British Rail Diesels presents a wide collection of photographs illustrating a lost world on the nation's railways. Mick Hymans' interest in diesels began with resentment as they phased out his beloved steam engines, but over time these once-despised locomotives proved themselves and now enjoy a vast following in their own right. Including every class of diesel introduced on the railways up to the early 1960s, this book covers the whole railway system from the North of Scotland and Wales right down to Cornwall. It covers every early class of diesel, including the many shunters and prototypes produced to replace steam, showing every livery and alteration made, providing a wonderful resource to modelers, as well as enabling enthusiasts to look back fondly on the diesels that replaced steam locomotion and which themselves have mainly been consigned to the scrap heap.
In 2005, Ian Allan Publishing published Diesel Pioneers, which provided a complete overview of the development of the early diesel classes inherited by BR and those that were developed as part of the Modernisation Plan of 1955. This lovely new book takes the subject forward and covers the standard diesel locomotive designs that were made during the early 1960s which include the Class 33s, the 37s, the 47s, the Hymeks, the Westerns and the Deltics as well as the less successful Claytons. A number of these early classes proved successful and were built in significant numbers between their introduction and the ceasing of production in the late 1960s. Many of the most productive classes were, in fact, not to arise from the Modernisation Plan but were developed from the early 1960s onwards and this book covers these in detail. The book explores the background to the development of each class and provides an extended overview of diesel locomotive development of this period. Illustrated with unseen photographs, many with colour throughout, this book will appeal to the growing numbers of diesel modellers and enthusiasts.
Railway sleuth Les Summers unravels the politics and policies that led to the abandonment of steam traction under British Railways. In this fascinating account, he examines the twilight of steam in the era that shaped the future of our railways.