Steam Locomotive Driver's Manual: The step-by-step guide to preparing, firing and driving a steam locomotive

Steam Locomotive Driver's Manual: The step-by-step guide to preparing, firing and driving a steam locomotive

By: Andrew Charman (author)Hardback

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It is often said that steam locomotives appear to be living machines, casting a spell over spectators young and old, from lifelong steam enthusiasts to those witnessing live steam for the first time. This extensively illustrated manual provides a fascinating practical insight into the hard work, knowledge and skills required to safely drive a steam loco. The unique Haynes Manual approach, marrying the engaging text with step-by-step photographs and fascinating illustrations, puts the reader firmly on the footplate to experience the raw power and energy of a steam locomotive in action.

About Author

Andrew Charman is an experienced journalist and lifelong railway enthusiast with an extensive knowledge of the steam locomotive scene. He is currently taking a training course to qualify as a driver on a heritage steam railway. As well as his own extensive knowledge of the scene, he is calling on the experience of around a dozen former British Railway locomen.


An innovative approach to the subject, explaining each area of a locomotive and its practical operation from the perspective of the railwayman roles - cleaner, fireman and driver. Types of locomotive and how they work - boiler, cylinders, valve gear, brakes. The cleaner - cleaning and lubrication. The fireman - lighting up, fireman's cab controls, adding water, types and shapes of fire, coupling-up, duties on the road, end-of-day duties. The driver - from fireman to driver, dawn duties, driver's cab controls, driving procedure, types of journey, understanding signals, end-of-day duties. Appendices detailing emergencies and faults, a study of different loco footplates, where to find steam today, useful contacts.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781844259427
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9781844259427
  • weight: 757
  • ISBN10: 1844259420

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