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Advanced Steam Locomotive Development •Porta •£12.05 Here are three technical papers by the Argentinian steam engineer Livio Dante Porta. Fundamentals of the Porta Compound System for Steam Locomotives and Steam Locomotive Development in Argentina - its contribution to the future of railway technology in the under-developed countries . The third paper deals with the subject of steam leakage. This book must be read by anyone operating or maintaining a steam locomotive today, and anyone who believes that the steam locomotive couldn’t be developed further. There are so many, usually remarkably simple (or obvious), but mind blowing concepts here that this book will challenge all your ideas! 104 pages.20 B&Wphotos.53 drawings,graphs &tables.Paperback.
K.u.k.Militärfeldbahnen im Ersten Weltkrieg •Stanfel •£45.30 This is the first comprehensive book we have seen on the military railways of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was very early in the field, the first railway regiment being formed in 1883, and the first steam locomotive - a 760mm gauge Decauville 0-4-0 tank was purchased in 1901, being rapidly followed by other trial locomotives, including a wonderful Mallet, from a host of home builders, until an 0-8-0 tender locomotive became the NG design.The military also dabbled in electric locomotives,battery and overhead,and varied forms of IC power - the latter also being used on standard gauge lines. The numerous military railways operated over a very large area - essentially the Russian-Polish border clockwise round to the Tirol, and all are recorded in this excellent German language book, with maps of most lines.Also covered in detail is the development of the motive power, rolling stock and infrastructure, with numerous B&W photos, drawings and station layouts,not to mention a roster of all locomotives.262 hardbound pages.
Valves &Valve Gears for Steam Locomotives •1940 •Lake &Reidinger • £12.50 This British book is about as good as you will currently find on the subject of valves and valve gears.There may not be page after page of formulae and highly technical information,but it is very accessible, and also has chapters on Poppet and Rotary Cam valve gears.142 pages.128 drawings/diagrams.Some B&W photos.Paperback.
SJ:s ånglok •Karlsson •£24.50 A comprehensive handbook of all the steam locomotives of the Swedish State Railways,standard and narrow gauge.The important types are described alphabetically by class with a short technical and historical description and information about their service,re-classification and fate.Tremendous selection of interesting,and sometimes unusual prototypes,the Swedes having a positively British affection for inside cylinders.Swedish text.256 pages 17x25 cm,nearly 300 b&w photographs and 32 in colour. Good value hardback.
Steam in Serbia 1882-2007 •Veresic •£54.30 This extremely well produced English language book tells the story of the railways of Serbia up to the end of steam, and what has happened to steam power subsequently.The history of the area is complicated,but after a late start there was considerable building of standard and narrow gauge lines,all of which became part of the Yugoslavian State Railways after WW1.The majority of the steam locomotives were either JZ designs, with earlier ones being Hungarian or Austrian; a remarkable number survive,some now in tourist use,and are described here in detail.An excellent book in every way, and especially useful for anyone planning a visit to the area. 204 pages.Around 400 photos,the majority in colour.Hardbound.
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