|An authoritative and captivating album of rare pre-grouping GWR photographs, specifically from the period between 1899 and 1922.
This book explores, through well over a hundred good quality photographs, the era of transition from the classic Great Western Railway 2-2-2 and 4-2-2 locomotives to the larger and more powerful 4-4-0s and 4-6-0s.
Also illustrated are the GWR 4-4-2 and 4-6-2 designs which did not progress into large scale production.
All of the photographs of these Great Western Railway locomotives are accompanied by knowledgeable and informative captions, which bring the images to life.
2-2-2 - Barnum, Cobham, Queen, Sir Daniel
4-2-2 - Achilles
2-4-0 - Chancellor, River, 717, 806, 2021, 3226
4-4-0 - Armstrong, Atbara, Badminton, Bulldog, City, County, Duke, Flower, 3521
4-4-2 - Scott
4-6-0 - Saint, Star
4-6-2 - 111
0-6-0 - Standard Goods
2-6-0 - 43xx
0-6-0ST - 850, 1076
0-6-0T - by Manning Wardle and Bristol & Exeter Railway
4-4-2T - County Tank
2-6-2T - by Churchward
The settings for these photographs cover a wide range of GWR locations, as follows: Bristol Temple Meads, Dawlish, Fowey, Hayes, London Paddington, Newquay, Newton Abbot, Oxford, Par, Penzance, Slough, Southall, Teignmouth, Truro, Wellington, Weymouth Harbour, Windsor and Wolverhampton
Apart from the Great Western locomotives the photographs also depict clerestory coaches, milk vans, station buildings, signals (including reversing signals) and a variety of types of gas lamp, making it especially helpful to modellers.
The combination of rare good quality pre-grouping photographs and accurate, authoritive text, will appeal to historians, modellers and almost everyone else with an interest in railways, particularly the GWR.
By Glyn Williams
Photographs by Robert Bookman
Softback. 79 pages
Approximately 130 photographs
Map of the GWR 1904