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The Editors of this magazine, which does not set out to be profound, have been highly successful in capturing material both from professional locomotive engineers (who very sadly are a shrinking breed), from senior railway managers, and from people like Andrew Dow who enjoyed priviledged access to railways at an early age. Unfortunately, the magazine neither provides volume numbers nor consecutive pagination. and this makes it slightly more difficult to cite, and this has inhibited progress in providing fuller coverage. This is a pity as some of its content is of lasting value, although that based on shed bashing is usually trivial and will not be abstracted in depth. Amongst the greatest gems are the long series by R.H.N. Hardy which have extended from the Great Central to Great Eastern sections of the LNER and onto the Southern Region. Over the years Philip Atkins has also provided much food for thought. Thus the entries are highly selective.
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Number 200 (February 2004)
Steam World - the Issue that never appeared! Nigel
Describes how Harris moved from the Westmorland Gazette, where he learnt his journalism, to Steam World, when it was produced in High Bentham under David Wilcock, until it was sold by IPC to EMAP and closed, but was eventually restored by the emap operation. Includes reproduction of colour pages from final issue under IPC which would have been Number 33.
Dicing with death at Doncaster in 1947. George
Lathey . 24-30.
Writer had the unusual experience of being involved in a serious railway accident when a train in which the writer was traveling was run into by another. This happened just outside Doncaster station on 9 August 1947 and was due to signalman error. The writer's mother suffered from a broken pelvis, but the writer escaped with bruising. The carriage in which they were travelling was severely damaged and the writer remembered battery acid dripping on to him.
Number 202 (April 2004)
Farewell to two great photographers. 6.
Obituaries for Eric Woods (born in Holbeach, educated at Spalding Grammar School, and early member of M&GN Circle) and for Philip M. Alexander (born in Liverpool in about 1910) and concentrated on colour photography from 1958.
Unusually positioned crests to the fore. 7.
Actually to the aft: 3711 with small BR crest positioned over the toolbox.(col.illus in Swindon shed on 9 September 1962).
Communication problems. 7.
Col. illus from John Edgington of signal post with distant in off position and home at danger (on same post) due to failure of rodding from motor: taken at Rodbourne Lane, Swindon on 13 June 1954.
A less glamorous aspect. George Holyhead. 8-14.
Passed for firing at Polmadie mpd, Glasgow, on 8 June 1953. Describes first task of disposal of Princess Royal which had arrived on overnight sleeper. The removal of the firebars was very heavy work and the emptying of the ashpans was a filthy task. Cleaning the smokebox was also hot and dirty work and the writer's home lacked a bath or shower. A vast amount (two tons) of coal was used in making up the fire on a Pacific, after which the tender was topped up at the coaling plant. Rocking grates were greeted with joy, but there were problems if they seized up.
Flying carpets from Kidderminster. Brian Moone (phot.). 16-21.
Mixture of colour and b&w photographs taken in mid-1960s.
Crawley, John. Accident at Oakley Junction....
On 21 January 1938 a down express collided with an empty stock train at Oakley Junction due to errors by the signalman and by Driver Hudson on the express (who expected the signals to clear). There were three fatalities and 41 passengers were injured (six seriously). The accident report was prepared by Lt. Col. E. Woodhouse and was published on 15 June 1938.
Of people and places. Charles Meacher. 36-40.
St Margaret's motive power depot was the ultimate in foul and unclean matter: "it was only necessary to visit the place to feel contaminated". Aslo describes some of the fringe benefits of shunting duties to breweries and distilleries: the coal pilot's duties were far less popular.
Bertram, David. To Wales and the West in '53. 46-50.
Started from York on Monday 21 September 1953 mainly to visit locomotive sheds. From Leeds travelled on the 10.20 (Hull) to Liverpool Lime Street
Number 203 (May, 2004)
Reid, Grant. Happy days! 8-13.
Engineering apprentice at Inverurie Works in 1950s. Included three months work at Ferryhill mpd when he became an examining fitter. Following National Service, and declining employment on electric traction for the Glasgow suburban electrification he became a motive power trainee. As part of his training he travelled on the footplate of No. 6007 Sir Nigel Gresley from Glasgow Buchanan Street to Perth. The footplate crew were 'Caley men', although the driver had joined the LMS and the fireman joined the Scottish Region and they drove in the Caley manner: medium cut-offs and partially open regulator. During the induction period he also travelled on a Class 27 to Crianlarich from Queen Street. He was involved in the debacle of 1 June 1963 when No. 256 Glen Douglas and a J37 hauled the final steam train on the West Highland. He also describes a footplate journey from Carlisle to Carstairs on 46224 Princess Alexandra with very poor coal on a parcels train which lost the rear vehicle through a coupling failure near Wamphray.
Gammell, Chris. Reading will be the next stop... 16-21.
Number 205 (July, 2004)
Call attention. Mel Holley. 6-7
Neat and tidy at Ilford.
31 August 1936: GER lower quadrant signalling
Farewell to Kenneth Oldham
Malcolm Weinberg contributed short obituary of moutaineer, outdoor centre teaching pioneer, railway photographer, and father of two distinguished sons. who had lived in Blacko, Lancashire. (KPJ saw him present an inspiring illustrated talk on the Pennine Way presented in the cinema in Uppermill: the high point was a shot of a steam-hauled express going over the level crossing at Crowden!)
From the LNWR to 25kV electrification.
G2a 49361 with cabside yellow stripe and electrification masts in background at Heath Town Junction, Wolverhampton on 28 August 1964.
More on 'odd' Jinties.
J.S. Hancock photographed No. 47482 which had been repaired at Darlington Works in 1964 and had its number painted low on its tanks at Gresty Lane, Crewe on 3 April 1966: this locomotive was fitted with vacuum brake and train heating bags (hose). Also 47564 at Darlington both prior to and following conversion into stationary boiler (in both still retained its destination brackets).
A first and last Bulleid 'Pacific over the GWR's Cornish main line.
Roy Bullock colour transparency of 34002 Salisbury crossing Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash on way to Penzance.
Cope, Derek. My love affair with 'A4s'. 8-14.
On Glasgow to Aberdeen expresses. Nostalgia for chime whistles and exhaust rhythms. Col. illus.: 60024 Kingfisher and 60034 Lord Faringdon.
Northcott, Frank. A fine farewell. 16-19.
Personal observations made from the trackside at Dainton and at Bristol Temple Meads on 9 May 1964 of the high speed Castle-hauled specials: by the time the initial special had reached Dainton No. 4079 had failed and been replaced by No. 7025 Sudeley Castle.
Meacher, Charles. Of people and places... Part 4. 20-4.
Describes a running away of a coal train on the 1 in 50 graded Loanhead branch which led to the death of Driver Jim Harkins. The accident happened on 10 November 1955 and was attributed to a brake pull rods failure on a J38 0-6-0. Other steep gradient work performed by St Margarets locomotives included the difficult exit from Granton Harbour where J88 0-6-0Ts laboured up severe gradients with sharp curves. Meacher had been introduced to single-line work on the Peebles branch when also coping with the ratchet-operated firedoor on D30 Laird o' Monkburns. Difficulties experienced at Hawick included the very short turntable which made turning B1s perilous.
Number 207 (September, 2004)
Blakey, George. Footplate fraternity at Fratton. 17-20.
Problems with oil burning on Southern Railway from 1946. Tells how fuel on a T9 failed to ignite leading to a pool forming in the pit below the engine. When a torch was thrown into the firebox, an unofficial method of applying a light, the fuel exploded and the fire in the pit damaged the motion on the T9. The totally sealed firehole door made the cabs bitterly cold in winter, with the exception of the West Country where the swirling action burner made the firedoor red hot (and the cab very hot).
