Backtrack 1990 Volume 4

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Number 1

King class 4-6-0 No 6025 King Henry III in Hatton cutting on Cambrian Coast Express in March 1962. K.R. Pirt. front cover

The transition from steam to diesel motive power. Charles Meacher. 4-12.
Training at Leith diesel depot on inter-city DMUs and at St Margarets on diesel locomotives. Instructor's humour. Observations on specific types: DY11 0-4-0 Davey Paxman shunters: hydraulic gearbox not as simple as electrical transmission, at least in immediate terms. Failure of steam heating boilers; flat batteries on Sulzer 1160 hp types; liked cab comfort on class 40, although some drivers fell asleep.
Illustrations: colour: class 40 and 46155 at Euston (John Edgington); D6305 plus 5042 on express at Newton Abbot on 1961-07-15 (R.C. Riley). B&w: at Colchester in 1959: D5541 and J15 65473, D5531, EMU and 61629: at Reading in 1959: D603 and 1026, D802 and 7808: at Dainton Tunnel: 7916 with D811 on 1960-08-03; D89 on Waverley at Waverley on 14 September 1968; 60510 and Inter-City DMU in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh; DMU and V3 67670 at North Berwick (both prev. A.A. MacLean); D5313 with D5316 at Thornton station on 1961-02-18 (W.S. Sellar); D5071 on down Waverley at Eskbank and Dalkeith 0n 1968-07-20 (G.N. Turnbull); DMU at Galashiels on 1968-12; 60071 and D9019 at Haymarket shed, and D368 and 65243 as previous on 1962-10-16, D278 at Stow on track-lifting train on 1969-01-25.

The hardware of Railwayana. Cyril Bracegirdle. 13-15.
Whistles, lamps, signalling equipment, nameplates, notices, signs and fakes.

Every facility for progress. Michael Blakemore. 16-20.
Horwich works. B&w photos held at NRM: includes view from top of work's chimney of houses; the Mechanics' Institute; bandstand; sports field; cottage hospital; L&Y 1008 (first locomotive to leave Works) and 0-6-0 No. 214.

Diesel singularities. 21.
Col. illus.: Single unit diesel railcars (Modernization types): 79901 (Derby light-weight) at Buckingham on 1956-08-24; 55002 at Bishop's Cleeve on 1965-07-24 (W. Potter).

The Scottish scene - LMS style. David Jenkinson (captionist). 22-23.
Connel Bridge in 1965 (Peter Tatlow); Brechin station exterior in 1960; St Enoch station, Glasgow, "country end" (John Edgington); 57251 in 1959 (R.C. Riley)

Hatton Cutting. Keith Pirt. 24-5.
Col. illus taken 1962-03: 6604 (unlined green) on freight; 5007 on special for FA Cup semi-final; 6845 on freight, and 5939 on local passenger train.

East coast alternatives in close up. 26-8.
Colour photo-feature: 60128 Bongrace at Kings Cross light engine c1960; J72 68736 in NER green at York; 60100 Spearmint and J27 at Gateshead mpd c1964 (J. Richardson); V2 and 61345 at St Margarets mpd (Roy Hobbs)

Super 'D', J.G. Click. 28.
Col. illus.: 48952 at Rugby.

Lewes centenary. Peter Hay. 29-33.
Includes a map, which is highly necessary to comprehend the complex development of railways in Lewes. See letter by J.F. Burrell concerning "statutory farce service" (page 140). Locomotives illustrated (b&w) include L 31778 and 31770; C2X 32356, 32434, 32442, 32521, 32438 and 32449; K 32545, 32344 (both on freights), 32339 (passenger working); D1 31470; V 30915 and E4 32512.

The Werneth incline. Jeffrey Wells. 34-9.
Maps, plans and diagrams of the steeply graded Middleton Junction to Oldham route. B&w illus. include 50850 banked by 52271 on four coach special (including an LMS corridor articulated coach) (J. Davenport) and 48456 on a brake van special in 1964. See also letter from Larry Goddard on page 139...

The Parson Byers Limestone Company railway. L.E. Berry. 40-4.
Weardale: b&w illus. include NER 1138 shunting at Greencroft Quarry, Stanhope; Henry Hughes Engineers 0-4-0ST in 1890; Black Hawthorn 0-4-0ST 992 in 1890; a Steam Navvy; horses pulling trams at quarry face; Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST Aileen in 1923; Manning Wardle 0-4-0ST 1517 Hugo in 1926.

Colour files. 45.
GWR 4-6-0 No 1015 County of Gloucester (W. Potter); St Pancras signal box (opened 1900 as photographed in 1956 (John Edgington): latter item see letter from M. Seymour Volume 5 page 91.

Letters. 46.
About 'Backtrack'. Barry C. Lane.
Informed criticism of the lines on which the magazine was being run at that time [under David Jenkinson, but with Nigel Travena's ideas still in situ]
Two unknown - two views [Charfield accident]. Janet Cutler.
See feature on page 155 of Vol. 3. The two "child victims" were identified (they were Moyra and Eric Wade who survived the crash): refers to Nock, Rolt and Hamilton. See also 13-569 letter by Nick Booker.
Two unknown - two views [Charfield accident]. W. Taylor.
See feature on page 155 of Vol. 3. "Tall aristocratic lady" visited Charfield on anniversary for seven years: possible surname of "children" was Saunders. See also 13-569 letter by Nick Booker.
Rail motors, Sentinels and auto-trains. J.J. Smith.
SR Sentinel railcar's final failure was on Westerham branch on 28 January 1938: see original feature on page 106 of Vol. 3.
Axminster and Lyme Regis. S.G. Pain.
See feature in Vol 3 on page 172. Arthur C. Pain was the engineer assisted by his sons Edward and Claude. Edward Pain presented paper on the concrete viaduct.
Port Carlisle branch. K. Wildey.
Drumburgh was the crossing place on the single track branch. See feature in Vol. 3 page 132.
Rugby Testing Station. D.P. Rowland.
See feature on page 148 (Vol. 3): Alex McNair on staff knew about tests performed on 4F 0-6-0.
The non-stop. Roger Horn.
Illustration of 2578 (Vol. 3 page 221) was probably either an A3 or A1 working on the non-non-stop winter service.
Allhallows branch. Ken Brennan.
Maidstone West (see Vol. 3 page 214)

BR Class 9F (92245) heading south through Midford on the S & D in its final years. Roy Hobbs. rear cover.

