Authorship of railway literature

General criteria

Too many assertions are made by enthusiasts which castigate notable engineers, notably Fowler, Gresley and Webb, without giving any indication of their own standing to make thes judgements or, in many cases, quoting reliable sources for their condemnations. It may seem invidious to quote the names of some of these "authorities", but they include Hamilton Ellis and Adrian Vaughan: both of whom are excellent writers in the "literary sense" and to a great extent in the research effort they put into their publications. This text is inspired by a letter in Backtrack (2012, 26, 637) by Joseph Cliffe wherein he notes that he knew Sir William Stanier when both were employed by Power Jets at Farnborough: this raised the issue of why did the name "Cliffe" resonate. He is presumably the co-author of Clay and Cliffe's The LNER 2-6-0 classes, The LNER 2-8-2 and 2-6-2 classes. The LNER 4-6-0 classes. The West Coast Pacifics and contributor (chapter on the Gresley V4 class) in Clay's Essays on steam. It would seem that Cliffe may be a potential source for further information about Stanier. It would also seem that Sir William pondered steam turbine propulsion after he left railway service in a way that is not evident from an examination of Bond's paper nor in Bond's book and in a way is further condemnation of British Railways traction policy: the potential utility of 46202 should have been explored more fully.

Bonavia in his History of the Southern Railway states: "Authors of railway company histories sometimes give their readers the impression that the General Manager was the final authority on policy matters to the virtual exclusion of the Board, except where a Chairman - such as Sir Edward Watkin or James Staats Forbes - was also the chief executive. In fact, good teamwork between a Chairman and his General Manager, each respecting the other's role, has usually been the recipe for success." Whilst there is a case for considering the duties of the ordinary working man, the shunter, the signalman and the engine cleaner too much of the literature, especially that regurgitated by Wild Swan, is repetitive and adds little to our understanding of why railways were the way they were. Whereas the composition of railway boards was much more likely to dictate all sorts of policy: colliery owners were unlikely to be interested in diesel traction or ven in attempts to reduce coal consumption.

Many books and articles in the enthusiast press about railways, especially those about locomotives, are extremely poor. Far too much of the literature is trivial: the description of journeys by night to visit dark locomotive sheds where 44605 was present or absent is of limited interest, and of still less significance to anyone. Beavor (Steam was my calling) quickly lost interest in numbers once he realised that the various bits of locomotives were used indescriminantly: the frames from one, the boiler from another, the cylinders from yet another, and so on: unless seen new the identity of individual locomotives was largely a figment of the enthusiast's imagination. Some of the "great" railway authors were great solely in terms of their output. Some of the most significant have received far less attention than they deserve. Too many authors have written far more than they have read.

A few of these contributions (now scattered over the website), notably those on Barnes and Nock, were written with a view to publication by traditional means but failed to find a publisher. This is probably because they fail to mirror the endless collections of photographs held together with lists of numbers of meaningless significance and the weird behaviour of "shed-bashing" which colour so much published output. Information was being gathered for a similar assessment on Tuplin (who like Ellis) had a significant influence on KPJ's thought, but Rutherford got their first, but failed to identify the extraordinary repetitive structure in Tuplin's books, which KPJ is unsure whether it was a major vice or an endearing virtue: in any event it is possible to see how his mind worked..

The foundation stones of locomotive history

There can be no question about the centrality of Ahrons in locomotive history: he is the undisputed expert on the period extending from about 1840 to the early 1900s. Others have covered the early history: notably the recent Early railway history series and Dendy Marshall. The period post-Ahrons is best covered by Brian Reed.

Hidden authors

These are of two types: unsigned articles mainly in the Locomotive Magazine (some of which have been identified subsequently) and the authors of the multi-part RCTS histories of Great Western and LNER locomotives. Both works are seminal to detecting the foundations of the literature: some of the authors involved (notably Hoole and Yeadon) subsequently went their own way and became prominent. For many reasons Ottley is less successful in its coverage of locomotive history: a weakness he recognised and was keen to rectify through KPJ's efforts most visibly in Steam Locomotive Development and through this website.

