Size: 155mm x 235mm portrait (approx)
112 pages plus cover
80 black and white pictures
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The Merchant Navy: Ships and Trains in World War
II gives a brief outline of the war service of eleven British,
Empire and Allied shipping lines but why the selection?
A great interest of the author is steam railway locomotives,
in particular the powerful Merchant Navy class built
by Oliver Bulleid, the Chief Mechanical Engineer of Britain's
Southern Railway in the 1940s. Thirty such locomotives were produced,
each named after a shipping line served by the Southern Railway.
The first twenty entered service during the war, with the remainder
following in 1948/49 after the railways had been nationalised
and become British Railways.
It was whilst researching for another book on the histories of
the eleven Merchant Navy class locomotives rescued
at the end of BR steam in the 1960s, that details emerged of
the particularly traumatic events the relevant shipping lines
had encountered during the war.
It is some of the wartime stories of these eleven shipping lines
which are the subject of this book.
Available by post from the author:
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Telephone: 01747 838492
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