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Engine Drivers Manual: How to Prepare, Fire and Drive a Steam Locomotive: How to Prepare, Fire and Drive a Steam Locomotive Hardcover – November 15, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing (November 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860935396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860935391
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David N. VanMeter on January 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Obviously, in the states, it is hard to find a book on how to prepare, fire, and drive a British steam locomotive. This book provides plenty of illustrations, photos, text and history that deals with the many aspects of this subject. Great read!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Jordan Heald on July 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is simply the best book for the person who either has absolutely no idea how a steam engine works, to the expert "engine drivers" themselves. If there is one thing that could be better, it is a few of the drawings. Some of the drawings are downright confusing such as the drawing of the "fixing plate" on page 19 and the "vacuum operated steam brake controls" on page 162. Also, some of the british names for things are a bit hard to understand over here, such as the "hanging jubilee clip" and the jigger valve". Everything else is very good and very well explained though. And I make no hesitation to give it five stars.
Brian starts off with a detailed description of the moving and nonmoving parts of the engines. He then carries on to discuss the cleaners dirty work, then the fireman's duties, then the drivers duties.
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By Steffen Reichel on March 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Steam trains from the motherland of steam locomotives - great britain. Here you are and are taken into the service of the men on the footplate. The author takes you with him on the service and explains, how the parts of the locomotive are named and how the locomotve has the be cared and cleaned. You learn to grease and to oil the parts and enter the footplate for making fire... You get information on how to use the shovel and the rakes, and how to maintain a good fire... you get on the first tour light engine and in front of the train, and how the fireman maintains his fire and keeps the water level.
Yu learn about the british vacuum brakes and the additional air brakes - and how the operated and how their function will be. You get about the gears, the throttle and the general driving rules and you get the informations, how the engine will be driven. You go light engine, you go in front of the train and read, how the driver will do his task, and why all starts with the cleaner, the greaser and the fireman - and how to go thru and get a driver...

Nice work, which gives you alot of information on how to become a steam engine driver. ... but it's isnt a how to guide... more a very informative blink into the duty and task of the men on the footplate.
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