Number 2

Southern Railway Royal Train engine T9 4-4-0 No 30119 at Eastleigh MPD in malachite green,with Rememberance class (also malachite) behind. S.C. Townroe. front cover.
This illustration led to comment from Albin J. Reed and from Larry Goddard on page 188.

Rails above the Forth - Part 1. A.J. Mullay. 52-60.
Part 2 page 133: Forth Bridge: Very thorough, many excellent official photos, a map; diagrams; contemporary photographs of bridge under construction. See letter from R.E. McCulloch (page 140) concerning picture on page 59 (North not South Queensfeery as stated.

The Huddersfield and Sheffield Junction Railway. Alan Earnshaw. 61-9.
See letter from M. Seymour on page 91 of Volume 5. Map. Col. illus.: wagon lift at Huddersfield on 1972-09-20 (John Bateman); Brockholes Station on 1965-08-03. B&w illus: 50762 on three coach local at Huddersfield on 1949-05-17;  Lockwood Station in 1910; runaway accident at Lockwood Station in 1958; 44912 on South Yorkshireman on Lockwood viaduct in 1956-05: Berry Brow station - in 1946 with LMS 0-8-0 and in L&Y days with L&Y 0-6-0; Lockwood station with 3 car DMU in 1963; Berry Brow station stone carvings; Honley station in 1897; Brockholes station in 1960s, 1986 and 1964: Shepley & Shelley station in L&Y days: clay-ware pipe factory at Denby Dale - Manning Wardle 0-4-0ST Frank; Ruston & Hornsby 20-D6 (18in gauge); 4F with snowplough rescuing South Yorkshireman at Denby Dale; Denby Dale viaduct - dismantling timber tressle in 1884; Penistone viaduct collapse on 1916-02-02; Penistone station on 1966-01-03 with 26057.

Green Deltics. 70-1.
Col. illus. D9406 (un-named) on Yorkshire Pullman at Harringey in 1962 (Ransome-Wallis); D9007 Pinza; D9016 (un-named) on 1963-07-27 at Peterborough (Dennis Ovenden); D9007 at Chaloners Whin J with "corporate blue" train (C.A. Davies)

Wandering around Willesden [motive power depot]. G. Rixon (phot.). 72-3.
Colour feature: 46238 City of Carlisle (red); 10001 (green); 45668 Madden (green); breakdown crane RS/1092/75 (red)

Across the water - Southern style [Isle of Wight]. Alan Tyson. 74-5.
Ryde (paddle-steamer) at Portsmouth Harbour and O2 class W20 at Newport; W24 at Ventnor and at Wroxall (all in 1964-08)

Railway memorials. Janet Cutler. 76.
Bramhope Tunnel Memorial in Otley Churchyard; Railwaymen's graves at Bromsgrove (boiler explosion).

Memories of the K3's. Charles Meacher. 77-83.
Mainly as perceived from Edinburgh St Margarets mpd. Illus. (b&w): 1000 (GNR official); 116 (LNER official); K3/2 1304 on express at Naburn in 1935; 4000 (LNER official); 61964 on stopping passenger (P. Ransome-Wallis*); 1002 in 1922 on express; 1101 on parcels train at Low Fell in 1933; 1844 (M. Seymour (5-91) questions whether E1844) on freight at Potters Bar in 1949 (*); 61867 on freight at Elsenham in 1957 (*); 61921 on Cambridge fast at Elsenham in 1957: according to M. Seymour (5-91) not Elsenham but probably Colchester (*); 61970 at Colchester on freight. See also letter by Reed on page 188 concerning liveries..

Timeless Truro [station]. David Jenkinson. 84-7
Photo feature (b&w): panorama with DMU in 1960 (R.C. Riley*); D800 on up Cornish Riviera on 1959-05-12 (Michael Mensing#); 4095 on down Cornishman (#); 6823 on down stopping train on 1961-04-29 (*); 1006 County of Cornwall enters station on up train on 1959-12 (#); 6870 on up stopping train on 1961-07-08 (P.W. Gray+); engine shed on 1960-04-08 (*); 5744 (with spark arrester removed) and 9835 depart on Falmouth train on 1962-04-29; D819 on down express departing Truro on 1960-07-22; 5537 at Penwithers J on 1961-07-11 (+). See extremely lengthy list of corrections on page 139: by author and by T.A. Tremithick, Roy Hart, J.M. Graham, M.J. Trevena and A.F. Gosling: the preceding has not attempted to correct some of the ups & downs.

Dyke valedictory. Klaus Marx. 88-91.
History of branch line: Terrier 79 at Dyke J. (M.P. Bennett): E1 class 159 at terminus; 122 at J on 1908-08-01: E5 570 at terminus; B586 at terminus in 1920s; Sentinel railcar No. 6 at terminus in 1933 (H.C. Casserley): all remaining at terminus: I2 14; I1X 2602: E4 2494; 2505 and 2480 (last in 1938: O.J. Morris). See letter from F.B. Smith on page 188 showing cable car system. J.F. Burrell  (page 139) notes that closure to passenger traffic coincided with introduction of electrification to London (there may have been a shortage of capacity.

Assistance required. 92.
What is it? J. Corkill.
Illustration which clearly shows device on leading bogie wheel: reply from designer page 142 (Dennis Monk) and from Laurence Taylor.
Early GNR snowploughs. Philip L. Scowcroft.
Doncaster Gazette (19 January 1855) mentioned simple snowploughs constructed at Doncaster Works.
A plea for help. Alan Earnshaw.
Photographs of Penistone to Woodhead and to Huddersfield, with branch lines, especially 1919-1939.

