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Offline DamonKelly  
#1 Posted : 20 August 2007 17:15:50(UTC)
DamonKelly

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I'm looking for a good book or on-line resource about steam locos.

I don't mind technical stuff. I have a degree in Physics, and Engineering (Electronics, but it's still Engineering...), so "latent heat" and "leverage" are no mysteries...
But...all the web-sites I've found about steam locos are either very basic ("boil the water, the steam pushes the pistons...") or assumes a detailed knowledge of steam locos ("an ordinary 3-cylinder loco but with superheater...")

I just made that up...[:I]

So, where can I find an engineering-student level explanation of steam locomotives? In particular, I want to understand the differences between the various German (and other European) design steam locos.

Thanks...

Cheers,
Damon
Offline pat  
#2 Posted : 20 August 2007 17:26:06(UTC)
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Damon,I like this guy,mainly US,but you can also design your own engine
http://www.steamlocomoti...isc/TractiveEffort.shtml
his home page
http://www.steamlocomotive.com/
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Offline Ladislas  
#3 Posted : 20 August 2007 19:48:49(UTC)
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[size=1" face="Verdana" id="quote]quote:Originally posted by DamonKelly
<br />I'm looking for a good book or on-line resource about steam locos.



There is a very comprehensive book in German which I would strongly recommmend:

Giesl-Gieslingen, Adolph: Die Anatomie der Dampflokomotive international. Ihr Aufbau und ihre Technik in aller Welt von 1829 bis heute. 2. Aufl., Internationales Archiv für Lokomotivgeschichte, Bd. 37. Wien (Verlag Josef Otto Slezak), 2004. ISBN 3-85416-194-1.

Unfortunately I don't know of anything of comparable scope in English.

You might also have a look at this website, which has extensive extracts from a 1957 textbook used for training DB personnel:

http://www.dlok.de/321.htm
Offline steventrain  
#4 Posted : 20 August 2007 22:56:12(UTC)
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Nice sites.

Also welcome to the forum, Ladislas.
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Offline kimballthurlow  
#5 Posted : 21 August 2007 11:31:53(UTC)
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Dear Damon,
"Locomotive Designers in the Age of Steam" was written about 1980, by J N Westwood.

It is a pretty good treatise on how steam locos evolved, and features comparisons of design around the world. It even mentions the cab design of our beloved C38, which apparently influenced some newer Brit locos. It is more a technical book, not a coffee table book.

You should be able to find it at second hand bookshops, or online bookshops.

regards
Kimball
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Offline oz_train  
#6 Posted : 22 August 2007 03:01:19(UTC)
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Hi Damon,
I have, and can recommend, a book called "How Steam Locomotives Really Work". Forgot the author's name, but I picked it up on Amazon for around AU$30 (softcover). It is quite technical[:p], and a bit historical, but mainly deals with British locomotives. Well worth reading!

regards,
John.
Offline DamonKelly  
#7 Posted : 22 August 2007 16:23:06(UTC)
DamonKelly

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions! biggrin

John, the BCC library has How Steam Locomotives Really Work, so I've ordered that.

Isn't the internet wonderful - books sent to your local library with just a click of a button! (Oh, and $0.55...)


Cheers,
Damon
Offline DamonKelly  
#8 Posted : 25 August 2007 18:10:26(UTC)
DamonKelly

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Just picked up How Steam Locomotives Really Work from the library -- I was surprised, it was a small format paperback, I was expecting a big hardback
There you go...

Cheers,
Damon
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