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by Engineman Wook

[Postwar nationalization of English railroads was a watershed in their railroading history.  The following is a list of the relevant Wikipedia links on this topic, and it is simply meant by me to provide a coherent reading-sequence in order to help interested railfen to get some of this postwar English (‘British’) steam locomotive history into their fool heads — BW]

British Railways Steam Locomotives:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_locomotives_of_British_Railways

British Railways Standard Class Steam Locomotives:

BR Standard Class 2 2-6-0:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR_Standard_Class_2_2-6-0

BR Standard Class 3 2-6-0:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR_Standard_Class_3_2-6-0

BR Standard Class 4 2-6-0:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR_Standard_Class_4_2-6-0

BR standard class 4 4-6-0:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR_Standard_Class_4_4-6-0

BR standard class 5:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR_Standard_Class_5

BR Standard Class 6:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR_Standard_Class_6

BR Standard Class 7:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR_Standard_Class_7

BR Standard Class 8:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR_Standard_Class_8

BR Standard Class 9F:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR_Standard_Class_9F

BR Standard Class 2 2-6-2T:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR_Standard_Class_2_2-6-2T

BR Standard Class 3 2-6-2T:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR_Standard_Class_3_2-6-2T

BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4T:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BR_Standard_Class_4_2-6-4T

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by Engineman Preserved Wook
 
In The Pictorial Encyclopedia Of Railways (Hamlyn, revised edition 1976), Hamilton Ellis writes on p 113 that among the most accomplished of mechanical engineers of Victorian steam locomotives was William Adams.  Perhaps Adams’s single biggest contribution was a pivoted bogie that had a sidewise-sliding instead of fixed center pin; this allowed the wheels at their flanges more truly, precisely and steadily to follow rail curvature. 
     Also, and this is what caught my eye because of my interest here at Engineman Wook in late-modern and early-postmodern steam locomotive design re-engineering, Ellis says that Adams “was sound on front-end [smokebox] design and produced the once-famous Adams Vortex blastpipe”.  As I know that Andre Chapelon, L D Porta and, today, David Wardale all have done work on this, I wanted to know more about their high modern antecedents; it is acknowledged from time to time for example that Chapelon at the end of WW I took his first inspiration for blastpipe redesign from the work of (more…)

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