British Locomotives Illustrated


Photographs of British steam engines (railway locomotives) from British Locomotives Illustrated by W. J. Bell, M.I.Loco.E., A & C. Black Ltd., London, 1933.

The photographs in this book are out of copyright because they were taken before 1944 in the UK, and are either by the author or are anonymous. I have not been able to find details about the author, and cannot ascertain the status of the text: it could have copyright protection for 70 years after the author’s death. I have reproduced only the captions of the photographs for now, and not the complete text.

[picture: Frontispiece: Restormel Castle Steam Locomotive, GWR]

Frontispiece: Restormel Castle Steam Locomotive, GWR

4-6-0 four-cylinder express engine No. 5010, “Restormel Castle,” G.W.R. [Great Western Railway] [more...] [$]

[picture: 1.---``Royal Scot'' train, near Shap summit, Engine No. 6134 ``Samson'']

1.—“Royal Scot” train, near Shap summit, Engine No. 6134 “Samson”

Among the outstanding features of British Railway operation of to-day is the development of the long distance non-stop run. This has been made possible by water-troughs, enabling an engine to [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 9.---7ft Single Express Locomotive, No. 123]
[picture: 11.---The ``Cornwall'']

11.—The “Cornwall”

8 ft 6 in single-driver engine, “Cornwall,” No. 3020, London and North Western Railway, 1847 [more...] [$]

[picture: Re-constructed ``Atlantic'' Type Locomotive]

Re-constructed “Atlantic” Type Locomotive

This steam engine was rebuilt in 1930 to add a “booster” engine to the front axle of the bogie under the driver’s cab. The booster was a small steam engine used only at low speeds, to give additional traction. I’m not sure [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: High Pressure Compound Locomotive]

High Pressure Compound Locomotive

4-6-4 express locomotive fitted with Gresley-Yarrow water-tube boiler, No. 10,000, L. & N.E.R., 1929


[picture: 4-4-0 Engine ``City of Truro'']

4-4-0 Engine “City of Truro”

4-4-0 Passenger engine, No. 3440, “City of Truro.” G.W.R., 1903 [more...] [$]