Revolution, and to the present day carry passengers and freight to every corner of Britain. But do you know your Locomotion from your Rocket, or your Gresley Class A4 from your Princess Coronation Class? How heavy is the Flying Scotsman? And who designed the Britannia Class? The Loco Spotter's Guide answers all of these questions, with first-class illustrations portraying more than 60 of the most important steam, diesel and electric designs, including all-important specifications and technical details to aid any would-be loco spotter.
Categories: History

British Steam Military Connections

British Steam  Military Connections

The most important contemporary GWR listing of military associated names is contained in the Collett 'Castle' class 4-6-0 express passenger locomotives, ...

Author: Fred Kerr

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473853300

Category: Transportation

Page: 240

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In Great Britain there existed a practice of naming steam locomotives. The names chosen covered many and varied subjects, however a large number of those represented direct links with military personnel, regiments, squadrons, naval vessels, aircraft, battles and associated historic events. For example, all but one member of the famous Royal Scot class were named in honor of British regiments. Also the Southern Railway created a Battle of Britain class of locomotives, which were named in recognition of Battle of Britain squadrons, airfields, aircraft and personnel. In addition, the Great Western Railway renamed some of its engines after Second World War aircraft. The tradition has continued into modern times as the newly built A1 class locomotive is named Tornado in recognition of the jet fighter aircraft of the same name. This generously illustrated publication highlights the relevant steam locomotives and additionally examines the origin of the military names.
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Castles The Final Years

Castles  The Final Years

This book concentrates upon the final decade of the type's operation, from 1954 when the 'Castles' were in their golden years to the withdrawal of the final members of the class from the Western Region in 1965, and include some illustrious ...

Author: Laurence Waters

Publisher: Oxford Publishing

ISBN: 0711038228

Category: Castle Class (Steam locomotives)

Page: 128

View: 450

Designed by Charles Collett, Churchward's successor as Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Great Western Railway, the 'Castle' class 4-6-0 locomotive represented a significant development of his predecessor's 'Star' class of four-cylinder 4-6-0s. When appointed, Collett was faced by the challenge of producing more powerful express locomotives, capable of hauling the heavy services then in service to the prewar timings, without adding significantly to the axle weight of the locomotives. With larger boilers and cylinder bores than the 'Stars', the 'Castles' were about 10% more powerful and, at the time that the first was completed in 1923, represented the most powerful passenger locomotive in service on Britain's railways. Between then and 1950, when production ceased, no fewer than 171 of the class had been constructed, of which 16 were rebuilds of older locomotives. Although overshadowed by the later 'King' class in terms of performance, the 'Castle' class remained at the forefront of GWR and BR(WR) main-line operation until the final demise of steam in the region in the 1960s. Of the locomotives built, eight survive in preservation. This book concentrates upon the final decade of the type's operation, from 1954 when the 'Castles' were in their golden years to the withdrawal of the final members of the class from the Western Region in 1965, and include some illustrious names such as Caerphilly Castle and Pendennis Castle. Following an informative introduction outlining the development of the class, the book is illustrated with 'Castles' year by year throughout the region, showing wide variations in the class and its operations. The book contains approximately 200 mono and 30 colour photographs, most of which are previously unpublished and drawn from the archives of the Great Western Society at Didcot, and accompanied by extended detailed captions.
Categories: Castle Class (Steam locomotives)

British Steam Past and Present

British Steam  Past and Present

Swindon-built ex GWR Collett '4073' Castle class 4-6-0 locomotive No 7006 Lydford Castle is preparing to depart the north end of Oxford station with the ...

Author: Morton Media Group

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781781598160

Category: Transportation

Page: 176

View: 305

"British Steam: Past and Present contains an evocative mix of specially commissioned modern steam images and steam era archive pictures, the majority of which have never been published before.The work of accomplished steam photographer David Anderson is highlighted in three special Location in Focus features, studies of 1950s and 1960s steam workings at Oxford and on the mighty Beattock Bank. In addition there is the photographic record of a 1959 visit to Belfast, with unique images of steam on the Belfast Dublin (ex GNR route).Original photographic studies from the preservation era by David Gibson who features the Churnet Valley Railway, Paul Pettitt who features the Bluebell Railway and Southern Region locomotives, and Fred Kerr who presents an eclectic mix of Main Line Steam images, are all included. Freight locomotive preservation is not forgotten and is featured, using modern and archive images. Together with many archive and new images from the authors own collection these images present an enthralling window on steam, which is totally unrivaled."
Categories: Transportation

Classic British Steam Locos

Classic British Steam Locos

The Great Western Railway 6000 Class or King is a class of 4-6-0 steam ... in Britain' title, which had been taken from Collett's Castle Class in 1926 by ...