Number 208 (October, 2004)
Topping, Brian. Anytime, any place, anywhere...[LMS 2-6-4Ts: Fowler
In spite of the banal title the feature includes some useful information, noting that the design was based upon the inauspicious MR 0-6-4Ts, but with outside cylinders, Walschaert's valve gear and a pony truck. Notes how Diamond's ideas on long travel valve gear was incorporated and how the design followed much of that of the SDJR 2-8-0 and to an extent the Horwich 2-6-0. Nevertheless, the introduction is misleading as it mentions suburban services out of Fenchurch Street to which this type was not applied.
Number 210 (Decemeber 2004)
Blakey, George. Footplate fraternity at Fratton.
Part 5. 16-19.
Includes description of catastrophic failure of thermic syphon on a West Country Pacific in 1952 when footplate crew were saved from injury by the firebox doors being closed. Other interesting information includes problems with Southern Railway/Region coaling towres which had to be limited in their coal stocks due to subsidence; problems with dust from soft coal, the lack of dampers to control combustion and reduce risk of blowing off, and heat in enclosed cabs..
Riley, R.C. (phot.). A summer calling...[47XX on passenger workings].
Colour photo-feature: 4705 at Challow on stopping service running-in from Swindon Works on 13 May 1961; 4703 inside Old Oak Common on 11 May 1964; 4705 departing Paddington for Kingswaer on express on 27 August 1960
Number 211 (January 2005)
Summers, L.A. Was the Riddles BR team too conservative?
Design has two meanings within the context of locomotive development:overall engineering development and style. The writer mixes both meanings and in this case is a strength rather than a weakness as Riddles, and his team, clearly wished to make a mark. In the first category Summers argues that the design team for the standard classes failed to apply all of Chapelon's principles; that an attempt should have been made to develop a long narrow firebox for a 4-8-0 with a mechanical stoker. Manual firing of a large boiler was inappropriate for the time, and recruitment was about to become difficult. The absence of trailing wheels would have improved hill-climbing: GWR locomotives tended to be superior in this respect. Summers was also disappointed at the appearance of the Britannia class and considers that a form of semi-streammlining should have been adopted: a colour illustration of an Australian Class 38 Pacific No. 3801 clearly demonstrates what Summers considered should have been designed. Sixteen references: so no complaints there, especially as one is to R. Lowey. See also response by Kevin Jones (Issue 219 p. 26).
Issue 212 (February 2005)
Call attention. Mel Holley. 6-7
An LMS 'interloper' at Chester's Great Western stronghold...
45613 Kenya at Chester mpd: from colour transparency taken by Alan Chandler on 7 August 1958.
Is this the oldest roll-film picture?
Experiment 2-2-2-0 No. 1120 Apollo leaving Llandudno Junction in 1904.
Raven at Bank Hall Colliery
0-4-0ST (colour transparency taken by Stephen Spencer) at Huncoat Colliery in Accrington in 1962.
Here's a mystery solved...
Richard Strange commented on picture of derailed 2-8-0 No. 4707 beyond end of loop near Swindon: accident occurred 1 November 1958 and involved two further trains hauled by 9F and by a Castle.
Grayer, Jeffery. Banking exertions at Exeter!
Use of Z class 0-8-0Ts and W class 2-6-4Ts as bankers during the late part of steam working on the steep 1 in 37 and sharply-curved incline which linked St Davids with Exeter Central. Plans to bypass the incline were conceived by the LSWR in 1905 (this would have linked the line beyond Cowley Bridge Junction over the GWR directlt to Central station). Another concept of the 1930s envisaged the Southern Railway having high level platforms at St Davids which would have obviated the flat junctions with the GWR (work to divert the Exe was started). See also feature on the special signalling required for safe working of the banking engines in Issue 220 page 58.
46254 City of Stoke on Trent was the last 'Coronation' to carry BR blue livery. David Smith
Personal observation of locomotive at Liverpool Lime Street in Auigust 1954, also means of detection from photographs.
[Coronation] class in residual black and blue liveries]. Terry Webb.
Confirms that 46254 City of Stoke on Trent was the last 'Coronation' to carry BR blue livery (until 13 September 1955); 46228 Duchess of Rutland was the penultimate one (until 23 April 1955). 46236 City of Bradford and 46251 City of Nottingham (painted thus in May 1949) were the last black Coronation class: b&w illus of 46251 in LNWR livery at Edge Hill in March 1954 and 46236 at Standish on 1 May 1954 (with normal smokebox), and 46242 City of Glasgow in blue livery prior to Harrow disaster in mid-1951 (had normal smokebox).
Roycroft, Norman. From Derby shed to Schubert... Part 4. 24-9.
Work as a junior clerk at Attenborough from 23 May 1955 under stationmaster Eli Crabtree, who had begun his career at Morecambe Euston Road (LNWR) in 1917
Blakey, George. Footplate fraternity at Fratton. Part 7. 30-3.
Burning briquettes on Bulleid Pacifics led to very painful eyes for the footplate crews, but tells of fast run with Driver Charles Strange from Portsmouth to Basingstoke when they were encouraged to run fast to avoid delaying following up express from Bournemouth. Another anecdote of journey from Romsey to Southsea with Billy Smart's Circus train where elephants upset by excessive speed. Joined merchant navy prior to ASLEF strike in 1954..
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 2. 34-9.
Terry Miller used to tell this story about L.P. Parker: "Good morning Miller. I have just passed the engine of the 'Hook Continental' in Platform 510. It carries the number 1005 and the remarakable if undignified name of Bongo. Please see that this locomotive is not used on this important train in future." Also another story about Parker spotting water overflowing from a tank and his commentt to fireman about allowing domestic bath to flow which produced response; "Barf, guv, barf? ain't got a bleedin' barf!" Another anecdote about Jim (J.J. Groom), boiler foreman at Stratford.
Topping, Brian. Anytime, any place, anywhere... Part
5. [LMS 2-6-4Ts: Hudd fitted three-cylinder]. 40-3.
The Hudd ATC (automatic train control system) was introduced on the LTSR. In connection with this the formerly domeless three-cylinder 2-6-4Ts were fitted with domed boilers with increased superheating. The cab doors were also modified. Notes on feedwater treatment using Aflock and tannin is also mentioned.
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 44-5.
Illustration with notes of Model Engineering Trade Association (META) which met at King's Cross Station in 1945: present with George Dow were Charles Skelton of Walter & Holtzapffel, W.C. Hardy. Frank Mills, R.S, Moore, Herbert Mills, W.J. Bassett-Lowke, J. Sanford, G.N. Slater, J.E. Skinley (draughtsman), George Dow (president of META); R.J. Raymond, (Chairman and Editor of Model Railway Constructor), G.H. Lake (Secretary, who was also editor of the short-lived but fine magazine Railway Pictorial), R.M. Spofforth, J.N. Maskelyne (member of the British Railway Modelling Standards Board, and President of the Stephenson Locomotive Society), R. Bindon Blood; and W. Rowe, of Bassett- Lowke, A.R. Aikman, J.H. Holbrook (of Tyldesley & Holbrook of Deansgate, Manchester: KPJ can still remember window with its 00 gauge temptations and where at least one book was bought with its special adhesive stamp inside the cover), A.S. Reidpath, industrial model maker; and H.M. Sell, of Basset-Lowke. "So here, in one room at one time, is the core of the British model railway trade of nearly 60 years ago."
Issue 213 (March 2005)
Holley, Mel. Humans not hardware are rail's real heroes. 4-5.
A4 No. 60031 Golden Ploverr waits at Galashiels on railtour heading south on 18 April 1965 (Roy Hobbs) lead to thoughts concerning possible reopening of Waverley Route, and relates also to last feature in this Issue on attempt to preserve Great Central route.
Call attention. Mel Holley. 6-7.
In the dfays when Oxford's steam locomotives were nice and clean. G.P. Cooper.
0-6-0PT No. 9773 hauling a small consignment of MGB sports cars from Abingdon to the exchange sidings at Hinksey on 17 August 1965; also A1 60157 Great Eastern inside York roundhouse on 1 November 1964
How far north did GWR 2-6-2Ts travel? John Hyde.
