Caledonian Railway Locomotives - The Formative Years

Published by the Caledonian Railway Association and Lightmoor Press, this book describes all the locomotives built for the Caledonian and its constituents up to 1882, the retirement of George Brittain.

The first lines of the Caledonian Railway opened in the late 1840s but some of its later absorbed constituents dated from the 1830s. The locomotives varied from the elegant 8ft Singles to the humble shunting tank. Several significant developments are covered, as the  arly engineers struggled to understand the basic principles of locomotive design. Coal took the place of the more expensive coke and the proportions of smokebox, firebox and boiler had to be adjusted. Proper braking had to be installed and even the poor locomotive crew had to be treated to more than a thin weatherboard as speeds increased.
By treating these early aspects of design in detail, this book will appeal not only to those with a specific interest in the Caledonian Railway but to a wider audience who want to know more about how the Victorian steam locomotive developed.

The book comprises 320 pages of text and illustrations, 275 mm. by 215 mm., printed on gloss art paper with colour laminated printed board covers and is lavishly illustrated with some 350 photographs, plans and drawings.

The book will be launched at Perth Model Rail Exhibition 29 - 30 June 2019 and will be available by Mail Order, from the CRA Stand at Exhibitions, the Glasgow meetings and by direct purchase from the website.

A second volume is in preparation covering the significant changes in design introduced by Dugald Drummond and optimised by his successors, which will conclude the story of the Caledonian Locomotives up to the Grouping of 1923.

Publishers’ usual price for the book only : £35.00 + £5.00p&p to a UK address.

Caledonian Railway Association members enjoy a special discount price of £30.00 for the Book plus £5.00 p&p to a UK address.

Mail orders can be placed using the button below for online payments or by post using the order form here.

Overseas buyers - Postage to non-UK addresses can be significant.  Please contact the Sales Officer for Postage and Packing Costs before ordering.


CR Locomotives - The Formative Years