How Steam Locomotives Really Work

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Steam locomotives were developed in the early part of the 19th Century, initially by Trevithick, and then most successfully by George Stephenson, whose engine Locomotion inaugurated the famous Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. For the next 150 years, steam locomotives were further developed and refined, until the advent of new electrical technology superseded them. Although British Railways operated its last main-line steam locomotives in 1968, there is still immense interest in the large numbers of ...
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Overview

Steam locomotives were developed in the early part of the 19th Century, initially by Trevithick, and then most successfully by George Stephenson, whose engine Locomotion inaugurated the famous Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. For the next 150 years, steam locomotives were further developed and refined, until the advent of new electrical technology superseded them. Although British Railways operated its last main-line steam locomotives in 1968, there is still immense interest in the large numbers of locomotives that have been privately preserved, and which run on heritage railways and in various parts of the world. This book describes the anatomy and physiology of the steam train, to enable all train enthusiasts to understand the workings of the various types of engines in use. It covers the design of the engine, the process of converting fuel into mechanical tractive effort to haul passenger and freight trains, and the function and design of the various components of the engine. The authors also outline the reasons behind the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of steam locomotives. Although the steam locomotive originated in the UK, there were parallel lines of development in North America and in various other European countries, many of which introduced their own individual features. These are dealt with in the book, which will appeal to railway enthusiasts throughout the world.
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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 freight trains, 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 individual features of these are also covered." -- Mechanical Engineering, Nov 2000

"The book deals comprehensively with the dynamics, thermodynamics, component description, metallurgy, design criteria and performance of steam locomotives; as well as their operational maintenance issues. . .For those of us with a particular interest in steam technology, but without the fullest understanding of the many complex inter-reactions, this volume provides a most useful reference. . .A most worthy book at an attractive price for anyone interested in steam locomotive technology."--The Newcomen Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198607823
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: Popular Science Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 715,281
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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 "Railway Practice and Performance" for many years. Alan Goldfinch was Chief Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, British Rail Eastern Region, until he retired in 1989.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
  1. Why use steam?
  2. Burning the fuel
  3. Raising steam
  4. Using the steam
  5. Transmitting the power
  6. The locomotive as a vehicle
  7. The steam locomotive at work
  8. Brakes
  9. Designing a steam locomotive
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2006

    A Fair Primer on Locomotive Basics

    I was hoping for more. The book covers British engine construction which is quite different from the constructon of locomotives in the US. The photographs did not reproduce well and there could have been more drawings showing how steam engines are constructed. I am still in search of a book detailing the construction of steam engines in North America.

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    This book is a good basic book for understanding the principles

    This book is a good basic book for understanding the principles of steam engines.  I highly recommend it.

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