In the mid-1930s, eminent locomotive engineer Sir Nigel Gresley
produced plans for the A4 Class Pacifics, which were specially
built to work a new high-speed express, the 'Silver Jubilee'. From
the start, the class caused a sensation and immediately secured the
admiration of the general public. Gresley's A4s captures these
worldfamous locomotives throughout their life, with over 300
excellent colour and black and white images present in this
collection, which is arguably the greatest ever assembled on the
class. Photographs of every locomotive in the LNER and BR periods
are included. Overa dozen A4s feature in a chapter dedicated to the
1946 renumbering, which lasted only two/three years, making
pictures of them particularly rare. The A4s are shown at major
centres on the East Coast Main Line, such as King's Cross station,
Peterborough, Grantham, Doncaster, York, Darlington, Newcastle and
Edinburgh Waverley. Also, images taken during the twilight years in
Scotland are included. The surviving engines are seen at several
locations in the country - Aberdeen, Glasgow and Perth. A number of
images are from the lineside at various points, or wayside stations
and water troughs. Some classmembers have been photographed at
sheds when being serviced, or under repair at workshops. Many of
the famous trains worked by the A4s are presented, such as the
'Silver Jubilee', 'Coronation', 'West Riding Limited' and 'Flying
Scotsman', then later the 'Capitals Limited', 'Elizabethan', 'The
Talisman', etc. The class were often selected to head special
trains and there are several examples of this in Gresley's A4s. The
pictures are accompanied by interesting and informative captions
that provide details from the history of each locomotive, as well
as the class.
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