Book reviews. 92
Rails through Lakeland. Harold D. Bowtell. Silver Link. AE ****
Deprived of fifth star due to lack of index
LMS engines - names, numbers, types and classes. J.W.P. Rowledge. David & Charles. DJ ***** for content * for quality

Colour files. 93.
LNER Class A3 No 60044 Melton; Lostwithiel station

Readers' Forum. 94.
GN & LNW Joint Line. J.F. Burrell.
See feature Vol. 3 page 158: Train services & patronage: Market Harborough - East Norton and Newark - Bottesford West
Not driven by steam. W.A. Shannon.
Andre Michelin's sleepless night in a sleeper inspiration for pneumatic tyres on railway rolling stock; Micheline railcar trials in England: Bletchley-Oxford and Ascot to Alton in 1932 and LMS experiment of longer duration. See Vol. 3 page 232 for original feature.
The Lyme Regis branch. Michael Bamlett.
Combpyne for the Landslip (station name-board) and soil slippage in goods yard at Lyme Regis: see feature on branch Vol. 3 page 172
More on the Rugby Testing Station. Alan Rimmer.
Counter pressure locomotive NER 1699 at Rugby: illus. taken prior to locomotive going for scrap: see feature by Philip Atkins Vo. 3 page 148.

The other Clapham Junction with a pair of BR standard 75xxx class (with 75058 leading) on a tanker train. D. Codling. rear cover

Number 3

Stanier 'Duchess' No 46254 City of Stoke-on-Trent in short-lived blue livery at Rugby. Click. front cover.

Anglo-Irish connection. Philip Atkins. 100-6.
James McConnell (B&GR, subsequently LNWR); Alexander McDonnell (GS&WR, and links with LNWR design, and later to NER); Aspinall and Ivatt at Inchicore (both former Crewe apprentices); von Borries compounds on B&NCR also Bowman Malcolm with links to Derby; the GWR-trained Robinson on the Waterford & Limerick prior to GCR; E.A. Watson at Inchicore prior to appointment as GM Beyer Peacock and sudden death; also Maunsell and Bulleid's periods at Inchicore. See also correspondence. (page 188). Letter (p. 236) by Rowledge which expresses very serious reservations from J.W.P. Rowledge, and another from David Jackson relating to Robinson also on page 236. Illus (Farmer's data): CIE no 800 Maeve at Thurles (colour); Rebuilt 46155 The Lancer at Kingmoor (colour); Great Southern and Western class 101 at Dublin c.1900; LNWR class DX 0-6-0 No 1651; Great Southern and Western 4-4-0 no 62 Dublin c.1900; NER class 38 4-4-0 no 1331 built at Darlington seen at Scarborough c1900; GNR(I) no 84 Falcon; LMS class 2P as BR 40643; LMS compound 4-4-0 no 1115; NCC Castle or U2 class 4-4-0 No. 82 Dunananie Castle;  NCC 2-6-0 no 93 built at Derby; NCC 2-6-4T no 7 built at Derby; Great Central 4-4-2T No 47 which survived to become BR no 67426; Great Southern and Western Watson "Star" No 400; GW Star class 4-6-0 No 4041 Prince of Wales; Waterford, Limerick and Western 4-4-2T no 21 Blarney Castle; former Great Southern class 372 No 387 seen at Inchicore in CIE livery in 1950; SR N2 no 873 on a local freight at Wadebridge in 1927.

The Lowca Locomotive Works. Alan Earnshaw. 107-10.
The works were founded by Adam Heslop & Partners in 1763 as a general foundry with an output which included ships' cannons and steam engines for which Heslop held a Patent (1760). In 1808 the works were taken over by Messrs Millward & Co and by Tulk & Ley in 1830 with Mathewson as Engineer. In 1840 the firm built its first locomotive, a 2-2-2 for the Maryport & Carlisle Railway. In 1857 the firm was taken over by Fletcher, Jennings & Co. Following the death of Henry Allason Fletcher the company was reformed as the Lowca Engineering Co. Ltd.. The works finaaly closed in 1921. Illus.: 2-4-0WT (22/1861) Liver for Pearson, Knowles & Co., Ince Colliery, Wigan; 0-4-0ST (27/1862) for Aberdare Iron Co; 0-4-0ST (28/1862) narrow gauge (2ft 8in) also for Aberdare Iron; 0-4-0WT (48/1865) for Brassey & Co at Ampthill for MR London Extension; 0-4-0WT (82/1865) Will o'the Wisp for Ebbw Vale Iron Co.; 0-4-0ST rebuilt from Fletcher Jennings 1874 locomotive by Andrew Barclay in 1912 and sold to Kircaldy Corporation; 0-4-0ST (194/1886) Jubilee for Earl of Lonsdale Whitehaven Colliery; Lowca Locomotive Works c1895 with Harrington Colliery in backgrounf; class N 0-6-0T (260/1921) for L. Mitchell & Co for work in Africa (last locomotive built); 0-4-2ST Tal-y-Llyn (Lowca/1864) at Dolgoch in 1923.

The Liverpool dock railway - early developments. John C. Hughes.111-16.
First published in North Western Society for Industrial Archaeology and History No. 4. History of railway access to Liverpool Docks. Liverpool & Manchester Railway acquired access to King's Dock in 1833, to Brunswick Dock in 1835, to Salthouse Dock in 1843 and to Wapping Warehouse in 1856. The LNWR opened its Waterloo Goods Station in 1849 and in 1857 the railway was extended to the docks. The L&YR high level coal railway opened on 23 December 1852 and provided access to Wellington and Bramley Moore Docks. In September 1858 the LNWR reached Stanley. The Mersey Docks & Harbour Board was formed in 1858. There was a bad relationship between the railway companies and the MD&HB and this was fostered by the railways diverting traffic to their own docks. In the 1890s the rise of Southampton and the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal forced changes. Riverside Station was opened in 1895, but the CLC was not permitted to access it. Steam working was permitted on the dock lines, In 1905 the MD&HB introduced its own locomotives. There were further improvements in WW1. In 1927 Gladstone Dock was opened which gave much better rail access. Illus. of MD&HB locomotives (all 0-4-0ST): No. 22 (Avonside); No. 30 (Kerr Stuart) and No. 41 (ex-Woolwich Arsenal: Avonside/1918).

