This 244-page, 8 1/2 x 11” hardcover 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. 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. Then he traces development of American steam locomotives, first by small builders, and then by major enterprises and a handful of railroad company shops. The steady progress of steam locomotive technology is reviewed from the 1930s and through its subsequent decline. The volume is illustrated with 185 black and white photos and includes two appendices.
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