Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals

It came as quite a shock to find that Flying Scotsman had descended to the level of a Ford Cortina as Kevin had always associated the publisher with oily hands and car workshop manuals, and was taught to regard them as inferuior to the products of the car manufacturers and presumed that the Rolls Royce manuals would be leather bound. Although the firm still produces car workshop manuals (and the range has grown to be enormous) it has also spread its activities to other forms of transport including aircraft and ships — and now railways and model railways. The railway owners'  manuals seem to be significantly more detailed than the Great Locomotive Series

Philip Atkins. Flying Scotsman: LNER classes A1/A3 Pacific No. 4472, 1923 onwards: am insight jnto maintaining, operating and restoring the legendary steam lcomotive, Sparkford: Haynes Publishing/National Railway Museum, 2016. 172 pp.
This book gopes into remarkable depth as is shown by the tables on page 66 which shows the boilers fitted to No. 4472 between 1922 and 1962 and the history of boilers Nos. 27021 and 27020 fitted immediately after preservation and in the recent major restoration respectively. On page 67 there are the instructions for routine boiler maintenance as set out by A.H. Peppercorn in June 1949. Reviewed in Backtrack, 2017, 31, 126 by APT

Geoff Smith and A1 Steam Locomotive Trust Tornado: new Peppercorn class A1, 2008 onwards: owners' workshop manual. Sparkford: Haynes, 2011. 154pp.  
The Workshop Manual approach seems to be especially appropriate for this unique locomotive which captures the spirit of the original Peppercorn design rather than forming a replica. However, one must look elsewhere if seeking information on the original design.                                                                            

Drew Fermor. GWR/BR (WR) Castle class Nos. 4073-7030 (including 3, 3 & 4 row superheater versions): a guide to the history and operation of Britain's most successful express passenger steam locomotive type. 2014. 156pp.
If the Castle class had regularly worked Anglo-Scottish expresses on the northern legs of their journeys; had routinely handled express traffic to Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, or even worked to Dover or Southampton then the claim made in the sub-title might be worth considering. Further, services to Bristol, Plymouth and Cardiff were not significantly better than those noted to Manchester or Newcastle. The class might be better considered as the final legacy of Brunel: whatever its merits it was ill-suited for wider usage; and the author fails to note how Sir William Stanier did not follow a four-cylinder layout for his most numerous passenger design: the Jubilee class. His initial Pacifics followed Churchward practice, but the Coronation class represented a huge move away from Swindon design.
This workshop manual shares with the others on locomotives a section on the anatomy of the locomotive and thus places it within a structural historical context of Daniel Kinnear Clark. It also emphasise maintenance; something which the operator of railway motive power neglects at his or her peril. It lacks detailed analysis of the influence which the exchange trials with the LNER and LMS made, but does not query why these were not repeated after nationalisation. Certain aspects of the design would have been highly unwelcome elsewhere on British Railways, notably the dangerous access to the inside vave gear, the lack of two water gauge glasses and the manual coaling.
Unlike the majority of the Workshop Manuals this one lacks a bibliography. Moreover, some of the detail contained in RCTS The locomptives of the Great Western Railway. Part 8. Modern passenger classes is missing: for instance "No. 4089 ran for a few years in the early thirties in an experimental lighter shade of green." (page H15). Fermor does, however, criticise the brief period when British Railways attempted to enliven locomotives with a lighter green livery.

Paul Moss. London Underground: 1863 onwards (all lines and extensions): designing, building and operating the world's oldest underground rail network. 2014, 189pp.
This is a pleasantly surprising work as it covers far more than the rolling stock and rolling stock maintenance as it extends to the stations and to the establishment of an immediately identifiable corporate image and criticism of where that coherence has been breached: "today the integrity of the complete Victoria line has been compromised, as the design of many of its stations has been tinkered with" (p. 121). It is highly critcal of the former Circle line stock (C stock), but notes that the D stock for the District line was a great improvement, altough suffered from some major defects. The 1983 stock is also highly criticised, but it had a very short life. Misha Black is praised for his great contribution. Eduardo Paolozzi's Tottenham Court Road station is also shown. 

Andrew Charman. Steam locomotive driver's manual: the step-by-step guide to preparing, firing and driving a steam locomotive. 2015. 165pp.
This is quite different from the other manuals listed on this page as it might be, probably is, used to assist drivers, and their assistants (firemen), and those who manage such  activities, to perform their tasks without risking the safety of their passengers who in the case of smaller gauge lines may be travelling in more primitive vehicles than those of standard gauge. The author bases the text on his long experience of driving on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. As the list of heritage railways on pages 161-2 shows this is a considerable number of people. 

Richard Gibson. Stephenson's Rocket 1829 onwards: an insight into the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the iconic steam locomotive. 2016. 156pp.
Reviewed in Backtrack, 2017, 31, 126 by RW

Great Locomotives Series

Kevin McCormack
Great Western 'Kings'. Haynes. 2011. 152 pp.
Review by Phil Atkins in Backtrack, 2012, 26, 443