Back on the Southern Railway

I have today finished a new proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one being about the life and times of the Lord Nelson class of steam locomotives built by the Southern Railway (SR) in the late 1920s. The book looks at the early days of the class, from when the prototype, 850, was heralded as the “most powerful steam locomotive in Britain”, which it was at the time. However, the Maunsell-designed machines had their problems, and it was not until the 1937-9 period of time, when SR Chief Mechanical Engineer Oliver Bulleid fitted the class with a new type of blastpipe, that the steaming problems were eradicated and the class proved reliable and hard-working, especially through the troubled times of the Second World War. Engine 850 has been preserved and can be found on the Mid-Hants Heritage Railway at the time of writing, a fine example of a handsome-looking engine. Author Tim Hillier-Graves has produced another good reference work, to set alongside his earlier books.


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