Oliver Bulleids locomotives guides the reader in the quest to understand what motivated Mr Bulleid in his work as a senior engineer and manager, and tries, with as little bias as is reasonable, to make sense of some of the more controversial aspects of his activities. For example, why did OVB not pursue the ideal of a 2-8-2 for the Southern Railway? How did the Leader project go so much out of control? What role did Bulleid play in the massive dieselisation programme in Ireland when he was CME there? How did the 0-6-6-0T turf-burning steam locomotive fit in with Irelands traction policy, or did it? And why did ninety of his steam locomotives and ninety-four of his diesels have to be rebuilt to make them either more economical or more reliable? These are fundamental questions to which the book provides the reader with answers based on the authors experiences or on those of people who knew Bulleid. OVBs undoubted successes are illustrated in words and photographs, too, to provide a hopefully balanced picture of one of Britains more exciting railway engineers. AUTHOR: Colin Boocock is a life-long railway enthusiast and an experienced railway engineer. Brought up near the green electric multiple units that passed over the level crossing at Addlestone in Surrey, he was enthralled when his parents took him to watch steam expresses at nearby Weybridge. His love for steam traction extended to modern forms as the railways developed and modernised. The sight of the then-Canon Eric Treacys booklet My Best Railway Photographs gave Colin the idea that he, too, could take photographs of trains. Seventy years on, he is still doing this. He often wonders: is this a record?