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Perfecting the American Steam Locomotive (Railroads Past and Present)

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Perfecting the American Steam Locomotive documents the role played by mechanical engineers in the development of locomotive design. The steam engine and the mechanical engineering profession both grew directly out of the Industrial Revolution's need for sources of power beyond that of men and animals. Invented in England when coal mining was being developed, the practical steam engine eventually found numerous applications in transportation, especially in railroad technology. J. Parker Lamb traces the evolution of the steam engine from the early 1700s through the early 1800s, when the first locomotives were sent to the United States from England. Lamb then shifts the scene to the development of the American steam locomotive, first by numerous small builders, and later, by the early 20th century, by only three major enterprises and a handful of railroad company shops. Lamb reviews the steady progress of steam locomotive technology through its pinnacle during the 1930s, then discusses the reasons for its subsequent decline.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-190) and index.

About the Author

J. Parker Lamb has been photographing America's railroads since 1949 and writing about them since 1960. An early interest was the transition, during the1950s, from steam to diesel power in the South, where he grew up. Since then his work has allowed him to travel extensively, recording the evolution of rail technology throughout the U.S. and Canada for a half century. Lamb's photography has appeared in numerous magazines and scores of books. This is his fourth book. The previous three are Classic Diesels of the South; Katy Diesels to the Gulf; and Steel Wheels Rolling: A Personal Journal of Railroad Photography. After a 42-year career as a mechanical engineer, he is now retired in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Components of a Locomotive

1. The Steam Epoch Begins

2. American Designs Evolve

3. The Physics of Steam Power

4. The Second Generation

5. Motive Power Mavericks

6. Dawn of a New Era

7. Super Power Reigns

8. The Pinnacle of Design

9. Steam Technology's Final Thrusts

10. American Steam in Perspective

Appendix A: Description of Steam Locomotive Components

Appendix B: Service and Repair Facilities

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253342195
Editor:
Smerk, George M.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Editor:
Smerk, George M.
Author:
Smerk, George M.
Author:
Lamb, J. Parker
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Engineering - General
Subject:
Railroads - History
Subject:
Steam locomotives
Subject:
Steam locomotives -- United States.
Subject:
Engineering-General Engineering
Subject:
American Studies; History; Railroad and Transportation; Railroads and Transportation; Technology; Twentieth Century or Later
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Railroads Past and Present
Series Volume:
107-292
Publication Date:
20030708
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
185 bandw photos, 24 figures
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
11.38 x 8.74 x 0.77 in

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