The Engine Drivers Manual
The need to learn the skills necessary to drive a steam train is vital to the future survival of the many successful and popular preserved lines in operation today.
In this comprehensive practical manual, former BR steam engineman Brian Topping conducts us along the traditional learning path from cleaner to fireman to driver, reminding us that for all the glamour of the footplate, there is also a great deal of dirty and strenuous work involved.
Packed with wonderful photographs, illustrations and diagrams this little book covers such matters as maintenance, lubrication, different braking systems and valve gears, efficient firing, footplate controls, basic railway signalling, and much more.
Whether you are an established driver wishing to brush up on your locomotive knowledge, an armchair enthusiast, or a would-be preservation volunteer, this is the indispensable aid to safe and successful steam locomotive driving and management.