Walter Simpson 144 pages hardcover
Steam locomotives of the last century got the job done, but the were not very energy efficient. However, builders and railroads did much to improve their effciency over the course of their design and operation. This book examines how the best steam locomotives of the Super Power era worked, with an emphasis on where the energy comes from and where it goes. The book explores every energy system and appliance. Readers will understand in detail how these giant machines converted coal, which they consumed in great quantities, into mechanical power exceeding 5, 000 horsepower. Author Walter Simpson has distilled the technical material down so that it is easy to read and understand.