Author: compiled from Wikipedia entries and published byby DrGoogelberg

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781291079739

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The Last Days of British Steam

The Last Days of British Steam

GWR. 4-6-0. 'Class 4073' (Castle) Class locomotive. ... They were designed by Charles Collett as express passenger locomotives and a development of the ...

Author: Malcolm Clegg

Publisher: Pen and Sword Transport

ISBN: 9781526760456

Category: Transportation

Page: 144

View: 515

This volume covers the final decade of British steam, looking at steam traction in a wide variety of geographical locations around the British Railways network. The book covers a wide variety of classes of locomotives, that were withdrawn during the last decade of steam traction, some of which examples are now preserved. Malcolm Clegg, has been taking railway pictures since the early 1960s and has access to collections taken by friends who were recording the steam railway scene during this period. This book is a record of his and other peoples journeys during the last decade of steam in the 1960s.
Categories: Transportation

Great Western Halls and Modified Halls

Great Western Halls and Modified Halls

The Hall class were among the largest mixed traffic steam locomotives that ran throughout this country, and this is the first serious volume to focus on them in fifty years.

Author: Laurence Waters

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781783831456

Category: Transportation

Page: 160

View: 287

The gradual growth of the railways in Britain during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in both passenger and freight traffic, saw the requirement for a more powerful and versatile type of motive power _ mixed traffic locomotives. The construction of Great Western Halls and Modified Halls gave the Great Western a superb all round locomotive, and for thirty-six years they operated passenger and freight services over the Great Western, and later Western Region. The Hall class were among the largest mixed traffic steam locomotives that ran throughout this country, and this is the first serious volume to focus on them in fifty years. The book charts the history of both classes, from their construction and withdrawal, to their design, development and eventual scrapping. With over 200 black and white, and colour photographs, accompanied by informative captions, each member of the classes is excellently illustrated. It will appeal greatly to those interested in the history of Great Western Locomotive development.
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GWR Locomotives The Hall Class

GWR Locomotives  The Hall Class

A fascinating illustrated insight into this iconic Hall Class of locomotuves used by the Great Western Railway.

Author: Allen Jackson

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445693156

Category: Transportation

Page: 96

View: 444

A fascinating illustrated insight into this iconic Hall Class of locomotuves used by the Great Western Railway.
Categories: Transportation

Preserved Steam Britain s Heritage Railways Volume Two

Preserved Steam Britain s Heritage Railways Volume Two

Geoff Swaine explores Britain's heritage railways further.

Author: Geoff Swaine

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445649474

Category: Transportation

Page: 96

View: 746

Geoff Swaine explores Britain's heritage railways further.
Categories: Transportation

Pre War Steam

Pre War Steam

A fascinating snapshot of the railway before the Second World War, featuring steam locomotives and trains.

Author: Richard Denny

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445684000

Category: Transportation

Page: 96

View: 861

A fascinating snapshot of the railway before the Second World War, featuring steam locomotives and trains.
Categories: Transportation

Great Western Railway Pannier Tanks

Great Western Railway Pannier Tanks

With hundreds of photographs throughout, Great Western Railway Pannier Tanks covers the supremely innovative pannier tank designs of GWR chief mechanical engineer Charles Benjamin Collett, the appearance of the 5700 class in 1929, and the ...

Author: Robin Jones

Publisher: Crowood

ISBN: 9781847976543

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

View: 753

The name 'Great Western Railway' immediately conjures up images of Stars, Castles and Kings, the legendary express passenger locomotives that were the envy of the world in their day. However, the Swindon empire also produced extensive fleets of all-purpose tank engines - everyday reliable workhorses and unsung heroes - which were standout classics in their own right. The most distinctive and immediately recognizable type in terms of shape, all but unique to the GWR, was the six-coupled pannier tank. With hundreds of photographs throughout, Great Western Railway Pannier Tanks covers the supremely innovative pannier tank designs of GWR chief mechanical engineer Charles Benjamin Collett, the appearance of the 5700 class in 1929, and the 5400, 6400, 7400 and 9400 classes. Also, the demise of the panniers in British Railways service and the 5700s that marked the end of Western Region steam, followed by a second life beneath the streets - 5700 class panniers on London Underground. Also covers Panniers in preservation, plus cinema and TV roles and even a Royal Train duty. Superbly illustrated with 260 colour and black & white photographs.
Categories: Transportation

Great Western Revival

Great Western Revival

Tells the story of those GWR locomotives that have survived into preservation.

Author: John Maybery

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445639925

Category: Transportation

Page: 128

View: 610

Tells the story of those GWR locomotives that have survived into preservation.
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British Railway Disasters

British Railway Disasters

On February 25, 2016, the world's most famous steam locomotive, A3 Pacific No. ... 4085 Berkeley Castle, the Castle class being his successor's innovated ...