Photographers are treated as a separate species

Reference works

Reference books have a threefold function. Firstly, they should act as introductions to the subject. Unusual terminology should be defined and a glossary is a helpful adjunct to any technical work. Diagrams may also aid clarity. Secondly, the subject should be surveyed in a comprehensive manner. The depth of treatment may vary with the type of intended readership, but the book should neither place undue emphasis on any one topic, nor ignore any other which may deserve inclusion. Finally, they should signpost the route to further information by providing bibliographies and reading lists. The book must also be well planned and be provided with an index. Few books surveyed in this section meet these criteria. A few, including some frequently found in reference libraries, are inaccurate, e.g. E.F. Carter's The railway encyclopaedia. The most frequently encountered, the Oxford Companion, suffers from major defects in structure and coverage. One of the best, but one that is only indirectly related to steam locomotives, is the superb Regional History series started by David St. John Thomas and completed with a volume on Ireland by J.W.P Rowledge. .

Ahrons, Ernest Leopold
Allan, Ian
Allen, Cecil J.

Armstrong, Jim
LNER locomotive development between 1911 and 1947, with a brief history of developments from 1850 to 1911. Beer (Seaton): Peco. 1974. 93pp. many illus and diagrs. (s. els)
Graduate IMechEng. Bibliography dated March 1968 and location given  as Welwyn Garden City! Acknowledges Welwyn Garden City Model Club and the LNER Society and Gresley Society. Cites first three parts of RCTS Locomotives of the LNER to be published

Asher, Leslie Lewis (forenames from Ottley)
Name listed as Author in photographic compilations of Casserley and Wethersett, and in Ahrons' Locomotive and train working.

Atkins, [C.] Philip

Barclay-Harvey, Sir (Charles) Malcolm
Born 2 March 1890; died 17 November 1969. Member of Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers). Educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. Served in Gordon Highlanders, TF, 1909–15; Home Staff, 1915–16; Ministry of Munitions, London, 1916–18; Paris, 1918–19. Unionist MP Kincardineshire, and West Aberdeenshire, 1923–29, and 1931–39; Parliamentary Private Secretary to Sir John Gilmour, 1924–29, and to Sir Godfrey Collins, 1932–36; Governor of South Australia, 1939–44. Member Aberdeen County Council, 1945–55. Hon. Colonel 4th Bn Gordon Highlanders, 1939–45. Author of History of Great North of Scotland Railway

Barman, Christian
Barnes, Robin

Barrie, Derek S.M.
Bell, Arthur Robert
Bennett, Alfred Rosling
Bonavia, Michael

Boyd-Carpenter, Vivian Frederic William
Owner of William Exley Ltd. of Baslow in Derbyshire. See Rly Wld, 1956, 17, 290

Bradley, D.L.
Bruce, J. Graeme
Burtt, G.F.

Camwell, W.A.
'Cam' was a manager in the Birmingham Municipal Bank, and had been a Railway Transport Officer (RTO). He instituted rail tours for the Stephenson Locomotive Society. See Backtrack, 2009, 23, 564.."Cam" Camwell recorded the railway scene in high quality photographs and cine-film during the period from prior to WW2 through until the end of steam. The article by Minnis (Br. Rly J. 66-19) is is not an obituary, but an appreciation of the methods which he employed to obtain his photographs which are known for their "record quality" although Minnis argues that they need to be considered for their artistry. It notes whom he worked with, and that he frequently travelled by car to obtain his shots.

Carpenter, George William
Brake engineer with Westinghouse. Locomotive historian. Author of ODNB biographies of Adams, Bulleid, Collett, Fowler and Stroudley. Glancey acknowledges debt to him Translator into English of Chapelon's La locomotive à vapeur. Major contributor to Newcomen Socity meetings notably on Chapelon. Was there a conspiracy? SNFC Society Journal, 2008 (131/132) available via Internet in 2015. Chapter 17 in Peter Townend. LNER Pacifics remembered:  .