4167 at Leamington Spa General on 9 October 1963 (col. illus.): asks were they permitted to work to Nuneaton (KPJ doubts that), but Birkenhead was far, far to the norrth!
We were there but not in the same place. Bob Clarke.
Colour illus of 60034 Lord Faringdon on 2 September 1965 at Glasgow Buchanan Street
More volcanic black smoke. Tom Boustead
Illus. of V2 No. 60875 climbing from Grantham towards Stoke summit at Saltersford on 8 August 1959.
Sir Winston Churchill: the Statesman. John Bird
34051 Sir Winston Churchill with United States Line's headboard Statesman on 17 August 1962 (b&w illus.).
Ashcroft, Bill. Easter in East Anglia. 8-14.
Travel was impeded by relative lack of trains on Good Friday (which used to be treated with respect) and travellers were forced into penetinential bus rides.
Rixon, Geoff (phot.). GWR 4-6-0s in London. 16-17.
Colour-photo feature: 6001 King Edward VII departing Paddington on 6 July 1962; 4082 Windsor Castle on arrival at Platform 10 in August 1962; 6823 Oakley Grange in ex-Works condition in May 1962.
Dow, Andrew. The Fastline Files. 18-21.
Selby swing bridge looking north from bridge control cabin (gauntleted track on up line clealy visible) on 1 October 1957; gauging train alongside early colour light signal on 13 March 1955; extremely tall down starter with lower repeaters at Alnmouth on 22 March 1961; and maintenance of three aspect colour light signal at Lockwood on 12 April 1961.
Roycroft, Norman. From Derby shed to Schubert... Part 5. 22-6.
Attenborough station in the mid-1950s: author worked for station master Crabtree in the station office. Incidents included failure of 62660 between Beeston and Attenborough which required initiation of single-line working; minor errors, frauduulent travel, challenges by public, etc.. Also includes an account of travel on East Midlander railtour on 6 May 1956 from Nottingham to Swindon hauled by MR class 2P 4-4-0s: locomotives seen at Swindon Works are listed.. Became a junior relief clerk and was subjected to a practical joke whereby his "first posting" was to a destination "40 miles away, but was actually at nearby Spondon. .
How many locomotive impostors still survive today? Hugh Longworth.
Noted that to speed up the rebuilding of B16 class into B16/2 and B16/3 an extra set of frames was constructed at Darlington and sometimes it was possible to see two locomotives carrying the same number.
How many locomotive impostors still survive today? Neville Stead.
Frames from B16 No. 925 "destroyed" in York air raid were re-used. Also notes that B16/3 exploited this spare set of frames to speed up rebuilding. Also notes that when N8 class Nos. 855 and 856 entered Darlington Works in 1939 the wrong locomotive was scrapped and No. 855 was repaired and returned to service as No. 856. Unfortunately, the cylinder stroke size was incorrect and the engine history card had to be amended. On the M&GN two Beyer Peacock 4-4-0s (Nos. 24 and 25) were used to form No. 25.
Bangers and mash in the [Euston] Great Hall. J.E. Burns
In 1949 sausages, onions and mash were available from a man with a white beard (and what is wrong with that??). Writer suggests that man must now be in Heaven (where we hope that all bearded men will go).
The unusual sight of a Stanier 'Lizzie' at Derby. C.P. Stacey.
46203 Princess Margaret Rose ex-works 19 March 1952 (illus.).
Bulleid 'Pacifics' took fast downhill sprint to Exeter. G. Leyman.
Watched trains rush through Broadclyst station at around 90mile/h.
Dabeg boiler feed water experiment brought back memories. Frank Claytonsmith. 29.
Illus. of No. 653 fitted with Dabeg feed water heater, but text does not add much
Electric lighting raises many questions. Brian Ady.
Fitted to B1, L1, and K1 and to Bulleid Pacifics, also to some SR D15 and T9 class locomotives
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 3. 32-7.
Industrial relations at Stratford in the late 1940s: the workers in The Works were on piecework and earnings were higher than for the artisan staff in the motive power depot. Jim Groom was a member of the Boilermaker's Union and Chairman of the Stratford Running Shed Workshop Committee. With his intelligent conivance boilermakers were retrained as electrical fitters to enable the switch to be made to electric traction when the Shenfield electrics were introduced. Illustrations include an Eastern Region Mamangement Committ Meeting which includes Jim Groom, Gerry Fiennes, Terry Miller and E.D. Trask. Also visit of Her Majesty the Queen to Stratford Diesel Depot in February 1962 with RHNH introducing HMQ to Charlie Smith, Senior Running Foreman, whose father had been a Royal Train driver in the 1920s; Ian C. Allen photo of Gobbler No. 67211 with Jim Bosley, Shed Chargeman at Braintree and Maldon on loan to RHNH in October 1956; Stratford breakdown gang with its foreman, Bill Hunting, and hydraulic pump.
Fowkes, Rod. Boxes full of memories... Part 4. 38-41.
Signalboxes: fog working, keeping water troughs free from ice: see also LMS Journal Issue 6 page 16
Topping, Brian. Anytime, any place, anywhere... Part
Substantial modifications were involved in the Fairburn version of the LMS 2-6-4T.
Evans, Patrick. A great Welsh shed bash. Part 2. 46-9.
September 1961: Fishguard Harbour at 01.20
Evetts, Philip. The saga of an elderly 'I3' 4-4-2
Relates how in 1935 Billinton had related how he had ridden on No. 23 on the through working to Rugby: he had been impressed with the LNWR permanent way and the difficulty of conserving fuel and water. The main part is an account of No. 32084 on the 04.50 from Londoon Bridge to Eastbourne when the elctricity supply to the third rail was off. The locomotive primed badly on the climb to Forest Hill due to an excess of water softener
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 58-9.
Photograph by Kenneth Leech taken from footplate of A4 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley as it heads south past Offord and the River Ouse. The memory is of the "race" staged for Pathé News in 1931 between a de Havilland Puss Moth, a speedboat on the River and an LNER express, which happended to be observed by George Dow.
Great shot. N.L. Browne (phot.). 60-1
Colour illis.: 5537 with Newquay branch train at Chacewater in September 1959.
A rescue plan [for the Great Central line] with a
Efforts made by the Great Central Association.
Issue 214 (April 2005)
Topping, Brian. Anytime, any place, anywhere... Part
Later batches of the "Fairburn" 2-6-4Ts.
Longhurst, Paul. An 'old boy' reminiscences... 14-21.
Earning Brownie points. John Sansom (phot.). 22-3.
Taken with a Kodak Brownie box camera (and some seem to be moving, but all are black & white): 21C12 Union Castle with cast number plates, cast "Southern" plate on tender at Salisbury in late 1940s; 35011 General Steam Navigation with tender lettered "BRITISH RAILAYS"; 5067 St Fagans Castle with tender lettered "BRITISH RAILAYS" in GWR style at Salisbury on Brighton to Cardiff train; 21C120 Bibby Line leaving Salisbury.
Roycroft, Norman. From Derby shed to Schubert... Part 6. 24-8.
Relief booking clerk at Doe Hill on Erewash Valley main line. Also at Sawley Junction, Langley Mill & Eastwood, Beeston, Bulwell Common (former Great Central). Also antics of attempting to bunk shed at Burton Horninglow and infuriating shed foreman at Westhouses when young clerk refused to issue him label for his luggage.
The 'Grove' remembered. Jim Walker.
Our ailing 'Hall' didn't get far. Alan Ticketts.
'The Zulu' was an unofficial name. S.D. Wainwight.
For 11.45 Birkenhead to Paddington
When transfers only happened on paper. D. Horne.
A 'Merchant' could have beaten Mallard's record! Dave Evans.
A 'Merchant' could have beaten Mallard's record! Adrian Scott.
'The Farnborough Flyer' pilotman. Harry Ross.
Norman Roycroft certainly brought back the Midland memories for me. D.J. Foster.
Norman Roycroft certainly brought back the Midland memories for me. Peter Roulston.
