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By Peter Tuffrey

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On 22 may possibly 1934 a zenith of locomotive building within the united kingdom was once reached while a tremendous new locomotive entered site visitors for the London & North japanese Railway corporation. The outstanding engine used to be P2 classification no. 2001 Cock o' the North and it was once painstakingly erected to the designs of eminent locomotive engineer H.N. Gresley (later Sir) on the company's sprawling Doncaster Works.Cock o' the North was once outfitted with variety of new and experimental positive factors and this created fairly a stir within the hugely serious railway international and with the broader basic public. those beneficial properties integrated; Kylala-Chapelon (Kylchap) double blastpipe and chimney, Lentz poppet valves and rotary cam valve apparatus, A.C.F.I feedwater heater, V-shaped cab entrance, streamlined steam passages and a 50 sq. toes firebox grate quarter. No. 2001 additionally had a 2-8-2 or 'Mikado' wheel association and, whereas it was once no longer the 1st engine in Britain to have such configuration (the Gresley P1 classification locomotives of 1925 have been the pioneers), Cock o' the North used to be the 1st engine meant to be used on show passenger site visitors to be outfitted as a 'Mikado'.This booklet is the 1st one to add the whole heritage of Cock o' the North as a unmarried topic. With certain learn and a extraordinary choice of pictures it examines and illustrates many facets of the locomotive together with: the identify derivation, building, trial runs, trial checks, the debatable rebuilding by means of Gresley's successor, Edward Thompson, the involvement within the Balby Bridge crash, and ultimate withdrawal from carrier. Locomotive advancements at domestic and out of the country throughout the first half the twentieth century also are chartered in addition to Nigel Gresley's upward thrust from nice Northern Railway corporation Locomotive Superintendent to LNER leader Mechanical Engineer. Having understood Gresley's motivation in the back of construction the locomotive, readers are then armed with sufficient info to invite themselves even if his daring scan of establishing the biggest steam passenger locomotive Britain has ever obvious was once successful and accomplished the intentions of its creator.

** This digital version comprises 218 black-and-white images **

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