Steam Locomotive Casualty reports, by Stephen Mourton
Published by Runpast in 2005, 80 pages. Large A4 size softback (N4931PE)
Brand New Book
When a train was delayed by a problem with the locomotive, the driver had to complete a 'Locomotive Casualty Report' at the loco depot. The problems ranged from a lack of steam, often blamed on poor coal, to serious mechanical failures with the engine needing repair at the shed or even the main workshops.
This unique book is based on around 400 reports filed at Gloucester Barnwood steam shed from 1959 to 1963 and provide a fascinating insight into the problems faced by crews and management in the dying days of the British Railways steam era. Comments from drivers, foremen, shedmasters and higher management are included to make this a very entertaining account of those times. Many locos from a wide ranging area of BR are mentioned, enhanced by the author's own observations around Gloucester and Cheltenham in that period and from contacts who worked on the railway at that time. Illustrated by photos of some of the engines mentioned in the book.
Please note that although brand new, this book does have roll along the left and right hand edges, from where it has been stored flat on the shelves.