Military Connections: GWR, SR, BR & WD Steam Locomotives

Military Connections: GWR, SR, BR & WD Steam Locomotives

by Keith Langston

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Overview

In Great Britain there existed a practice of naming steam railway locomotives. The names chosen covered many and varied subjects, however a large number of those represented direct links with military personnel, regiments, squadrons, naval vessels, aircraft, battles and associated historic events. Memorably the Southern Railway (SR) created a Battle of Britain class of Light Pacific locomotives, which were named in recognition of Battle of Britain squadrons, airfields, aircraft and personnel. The Great Western Railway (GWR) renamed some of its express passenger Castle Class engines after Second World War aircraft. Names were displayed in varying styles on both sides of the locomotives, additionally some nameplates were adorned with ornate crests and badges. Long after the demise of mainline steam, rescued nameplates are still much sort after collectors' items, which when offered for sale command high prices. This generously illustrated publication highlights the relevant steam locomotives at work and explains the origins of the military names.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473878556
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 06/30/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 905,092
File size: 82 MB
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About the Author

Cheshire based Keith Langston is a widely published and highly respected photo journalist who specialises in heritage transportation and industrial archaeology subjects. Keith counts himself fortunate to have known Fred Dibnah personally and to have observed the great man first hand as he went about his fascinating work. Keith Langston contributes news and feature material on a regular basis across a wide range of heritage titles, including Old Glory, Heritage Railway, Heritage Commercials, Tractor, and Towpath Talk.

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