Charlewood, Rawdon Edward
Graduated in law at Oxford University. Joined Midland Railway and retired from LMS in 1934. Contributed Locomotive practice & performance in Railway Magazine for one year. In 1935 incarcerated by Nazis for two months and released by intervention of Lord Stamp.
I must confess to feeling a little disappointment at the names selected for the latest type of' 4-4-0 express locomotives turned out from Swindon, the so-called "Flowers," some of which I see have been working, on that "backwater" of the Great Western Railway, the Crewe and Wellington. branch. There seems to be something almost incongruous. in travelling behind "Calceolaria" or "Lobelia." and although it is an excellent idea to give names characteristic of the class- name (and consecutive numbers) to a particular series of locomotives, such as Ladies,'' '' Knights,'' '' Stars,'' '' Cities, or the 80 'men-of-war' titles selected by the late Mr F. W. Webb, I wish that names somewhat more appropriate than "flowers" could have been selected in this particular case. No doubt the naming of new engines.

Chrimes, Mike
No less than 45 articles by Mike Chrimes, mainly on eminent civil engineers, add to the quality of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Christiansen, Rex

Clinker, Charles R.
He joined the Great Western Railway in Bristol in 1923 and assisted McDermot on the official History of the Great Western Railway. He contributed to the Railway Magazine under a pseudonym during the 1930s. He became noted for his accurate chronologies and following WW2 lectured at Birmingham and Nottingham Universities. He established the Locomotive & General Railway Photograph business in June 1939 with V. Stewart Haram and W. Vaughan Jenkins. He was a founder member of the Railway & Canal Historical Society in 1954: see Gordon Biddle. In the beginning: J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc., 2004, 34, 503-7. British Railway Journal, 57, 311. Bragg, Stephen. His Leicester & Swannington Railway is reviewed in Locomotive Mag., 1955, 61, 66. Early lectures on railway and canal history. J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc., 2011 (212), 2

Cooper, Basil K.
Short autobiographical piece in P.B. Whitehouse and David St John Thomas's Passion for steam pp. 104-5. His father was an engine driver who had started work on the Great Central Railway. Following WW2 Basil Cooper trained as a traffic apprentice. He ended up working on industrial relations. Rly Wld 1977, 38, 444 tells a somewhat different story when he retired from Ian Allan. He had begun his journalistic career on Railway Gazette and Railway Magazine in 1935. Following WW2 he moved to the GEC press office to edit The Osram Bulletin and later the GEC Journal. In 1958 he returned to commercial journalism as an editorial assistant on Electrical Energy and later The Engineer. Latterly he was the editor of Railway World for six years before retiring in 1977. He was also editor of the Journal of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers..

Derrick, Kevin
Seventies spotting days around the Scottish Region (Amberley, 2016). One of the few books available on railways in the Brodick branck library on the railway-less Isle of Arran. Its main characteristic was the excellence of the photographs and the awful perfect binding which may have been suitable for the Cotswolds, but was hellbent on destruction in the wet environment of Arran. The book contains some memorable colour pictures: of an HST in its original dignified livery at the Border in December 1979. Sureley, the HST is the only British railway motive power which is worthy to place alongside Mallard, Flying Scotsman and the Rocket and this is a superb photograph. Some of the other pictures only serve to show how ill-judged some of the earlier acquistions could be: lines of Clayton diesels out of use, for instance (the picture of one actually hauling a freight at Motherwell in February 1970 is a remarkable exception) and a picture of a North British Locomotive Bo-Bo No. 6121 actually leaving Queen Street on a train is another. Even the picture of the wasteful Nos. 408 and 440 at Kilmarnock in April 1973 only serves to show how profligate BR could be at times (and how so many places have been left behind with meagre train services). Kilmarnock used to have a train service with dining cars and sleeping  cars: it now has a primitive railcar service to Middlesbrough via Carlisle and Newcastle. A thought provoling book for all the wrong reasons.

Dewhurst, Paul Coulthard
Major contributor to the Locomotive, Railway Carriage & Wagon Review, also presented Newcomen Society papers: was a professional locomotive engineer.