Carriage contrasts. David Jenkinson. 117.
Col. illus.: Coronation beaver tail observation car in carmine & cream livery at Kings Cross in 1950s; GWR dynamometer car W7W in GWR livery in 1964 (B.J. Harding); Pullman car Phoenix built for Golden Arrow in early 1950s (Click): for last see letter from M. Seymour Volume 5 page 91.

Westerns on the waterfront [near Dawlish/Teignmouth]. Cliff Woodhead. 118-119.
Colour feature: D 1013 Western Ranger at Dawlish in May 1964; D 1015 Western Champion (golden ochre) leaving Dawlish on 15 June 1964; D 1032 Western Marksman at Teignmouth on 16 June 1964 - D 1015 in goldenn ochre other two in maroon.

Bulleid's 'Merchant Navy' 4-6-2's. 120-1.
Colour feature: 35028 Clan Line (un-rebuilt) in blue at Stewarts Lane in 1952 (Click): remainder rebuilt: 35030 Elder Dempster Line at Eastleigh mpd on 30 May 1962 (L. Elsey); 35017 Belgian Marine at Nine Elms mpd on 6 September 1958 (R.C. Riley); 35003 Holt Line in Eastleigh Works on 1965-06-19 (W. Potter); 35018 Elders Fyffes passing Esher on 1962-04-26 (G. Rixon).

Pennine railroad [Settle and Carlisle line]. Alan Tyson. 122-3.
Colour feature: Blea Moor 1962 with Jubilee no 45618 New Hebrides on a northbound freight; Dent station with class 5 no 44669 on the local stopping train in 1964; climb to Ais Gill with Stanier class 8F hard at work on the final mile

The Seven-mile bank. Stanford Jacobs.124-9.
Talybont-on-Usk to Torpantau incline (1 in 38) on the former Brecon & Merthyr Railway: history with map. Illus: Col.: 3747 at Talybont (P. Strong); 9675 at Dowlais Central with signalbox No. 2 (Alan Jarvis). B&w: 4671 at Talyllyn J and at Torpantau in July 1959; 9616 at Newport High Street and Pontsticill J in Sept 1961 (D. Luscombe); B&M 0-6-0ST #5 and 2-4-0T #25 at Talybont in 1904; 2407 (Dean goods) at Dowlais Top with train of tank wagons (J.F. Burrell); Dowlais Top station in 1904; B&M 0-6-2T 48 at Pant; Talyllyn East J in 1949; Dowlais Top junctions (E.T. Miller). See letter page 236 concerning Transacord phono-record.

Crane tanks. Tom Middlemass. 130-2.
Photographs with extended captions: GWR 2-4-0CT 1299 (ex SDR); 0-6-4CT 18 Steropes and 16 Hercules LMS (ex LNWR) 0-4-2CT 3249 at Crewe; (NLR) 0-4-0CT 2896; GNR 0-4-4CT No. 3 Loco Crane; NER H1 0-6-0CT 995 and LNER 590; SR (ex SER) 0-4-0CT 1302 at Stewarts Lane (J.L. Smith); ex Hodsbarrow Mining Co. 0-4-0CT (Neilson 4004); GNR(I) 0-6-0CT 31 at Dundalk Works; Wm Doxford 0-4-0CT Hendon and Homer; Carron Foundry 0-4-0CT Andrew Barclay 1715..

Rails above the Forth - part 2. A.J. Mullay. 133-8.
Part 1 page 52: Effect of bridge opening on NBR train services and congestion at Waverley Station; Forth Bridge Company and its relationship with NBR. B&w illus.: at Dalmeny: D30 9424 about 1926; DMU in 1964; on Forth Bridge: D30 9497 about 1928 on Glasgow express; D49/3 329 about 1929; D33 9894 also c1929; North Queensferry: C11 9878 on express in about 1934; J35 9105 leaving tunnel on local train c1929; C15 9141 on local train c1929; Inverkeithing: C11 9901 on local train c1927; E7 10249 on local train c1925; D11/2 6401 and D31 9763 on local train c1926; D31 9640 and J36 9784 on local trains c1925; NBR class j (D29) 896 on theatre special. See letter by Huxham on page 236.

Readers' Forum. 139-40.
Helston branch. William H. Hill.
See Vol. 3 page 206: Travel to Helston Grammar School during WW2.
Helston branch. Stanley C. Jenkins.
See Vol. 3 page 206: Addenda.
Helston branch. Chris Heap.
See Vol. 3 page 206: Cutting the first sod. by Mayor of Helston on 22 March 1882. Last passenger train hauled by D6312 on 3 Nov 1962.
Werneth Incline. Larry Goddard.
See feature on page 34: Travel up in 1958 on overcrowded train.
Dyke Branch. J.F. Burrell.
See feature on page 88: Brighton-Portsmouth electrification may have been cause of closure (lack of line capacity).
Timeless Truro. David Jenkinson.
Corrections to photo-feature page 84.
Timeless Truro. T.A. Tremithick..
See page 84: Truro drivers preferred Hall class to Grange class. Questions some of the captions.
Timeless Truro.. Roy Hart.
See page 84: Falmouth bay platform.
Timeless Truro. J.M. Graham.
See page 84: Captions: Picture 4. Shows platform used for Newquay and Falmouth arrivals: now main up departure platform.
Timeless Truro. M.J. Trevena
See page 84: Picture 9: Plymouth to Penzance service.
Timeless Truro. A.F. Gosling.
See page 84: Freight train from Newham branch not Falmouth.
Railcars in Jersey. P. Walton.
See feature on page 106 (Vol. 3), and letter by Peter Erwood on page 238: Sentinel railcars on Jersey Railway & Tramways and on Jersey Eastern Railway.
Monstrous cavities [tunnels]. Francis Volsey (Voisey?).
See feature in Vol. 3 page 226: Clayton Tunnel disaster: fear of Channel Tunnel.
Lewes centenary. J.F. Burrell.
Lewes-East Grinstead service, 1956-8: did not stop at Barcombe (see page 29).
Forth Bridge [corrections]. R.E. McCulloch
North not South Queensferry (p.59): feature page 52.
Class A4 livery . J.D. Massey.
See 3, 222: lining on corridor tenders sloped.
About 'Backtrack'. L.W. Knott.
Plea for more like centre spread of Nov/Dec issue (page 216)

Colour files. 141.
Durham station north cabin (Chris Davies): see letter from M. Bamlett on page 188; LSWR C14 No 30588 (R.C. Riley)

Assistance required. 142.
What is it? Dennis G. Mack..
Reply to enquiry from Corkill (page 92) generator for speedometer on 46256 was located on front wheel of bogie (writer designed fitting).
What is it? Laurence Taylor.
Enquiry from Corkill (page 92): writer was i/c of locomotives at Camden and device was not very satisfactory.