More on 'impostor' engines. D.J. Fleming.
The mystery of the fish trains is solved. Jack Hodgkinson. 33
North British stock at Peterborough. Charles Long.
'Caprotti' engines were certainly speedy. J.R. Welch.
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 4.
Describes how Sir Henry Thornton and R.V. Russell intoduced the Jazz service of intensively worked steam trains on the Chingford and Enfield Town lines out of Liverpool Street from 12 July 1920. The service began with J68 and J69 0-6-0Ts Buckjumpers and ended with electrification in 1960 with the N7 class. K.J. Cook had mandated that the N7 class should cease to be maintained which threatened the reliability of the service, but this was countermanded by Terry Miller.
Cattermole, William. Motivated by steam. 46-50.
Both parents were railway employees: father a goods guard and mother a clerk at Middlesbrough parcels office. As a boy he had thhe run of Haverton Hill and at sixteen he became a trade apprentice at Darlington North Road Works during WW2, following which he volunteerd for service in the Royal Air Force..
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 52-3.
George Dow was the Divisional Manager of the Stoke Division of the London Midland Region with offices in former North Staffordshire Railway headquarters.
Wilson, Andrew. By 'Clan' to Swindon. 54-8.
From Paddington to Swindon and back with 275 tons behind 72006 Clan Mackenzie on 6 December 1963. Outward journey was very slow, but return had some sparkle especially on the final stretch. into Paddington
Brilliant Bulleids. 60-1.
Colour photo-feature: unrebuilt 35024 East Asiatic Company at Nine Elms on 6 September 1958 (R.C. Riley); rebuilt 34042 Dorchester at Eastleigh shed on 12 September 1964 (Gavin Morrison); 34005 Barnstaple at Southampton Central on same day as previous.
Skinner, John. The infamous 6.10pm [Victoria to Uckfield]. 62-4.
Most journeys accomplished by Fairburn 2-6-4Ts without difficulty in spite of steep gradients, but more powerful Bulleid Pacifics could cause problems.
Issue 215 (May 2005)
Rich, Fred. "You'll go to jail, young man...". Part
Concerns Rugby Locomotive Testing Station. Access to the excellent diagram in Part 2 is necessary to fully understand Part 1. Rich started work at Rugby in 1957 when the plant was past its prime. Nevertheless, there are interesting illustrations and rewarding reminiscences about D.R. Carling, the Superintendent and about Horace Clarence Ockwell, his Deputy. Ockwell appears to have been mildly eccentric. Tommy Cadzow (1903-77), a Scot, was the chemist. These senior members of staff are portrayed in a group photograph (taken by J.M. Jarvis) with Robin Johnson, John McCann (a sometime contributor to Steam World) and George Podmore. Ron Pocklington was in charge of the Farnborough indicator. John Click (1926-88) was the footplate observer until 1956 when Rich tookover. Notes that Eric Nutty was Ell's footplate guru. Alleges that on road testing Derby "couldn't hold a candle to Sammy Ell" at Swindon, although Swindon lacked a Farnborough Indicator. and did not indicate every cylinder. Ockwell stated that "we will never outshine Sammy Ell because he doesn't set out to prove himself wrong!". Swindon was integrated and coherent. On 26 November 1957 Carling met Chapelon in London where Chapelon congratulated Carling concerning the tests of the Crosti boiler: "These tests of yours are the most accurate and consistent that I've ever seen". Chapelon had been called in to adjudicate between Crosti and British Railways over the savings which had been expected from the use of the Crosti boiler. The Heenen & Froude dynamometers were hydraulic. The article also describes the testing of the gas turbine locomotive GT3 and its designer J.O.P. Hughes and George Howe his test engineer. See also highly informative letter from John Tidmarsh (218 page 20).
Webb, Terry. 'Duchesses' in distress. 20-7..
Accidents in which the class was involved. Notes the very high mileages achieved by the locomotives and that the majority of the accidents could not be attributed to the locomotives, although the three firebox failures might have been avoided given different design or better staff training. 6232 Duchess of Montrose collided with bombing debris at Berkhamsted on 15 May 1944; 6225 Duchess of Gloucester derailed nearr Mossend due to poor track maintenance; 6231 Duchess of Atholl was involved in a collision at Ecclefechan on 21 July 1945 (drifting smoke was a contributing factor) see also letter from G.K. Summerfield (218 p. 22) who was travelling on train involved; 6235 City of Birmingham was involved in another collision at Lambrigg on 18 May 1947. The three low water/firebox crown serious accidents involved 6224 Princess Alexandra at Craigenhill on 10 September 1940 and at Lamington on 7 March 1948 and 46238 City of Carlisle at Bletchley on 24 January 1962 where the design of the LMS water gauge glasses were at fault. The most serous accident (multiple collision) was that at Harrow & Wealdstone on 8 October 1952 involved 42642 City of Glasgow and appears to have been due to driver error. See also letter from Doug Landau (Isssue 219 p. 26): notes incorrect water gauge identification used by writer: should have been right-hand (or fireman's side) and left-hand (or driver's side): annual mileage achieved by members of the class fell sharply from 1960 onwards. See also letter from David Essam (Issue 221 page 30) who was fireman who worked train involved on 24 Jannauary 1962 forward to Euston using a Royal Scot: this conveyed Driver Vic Stoneham who was burned by the blowback (in the care of a doctor who was on the train): fortunately, he made a full recovery..
Issue 216 (June 2005)
Gasson, Harold. The greatest engines ever built at
Stanier 8F locomotives built during WW2. Personal experience of the class as a fireman at Didcot. See also letter from B. Benford No. 224 p. 50.
Ashberry, Alan. A station interlude... Part 1.
Experiences at Watford Junction as a trainee during the 1930s.
More on Darlington's 'B16' cover-up. Mike Goodall.
Suggests an "extra" B16 may have been rebuilt into B16/3 form. See also Issue No. 213 (March)
Was Duchess of Norfolk the last to be defrocked? James Leese.
Trains Illustrated, 1949, January suggests 46226 was last Duchess to be de-streamlined.
Rich, Fred. "You'll go to jail, young man...". Part
Virtually impossible to understand without access to Part 1 . Concerns Rugby Locomotive Testing Station and includes an excellent diagram of the plant (which must have been produced relatively late in its life as a standard class is on the "rollers"). Includes very concise pen portraits of Tommy Cadzow (1903-1977), the pipe-smoking Scottish chemist, Ron Pocklington who modified the Farnborough indicator (originally developed at the Royal Aircraft Establishment thereat) for steam locomotive cylinders and John Click who had been an earlier footplate observer on the plant. An extended caption to Giesl ejector-fitted 9F No. 92250 being tested mentions that Dr Giesl was "courtesy itself", but that Ockwell lacked the courtesy to congratulate Giesl for halving the blastpipe pressure on test. Part 3..
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford for ever. Part 6.
Spotless Liverpool Street pilots: N7 and J69. Notes on F6 class Gobblers at Enfield in 1945 and their propensity for hard work if driven on full regulator and short cut off. Excellence of Westinghouse brake. Anecdote about W.O. Bentley on footplate noting hot big end on N7. Another anecdote about Driver Joe Oglesby who had been fireman on a B17 No. 2847 in March 1942 when working between Sheffield and Leicester. Also how South Lynn MGNJR men were welcomed to Stratford when line closed in 1959.
Crawley, John. Reinvigorating the Vale of Rheidol.
Involvement of Bobbie Lawrence and Frank Young, Stoke Divisional Managers, and the Town Council of Aberystwyth in the promotion of the narrow gauge railway in the late 1960s/early 1970s.
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 58-9.
Footplate journey on 9F on freight from Birkenhead to Crewe in September 1967 with immaculate Inspector Davies, Driver Preston and Fireman Taylor.
Issue 217 (July 2005)
Call attention. Mel Holley. 6-7.
Are these the very worst railway pub signs in Britain?