Dickinson, Henry Winram
Although Dickinson's direct relevance to the history of the steam locomotive may seem to be somewhat tenuous, he was a major contributor to the biography of engineers (Watt, Boulton, Roberts and Trevithick) and the history of engineering. His literary style was of the very highest order comparable with the greatest writers. He was the original editor of the Transactions of the Newcomen Society and presenter of several papers to that Society. He wrote several books including A short history of the steam engine (1938). As this includes an assessment of Trevithick it is clear that Dickinson must be included in any assessment of authorship of locomotive literature. He is the subject of an Oxford Dictionary of National Biography  entry by Arthur Stowers and only the bare essentials have been extracted from that: born Ulverston 28 August 1870, educated Manchester Grammar School and Manchester University. Apprenticed to William Beardmore & Co in Glasgow, worked briefly as a draughtsman at the Glasgow Iron & Steel Co. in Wishaw and in 1895 joined the Science Museum. Major contributor to the history of engineering and the biography of engineers. Died Purley 21 February 1952. Needless to say such a bibliographical ikon is invisible in Norwich which still seeks City of Culture status. The Newcomen Society is highly aware of the pivotal contribution of Dickinson and established an annual Memorial Lecture in his honour: many of the contributors (e.g. Neil Cossons 2001) re-emphasise the significance of Dickinson and the standards of scholarship which he sought..

Dow, George

Duffy, Michael Ciaran
Born Burnley, Lancashire, in 1943: engineer and philosopher of science who graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh. Subsequently researched role of electron and ether in early relativity and also American innovation, systems change and electrification of railways: see superb book. Most of his professional career has been spent at the University of Sunderland where he is a Visiting Research Fellow. He has published over 100 papers on railway engineering, engineering history, the changing nature of engineering and the philosophy of engineering and has also published 20 papers on relativity theory and its interpretations. Author of many papers in Trans Newcomen Soc. including impressive paper on technomorphology of railway motive power, wherein Bulleid and Riddles are castigated and George Stephenson is firmly established on his pedestal.

Dunstone, Denis.

Earnshaw, Alan
Born in Golcar, near Huddersfield in 1952, joined David Brown Ltd and then studied for MSc at University followed by PhD. Then became involved in planning Areas of Oustanding Natural Beauty and in improving access to countryside. Following serious back injury in 1983 has concentrated on writing about transport.

Ellis, Cuthbert Hamilton

Fayle, H.
Was writing about the Dublin & Blessington Steam Tramway in 1902 (Rly Mag., 10, 340) and in 1965 (Rly Wld, 26, 34) about Paris in 1901

Flower, Gordon
Joined Railway Magazine and Railway Gazette in 1942. Experienced the gentle censorship imposed during WW2. He was an enthusiast of the LMS West Coast line as he lived in Kingsbury. See piece on him by Peter Kelly in Rly Mag., 1990, 136, 610.

Forward, E.A.

Fowler, J.W.
Died 15 October 1969, Chairman of Railway World Ltd from its inception in 1940 when took over Railways founded at the end of 1939. Son of W.J. Fowler & Son Ltd who owned a printing works at Cricklewood Broadway. Chairman of the Light Railway Transport League, also connnected with Model Railway Constructor. See Rly Wld, 1969, 30, 521.

Foxwell, Ernest
Brief obituary Locomotive Mag, ., 1922, 28, 326

Fraser, Maxwell
Dorothy May Fraser (1902-1980), adopted the pen-name Maxwell Fraser, and later became Mrs Edgar Phillips. She was a prolific author of popular travel books. She was born in London. Her father was one of the Frasers of Dumballock and Newtown, Inverness-shire and her mother was born in Philadelphia of old Puritan stock. In 1951, Maxwell Fraser married Edgar Phillips of Pontllan-fraith, Monmouthshire, better known as the poet 'Trefin', who was later to become Archdruid of Wales.  From Archive of Wales material on Internet. She worked industriously for the Great Western Railway and Alan Bennett has written several articles on her oeuvre in Backtrack:
Beyond the fringe: Somerset's deep England identity. Backtrack, 2011, 25, 660

