How Steam Locomotives Really Work

How Steam Locomotives Really Work

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by P. W. B. Semmens, A. J. Goldfinch
     
 

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Nicely balancing the text between the interests and background knowledge of the rail fan and the steam engine technician this book cover thermodynamics, the plumbing, stability of these beasts with their massive reciprocating parts, power delivery, braking. It's single drawback is the use of some uniquely British terms. At such a price hardly any library can neglect… See more details below

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Nicely balancing the text between the interests and background knowledge of the rail fan and the steam engine technician this book cover thermodynamics, the plumbing, stability of these beasts with their massive reciprocating parts, power delivery, braking. It's single drawback is the use of some uniquely British terms. At such a price hardly any library can neglect this book; it will charm a large number of steam lovers. This is a paperbound reprint of 2000 book. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198607823
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Series:
Popular Science Series
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,095,170
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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