Book reviews. 142.
The Midland Railway - a chronology. John Gough. RCHS. RJE *****
"style of presentation excellent"
Jowett's railway atlas. Alan Jowett. Patrick Stephens. DJ *****
'tour de force'
E.J. Bedford of Lewes. John Minnis. Wild Swan. DJ *****
"excellent value for money": mainly photographs of LBSCR.

Bangor [North Wales] station: an overview panorama. Chris Davies. rear cover.

Number 4

BR Class 9F No 92203 at Birkenhead Woodside in March 1967. J. Corkill. front cover

V2 60848 leaving Leeds Central on northbound Queen of Scots on 20 April 1961 (Gavin W. Morrison). Inset front cover

The 'Woolworths' — Woolwich Arsenal tentative entry into main line locomotive building. Tom Middlemass. 148-54.
2-6-4T and 2-6-0 for SR (N, N1, K, K1, U, U1); 2-6-0 for MGWR/GSR  (K1, K1A); 2-6-4T for Metropolitan Railway (K). Same writer wrote more general article about Woolwich Arsenal in Railways South East 2, 111.  See letter from Historian of Woolwich Arsenal (page 286) See also colour phot feature in Vol. 19 page 420. Illus.: Class N 2-6-0 No 31854 near Shortlands in 1958 (colour: RCR); No. 31810 at Hither Green sidings with the Bricklayers Arms breakdown crane (colour RCR); ex Great Southern Rlys K1 2-6-0 no 376 leaving Mallow (author); K1 2-6-0 no 377 behind K1A no 393 in shed; Metropolitan Rly. class K No 113 at Neasden and at at Rickmansworth; Class K prototype 2-6-4T no 790 Class N no A827; Class N no A868 passing Balcombe box; Class K no A791 River Adur Class K1 no A890 River Frome; Class K1 no A890 rebuilt as class U1 no 31890; Class K No A793 as class U at London Bridge station; Class K prototype 2-6-4T no 790 as U class 31790 at Eastleigh; class N Nos. A610 and 611 running in tandem Class N1 no A878 Ex-GSR K1 no 373 waiting for the breakers at Inchicore. See letter by A.R. Nicholls (page 236) which covers several aspects of Southern 2-6-0s, including their nicknames.

Before the roof fell in - railway memories of 1938-39. Peter Erwood. 155-9.
Grade 5 clerk on LNER: made use of free passes to travel to see narrow gauge in Wales: Festiniog, Talyllyn, Corris and Welshpool & Llanfair railways, and an "early holiday" in 1939 to see Wibech & Upwell and Mid-Suffolk light railways. Also work on Air Raid Precautions, and transport of air raid shelters, and activity in Territorial Army. Illus: Corris station; Talyllyn about to leave for Abergynolwyn; Towyn Wharf station; Two Corris Railway locos on shed; Llanfair Caerinion station; class J65 0-6-0T taking on water at Laxfield; View of cab of 0-6-0T tram engine on shed at Wisbech; Bromley South with Ex-SECR H class 0-4-4T no 1519; Bromley South with SR class U1 2-6-0 no 1904; Bromley South with veteran F1 class 0-4-4T no 1231; A steam outline diesel loco at Butlin's Clacton; Ex - GE carriages at North Woolwich.

Fourteen tunnels to [Liverpool] Lime Street. John C. Hughes. 160-4.
Widening the approaches using civil engineering techniques which now lie completely outside modern technology! Bridges and tunnels were demolished and replaced virtually without traffic disruption. See letter by Francis Voisey on page 236.

Class 5s on Merseyside. J. Corkill (phot). 165.
Col. illus. 45312 at Liverpool Exchange in 1966, hauling train with green coach "so far away from home"  (see Letter page 286 by John Verity) and 45156 on Edge Hill shed in 1968.

Two southern harbour branches. Roy Hobbs (phot). 166-7.
Newhaven West Quay with Terrier 32670 in May 1963 and Weymouth Harbour Tramway with 41298 light engine on 3 July 1966.

Leeds Central. Gavin Morrison and Joe Richardson (phot). 168-9
Col. illus.: 42699 and class 110 DMU on 18 Feb 1967; J50 68984 shunting freight on 2 Oct 1962; A3 60103 with special headboard promoting wool on 9 Apr 1962; 42622 in Mar 1964.

Compounds in colour. 170-1.
LMS 4P: Col illus: 1014 at Shrewsbury in 1937 (P.B. Whitehouse); 1111 at Derby Works in 1938; 41167 at Rugby in 1950s; 41091 with 44815 at Kettering in Aug 1954 (Trevor Owen)

A station trapped in time. [Whatstandwell]. Alan Tyson (phot). 172.
Col. illus.

The Silloth branch - part 1. Alan Earnshaw. 173-80.
History of the line and the associated docks: Silloth Bay Dock & Railway Co. taken over by NBR in 1891; also North British Steam Packet Company which ran ferry services to Dumfries, Annan, Dublin and Liverpool, and the Silloth Battery. Illus.: overall view of Silloth with schooner (barque see letter by B.S. Cooper Vol. 5 page 92), docks under construction, Silloth Battery with Cowans Sheldon Goliath crane, NBR 4-4-0 No. 216 and No. 36 in 1910, LNER D31 9036 at Carlisle with Silloth train, J36 9763 arriving Carlisle with passnger train in 1926, D31 9633 at Silloth in 1937, Sentinel railcar No. 2133 at Port Carlisle, D31 9635 at Carlisle in WW2 livery  Part 2 page 230.