Fryer, Charles

Gentry, George
1870-1964: Pupil at Bow Works of the North London Railway. Wrote books on model engineering and contributed to Model Engineer. See Braithwaite Midland Record Issue 1 pp. 3-20

Grinling, Charles Herbert
Born Crouch Hill, London, 18 May 1870; son of William Grinling, chief accountant, Great Northern Railway. Died 11 April 1906. Educated Oakfield School, Crouch Hill; University College School. Author and journalist; speciality, railways and kindred subjects. Service on GNR 1887–92; engaged in miscellaneous literary work, 1893–97; editor, News of Week, 1897–98; Transport, 1898–1900; then on staff of Railway News. Publications: The History of the Great Northern Railway, 1845–1895, 1898; second edition 1845–1902, 1903; The Ways of our Railways, 1905; lectured on ‘British Railways as Business Enterprises’ before University of Birmingham, 1903

Hadfield, Charles
Major contributor to the literature on canal history, and also major historian who sought to place canals within their historical economic context (he was an economist). Co-founder (with David St. John Thomas) of David & Charles who had a major influence on the literature on railway and canal history Boughley appears to consider that the publisher's influence on canal history was greater than that upon railway history. Excellent biographical study written and assembled by Joseph Boughley which shows Charles Hadfield's working methods which combined highly orientated field observations with research through primary sources (many of which Hadfield was responsible for finding and preserving). Although Hadfield was an excellent professional manager, he was happiest working alone with his books and papers. He shared much in common with Rolt,, but Hadfield prefered to examine canals from the towpath rather than from a long boat. He was a major contributor to the affairs of the Railway & Canal Historical Society.

Boughley, Joseph. Charles Hadfield: canal man and more, with autobiographical writings by Charles Hadfield. Stroud: Sutton, 1998.

Haresnape, Brian
Harris, Michael
Healey, Edward Charles

Hoole, K.

Hunter, David Lindsay George
Author of Edinburgh's transport: he lived in the City for forty years, working as an engineering assistant for the Corporation for twelve years, then worked with the Lothian Electric Power Company and the LNER and the entered dock engineering. He was Mechanical Engineer for the Leith Dock Commission. In 1957 he moved to Goole Docks where he became the Engineer.

Jackson, Alan A.
Joy, David

Kay, John Aiton
Born 21 July 1881; died on 8 July 1949. elected an honorary member Instn Loco. Engrs in 1927. He was educated at Mill Hill School; joined the weekly paper Transport, a direct predecessor of The Railway Gazette, which name was adopted in 1905. In 1910 he acquired the journal for British interests. Subsequently he produced a number of other journals dealing with engineering industries. such as Shipbuilding & Shipping. Record, Colliery Engineering, The Industrial Chemist, Diesel Railway Traction, and The Crown Colonist. He was also responsible for the initiation and development of The Crown Colonist. and other publications under the control of Transport (1910) Ltd., of which he was Deputy Chairman and Managing Director: these included The Railway Magazine, The Universal Directory of Railway Officials and the Directory of Ship Owners, Shipbuilders & Marrine Engmeers. He was keenly interested in the Royal Engineers' Military Railway Training Establishment at Longmore, and was an Honourary Member of Longmoor No. 1 Mess. He played a leading part in the establishment and administration of the Transportation Club, of which he was Chairman.
He was a keen supporter of the ILocoE and frequently attended its meetings. He was a regular attendant at the Annual Dinners and Luncheons and was on numerous occasions called upon to propose a toast which he did with unfailing wit and humour. His action in founding the Charles S. Lake Memorial Fund for the benefit of the Institution Library was much appreciated. Obit  J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1949, 39, 387-8.

