Höyryveturit Valtionrautateillä - The Steam Locomotives of the Finnish State Railways (LAST COPY)

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With Finnish and English text, this huge book describes all the steam locomotives, of all gauges, that ran in Finland up to the end of steam.

The railway era came late to Finland - in 1862, when the country was an autonomous part of the Russian Empire, hence the 5 foot gauge of the State Railways. However the major influences on locomotive development came from Great Britain, the U.S.A. and Germany, and had to suit the weight limits imposed by lightly laid track. Given that many main line locomotives were also wood-fired into the 1960s, and it is clear that the subject of Finnish steam locos is unusual and very interesting.

The bulk of this book covers the State Railway classes alphabetically, followed by ‘War Booty locomotives from 1941 to 1944, specifically of the Continuation War against Russia of 1940, and again from 1915 to 1918.

Other sections include steam locomotive design, narrow gauge steam locomotives, preserved steam locomotives and much more.

528 very well produced A4 format pages with loads and loads of photographs, largely B&W, but a fair few in colour. Outline drawings and/or axle-weight diagrams for most classes, plus technical specifications and details of builders. Hardbound.

It may be pricey, but this is a large volume, which delivers interesting information is considerable quantity!