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entry 9 May 2006, 20:11
The Engine Driver's HandbookJust picked up this book at the Railway Museum in Sacramento. Written by Brian Topping this book is intended to teach you how to prepare, fire and drive a steam locomotive. It's packed with nearly 300 illustrations, including more than 70 exploded diagrams. I found it a little less technical than the Handbook for Railway Steam Locomotive Enginemen but still very useful, maybe even more so. The manual is a hands-on guide to all aspects of the various steam locomotives most likely to be found on preserved railways in England. That being said I'm sure that most of the information is easily transferable to steam trains in the United States. It covers not only the anatomy of the locomotive but also lubrication, braking systems, valve gears efficient firing, footplate controls, basic signaling and quite a bit more. Just the right thing for me to read at home while dreaming of my next rail adventure.

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Great looking book. I've ordered one myself. I have plans to do a little steam train driving on this railway sometime in the future. They run short courses.

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