Caledonian Railway Locomotives - The Classic Years, by H.J.C. Cornwell

Caledonian Railway Locomotives - The Classic Years, by H.J.C. Cornwell

Published by Lightmoor Press in 2020, 320 pages. Large Hardback - c.28cm by 22cm (N7668)

Brand New Book

From the rear side cover: The Classic Years of the Caledonian Railway’s locomotives cover the designs of Dugald Drummond, John Lambie, J.F. McIntosh and William Pickersgill. During this period, the Company was at the forefront of locomotive design and produced, particularly in the 4-4-0s, the classic Victorian British locomotive.

For express passenger work, locomotives capable of climbing to Beattock summit and running the long distance from Carlisle to Perth were required. For goods traffic, the numerous collieries and industrial plants of the Central Belt had to be handled, together with the associated shunting at numerous sidings and yards. Weight restrictions on the hilly Callander & Oban line required bespoke designs.

Throughout the period, passenger locomotives displayed the Company’s distinctive blue livery which set them apart from all others.

In this volume, the author describes the design practices developed by each of the Locomotive Superintendents, followed by details of each class, accompanied by suitable drawings and illustrations. The Caledonian’s express trains attracted the attention of several enthusiasts of the day, whose recordings provide added detail of locomotive performance.

The book is illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, drawings and line diagrams.