Peppercorn, His Life and Locomotives

Tim Hillier-Graves

 
Date Published :
August 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
250 color & black and white photographs and weight diagrams
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526729859

Dimensions : 11 X 5.5 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 264
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Overview
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Arthur Peppercorn, a vicar's son from Herefordshire, was the last L N E R Chief Mechanical Engineer.

He managed his department for a very short time before it was swept away in the wholesale changes that followed Nationalisation of British Railways in 1948.Although a disciple and follower of Sir Nigel Gresley, he was his own man and developed his talent for production engineering that fully complimented the design skills of his greatly respected leader.

He then became a worthy deputy to Edward Thompson during a war that demanded great personal sacrifices from both men.

When he finally became C M E in 1946 he used his wide talents and experience to lead in developing two successful pacific classes of locomotives, that many rate as being among the best locomotives of this type ever to appear in Britain.

This book, which is the first detailed biography of Peppercorn, tells his fascinating story and describes the influences on his life and career, illustrating his many achievements along the way.

About The Author
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Tim Hillier-Graves was born in North London in 1951. From an early age he was fascinated by steam locomotives. In 1972, Tim joined the Navy Department of the MOD and saw wide service in many locations. He retired in 2011, having specialized in Human Resource Management, then the management of the MOD's huge housing stock as one of the department`s Assistant Directors for Housing. On the death of his uncle in 1984, he became the custodian of a substantial railway collection and in retirement has spent considerable time reviewing and cataloging this material.

He has published a number of books on locomotives and aviation.

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