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BR Diesel Locomotive Album - Alan Williams

Ian Allan, 1979, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Top edge of the text block tanned.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Britain’s first main line diesel locomotive, IMS No 10000, took to the rails in late 1947, just prior to nationalisation. Designed by the renowned IMS CME H. G. Ivatt, No 10000 and its sister No 10001, orthodox 1,600bhp diesel-electric Co-Cos, were projected as the brave new image for Britain’s railways.

However, the abundance of relatively cheap, home produced coal, the cost of imported oil, the simplicity and low cost of steam locomotives and the possible effects on the mining industry of a switch to diesel traction meant that dieselisation did not come about until the 1960s. When diesel locomotives did begin to increase in numbers, they did so in a headlong rush that left BR the reluctant owners of some none-too-successful types along with, luckily, some rather good ones.

BR Diesel Locomotive Album charts pictorially the story of how this less than euphoric beginning led to the efficient main line diesel traction system of today. With over 120 photographs, Alan Williams’ authoritative captions draw the reader’s attention to design changes and modifications, service increases and improvements and, above all, the beauty of main line diesel motive power.”

Size: 9½" x 7". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 91 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.