Last of the Great Western four-wheelers. Ian L. Wright. 181-7.
Four wheel passenger stock used for colliers' (workmen's) trains into BR days (1950s): personal travel on Nelson & Llancaiach - Dowlais (Cae Harris); Burry Port - Gymmer; Senghenydd - Llanbradach Colliery, and Cymmer Corrwg - North Rhondda services. Illus: four-wheeled stock at Caerphilly in 1948; four- wheeled stock at Senghenydd in 1951; No 5653 standing at Cwmbargoed; four-wheeler no 2796 of 1898 vintage behind 0-6-0PT No 1607; workmen's coach No 719; Swansea set no 29 behind 0-6-0PT no 1607 at Pont Yates; workmen's coach no W180 at Burry Port; GWR close- coupled set at Glyncorrwg; four-wheeled coach GW no 2796 at Cwmmawr; end of the branch with 0-6-0 PT no 9634; North Rhondda miner's train at South Pit and two views of the North Rhondda miner's train at Cymmer Corrwg.

Readers' Forum. 188.
Railway liveries - 1. Albin J. Reed.
Comment on "Royal" T9 in malachite green (front cover No. 2) K3 class in GNR and LNER days (plain black or lined red) (page 77).
Railway liveries - 2. Larry Goddard.
T9 30119 in malachite green: became Royal engine in June 1935 for Jubilee Naval Review. (front cover No. 2)
A historical survival. A.G. Denton.
Ludgate Hill Station facade (illustration). See feature by Alan A. Jackson in Railways South East 2 page 63.
Anglo-Irish connection. Charles Bayes.
See page 100: Notes on Atock and Bazin
Durham North. M. Bamlett.
Brasside viaduct now dismantled: remainder of Leamside route extant then (see page 141)
The Dyke branch. F.B. Smith.
3 ft gauge steep railway (illustrated) and aerial cablecar at The Dyke: feature page 88.

Colour files. 189.
Paddle steamer Waverley on 17 Aug 1972 (Peter Tatlow); Somerset and Dorset 2-8-0 No 53810 being turned at Bath Green Park, 13 June 1961 (Cliff Woodhead)

Ivatt Class 2MT 2-6-2's Nos 41206 and 41291 crossing the River Torridge. (Roy Hobbs) rear cover

Number 5

Adams North Staffs 'New L' class 0-6-2-T at Walkden colliery in NSR red livery. Alan Tyson. front cover.
See letter (5-46) from John Copeland
concerning reason for repainting in NSR livery.

Steam in Metroland. . W.S. Becket. 196-204.
Mainly concerned with steam services on the Metropolitan Railway, north of Harrow (Rickmansworth from 1925) and Great Central Railway/LNER services on Joint lines. Mentions that the Metropolitan was considering an extension from Verney J. to Towcester in 1900, but instead concentrated upon suburban development through enhanced services, such as the introduction of Pullman cars on some trains. The high mileages of rolling stock are noted: the average was 227 miles, but one working achieved 342 miles. Train services, including freight, are considered in detail. Changes wrought by London Transport including the handover of most locomotives to LNER is described. Col. illus. of  LT 0-6-4T 97 Brill at Chorley Wood in 1937 and LT48 at Neasden in 1939. B&w illus: Class H 4-4-4T no 106 at Aylesbury; Class A 4-4-0 condensing tank no L45 at Lille Bridge; Class K 2-6-4 no 113 at Verney Junction; Class K 2-6-4 no 115 approaching Aylesbury; Class H 4-4-4T no 103 at Rickmansworth; Former class K 2-6-4 no 115 now LNE L2 no 6162; Class A 4-4-0 no 23 at Quainton Road; Former Metropolitan Railway 4-4-4T no 105 as LNE no 6417; Class H 4-4-4T no 103 at Neasden Depot

Good's station operation. Bob Essery. 205-13.
Mainly based upon LMS practice: statistics of freight train loadings in 1920s; plans of Somers Town goods depot; many pictures of horse-drawn lorries. Col. illus of Hunslet Lane and Marsh Lane freight depots in Leeds in 1967 and 1973 respectively (John Bateman). B&w illus: Goods depot at Camden; Midland goods depot at Leicester; Goods depot at Camden; the cotton warehouses at Oldham with an interesting assortment of wagons; Goods depot offices at Kings Cross with a Scammell mechanical horse; Stewart's Lane c 1920?; Leicester goods shed interior; Longport goods depot very obviously joint Midland and LNWR railways; Loaded carts at Luton; Sandon and Canada Dock goods yard; Hunslet Lane goods depot in 1967 with the weeds taking over; Marsh Lane depot in 1973

Liverpool docks in 1959. R.C. Riley (phot). 214-15.
Col. illus.: Mersey Docks & Harbour Board locomotives: 0-6-0ST 7 (Avonside 1523/07); 31 (Hunslet 2080/41); 28 (Avonside 1810/18); fireless 0-6-0 43 (Andrew Barclay 1573/18).

East Coast in transition. Cliff Woodhead; Dennis Ovenden (phots.). .216-17.
Col. illus.: A3 60113 Flying Scotsman on Yorkshire Pullman and A4 60030 Golden Fleece at Kings Cross c1960; A3 60108 Gay Crusader on Welwyn (Digswell) Viaduct on 13 June 1962; D1501 at Peterborogh on 25 July 1963, D1525 near Peterborough struggling along with an express on 26 July 1963. Letter from J.F. Aylard concerning class 47 lack of performance p. 286.

Southern Pre-group survivors. Geoff Rixon; P. Ransome-Wallis and Cliff Woodhead (phots). 218-19.
Col. illus.: O2 30236 at Bodmin North in 1960; O2 W28 on Ventnor train; M7 30379 at Swanage on 14 June 1961; H 31551 at Grange Road on 16 March 1963.