Kidner, R.W.
Kirkman, Marshall Monroe
1842-1921: an American authority on railways, born in Illinois. He entered the service of the Chicago and North Western Railway in 1856 and rose to the position of vice-president in 1889. He wrote extensively on the subject of railways. He wrote The Science of Railways (1894), which was later revised and republished in 17 volumes, and 3 portfolios (1909, et. seq.). Information from Wikipedia. The titles of the volumes are:
Locomotive, engine failures, and motive power department
Engineer's and fireman's handbook
Air brake: its construction and working
Shops and shop practice (two volumes)
Cars: their construction, handling, and supervision
Organization of railways, and financing
Passenger train traffic and accounts
Freight traffic
Building and repairing railways
Operating trains
Electricity applied to railways
Locomotive appliances
Collection of revenue
General accounts and cash
Safeguarding railway expenditures
Railway rates and government ownership
Locomotive portfolio
Car portfolio
Air brake portfolio

Lamb, David Ritchie
Editor of Modern Transport; author of several books on transport economics (see Ottley) and President of Institute of Transport in 1948 see Locomotive Mag., 1948, 54, 173.
Lee, Charles E.
Lloyd, Roger [Bradsheigh]
Locomotive Publishing Company
MacDermot, Edward Terence

McEwan, James F.
Author of long sereies of articles on locomotives of the Caledonian Railway in Locomotive Magazine since updated and reprinted in The True Line, the journal of the Caledonian Railway Assocition. See obituary NBRSG Journal, 1992 (47).

McKillop, Norman

McNaught, R.S.
Contributor to railway periodicals. Alex Rankin (Railway Wld, 1986, 47, 467) states that he had worked at Sir William Beardmore & Co. in the 1920s.

Mallinson Howard
Author of Guildford via Cobham: the origins and impact of a country railway which was voted Railway & Canal Historical Society Transport History Book of the Year 2008 and Railway Book of the Year. Funding of the venture was assisted by a subscription list. The author concedes that estimating production costs was very difficult due to the variables involved in incorporating illustrations. He prepared his own index, but employed a professional to design the cover. See J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc., 2008, (203) 153. 

Marshall, Percival
Born in 1870: died 10 April 1948. Editor Model Engineer. Educated Finsbury Technical College. Won Mitchell Scholarship in 1885. Apprentced to R. Hoe & Co., printers' engineers and Alfred Herbert & Co. Worked in the drawing office of R. Furnival of Stockport. Became sub-editor of The Hardwareman and in 1898 established himself as a publisher of The Model Engineer. Obituary J. jun. Instn Engrs., 1948, 58, 260-1.

Maskelyne, John Nevil
Hendry (p. 15) illustrated on Plant Centenarian and short biography from which details abstracted: Born Wandsworth Common on 3 January 1892 and died 24 May 1960 (Obit. J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1960, 50, 395). President of Stephenson Locomotive Society: instrumental in preservation of Stroudley's Gladstone. (Portrait and note in Hennessey's account of SLS Centenary in Backtrack, 2009, 23, 646). Educated St Pauls School and Kings College. Worked Waygood-Otis. Editor of Model Railway News.  See also Marshall. See books and RCTS The locomotives of the Great Western Railway. 10¼ inch gauge 4-4-2 designed by him Locomotive Mag., 1938, 44, 173.

Minnis, John
Mullay, A.J.
Nock, O.S.

Paley,  William Burchell
Obituary of William Burchell Paley, the well-known writer on locomotive history, which took place on the 22 October 1922, at Bramerton Street, Chelsea. Mr. Paley was in his 68th year. He was born in Ramsgate, the eldest son of Professor F. A. Paley, LL.D., and grandson of Archdeacon Paley, of Carlisle, who wrote the well-known Evidences of Christianity and other works. He was educated at the Oratory School, Edgbaston, Birmingham, under Cardinal Newman. After he left school he took up brewing and was for some eight or ten years with a firm at Sheffield. Then he obtained a post as clerk to the Lord Great Chamberlain and this he held for some twenty-five years or more,, until he retired on pension two years ago. Mr. Paley was a most industrious contributor of articles on early locomotives and railways to the engineering papers. Apart from their literary merit these have considerable value, owing to the accuracy with which he gathered his facts, which were taken not so much from books as from personal investigation. Locomotive Mag., 1922, 28, 332.