Swan, R. Don't take spare turns! 8-14.
Firing on 13.00 Kings Cross to Edinburgh Heart of Midlothian in week ending 5 March 1960 involved three locomotives bewteen London and York: 60042 Singapore failed due to injector problems at Grantham; V2 60897 managed to haul the train to Doncaster in spite of leaking tubes and another A3 (with Kylchap chimney) 60046 Diamond Jubilee took to train through to York. The working was closely monitored as bullion and bank notes were conveyed to the Bank of Scotland accompanied by detectives. Swan estimated that a Thompson Pacific would burn about 5% more coal than an A3 on the non-stop journey between Peterborough and York.
Ashberry, Alan. A station interlude... Part 2. 16-20.
Episode on Easter Saturday 1939 when 6234 Duchess of Abercorn slipped violently out of control at Watford Junction; also incident of Oerlikon motor car bursting into flames following a serious electrical fault; use of L&MR Lion during filming Victoria the Great at Bricket Wood on St Albans branch; met Stanier's chauffeur and the greeat man himself; special train kept at Watford for Churchill, and Royal Train stopped at Watford for King and Queen to travel to Windsor by road. Illus.: Lion at Euston with Coronation Scot behind on 22 September 1938 (H.C. Casserley).
Who remembers the Hatton banker, normally based at Warwick? John Cadmore.
Mr John Cadmore may be interested to know that Great Western Railway Magazine No. 19 (1996) had a feature on Hatton by Roger Carpenter and Chris Turner. This mentions how banking was performed and the classes used, mainly the 41XX type, but the only illustration of a banker is of 5640 in the late 1950s! Back issues of this journal are relatively easy to obtain, notably from the Kidderminster Railway Museum.
It was good design that helped the 'I3' 4-4-2 tanks. Philip Evetts.
The Churchward County 4-4-2Ts were still working when writer was at Swindon, and he considered that these were inferior to the I3 class which combined excellent boilers with well-designed front ends. In Klaus Marx's Douglas Earle Marsh (p. 46) Evett states that the I3 front-end design was due to B.K. Field (he had been told this by Jack Marsh, a fellow Swindon apprentice).
It was good design that helped the 'I3' 4-4-2 tanks. T.H. Dethridge.
See also letter in 218 page 22.: I3 used between Fratton and Portsmouth Harbour on Direct Line service from Waterloo.
Men might have been the Brighton Locomotive Works boiler shop. Fred Rich. 23
See also Issue 215 page 6: photograph of 21C164 with assembled staff in front: suggests that assembled staff may have been from Boiler Shop: also notes that the photograph may have been taken by G.F. Burtt who was a "fiery little man".
Another 'imposter'. Christopher Horne.
46123 Royal Irish Fusilier fitted with nameplates from Highland Light Infantry and numbered 46121 for use on a troop train from Holyhead to Glasgow on 10 September 1955 (KPJ: no worse than the relatively common practice of changing regimental insignia on servicemen: during National Service KPJ carried Duke of Wellington's, Green Howards, and was narrowly spared HLI! during reserve service)
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 7. 24-9.
Illus. of N7 No. 2603 outside Jubilee shed, Stratford in July 1933: Hardy noted that Arthur English had warned Gresley that the long-travel valve gear fitted would make the loocomotive brilliant, but at risk from dramatic failure. Also picture of muscular ladies employed as fitters' mates at Stratford during WW2: one of the apprentice's pastimes was to bowl drawbar rubbers (cylindrical rubber springs) at the female staff. Also note on market for stolen ball-shaped lubricators made of brass which sat on top of Westinghouse pumps.
The Fastline files. Andrew Dow. Part 5. 30-3.
Waterloo: a spotters' paradise. 34-9.
Black & white photo-feature.
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 40-1
George Dow and Bert Hammett, Commercial Superintendent at Euston, at Morecambe surrounded by Miss England contestants (in evening dresses). Text addresses relationship between railways and holiday resorts through publicity including posters
Rich, Fred. "You'll go to jail, young man...". Part
It is useful to refer to Part 1 (Issue 215 p. 8) and Part 2 (Issue 216 p. 32) for an excellent diagram of the plant. This part notes that Denys Twine was responsible for producing Willans lines (which plotted steam rate, as measured by water consumption, versus horsepower at a given speed) to ensure that stable steaming conditions were achieved before testing began in earnest. Considerable firing skill was required to maintain a steady steaming rate and the emission of excessive smoke was highly deprecated. The title of the series reflects Ockwell's comments to Rich when black smoke had been produced: the 1956 Clean Air Act was about to be implemented in 1958. Illus. 35022 Holland America Line: huge producer of black smoke and placed great demands on test plant fireman. . Part 4 Issue 218 page 36.
White, L. Released from Works. 48-54.
Made redundant from Eastleigh Works in September 1966, but joined Outdoor Machinery Department. The machine tools were extremely old and the premises were rather ad hoc. The area served covered Hamshire, Dorset, the Isle of Wight and some work was performed on Jersey. A meal allowance was paid when working away from base but overalls were not provided. Maintenance involved cranes and lifts and included the boiler for the South Western Hotel in Southampton where the demon drink was one of the causes of loss of heat.
Hicks, Bryan. Hiking up Hatton! 58-61.
Colour photo-feature: 92007 on Emparts train from Wolverhampton to Swindon crossing Rowington troughs on 27 August 1965; 2886 starting ascent with freight on 21 December 1963; 6879 Overton Grange on Weymouth to Wolverhampton SO on 20 June 1964; 6937 Conyngham Hall on SO from Ramsgate on 1 August 1964; 7904 Fountains Hall with train in Southern Region green from Weymouth on 15 August 1964 and 6831(minus nameplates) with train of iron ore on 2 June 1965.
Head. Ken. Memories of Uncle Will. 62-4.
Dr Margaret Stanier relates how Sir William A. Stanier made a very small spanner for her watch before she set out for Africa and how he responded to his brother's sons playing with their live steam train set. Jean Velecky, another neice realtes how she was entertained by her Uncle on his special train when he was inspecting German railway workshops in 1946. She also had the dubious pleasure of driving Sir William's Cortina in the presence of the great man (that Cortina also colours one's impressions: Sir Nigel would never have owned one).
Issue 218 (August 2005)
I can put the names to faces at Rugby Locomotive Testing Station. John Tidmarsh.
Refers to Fred Rich's first article (215 p. 8 et seq) about the Rugby Testing Station: letter writer knew many of those mentioned. Names all the people grouped around the Amsler Recording Table, except the seated man: this was a press picture taken during visit by ORE Committee B44, some time between spring 1962 and end of 1962. The Office for Research & Experiments (ORE) was the research wing of the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Committee B44 was set up to investigate problems of adhesion between wheel and rail in traction. It consisted of a group of engineering specialists drawn from European railways. On the extreme right was Professor Barwell, at one time Head of Research for BR, but then Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Swansea University and retained by B44 as a consultant. Almost hidden behind him is Ockwell. Next is Professor Kilb of the German Federal Railways (DB) who was Chairman of the Committee. Next is John Gardam of BR, seconded to ORE and based at Utrecht in Holland, whose title was Conseiller Technique - technical adviser nowadays we might call him Executive Officer to the Committee. To his left is Swiss engineer Mr. Winter, who ultimately became Chief Mechanical & Electrical Engineer of Swiss Federal Railways, and partially behind him is D.R. Carling who was the BR member on the Committee. Then comes Mr Wolfram of Polish State Railways (PKP) and finally M. Bernard of French National Railways (SNCF). Also another picture of the Committee taken on the same occasion, where H.C. Ockwell is much more centre-stage, so to speak! This picture also gives a clue as to the reason for the visit because the group is standing in front of Swiss-built Gas Turbine No. 18000 which had been acquired by BR Research and donated to Committee B44 for conversion into a mobile test-bed for adhesion investigations. It resided in the Preparation Hall at Rugby for a time in 1962 before shipment to Switzerland for conversion. During the work carried out at the Swiss locomotive Works at Bellinzona - it gained the semi-official name Elisabetta, painted on the front end, above the buffers and below the cab windows. Further information from letter added to Carling page.
