|The BR Standards comprised twelve classes amounting to the semi-mystical total of 999 locomotives, built between 1951 [Britannia) and March 1960 [Evening Star). By any measure it was a remarkable decade for British Steam, beginning in a Britain still pinched and drawn by austerity and ending as a time of undreamed-of, dazzling prosperity beckoned.
For long an ideal, a truly comprehensive locomotive range enjoying an extensive interchange of parts and roles was at last ushered in. It ended after only nine brief years and reassuring talk of a long, honourable bowing out for steam proved false.
Comfortably switching emphasis from the political, to the engineering and economic to plain old trainspotting and back again, with contributions from men who worked and operated the Standards, Richard Derry`s affectionate account is the life and times of 999 locomotives - -The Book of the Standards.
· A Note on Engine History Cards
· Britannia in the Age of Elizabeth Getting there and Beyond by Phillip Atkins
· The Duke
· Gathering of the Clans
· The Standard 5 is good
· The New Manors
· A Note on British Railways Standard Steam Locomotive Boilers by Phillip Atkins
· The Airfix Moguls
· The Mighty Midgets
· Moguls, Old Style
· Specialised Work The Shakespeare and the Iron Duke by Richard Hardy
· The Big Tanks
· The Class 3 Tanks
· Maintaining Standards by Allan C Barker
· Ivatts in All But Name
· Standards that never were by Phillip Atkins
· Something Different
· The Classy Clans
· Hengist: The 1000th Standard?
Hardback. 215 x 305mm. 92 pages
132 black & white photographs