Pearce, Thomas Richard [Tom]
Born in Southampton in February 1920, but lived most of life on Teesside. Died Marton on 19 February 2012. He worked in Smith's Dock at South Bank and lived in Nunthorpe. He met his wife Betty Butterwick when she was serving as a Wren on the Isle of Arran. He worked on the maintenance of paddle steamers, but later became a senior member of staff in the shipyard and travelled widely. He retired in 1984. His Locomotives of the Stockton and Darlington Railway is a major contributiion to railway history

Pendred, Loughnan St Lawrence
Born 1870; died 20 November 1953. Educated private school and Central Institution and Technical College, Finsbury. Served apprenticeship with Davey, Paxman & Co., Colchester; improver at the works of Van den Kerchove, Ghent, and the Chemin de Fer de l’Ouest, Paris and Rouen; ordnance works of Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co., at Elswick, 1893–96; sub-editor of The Engineer, 1896. Editor of The Engineer, 1905–46; President Institution of Mechanical Engineers: 1930–31; Presidential Address: Proc. 1930. 119, 943. President Newcomen Society, 1923 and 1930; CBE 1934

Poultney, Edward Cecil
Pratt, Edwin
Railway Correspondence & Travel Society
Reed, Brian

Reed, C.W.
A Strettonesque figure who imagined that he was influential in the preservation of the Lion: see Rly Wld, 1990, 41, 21-4.

Reynolds, Michael
His Engine-driving life is a sort of prototype for the later work of the Essery brothers, but is rather more colourful. The Esserys do not describe how the driver of an express train facing an impact with a freight train crossing its path actually accelerated to cut through the freight to emerge on the other side with his passengers unharmed. It appears that he had worked for the LBSCR where Mr Stroudley was a sobering influence. Most of the incidents and accidents described were mainly on the northern lines. The final chapter is a sort of antedote to current health and safety culture as it describes how many men died on duty: perhaps the most melodramtic is the arrival of Driver Legge's arm on the family breakfast table when his locomotive blew up. There are many reminders of how dark the Victorian world was, and how ill-equipped locomotives of that time were for coping with it: powerful headlamps on British trains are very recent and arrived with the second generation of multiple units.

Robbins, Michael
Rogers, H.C.B.
Rolt, L.T.C. [Tom]

Rous-Marten, Charles
A well-known figure who is difficult to place as he is now mainly known for his reporting abilities, especially his assessment of the New Zealand railways and those which were broadly comparable elsewhere. To the railway enthusiast he is the doyen of train timing recorders, coming before C.J. Allen and long before O.S. Nock. His greatest achievement in this sphere was to record City of Truro's descent from Whiteball at about 100 mph. Rous-Marten was born in London in 1844 (according to Marshall) went to New Zealand when he was fifteen and there farmed and became a journalist. He travelled very widely on behalf of the New Zealand Government to study railways and may have travelled 40,000 miles.. He returned to England in 1893 as a representative for a newspaper in New Zealand. He died from influenza on 20 April 1908. Bill Crosbie-Hill (J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc. 2005, 35, 133) notes that the name was pronounced to rhyme with house martin. His contribution to the City of Truro episode is discussed in that journal. KPJ on examining the letter from Stuart Chrystall (J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc. 2005, 35, 132) which comments on the data is tempted to wonder whether the espisode was a spoof: wasn't Wellington, Somerset too close to Wellington, New Zealand for comfort?. Charles Fryer in his selection of Rous-Marten articles questions the veracity of some of the data. especially that relating to gradient profiles: in turn Fryer's own work has been questionned. John Thomas in his Springburn story (p. 167) stated that "Mr Rous-Marten's excercises in melodrama may have intrigued his Victorian readers; they irritate Elizabthan researchers. If ther is an Elysian Fields Railway Society, Rous-Marten must be hard-pressed answering questions from newely-joined members". George Ottley noted two monographs Notes on the railways of Great Britain published in Wellington (New Zealand in 1887) Ottley 478 seen in the LSE Library and Ottley 2980 Notes on English and French compound locomotives presented at Society of Engineers in 1900  

Obituary. Railway Magazine, 1908, 22, 455. Includes a portrait.
Rous-Marten, Charles. British locomotive practice & performance. 1990.

