How Do Steam Locomotives Really Work?

How Do Steam Locomotives Really Work?

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By (author) P.W.B. Semmens, By (author) A.J. Goldfinch

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 354 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 230mm x 26mm | 760g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198565364
  • ISBN 13: 9780198565369
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, index

Product description

Steam locomotives were developed in the early part of the 19th century, initially by Trevithick, and then most successfully by George Stephenson, whose engine Locomotion inaugurated the famous Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. For the next 150 years, steam locomotives were further developed and refined, until the advent of new electrical technology superseded them. Although British Railways operated its last main-line steam locomotives in 1968, there is still immense interest in the large numbers of locomotives which have been privately preserved, and which run on heritage railways and in various parts of the world. This book describes the anatomy and physiology of the steam train, to enable all train enthusiasts to understand the workings of the various types of engines in use. It covers the design of the engine, the process of converting fuel into mechanical tractive effort to haul passenger and freight trains, and the function and design of the various components of the engine. The authors also outline the reasons behind the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of steam locomotives.

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Author information

Peter Semmens was formerly Deputy Head of the highly popular National Railway Museum in York from 1974, and has been active for many years in the popularization of science and technology. He has written 33 books on trains and railways, and in 1990 he was appointed Chief Correspondent of The RailwayMagazine, having written the monthly "Railway Practice and Performance" for many years. Alan Goldfinch was Chief Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, British Rail Eastern Region, until he retired in 1989.

Review quote

"To enable train enthusiasts to understand the workings of the various types of engines in use, this book describes the anatomy and physiology of the steam train. It covers the design of the engine, the process of converting fuel into mechanical tractive effort to haul passenger and freight trains, the function and design of the various components of the engine, and the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of steam locomotives. Although the steam locomotive originated in the United Kingdom, there were parallel lines of development in North America and Europe, and the individual features of these are also covered." -- Mechanical Engineering, Nov 2000"The book deals comprehensively with the dynamics, thermodynamics, component description, metallurgy, design criteria and performance of steam locomotives; as well as their operational maintenance issues. . .For those of us with a particular interest in steam technology, but without the fullest understanding of the many complex inter-reactions, this volume provides a most useful reference. . .A most worthy book at an attractive price for anyone interested in steam locomotive technology."--The Newcomen Society

Table of contents

Why use steam?; burning the fuel; raising steam; using the steam; transmitting the power; locomotive index; the locomotive as a vehicle; the steam locomotive at work; brakes; designing a steam locomotive.