As the book puts it "THE LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEMAN'S AND FIREMAN'S EXAMINATION GUIDE, Being a Series of Lessons on the Locomotive Engine, Practically Illustrated with Coloured Plates and Diagrams by MAURICE GEORGE VAUGHN (Member of the Assosciated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen; President of the Great Western Railway Engine Drivers' and Firemen's Class, Plymouth)"
Mr Vaughn first wrote this handy wee booklet in 1893, when he was a driver for the Great Western Railway. My copy of the book is of the 14th edition, dating from 1917. It gives a number of practical hints and tips for engine drivers and firemen and some helpful answers for when the enginemen faced the Inspector at promotion time. He talks in the preface of the pleasure he takes in eager young men and of the many flattering letters he has received "not only from the United Kingdom but from our distant Colonies and Dependencies". It really is a changed world..