Gresley and his Locomotives

L & N E R Design History

Tim Hillier-Graves

The story of Gresley's locomotives is a well-trodden path. But our view of his achievements is a blinkered one because it fails to recognise all the other people who played a part in his work. As the leading American aviation engineer Paul S Baker wrote in 1945 ‘the day of one-man engineering is long gone.
Date Published :
February 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Locomotive Portfolios
Illustration :
250 color & black and white illustrations & weight diagrams
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781526729934
Pages : 200
Dimensions : 9.5 X 9.75 inches
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Overview
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The story of Gresley’s locomotives is a well-trodden path. But our view of his achievements is a blinkered one because it fails to recognise all the other people who played a part in his work. As the leading American aviation engineer Paul S Baker wrote in 1945 ‘the day of one-man engineering is long gone. You might as well print the organisation table of the engineering department when trying to assign credit for a particular design’.

To Gresley must go great credit for many of the LNER’s achievements, but those around him have faded into obscurity and are now largely forgotten even though their contributions were immense. To redress this balance, the author has explored the life of Gresley and his team and sought to uncover a more expansive picture of these events. This in no way diminishes the Gresley’s accomplishments, which are immense by any standards, but builds a more authentic view of a dynamic period in railway history.

The book draws upon many sources of information, some of it previously unpublished. This has helped present a fascinating picture all that happened and all that was achieved, often in the most difficult of circumstances, by a very gifted team of engineers and their exceptional leader.

About The Author
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Tim Hillier-Graves was born in North London in 1951. From an early age he was fascinated by steam locomotives. In 1972, Tim joined the Navy Department of the MOD and saw wide service in many locations. He retired in 2011, having specialized in Human Resource Management, then the management of the MOD's huge housing stock as one of the department`s Assistant Directors for Housing. On the death of his uncle in 1984, he became the custodian of a substantial railway collection and in retirement has spent considerable time reviewing and cataloging this material.

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