How Steam Locomotives Really Work

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April 2004



Steam locomotives were developed in the early part of the 19th Century, initially by Trevithick, and then most successfully by George Stephenson, whose engine Locomotion inaugurated the famous Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. For the next 150 years, steam locomotives were further
developed and refined, until the advent of new electrical technology superseded them. Although British Railways operated its last main-line steam locomotives in 1968, there is still immense interest in the large numbers of locomotives that have been privately preserved, and which run on heritage
railways and in various parts of the world. This book describes the anatomy and physiology of the steam train, to enable all train enthusiasts to understand the workings of the various types of engines in use. It covers the design of the engine, the process of converting fuel into mechanical
tractive effort to haul passenger and freight trains, and the function and design of the various components of the engine. The authors also outline the reasons behind the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of steam locomotives. Although the steam locomotive originated in the UK, there
were parallel lines of development in North America and in various other European countries, many of which introduced their own individual features. These are dealt with in the book, which will appeal to railway enthusiasts throughout the world.


Introduction ;
1. Why use steam? ;
2. Burning the fuel ;
3. Raising steam ;
4. Using the steam ;
5. Transmitting the power ;
6. The locomotive as a vehicle ;
7. The steam locomotive at work ;
8. Brakes ;
9. Designing a steam locomotive ; Index


Alan Goldfinch was Chief Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, British Rail Eastern Region, until he retired in 1989.
EAN: 9780198607823
ISBN: 0198607822
Untertitel: numerous halftones and line drawings. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Oxford University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2004
Seitenanzahl: 368 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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