Train Driver's Manual DVD & Bookazine Gift Set
The Train Driver's Manual is the perfect gift for train-fans / railway enthusiasts
If you think driving a steam engine is impossible, you're in for a happy surprise! Anyone can become an engine driver. The key ingredients are commitment and enthusiasm. Most preserved lines rely on an army of volunteers and many also offer a Drivers Experience Day to help you learn the basics. Volunteers help out in a variety of roles before taking control of a steam locomotive,
full of passengers.
Nick Coram guides you through the tasks involved and shows what life on the footplate at Swanage Steam Railway is like. The programme also features the small locos of the Talyllyn Steam Railway and the footplate scenes shot on the Sir Nigel Gresley, an A4 Class loco and sister to Mallard, holder of the World Speed Record for a steam locomotive.
The need to learn the skills required to drive a steam train is vital to the future survival of the many successful and popular preserved lines in operation today. In this practical guide, former British Rail steam engineman Brian Topping steers you along the traditional learning path to becoming a locomotive driver, and he reveals that for all the glamour and prestige of the footplate, there is also a great deal of dirty and strenuous work involved.
Packed with photographs and illustrations, this magazine covers a variety of essentials including the different breaking systems and valve gears, footplate controls, basic railway signalling and more, making this an indispensable guide to safe and successful steam locomotive driving
Format: DVD Book