The Devon Belle. V.K. Pullin (phot). 220.
Col. illus of Pullman train with MN 21C3 in malachite green with red sideboards on smoke deflectors; and Pullman observation car in 1947. See appreciative letter by A.J. Reed on page 46 of Vol. 5.

The GWR Dukedogs. J.D. Wood. 221-5.
32XX, subsequently 90XX 4-4-0s: notes on names and workings. Illus: Dukedog no 9000 at Andover Junction on 14 June 1953; 9000 at Reading West on same day (railtour); 9005 at Welshpool on 12 September 1953; 9011 at Southall shed on 10 August 1952; 9014 at Portmadoc on 10 June 1954; 9011 in Swindon shed on 16 June 1957; 9014 at Afon Wen on 10 June 1954; 9015 at Witney on freight on 8 June 1954; 9021 in Stafford Road Works Wolverhampton on 19 September 1954 (locomotive in pieces); 9025 at Swindon waiting to be cut up writer noted tapered chimney but did not mention top-feed on boiler) (16 June 1957); 9027 passing 9010 at Oswestry on 9 July 1952.

The Templer way. Derek Beavis. 225-9.
James Templer constructed a canal at Teignmouth, and his son George constructed a tramway with rails made from granite blocks to convey granite from Haytor on Dartmoor. Includes a description of what still remained. Maps.

The Silloth branch - part 2. Alan Earnshaw. 230-6.
Part 1 began on page 173. Mainly the period under the LNER and British Railways, including the eventual closure. A serious derailment of a J39 near Drumburgh on 23 Oct 1950 due to poor track is described at length. Letter from Burrell concerning post WW2 staff econmoies and camping coaches page 286. Illus.: Abbey Town station in 1953; 1950 accident; Abbey Junction with goods traffic on Brayton branch; Silloth station with 64880 arriving and 64921 awaiting departure; Burgh by Sands station; J39 64884 at Silloth; A3 60068 awaiting departure for "coast" (well at Edinburgh) in Carlisle in July 1960: see letter R. Montgomery (Vol. 5 page 92).

Readers forum. 236/8.
Brecon & Merthyr. David G. Rowlands.
See feature page 124: mentions the Argo Transacord recording "The 11.15 to Torpantau".
The Woolworths. A.R. Nicholls.
See feature on page 148: sounds produced by three-cylinder versions, especially W class; nickname Mongolipers; experiments performed under Maunsell's sufferance: feedwater heating; condensing; pulverized fuel; etc, but see Holcroft.
Lime Street tunnels. Francis Voisey.
See feature on page 160: statistics of extant tunnels; rules for platelayers' trolleys.
Anglo-Irish connection. J.W.P. Rowledge.
Extremely lengthy letter which disputes much of what was written by Atkins on page 100 which had asserted that Crewe practice had been brought to Inchicore by McDonnell (some may have been brought by John Carter Park (Works Manager at Inchicore from 1865 to 1873). Argues that main influence at Inchicore was the output from Beyer Peacock (Inchicore had drawings for Beyer Peacock locomotives supplied to Victorian Railways in Australia). Presumably, like the Australians, Inchicore used the 0-6-0 supplied from BP as a template. BP influence in Northern Ireland was even greater, especially on BNCR. Considers that the 400 class was a Swindon machine fed by a Crewe boiler: the works manager, T.E. Goodeve was a Crewe-trained man and would not wish the complexity of a coned boiler. Argues very strongly that the three 800 class were not related to the rebuilt Royal Scots, but may have been related to the Lord Nelson class as Maunsell used to visit Inchicore in GSR days. Notes several errors in captions.
Anglo-Irish connection. David Jackson.
See feature on page 100: Robinson locomotives on W&LR; also topic of crimson lake livery on Robinson 2-4-0 locomotives which cites the unreliable Carter Britain's Railway Liveries.
Rails above the Forth. K.G. Huxham.
See feature page 133: Locomotives working over Forth Bridge and into Edinburgh during 1920s: former included D49 4-4-0s (the sounds produced by are noted); the D11/2 class which lacked Westinghouse brake; and the NER Pacifics which worked into Edinburgh, but not over Bridge.

Colour files. 237.
0-6-0 T (ex LYR) 51537 at Canada Yard, Liverpool (R.C. Riley); Todmorden East Jn. Signal box (S.C. Dent): see letter Vol. 5 page 237..

Jackson's sidings Tyldesley, near Manchester,  with class 8F 48491 leading a freight train with 48636 banking. (Jim Carter). rear cover

Number 6

Gresley A4 ex works No 4495 without nameplates in garter blue at Donaster Works in 1937. front cover.
See letter by David Palmer Vol. 5 page 46 on date of photograph.

Some thoughts on the Gresley derived motion. Owen Russell. 244-50.
Development of the Gresley conjugated gear, including the involvement of Holcroft. Diagram of rebuilt Atlantic front end of 1915; detailed working drawings of K3 (elevation & plan), and A1 (plan & front and side elevations). Col. illus of K2/2 61776 at Mallaig (2-cylinder design!); A3 60075 at Darlington in Sept 1963 (Geoff Rixon).  Black & white illus: second K3 no 4001 at New England; K3 no 1387 working hard on a heavy train. Part 2 5-15. .See correspondence by Youlden 5-46 (error in description of Gresley slide bar) and further letters by Syms, vanRiemsdijk and Jackson (5-92). See also Sid Checkley's letter in Volume 5 page 142 on difficulty of maintaining B17 gear behind cylinders and problems of smokebx char in K3 engines

Railway timetables in 'The Five Red Herrings' [by Dorothy L. Sayers]. William Bell.. 251-5.
Crime novel set in South West Scotland involving "travel" to Kirkcudbright, over the Stranraer-Girvan line, and to and from London Euston, or perhaps it should have been St. Pancras! Reproduction of timetables from period in which novel is set. Illus.: LMS no 14201 leaving Carlisle c. 1929 Glasgow to Carlisle timetable Kinclaer Viaduct near Pinmore Carlisle to Glasgow timetable Pinwherry station Timetables for Dumfries to Stranraer and back Pinwherry station, the view in 1931 in the opposite direction to the view on page 253. See letter by Sladen 5-94.