Author: Robin Jones

Publisher: Gresley

ISBN: 9781911658719

Category: Transportation

Page: 250

View: 211

This is the story of how Britain’s railway disasters, horrific though they may be, change the network for the better through the crucial lessons that are learned. It starts with fatalities on early mining tramways before the dawn of the steam age and takes the story up to the present day. While many of Britain’s worst tragedies are covered in depth, such as Quintinshill in 1915 and Harrow & Wealdstone in 1952, the book also looks at others that had resounding consequences for safety.
Categories: Transportation

The Train Book

The Train Book

6023 King Edward II was in a class of engines considered to be the most powerful ... first with the Great Western Railway then British Railways. engines, ...

Author: DK

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 9780241428726

Category: Transportation

Page: 320

View: 204

This glorious visual celebration of train travel keeps you on the right track with stop-offs at the most important and incredible rail routes from all over the world. Your first stop in The Train Book is the groundbreaking steam locomotives of the 19th century and your final destination is the high-speed bullet trains of today. From the Union-Pacific Railroad to the Trans-Siberian Railway, you'll cross the continents to experience epic journeys and staggering scenery. You'll pick a seat on the most iconic locomotives, including the Orient Express, the Blue Train, and the Eurostar. You can also inspect the engines of famous British trains, such as Rocket, Mallard, and Javelin, and international trains, such as India's Palace on Wheels and America's Thatcher Perkins. You'll meet the true pioneers of train and track, including "Father of the Railways" George Stephenson, engineering legend Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and Métro maestro Fulgence Bienvenüe. For train-spotters and transport enthusiasts everywhere, this is your trip of a lifetime.
Categories: Transportation

Great Western Grange Class Locomotives

Great Western  Grange Class Locomotives

British Railroading History collections.” —Midwest Book Review “Granges worked off-region quite widely, so this is not just a book for the copper-capped chimney brigade; enthusiasts for whom these capable machines are favorites will ...

Author: David Maidment

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781526752024

Category: Transportation

Page: 200

View: 931

Churchward proposed a 5ft 8in wheeled 4-6-0 for mixed traffic duties in 1901 and it was seriously considered in 1905, but it took until 1936 before his successor, Charles Collett, realized the plan by persuading the GWR Board to replace many of the 43XX moguls with modern standard mixed traffic engines that bore a remarkable likeness to the Churchward proposal. David Maidment has written another in his series of ‘Locomotive Portfolios’ for Pen & Sword to coincide with the construction of a new ‘Grange’ at Llangollen from GW standard parts to fill the gap left by the total withdrawal and scrapping of one of that railway’s most popular classes – to their crews at the very least. As well as covering the type’s design and construction, the author deals comprehensively with the allocation and operation of the eighty locomotives and in particular has researched their performance and illustrated it with many examples of recorded logs from the 1930s as well as in more recent times. As in previous volumes, the author has added his own personal experiences with the engines and has sourced more than 250 photos, over 40 of which are in color.
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Great Western King Class 4 6 0s

Great Western  King Class 4 6 0s

The book includes over 300 photographs of which 100 are in color.

Author: David Maidment

Publisher: Pen and Sword Transport

ISBN: 9781526739865

Category: Transportation

Page: 272

View: 709

Built by Collett in 1927 after pressure to restore the GWR’s pre-eminence in motive power and cope with increasing traffic post-war to the Devon and Cornwall holiday resorts, the thirty Kings were the final development of the Churchward Stars and the 1923 Castles and remained on top-link main line duty until their final replacement by the ‘Western’ class 52 diesel hydraulics in 1962. The book includes an insight into the thinking of some of Collett’s senior staff at the end of the 1930s and the eventual transformation in the latter years with redraughting and double chimneys. As well as describing their design and construction, the book covers comprehensively their operation and performance backed up by many recorded logs on all main GW/WR routes over which they were permitted. The author had close experience of the class when working at Old Oak Common between 1957 and 1962 and includes a chapter of his experiences with them including many footplate trips (as a management trainee, he was greeted with glee by many firemen who would hand him the shovel). The book includes over 300 photographs of which 100 are in color.
Categories: Transportation

Loco Spotter s Guide

Loco Spotter   s Guide

hen introduced in 1923, the Great Western Railway's Castle Class claimed to be the most powerful express locomotive in Great Britain.

Author: Stuart Black

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472820495

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 994

Since the 1800s locomotives have steamed, chugged and sparked their way into the nation's affections. These powerful engines were the drivers of the Industrial Revolution, and to the present day carry passengers and freight to every corner of Britain. But do you know your Locomotion from your Rocket, or your Gresley Class A4 from your Princess Coronation Class? How heavy is the Flying Scotsman? And who designed the Britannia Class? The Loco Spotter's Guide answers all of these questions, with first-class illustrations portraying more than 60 of the most important steam, diesel and electric designs, including all-important specifications and technical details to aid any would-be loco spotter.
Categories: History