How Steam Locomotives Really Work

Paperback | July 30, 2004

byP. W. B. Semmens, A. J. Goldfinch

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Following the pioneering work of Trevithick, Stephenson, and many others, steam locomotives continued to evolve and be refined until overtaken by diesel and electric traction technology. Although the last main-line steam service was operated by British Rail in 1968, there is still immenseinterest in steam traction, as demonstrated by the increasing numbers of privately renovated and preserved locomotives and heritage railways around the world.In How Steam Locomotives Really Work, the authors, both railway experts, cover the design of locomotives, the many processes in the conversion of fuel to tractive effort, the dynamic characteristics of the locomotive as a vehicle, the braking equipment, and a host of other systems, major and minor,that make up a working locomotive. They also explain the reasons for running and maintenance practices. Their explanations will fascinate enthusiasts, whether practical or armchair.Steam locomotive design may have started in the United Kingdom, but it quickly developed parallel and sometimes diverging techniques in other countries, leading to many distinct developments that contribute to the national characteristics of some locomotives. The authors embrace this diversity, andrailway enthusiasts from around the world will find this book engrossing and enlightening.

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Following the pioneering work of Trevithick, Stephenson, and many others, steam locomotives continued to evolve and be refined until overtaken by diesel and electric traction technology. Although the last main-line steam service was operated by British Rail in 1968, there is still immenseinterest in steam traction, as demonstrated by ...

Peter Semmens was formerly Deputy Head of the highly popular National Railway Museum in York from 1974, and has been active for many years in the popularization of science and technology. He has written 33 books on trains and railways, and in 1990 he was appointed Chief Correspondent of The Railway Magazine, having written the monthly...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:354 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.76 inPublished:July 30, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198607822

ISBN - 13:9780198607823

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Why use steam?2. Burning the fuel3. Raising steam4. Using the steam5. Transmitting the power6. The locomotive as a vehicle7. The steam locomotive at work8. Brakes9. Designing a steam locomotiveIndex

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`To enable train enthusiasts to understand the workings of the various types of engines in use, this book describes the anatomy and physiology of the steam train. It covers the design of the engine, the process of converting fuel into mechanical tractive effort to haul passenger and freighttrains, the function and design of the various components of the engine, and the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of steam locomotives. Although the steam locomotive originated in the United Kingdom, there were parallel lines of development in North America and Europe, and the individualfeatures of these are also covered.'Mechanical Engineering