Whistle stop Alderney [Channel Islands]. John Gatrell. 256-60.
Opened in 1847 the Alderney Railway was used to convey granite to construct breakwater and fortifications; then as a commercial quarry to supply stone for export (Brookes Granite Co). The Germans demolished and then had to install a metre gauge line; this in turn was demolished and the railway had to be reinstated by the Admiralty. Now the Alderney Railway Society operates passenger trains. Includes notes on Royal visitors and on the assorted locomotives which worked on the island. See letter by Bruce Henderson 5 page 190. Illus: Fort Groanez used as the base for the railway; A view of the breakwater with rolling stock; Route diagram of the Alderney railway; 0-4-0T geared locomotive used in 1893; 0-6-0ST built by Hunslet of Leeds in 1880; J.T.Daly 0-4-0ST loco E 2450 brought to the island in 1982 by the Railway Soc.. in 1982; Parcel labels; J.T.Daly up and running after repair and refurbishment by the railway society; maintenance at Braye Road station; then Home Secretary Douglas Hurd inspecting the breakwater in 1986.

Signal survivors. Trevor Sutcliffe (phot). 261.
Col. illus.: three position signal at Keadby: see letter from A. Nicholls (5-94) for further applications of three-poistion signals; ex-LNWR signal with calling-on signal on bracket at Altringham; GNR somersault gantry at Firsby South J.

‘Paddy trains' in the coalfields. Alan Tyson (phot).. 262-3.
Col. illus.: NCB locomotives and trains: Ashington 0-6-0T with former NER clerestories and LNWR coaches, another 0-6-0T with less antique NER stock on 19 Mar 1965; 0-4-0ST Glandulais at Pontardulais with vans on 24 Apr 1968 and Austerity 0-6-0T No. 4 on same day with passenger rolling stock.

'Warships' in the west. Cliff Woodhead (phot). 264-5.
Col. illus.: D869 on seawall at Dawlish in May 1964; D834 at Penzance in May 1966 (both green); red D821 at Truro and St Austell on same train in May 1966. Penzance picture has a Post Office red mail coach in background.

Southern steam portraits. Jim Carter. 266-7.
Rebuilt MN 35018 at Southampton Central; WC 34051 and 34073 (unrebuilt) at Eastleigh mpd viewed from shed roof; Terrier 32650 and BR 4 76014 and USA 30064 in malachite green, at Eastleigh shed. See letter John Borrowdale (Vol. 5 p. 44) suggests date must have been 1962 or 1963.

'Hame efta ra Fair' - [The return journeys at the end of the annual Glasgow "Fair" holiday]. Don Rowland. 268-75.
Tabulated information partly extracted from supplements to working timetables showing special carriage workings from Stepps sidings; extra trains on Glasgow-Aberdeen route; and in great detail the return workings on 29 July 1961 as at Beattock Summit. Col. illus. of Patriot (unrebuilt) 45513 and Clan 72001 (show loss of colour quality typical of Gevaert film?). Black & white illus. include one of another unrebuilt Patriot (fortunately Scottish travellers were spared this type under normal circumstances).

All change at Manchester Victoria. Michael Blakemore. 276-80.
L&Y official photographs with excellent extended captions by MB: includes shots of interior and exterior of station; Aspinall Atlantic 735 on Blackpool expresss in May 1907; notice board directing passengers to electric trains; departure indicator; signalling school and electric overhead parcels carrier. Illus. (Farmer data): outside facade of Manchester Victoria station; Aspinall Atlantic no 735 waiting to leave for Blackpool; destination board; advertising kiosk made in the railway's own works; Platforms 12 and 13; promoting the new electrification to Bury; School of Signalling in the offices above the station with model railway used for training; overhead conveyor with its basket on platform 11. See letter from Rabbi Walter Rothschild (5-94) on caption (Hebrew or Yiddish on poster?)

Victorian morality and the railway. Tim Warner. 281-4.
Relationship of railways with Church, especially Sunday trains, but especially as perceivable in paintings (the two versions of railway carriage interior by Abraham Solomon, one of which was regarded as being suggestive) and in literature (Thomas Hardy, Mrs Gaskell and Anthony Trollope). Also the hypocrisy of share owning clergy.

Book reviews. 284.
North Eastern Record. Volume 1. (North Eastern Railway Association). CRD *****
To the Seaside. (Guild of Railway Artists). DJ ****
Happy as a sand-boy - early railway posters. Beverley Cole and Richard Durack. DJ *****
L&SWR locomotives - early engines and Beattie classes. D.L. Bradley. CRD *****
Locomotives of the LNER. Part 10B - railcars and electric stock. RCTS. DJ ****

Colour files 285.
GWR 0-6-0 No 2263 at Tenby (Martin Welch); Abergavenny [described as Inverurie letter by W. Wholmes] station (S.C. Dent).

Readers' forum. 286.
East Coast in transition. J.F. Aylard.
Note on slow rate of progress with type 47 (see page 216).
Silloth branch. J.F. Burrell.
Staff economies from 1946. Brayton - Abbey J. closure dates; camping coaches at closed stations. Featrure page 230.
Liverpool Exchange. John Verity.
Comments on green coach: many odd vehicles, including those from Southern Region ended up in Blackpool and Liverpool.
The Woolworths. Wesley Harry.
See feature page 148: Correspondent was former Historian of the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich. Credits G.H. Roberts, Mechanical Engineer at Arsenal, for idea of locomotive manufacture: boilers manufactured outside.
Permanent way. David Walker.
Writer notes J.M. Dunn's Reflections on a railway career in which Dunn states that in 1955 he met Joseph Stafford, a descendent of Alfred Stainstreet Gee, who had dined frequently with George Stephenson who stated that we have pulled up the temporary track and laid down the permanent way.

Former NBR Class J37 crossing viaduct near Leslie in Fife. J.S. Gilks. rear cover

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