Fourth in a series with the simple old fashioned aim to showcase top quality photographs reproduced at the largest possible size, in order to celebrate some of the best-loved steam classes. Full-page shots are presented in a landscape format and come with comprehensive captions.
Bulleidâ€™s Light Pacifics could be found on duties ranging from the â€˜Night Ferryâ€™ and â€˜Golden Arrowâ€™ to pottering around Devon and Cornwall with a couple of coaches. They were in effect smaller versions of the Merchant Navy class and included the same innovative features such as â€˜air-smoothedâ€™ casings, chain driven valve gear, high boiler pressure, â€˜boxpokâ€™ wheels and electric lighting.
As in previous volumes the emphasis throughout is on the engines in service and the book has been arranged in chapters in chronological order. The final chapters show them at work on the principal routes where they were employed, ending with the final year of Southern Region steam in 1967.