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In essence there are few pieces of technology simpler than the steam locomotive, but, as with all technology, steam locomotive design did not stand still and many innovations and developments - such as compounding - were brought forward over the years to make more complex a machine which was essentially a very simple concept. Meet the Locomotive is a slightly quirky and delightful period piece of a book, which we are reprinting for the second time in a few years. Its author provides an easy to understand layman's guide to the intricacies of the steam locomotive. Using simple diagrams, the various elements that go towards converting coal and water into steam and power are discussed and fully explained. First published some 50 years ago, this pocket guide to the operation of the steam locomotive has found a new market today as a valuable introduction to how the steam locomotive works for those developing an interest in steam traction, perhaps through their involvement in the heritage railway sector. It also provides information on the various parts of a locomotive and what their function is.
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