he fifth 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. The emphasis throughout is on the engines in service and the book has been arranged in chapters in chronological order starting with the batches of the class as built. The final five chapters show the engines at work from 1935 onwards on the principal routes where they were used. All engines in the class are covered at least once.
When the LNER decided to introduce a high-speed service between London and Newcastle, the public had no inkling of what would appear in September 1935. More engines were built for additional streamlined services and also for general express work, but they will always be noted for their high-speed exploits culminating in MALLARD’s world record in 1938.
After the Second World War, the A4s took some years to regain at least some of their pre-war brilliance, but they enjoyed a final few years at the top after they were all fitted with Kylchap double chimneys in the late 1950s. They even had a final fling in Scotland working expresses between Glasgow and Aberdeen from 1964 until 1966.
The pictures have been selected mainly from Brian Stephenson’s Rail Archive Stephenson with the remainder from Rail-Online.