Category Archives: Books

Porta Papers Volume 1 – now on Sale

Volume 1 of a collection of technical papers by Livio Dante Porta is now available for sale – see the book sales section. This first volume focuses on the tribology and lubrication of valves and pistons, and should be essential reading for everyone involved in new-build steam, and wise reading for anyone who is interested […]

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762 Lyn Design Calculations

The purpose of this book is to:- record the working design documents for the new 2-4-2T ‘Baldwin’ steam locomotive ‘Lyn’ in an enduring human readable format in anticipation of the current digital documentation being rendered obsolete by future software changes. Thus it is hoped that this book will enable future engineers entrusted with Lyn’s care […]

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Selection of Papers by L.D. Porta – Volume 3

Aspects of Steam Locomotive Design and Operation [undergoing proof checking – not yet available for sale]   The Argentinean engineer Livio Danre Porta (1922 – 2003) remains an unsung hero in the long history of steam development. Following in the footsteps of Chapelon, he rebuilt numerous locomotives in Argentina and elsewhere, and designed several revolutionary […]

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Selection of Papers by L.D. Porta – Volume 2

Compounding and Water Treatment [undergoing proof checking – not yet available for sale] The Argentinean engineer Livio Danre Porta (1922 – 2003) remains an unsung hero in the long history of steam development. Following in the footsteps of Chapelon, he rebuilt numerous locomotives in Argentina and elsewhere, and designed several revolutionary locomotives, both large and […]

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Selection of Papers by L.D. Porta – Volume 1

Tribology and Lubrication “Porta’s 1995 Tribology paper is the most complete account of steam tribology ever written and offers the steam movement a new level of understanding of lubrication and wear” [quoted from Joe Cliffe’s preface to the paper].  It should also be essential reading for everyone involved in new-build steam, and wise reading for anyone […]

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The fire burns much better …..

“The fire burns much better …..” (second edition) by J.J. Koopmans ASTT is pleased to offer this Camden title “The fire burns much better …. ” by J.J. Koopmans, at the publisher’s price of £24.95 plus postage and packing.  (Discount available to ASTT members.) The cost of packaging and postage are currently as follows: “Within […]

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Here be Dragons

A Journey with Steam to the End of the World by Phil Girdlestone. Phil Girdlestone, who died in April 2016, was well known within the “modern steam” fraternity as one of a small band of latter-day adventurers who pursued steam as a vocation.  Girdlestone’s engineering career began in the late 1970s on the Festiniog Railway […]

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5AT Feasibility Study

The “Feasibility Study regarding the formation of a Steam Locomotive Development Company to produce advanced technology Second Generation Steam (SGS) Locomotives” was issued in May 2010 some nine years after the establishment of the 5AT Project.  It it represented the final throw of the dice by the project team in its efforts to generate interest […]

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