Illus: Inspection of No. 18000 at Rugby Testing Station, probably
mid to late 1962, by ORE Committee B44. In the cab is Prof Barwell; on the
steps is Prof Kilb. On the ground (left-right) are D.R. Carling, M. Bernard,
J.D. Gardam, H.C. Ockwell, Mr Wolfram, Mr Winter and an unknown person.
CME's actually didn't design 'their' locomotives. S.G. Allsopp. 21
Refers back to Brian Topping's article on "Fairburn 2-6-4Ts" and argues that the design modification was being pursued before Fairburn's appointment as CME.
Heavy staining was caused by water characteristics. Frank Northcott.
See April Issue: staining on 4150 was due to water source at Newton Abbot: the Aller Brook which could be contaminated by sea water at high tides and this led to priming: enginemen tried to fill up elsewhere.
Why were some of the 'W' class different? Roger Hutton.
See illus. of 31925 at Hither Green: some locomotives were left-hand drive, others were right-hand.
North British stock made the south coast. T. Dethridge.
See April Issue: notes that NBR stock was used to form trains to/from Portsmouth during WW1: called them "Jellicoe Specials".
Only 11 'V2s' had non-standard tenders. Mike Burnett.
Comments that only eleven V2 class had tenders with stepped out coping and that these were moved between locomotives.
I can identify mystery man. D.J. Wood. 22
See June Issue: Les Holding, Area Manager Shrewsbury. Ron Owen, Divisional Public Relations Officer, provided publicity for the Vale of Rheidol line. David Rayner, Area Manager at Machynlleth became General Manager of the Eastern Region. The Stoke Division offloaded some of the costs of operating the VoR onto other aspects of railway operation!
'I3s' were on really tight timings. Tom Dethridge.
See also earlier letter in Issue 217 page 22: Use on Portsmouth Direct line services.
'Bomb' damage at Liverpool Street. Frank Adams
Pigeon droppings onto head of inspector
I was a passenger on the Ecclefechan crash train. G.K. Summerfield.
See feature in 215 page 20: rare letter from passenger actually involved in a train crash and how he routinely had used up local smashed into in the Harrow & Wealdstone disaster.
I always coasted engines at 15% ccut-off. K.M. D'Ath. 23
Worked on the LTSR section where taught to coast at 15% cut-off
Stanier's LMS '8Fs' were on a par with Swindon's '28XXs'. Ted Abear. 24
But the 8Fs enjoyed a more comfortable cab: illus 8478 at Swindon coaling stage on 4 July 1947 and line drawing of 28XX.
Ash ejector was perfectly legal. Jim Clarke.
Ash ejectors were fitted on GCR locomotives, such as D11, and were legal provided not used in urban surroundings.
Cattermole, William. Motivated by steam. Part 2.
Started work under L.P. Parker as progressman in Norwich District in 1946. Describes dropping the tablet from automatic token exchange apparatus when travelling between Melton Constable and Norwich City on GN Atlantic (this led to letter in 222 page 30 from Jim Clark) (as few small Atlantics left by then probably a mistake for one of the GNR 4-4-0s); rerailing B17 No. 1601 Holkham which became derailed at Sheringham (two illus. of this exciting incident showing Kelbus equipment in use during re-railing: notes that "driver thought that he was on main line" must have been drinking on duty to have thought that in those parts). Other projects involving the close scrutiny of LPP included disappearance of white cleaning cloths and their laundering at Gidea Park; monitoring the temperature inside the firebox during hot-water washing out of boilers (at Stratford depot); monitoring ash accumulation on A2/3 60522 Straight Deal which had been fitted with a self-cleaning smokebox; steam-cleaning of locomotives at Stratford (illus.) which also removed lubricant; designed locomotive headboards for The Norfolkman, The Capitals Limited, The Norseman, The East Anglian (unfortunately he did not retain original artwork of such items as the wherry for the Broadsman? (KPJ: mot visible on The Norfolkman). Also shows headboard (not designed by writer) for The Oyster Special (from Liverpool Street to Colchester). Also illus of headboard of Scarborough Flyer on 60033 Seagull (KPJ's favourite A4) and The Day Continental (LNER headboard) on J69 No. 8500 coupled to tool van whilst Cattermole was Acting Shedmaster at Parkeston Quay on 1 April?
Hest Bank crash from the air. 32-5.
Derailment of up sleeping car express on 20 May 1965 due to broken rail. Aerial view taken by Airviews of Manchester and held in archives of Simmons Aerofilms. See letter in 222 page 29 from Merfyn Jones.
Rich, Fred. "You'll go to jail, young man...". Part
The final part of this interesting series states how Fred Rich gathered information through his footplate riding mainly on the WCML and the Great Central route on what might be termed the ergonomics of footplate design: this was eventually published as Paper 589 in the J. Instn Loco. Engrs. Carling was very supportive of this work, but Ockwell banned any further footplate journeys (by withdraweing access to the footplate pass). During these footplate journeys Rich found the B1 class to be extremely rough and a vast contrast from the smooth-running Hall class. Although he described a footplate journey on a down journey via High Wycombe with a V2, the only real observation was that the class tended to produce a lot of smoke, and in the case of this particular locomotive it was necesary to run with the firedoor open. Illus.: group photograph to mark Tom Cadzow's departure for Stratford: also present: John Hicks, Garry Hibberd, Brian Hughes, Alan Betts, John Tierney, Charles Paterson, Denys Twine, Carling, Ockwell, Ron Pocklington (Farnborough indicator), Dick Grant, Dick Wilkinson, Bill Lucas, Norman Norton, Tom Potter, Driver Charlie Drouet and Fireman John Beck.
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 8. 44-9.
A problem was encountered with servicing the N2 class at Stratford, as the reverse on GNR designs was the reverse of that on the Great Eastern and this could lead to accidents. Stan Hinbest dreaded the renewal of the piston packing on the inside cylinder of the B17 class and considered it far easier to work on twin inside cylinders of B12 class. Illus.: Jake: Chief Running Foreman, Arthur Davey; Relief Foreman Bill Tyndall and Hardy; Enfield Town to Hastings excursion about to depart Liverpool Street for New Cross Gate via Thames Tunnel hauled by two Buck jumpers Nos. 68575 and 68532 with Thames Tunnel headcode (one lamp next chimney, one in middle of buffer beam).
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 56-7.
A.J. White, advertising manager of the LNER, was the designer of the British Railways totem as used in station signs. Also illus. of next train indicator at Birmingham New Street installed in 1955 showing departures for slow trains to Rugeley Trent Valley and Rugby Midland. See also Issue 232 for picture of earlier finger board at New Street.
Pottering around Poole. Robin White (phot.). 58-60.
Colour photo-feature: Unrebuilt 34102 and rebuilt 34052 (neither with nameplates) on Bournemouth shed in April 1967; 73018 with Weymouth to Bournemouth train in October 1964; 76057 at Poole station with Swanage to Bournemouth West train in August 1965; 30502 (S15 tender first) with transfere freight in April 1961, and rebuilt 34025 (nameless) in Parkstone cutting on up express.
Railway to nowhere. DVD/Video, Stowmarket Independent Studios, MH
Documentary on history of Mid Suffolk Light Railway
Farewell to steam. Roger Siviter. Sutton MH
Final three years: photo-album
Drawn to Scottish steam. Bill Rhind Brown and Dugald Cameron. Strathwood. MH
Black & white high quality phot-album
Return to Ryde by steam. Vol. 2. Andrew Britton. Medina. MH
Captions are comprehensive
British Railway steam locomotives, 1948-1968. Hugh Longworth, OPC/Ian Allan. RS
Notes errors contained, mainly on withdrawal and scrapping dates and error-prone sources. Condemns small print, cramped layout and high cost.
