Transition from Steam - H. C. B. [Hugh Cuthbert Basset] RogersLondon: Ian Allan, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Silhouettes;
From the cover: “On 1 January 1948 the four main line railway companies (the ‘Big Four’) were nationalised and placed under the control of the British Transport Commission. One of the most important matters on which the Commission had to make a decision was the type and structure of motive power needed, in the long run, for the new British Railways. There were three possibilities: Steam — at the time pre-dominant in Great Britain; Electric — represented mainly by the third-rail system on the extensive short-distance network of the former Southern Railway; and Diesel — up till that date confined principally to a number of shunting locomotives and one new main line design built by the LMS. The decisions made by the BTC were to change the face of both the British rail industry and the British countryside. Transition from Steam details all the arguments for and against the various types of motive power with extensive inside information from the people who actually made the decisions. Col Rogers has written an authoritative and thought-provoking history of postwar traction on British Railways: highly illustrated with over 170 rare and well-chosen photographs, it will provide fascinating reading and a mine of information for enthusiast and professional alike.”