London and South Western Railway Steam Locomotives

My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books is one about the express and mixed traffic steam locomotives designed by Dugald Drummond for the London & South Western Railway (LSWR) during the late Victorian and early Edwardian period of time. The author is David Maidment, who has written a series of ‘Locomotive Portfolios’ for Pen & Sword, a few of which I have proofread.

The new work looks at a group of engines, mostly of either 4-4-0 or 4-6-0 wheel arrangement. The M7 0-4-4 tank engines are included because of their mixed traffic abilities. These, together with the T9 4-4-0s, were the most successful Drummond engines, examples of both types putting in sixty-plus years’ service with the LSWR, Southern Railway and BR. Two M7s and a T9 have been preserved. The other locomotives included were successful in some cases and less so in others, all built in small numbers as part of a process of evolution. Rebuilding by Urie, Maunsell and Bulleid improved the performance of some machines, whilst others were scrapped after only a short time in service. The book, however, is a worthy tribute to these engines, and Mr Maidment is to be congratulated on another well-researched and written volume.

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