The Queen of British Steam Locomotives

My most recent, completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was the first of a two-part volume about the life and times of the London Midland and Scottish Railway’s magnificent ‘Princess Coronation’ express passenger steam locomotives. This first volume appeared as part of the ‘Locomotive Portfolio’ series of books and was written by prolific author David Maidment. The book traced the origins of these fine machines from their origins during the early and mid-1930s to the initial appearance of the first example, Coronation, in 1937, following which this engine set up a British speed record for steam traction of 114mph. The story then progressed through the first two years of the first of the class of (eventually) thirty-eight examples entering service, through the difficult years of the Second World War, and then the return to normality in the late 1940s and early 1950s. A fine collection of pictures backed up the detailed text, and highlighted the careers of these successful engines. A worthy addition to the previous books that have been written about these machines. Volume Two will cover the story up to the present day.

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