Steam by the Numbers

Brian Solomon
Item #01321

Delving into the intricate details of locomotive evolution, this captivating book explores over 30 wheel arrangements, from common types like the 4-4-0 American and the 4-6-2 Pacific, to rare variations and articulated locomotives.


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Steam by the Numbers answers many questions about steam locomotive evolution, explaining the reasons why so many wheel arrangements were developed. Brian Solomon helps you understand why a fast passenger locomotive was not well-suited to heavy freight service, or why a big articulated locomotive that performed well on heavy, slow coal trains in the mountains would not be a good choice for fast freight in the Midwest.

This book explores over 30 wheel arrangements, uncovering the history, development, and operational significance of each arrangement, shedding light on why locomotives varied based on duty, geography, and era.

You'll get into the history of each wheel arrangement, explaining:

  • Why each was developed
  • When it appeared
  • The major railroads using them
  • How many were built
  • How long they operated
This book is perfect for railfans, as well as modelers who like to choose and operate models more realistically.
Author: Brian Solomon
Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Pages: 224
Author Bio
Brian Solomon is an accomplished author with more than 60 titles to his credit, many of them covering international railway subjects. Since 1996, Brian has traveled extensively in Europe, much of it by rail. He divides his time between the U.S. and Ireland.
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