Issue 219 (September 2005)
Atkins, Philip. The great cull of 1962. 8-14.
3000 steam locomotives were withdrawn and 800 route miles were closed in this year. Many type were eliminated, notably 4-4-0s. Many 8P Pacics were taken out of service in spite of a shortage of this power category on the LMR. Amongst the one-off types withdrawn was 71000 Duke of Gloucester. Atkins includes a statistical breakdown of the withdrawals by wheel arrangement. Traffic was rapidly declining at that time and indicative of this is that diesel haulage (in terms of traction miles) paeked in 1965/6 before steam traction had been eleminated.
Fisher, Bruce. Sixteen and steaming!. 16-20.
Author was based at Northwich and he describes how a passed cleaner's attempt to become a fireman was initially thwarted by an unhelpful driver (and some lack of skill by the writer). A later inspection on a 9F with a co-operative driver up to Godley was successful and Fisher was passed for mainline firing.
Platform [correspondence]. 22.
Time for another celebration HR150! Neville Stead. 22
Highland Railway: Inverness & Nairn Railway opened in 1855. Illus.: 54398 Ben Alder in store at Forfar on 3 September 1959 and 'Clan Goods' 57955 at St Rollox in June 1950.
Electric lighting mysteries unravelled. George Blakey. 23.
See letter from Brian Ady: electric lighting was provided via a Stone's turbo generator on Southern Railway/Region locomotives converted to oil firing as the cabs were darker than on coal burners. The equipment was similar to that fitted to the Bulleid Pacifics which were also fitted with Klinger-type gauge glasses which required stronger illumination. On rebuilding Dewrance gauge glasses were employed but the electric lighting was retained. When the older oil-fired locomotives (e.g. K10 and L11) weere withdrawn or reconverted to coal firing the electricity generators were re-used on new-build Light Pacifics. Also tells an anecdote concerning delegation of senior Russian delegation of railwaymen visiting Portsmouth in Pullman special hauled by light Pacific. This failed through a broken gauge glass and had to be hauled by a C2X from Fratton.
Tricks with the 'Westo' brake. John Knowles.
See R.H.N. Hardy No. X: rapid release of Westinghouse brakes when restarting.
BR's 'Standards' policy didn't make total sense. Kevin Jones. 26.
This letter is reproduced in toto elsewhere on the website as it may assist users of the website to understand some of its compiler's prejudices (mainly that locomotive design on the LNER has tended to receive a "poor press"). It was written in response to very stimulating feature Was Riddles Right? by L.A. Summers in January Issue of Steam World. There is an engineering maxim that "if it looks right, then it probably is right". Thus Summers is correct to bring locomotive appearance into focus and to question whether the Standards were required at all, and whether, if any, they should have been of a different type. He is on more dangerous ground in suggesting long narrow grates: these would have been successful on the Western Region, but would have been far less so on those areas burning Yorkshire coal. But, the greatest waste in the Riddles programme was that no attempt was made to identify need. Certain bad operating practices remained almost to the end of notably double-heading, although on the Somerset & Dorset this was partially eliminated by employing the 9F class. The small locomotives were not needed. Diesel railcars should have been built right from the start. There was no programme to retain tramcars and trolleybuses, or to develop steam lorries to limit imports of crude oil. Why should railways continue to use obsolete motive power on marginal lines? Light steam locomotives, if needed at all, should have been restricted to freight, and should have been as cheap as possible: something like a modernised J15 would have done. But one suspects that a go-faster standard diesel electric shunter might have been vastly more economical. Certain lines, most notably the Great Eastern section, needed more powerful locomotives, and the Britannia class was highly successful in that respect: a sort of successful P2. One of the greatest "why didn't theys" must be why the V2 design was not adapted for use on the Great Eastern? The Bulleid Pacifics were known to be troublesome: the light Pacifics should have been converted into far better "Clans" due to their superior and "more standard" boilers. They would not have been as good as the Jarvis design, but would have formed an excellent basis for a standard low cost Pacific. Boiler standardisation under Riddles and Stanier was a chimera. To obviate double-heading on the WCML required far more Pacifics. Ideally these should have been of the Stanier type as they would have been more standard within their domain. A small number fitted with dual left/right hand drive might have been excellent on the Western Region. The 9F type should have been a 2-8-2 as it would have been more versatile. If a 2-10-0 really was required then the boiler from this should have been used on the Pacific classes and one boiler design would have been saved. The overall standardization concept was completely ruined by this dithering. Churchward, the standardising genius would not have been amused at the inept attempts made to follow the policy instigated by him. A closer look should been made at existing orders. The LNER K1 design was excellent and cheap, and was certainly worth perpetuating. Orders for the anchronistic Great Western types should have been modified to incorporate external valve gear and modern cabs. The orders for the 94XX class should have been replaced by the far more versatile Austerity tank design.
More on 'Duchesses' in distress. Doug Landau. 26.
See feature by Terry Webb Issue 215 p. 20: notes incorrect water gauge identification used by writer: should have been right-hand (or fireman's side) and left-hand (or driver's side): annual mileage achieved by members of the class fell sharply from 1960 onwards.
Happy memories of the 4.10pm! Chris Cock.
Group photograph taken of breakdown crane gang, with Richard Hardy and steam crane visible at Pickett's Lock on 13 September 1960.
Stratford articles bring back the memories. Dennis Saville. 27.
illus.: Writer on bunker of N7 69663 with Driver Charlie Reeves at controls: writer was cousin of George Saville, mentioned by R.H.N. Hardy.
Where was GT3's whistle. Tim Coles.
Fred Rich called GT3 EM27L.
[GT3]. Paul Banks.
George Howe was known as the "engine driver" at English Electric at Whetstone: he had worked with Frank Whittle.
Cattermole, William. Motivated by steam. Part 3.
This is very similar to the Dick Harvey series in that Cattermole was a professional motive power man who also liked to keep fit by firing and oberving conditions on the footplate. He notes one incident on the down Queen of Scots Pullman where the driver was involved in passing a signal at danger and another when he was driving and overshot the platform at Parkeston Quay. He was Acting Shedmaster at Harwich and was in trouble with T.C.B. Miller in 1949 over locomotive poor performance with 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair on the up Hook Continental. He notes that Miller was a "most likeable and courtesous boss". Developments due to his activity included the installation of multiple watering points at New England depot (illustrated) and low speed water pick up tests at Werrington water troughs using 60022 Mallard (illustrated). Caption (p. 31) to 34059 at Liverpool Street is suspect: use of 34059 on Great Eastern section was prior to introduction of Britannia class. Part 4 (concluding part) Issue 220 page 40..
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 9.
Two incidents which nearly got Hardy into very serious trouble are described. Both related to the unsatifactory boiler washout and maintenance at Stratford mpd and could have led to boiler explosions. The first involved L1 (7720?) failed at Waltham Cross due to broken firebox stays caused by a dirty boiler which had been stressed through being washed out with cold water whilst the boiler was still hot. A fortnight later a K3 failed at March mpd through the same cause. At that time A.R. [Ronnie] Ewer was Hardy's chief and he had failed to react to Hardy's recommendations concerning the first incident and both had to report to E.D. Trask.qhom the writer considered to be very astute and very fair. The serious nature of this incident is emphasised by Hardy noting that Carl Schlagel's career as District Locomotive Superintendent at Gateshead had been ruined through boiler problems with the A1 Pacifics and the high-pressure 4-6-4 and he was reduced to Assistant District Locomotive Superintendent at New England..Noted that David William [Bill] Harvey at Norwich was the "best practical locomotive engineer" in his experience, but "loathed interference". Rupert L. Verecker became District Locomotive Superintendent at Norwich: he had formerly been at Ardsley and before that Superintendent of the Crimpsall in Doncaster Plant. He was a great character with a trim fierce little moustache and wore a Trilby. He was 61 when appointed to Norwich. "He was said to be of Irish stock and a relative of Field Marshal Lord Gort". A typical Hardy anecdote tells how Verecker stepped onto the footplate of a Britannia at Ipswich which had lost time from Norwich to be informed by Driver Bert [A.E.] Jones "Just get of my bloody engines, it's time we weren't here."
