5AT Fundamental Design Calcs


5AT FDC Front Cover

As a finale to the 5AT Project, the Advanced Steam Traction group is making available printed copies of the Fundamental Design Calculations for the 5AT Locomotive, as prepared by David Wardale.

The book consists of 556 A4 pages with “perfect” (soft) binding, containing over 6,500 lines of design calculations and 102 diagrams.  The calculations follow the design methodology developed by Livio Dante Porta as used by Wardale in the redesign of his renown Red Devil, and should provide enough information to guide the design of virtually any locomotive.

The calculations are published at the specific request of David Wardale who wanted his work to be made available to anyone wishing to put them to use.  Wardale sees the published FDCs as a companion volume to his book The Red Devil and Other Tales from the Age of Steam in that together they contain virtually all of the knowledge and experience that he gained in his professional career in steam locomotive engineering.

The purchase price for the book is £45.00 including postage within the UK.  Overseas postage rates depend on the destination country.  

If you would like to order a single copy of the book, please select from the following price options which include the cost of the book plus packing and postage costs:

Book Price including postage

If you wish to order more than one copy, please write to the Webmaster to enquire about discounts.  Likewise, trade enquiries should be sent to the same address.

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Please note:  All proceeds from the sale of the book will accrue to Advanced Steam Traction Services Ltd. (ASTS), and will be used to fund its work improving the performance, reliability and/or economy of steam locomotives.