William Adams: His Life and Locomotives
A Life in Engineering 1823-1904
Imprint: Pen and Sword Transport
224 Pages, 6.8 x 9.7 in, 20 color and 230 mono intergrated illustrations
- November 2023
- In Stock
He has been described as the father of the suburban train, an inventive engineer, who pioneered the use of continuous train brakes, developed well designed, free-steaming locomotive boilers for services requiring rapid acceleration and frequent stops, and his invention of a bogie with controlled side-play revolutionized future locomotive design. His next move was to the Great Eastern Railway where his designs met with mixed success, before moving south of the Thames to Nine Elms. Here, over five hundred locomotives were built to his designs, with his later express classes regarded by many as his greatest achievement.
Adams also proved himself a very capable designer in developing locomotive and carriage works at all three railways, improving efficiency and reducing costs.
This book tells the story of a genial man with a love of music, who was undoubtedly one of the finest late Victorian locomotive engineers.