BR Standard Steam Locomotives Vol.2. The 4-6-0 and 2-6-0 Classes
The Vale of Rheidol Railway

BR Standard Steam Locomotives Vol.2. The 4-6-0 and 2-6-0 Classes

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BR Standard Steam Locomotives Vol.2. The 4-6-0 and 2-6-0 Classes


At nationalisation half of the medium sized mixed traffic fleet was over age with some engines very elderly indeed. Riddles team produced five 4-6-0 and 2-6-0 classes to address this challenge totalling 452 engines, half of the total BR standard locomotives built. Three were based on LMSR designs from Stanier (Cl 5s) and Ivatt (Cl 4 and 2) with the "unfinished" look of the Ivatt 4 pleasingly tidied up. 

All the new standard classes except the Cl 2 achieved an endearing sense of balance from extending down the high running plate to the front buffer beam and sloping the underside of the cab sheet. These features allowed much pipework to be hidden whilst still achieving improved maintenance access. 

This long awaited book by John Walford presents complete design, modifications, livery, allocation and use information for each engine. A fascinating and absorbing review of British railway operations four decades ago.
Size 214 x 276mm, casebound, 278 pages, 279 illustrations including 17 in colour.


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Item location: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom

About Us

The Vale of Rheidol Railway (WelshRheilffordd Cwm Rheidol) is a 1ft 11 3/4 inches (603 mmnarrow gauge heritage railway that runs for 11 3?4 miles (18.9 km) between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge in the county of Ceredigion, Wales.

privatisation, it was the sole steam-operated line on the nationalised British Rail network, steam traction having ceased in 1968 on all other parts of the system. Unlike some other preserved railways in the United Kingdom, the Vale of Rheidol Railway has never closed, with the exception of wartime and has operated a service for tourists through its life. The railway celebrated its centenary in 2002. 

The Railway is a charity, meaning the income it generates goes back into the railway, to aid in restoration and running of the steam locomotives. Buying through our online giftshop enables you to get the product you want but also donate to the railway and keep it alive.

Contact Us

Geraint Roberts
Vale of Rheidol Trading Ltd
Park Avenue
SY23 1PG
United Kingdom
Phone:01970 625819
Company registration number: 9146470
VAT number: GB 489240712


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