Documentary exploring what it takes to become a steam train driver!. DVD and book set.
As you watch you will see that if you have the enthusiasm and commitment, then you to could become an engine driver.
Nick Coram at Swanage Steam Railway guides us through the processes and tasks involved as well as life on the footplate at Swanage. Also featured are the small locomotives that run up and down the line as part of the Talyllyn Steam Railway. Then in contrast, there iare footplate sceens from the mighty Sir Nigel Gresley , a A4 Class and sister to the Mallard. The Sir Nigel Gresley holds the world Speed Record for a steam locomotive.
Brian Topping takes us on the traditional learning path from cleaner to fireman to driver, reminding us that for all the glamour of the footplate, there is also a great deal of dirty and strenuous work involved. Packed with wonderful photographs, illustrations and diagrams this little book covers such matters as maintenance, lubrication, different braking systems and valve gears, efficient firing, footplate controls, basic railway signalling, and much more.
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