The heritage railways all require experienced firemen to enable them to operate their steam locomotives but there are dozens of different types of locomotives running around the country, all with very different characteristics and firing requirements.
This book is a practical guide on how to be a proficient steam locomotive fireman on different preserved steam locomotives, ideal for those wishing to work on a heritage railway, new applicants to the footplate grades, or those wishing to take part on a footplate experience course.
It will also enable a fireman on a preserved line who although experienced with his locally based engines needs to gain familiarity with 'visiting' engines, a regular occurrence on heritage lines.
Completely comprehensive in coverage the book outlines the duties of the fireman from arriving on shed to when the engine leaves to take up its booked turn.
It then looks in detail at how to fire a variety of engines from the main railway companies, ie GWR, SR, LMS, LNER and BR, plus there is coverage of other standard gauge, narrow gauge and industrial locomotives together with some more unusual workings. The author also covers steam on the mainline and looks at the duties of the support crew preparing an engine for the mainline and the task of a fireman on a railtour.