Rush, Robert William
Robert William Rush died on 4 September, 2007, at the age of 94. He was born in Accrington on 23 September, 1912 and lived in the town throughout his life. He was a pharmacist and had joined the [Stephenson Locomotive] Society as long ago as 1933, being our second longest serving member. He was the author of several works on railway, tram and bus subjects, including ‘Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and its Locomotives, 1846-1923’ and ‘Accrington Public Transport, 1886-1986’. He contributed to the ‘Journal’ on a number of occasions with his East Lancashire memories; his last article describing the triangular station at Accrington was in the November/December 2003 issue.

Sagle, Lawrence William
Born 1892; died 1975. Appears to be a minor Cecil J. Allen who specialised in history of Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. As with much of declining value Internet more sales blurb than information.

Scott, Wiliam John
Died Ramsgate in 1924 aged 73 (obituary Locomotive Mag., 1924, 30, 220): member and for a time president of the Railway Club. He was formerly incumbent of St. Saviour's Church in Sunbury Common and appears to have been an active Anglo Catholic. He was a relatively prolific railway writer and observer of railways and recorder of train speeds. See Locomotive Mag., 1921, 27, 332,

Scourfield, Sir Owen Henry Philipps
Born on 10 October 1847, died Williamston, Pembrokeshire. 5 February 1921. Educatedc at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford. Land ower about 8,000 acres. See Locomotive Mag., 1921, 27, 79

Sekon, G.A.
Simmons, Jack
Skempton, Alec Westley
Smith, David L.

Stead, Christopher
Stretton, Clement Edwin

Tatlow, Peter
Author of a few books, many articles, and fairly stern letters. Note in his Oakwood Press book Harrow & Wealdstone: fifty years on shows that he is probably in his seventies, had trained as a Civil Engineer on the Southern Region and then moved to motorway construction (bridges), and thence to a firm of civil engineering consultants, and is now retired. Thus his comments on cranes and bridges are highly relevant.

Theroux, Paul
Thomas, David St John
Tomlinson, W.W. (author of North Eastern Railway)
Tuplin, W. [Bill]
Warren,  James Graeme Hepburn

Webb, Ben
Who was Ben Webb? And why did the "Locomotive enginers of the LMS" never get written?

Fifty of the famous : music composers: their lives and portraits ... With a music quiz, etc. Staines : Ian Allan, 1945. 63pp.
Locomotive engineers of the GWR. London: Ian Allan, 1946. 31pp.
Locomotive engineers of the LNER. London: Ian Allan, 1946. 76pp. illus. (incl. ports.)
Brief biogaphies of LNER and its constituents
Locomotive engineers of the Southern Railway and its constituent companies. London: Ian Allan, 1946. 87pp.

Webb, Brian

Weightman, Gavin

Wheeler, Geoffrey
Fired by steam consists of twenty four coloured plates based on water colour paintings produced by air-brushing. Most are of Great Western locomotives, but there is also a non-streamlined Duchess and a Princess Royal in LMS red and an A4 in garter blue. The Author born in Penn, Bucks in 1929 and from 1945 joined Great Western Railway and trained in the drawing office of the Civil Engineer at Paddington and later produced cut-away artwork for The Eagle comic Went freelance in 1961. Died 1995. See also Rly Mag., 1981, 127, 20.for autobiographical details and rather better reproductions of his paintings

Williams, Charles

Wrottesley, Arthur John Francis
Significant author of three volume study The Great Northern Railway published by Batsford (Ottley 11783/third volume in Addenda in Ottley 3) and The Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway published by David & Charles in 1970 (2nd edition 1981) (Ottley 12378) and Famous underground railways of the world published by Muller in 1956 and revised in 1960 (Ottley 2323). Barrister-at-Law. Had been taught at Wellington College and University College, Oxford where he read history and law. Called to the Bar in 1932. Served in Royal Norfolk Regiment and Judge Advocate General's Department during WW2. Special Assistant in the Office of the Chief Legal Adviser to tthe British Transport Commission and British Railways. Joined Railway Club in 1925 and electred President in 1973.

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