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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.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 27. Chapters: GWR 2800 Class 2807, GWR 3700 Class 3440 City of Truro, GWR 4000 Class 4003 Lode Star, GWR 4073 Class 4073 Caerphilly Castle, GWR 4073 Class 4079 Pendennis Castle, GWR 4073 Class 5029 Nunney Castle, GWR 4073 Class 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, GWR 4073 Class 5051 Earl Bathurst, GWR 4073 Class 5080 Defiant, GWR 4073 Class 7027 Thornbury Castle, GWR 4073 Class 7029 Clun Castle, GWR 4200 Class 4277, GWR 4575 Class 5542, GWR 4900 Class 4920 Dumbleton Hall, GWR 4900 Class 4930 Hagley Hall, GWR 4900 Class 4936 Kinlet Hall, GWR 4900 Class 4942 Maindy Hall, GWR 4900 Class 4953 Pitchford Hall, GWR 4900 Class 4965 Rood Ashton Hall, GWR 4900 Class 4979 Wootton Hall, GWR 4900 Class 5900 Hinderton Hall, GWR 4900 Class 5952 Cogan Hall, GWR 4900 Class 5967 Bickmarsh Hall, GWR 4900 Class 5972 Olton Hall, GWR 6000 Class 6000 King George V, GWR 6000 Class 6023 King Edward II, GWR 6000 Class 6024 King Edward I, GWR 6800 Class 6880 Betton Grange, GWR 7800 Class 7802 Bradley Manor, GWR 7800 Class 7808 Cookham Manor, GWR 7800 Class 7812 Erlestoke Manor, GWR 7800 Class 7819 Hinton Manor, GWR 7800 Class 7820 Dinmore Manor, GWR 7800 Class 7821 Ditcheat Manor, GWR 7800 Class 7822 Foxcote Manor, GWR 7800 Class 7827 Lydham Manor, GWR 7800 Class 7828 Odney Manor, GWR No. 1340 Trojan, Preserved GWR Modified Hall Class locomotives. Excerpt: Number 3440 City Of Truro is a Great Western Railway (GWR) 3700 (or 'City') Class 4-4-0 locomotive, designed by George Jackson Churchward and built at the GWR Swindon Works in 1903. (It was rebuilt to a limited extent in 1911 and 1915, and renumbered 3717 in 1912). It is one of the contenders for the first steam locomotive to travel in excess of 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h). Its maximum speed has been the subject of much debate over the years. The locomotive was the eighth of a batch of ten locomotives...
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.
DIV God’s Wonderful Railway”, it was called if you were a fan; the “great Way Round” if you took a rather more jaundiced view of some of its circuitous branch lines. But 175 years after its foundation, the Great Western Railway company is remembered with the most nostalgia, even love, of all Britain’s pre-nationalisation railway companies. It built, and ran, the great main line from London to the West Country and Cornwall (today’s First Great Western franchise). It was engineered by the greatest of them all, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who built such wonders as the Box Tunnel and the Saltash bridge. Its steam locomotives were designed by great men like Churchward and Hawkesworth. But also it had wonderful stations like the soaring Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, as well as innumerable idyllic country halts with little more than a pagoda shelter and a couple of milk churns awaiting collection. Its engines were painted a deep green, its carriages chocolate and cream. Its Cornish Riviera Express train, and the line alongside the beach at Dawlish sprayed by the waves, became the stuff of legend. Now Andy Roden has written the first comprehensive history of the GWR for 20 years, to tie in with its 175th anniversary. It will appeal to everyone who bought his Flying Scotsman or Christian Wolmar’s railway histories. /div

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