Batten, Reg. Enjoying the GWR in wartime. 42-5.
Illicit WW2 photography in the Ruabon area. Kept his camera in his armourer's toolbox in the guard room and used his field dressing pocket to conceal his camera when in transit. Describes delights of Tanat Valley Railway and its motive power which is illustrated.
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me. 46-7.
The emergence of the railway enthusiast, Moore's Monthly Magazine began in January 1896 became The Locomotive with the formation of the Locomotive Publishing Company, and rhe history of it until its demise within the Ian Allan group. Formation of The Railway Magazine and the Railway Club and the involvement of Henry Greenly and Bassett-Lowke. Anecdote of how George Dow and his son acquired six F. Moore "paintings" in 1956, threee of which were used in Great Central history. E.R. Wethersett photograph of office at 3 Amen Corner on 29 June 1934 (this was subsequently bombed and demolished. Also notes the assocation of W.J. Bell, W.J. Reynolds, J.E. Kite, Rudd (F. Moore) and K.A.C.R. Nunn.
Treloar, Peter. A jolly good wheeze. 48-55.
Black & white photo-feature of LNWR 0-8-0s throughout their long history: cites J.R. Gregory's L.N.W.R. eight-coupled goods engines (Ottley 6373). No. 1811 (as class C1?); Webb three-cylinder compound (Class A) No. 1879; Class B four-cylinder compounnd No. 1432; Class E 2-8-0 (compound) No. 1222; two class B compound 0-8-0s heading coal train through Harrow (nichname of Swammies); class F 2-8-0 No. 1273 (Crewe official photograph); G2 No, 253 climbing away from Oxenholme with freight (H. Gordon Tidey excellently reproduced); LMS No. 9454 (G2 with Belpaire boiler); ROD 1639 and 2014 at St. Omer (Class G); G2A passing 8F No. 48420 at Bletchley; G2A No. 49125 with tender cab at Bescot; and G2A No. 49064 on Brynmawr to Barry Island excursion on 28 July 1957.
Evans, Patrick. 24 hours in Swansea. 56-60.
Shed bashing from Neath (both sheds) via Danygraig and the rest to Carmarthen and back to Llandudno via Crewe: all on 13 June 1959.
Eastern steam in retospect. Eric Sawford. Sutton. MH
"captions are brief, but helpful"
Railway identity, design and culture. Keith Lovegrove. Lawrence King, MH
Design from 1930s to date.
The heyday of Eastleigh and its locomotives. Tony Molyneux and Kevin Robertson. Ian Allan. MH.
Commends high reproduction standard: "fine colour album"
Issue 220 October 2005
Holley, Mel. 'The White Rose': stability in a changing
Editorial on King's Cross to Leeds service: from the very fast service provided by the GNR in the 1900s, through the slower journeys offered by the Eastern Region, later greatly speeded up with Pacific power and then with the Deltics to the 2hr 15 min service offered by GNER on its Eurostar trains marketed as The White Rose. Col. illus.: immaculate A4 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley departing King's Cross on down White Rose on 27 April 1963 (K.L. Cook).
Alcock, William J. Of Castles, Kings and Counties...
In an earlier article in Issue 191 page 20 the author described his epic journeys from the Clyde to Plymouth in connection with his training as a Naval engineer. In this feature he examines locomotive performance on the Great Western/Western Region in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Compared with what he had read about in material by C.J. Allen and O.S. Nock describing locomotive work in the 1920s and 1930s he found lack-lustre performance, especially in comparison with that on the Southern being performed by the Bulleid Pacifics. However, from 1954 the old spirit returned to a rejuvenated Western Region, and rare earlier sparkling performances are also noted, including one or two by the County class..
Fisher, Bruce. Sixteen and steaming! [working
on the footplate at Northwich shed]. Part 2. 16-21.
Became a passed cleaner not long after his 16th birthday, and was promoted to fireman soon afterwards, just in time for a few firing turns: three with 8F class between the ICI sidings at Northwich and Tunstead with fully braked bogie hoppers for/of limestone (he describes the sense of awe at the vast wight of train to the rear on the return working). He and an inexperienced driver describe the fun they had working a Britannia-hauled parcels train between Preston and Crewe!
Sprinks, Neil. 1955: an enthusiast's year.
Whilst KPJ was getting his service in Neil was enjoying himself mainly in South East England, but also on the Isle of Man, in Ireland, Belgium and Switzerland. Even the ASLEF strike which was to have far-reaching consequences, caused only minor inconvenience to our writer and photographer: The photographs chart some of Neil's happy momemnts:Franco-Crosti 9F 92025 polluting the superior atmosphere south of Harpenden on 12 November 1955 on up freight (caught in light of low afternoon sunshine); Isle of Man No. 12 Hutchinson on cattle train on Isle of Man Railway at Sulby Glen station in July 1955; London Transport L44 approaching Wembley Park with Railway World special on 21 May 1955; slip coach foor Reading at Bristol Temple Meads; three R1 0-6-0Ts as head of up boat train at Folkestone Harbour on 11 April 1955 (31340 leading); two T9 (30301 and 30732) on Hampshire railtour on 6 February 1955 at West Meon; Belgian National Railways CR-type 0-6-0 41.176 leaving Ghent on 2 October 1955 and R class 0-4-4T at Tunbridge Wells West with Oxted push & pull
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me. 28-9.
Difficulties caused by break of gauge between standard gauge and narrow gauge railways. This was most marked with freight and Andrew suggests that narrow gauge lines now exist merely to give their customers a ride.
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 10. 34-9.
Stratford depot acquired several former LTSR section 4-4-2Ts which the men refused to handle because of their inferior injectors. Terry Miller and Hardy with the practical assistance of Les Thorn fitted 41949 with Great Eastern type injectors, but unauthorised locomotive modification was a cardinal sin but this was cleared with the assistance of E.D. Trask. The virtues and vices of the steam reversers on the Tilbury tanks are also noted. Illus. of preserved No. 80 Thundersley with team which prepared locomotive to work Centenary special on 3 March 1956 (R.C. Riley). Reminiscences of Stratford depot, including Driver George Morris. Morris was at Southend depot where one of its Shed Foreman, Eric H. Baker should have become Motive Power Superintendent of the LMR, but for reorganization. Geoffrey Ford, District Running & maintenance Engineer at Norwich when Chief Running Foreman at Stratford had drawn railway cartoons, come of which appeared in the Railway Gazette. A very fast bunker-first run on a V1 or V3 down Billericay bank with Syd Fulcher driving in 1945 is also noted, as is the excellence of this locomotive type.
Cattermole, William. Motivated by steam. Part 4.
Became a shedmaster at several mainly former LNER motiive power depots on the Eastern Region. In some prefactory remarks he considered that ex-LNER shedmasters were "better off" than their former LMS counterparts. Furthermore, on the former Great Western shedmasters tended to be promoted from footplate staff who lacked the technical skill of those on the Eastern. Several anecdotes recount how trains were kept running by making rapid repairs, usually at the expence of disruption to domestic affairs. During his courtship to the French lady who became his wife he was called from the cinema in St Albans to attend to a locomotive breakdown on the line from Hatfield to Luton. There were incidents with breakdown cranes. Whilst at Retford he was able to use his garage tools to repair the Gresley conjugated valve gear on a K3 class 2-6-0 and prevent delays to the following sleeping car expresses. He writes sounding pleased when the locomotive used for the Southwell push & pull demolished its shed and one sub-depot was eliminated! Mutual improvement classes and ambulance work conclude this interesting series.
The Colin Walker years... Part 1. 46-50.
Paye, Peter. A summer weekend at Ryde shed.
It was relatively small, but the Motive Power Depot at Ryde, Isle of Wight, was no less busy than mainland sheds, especially during the height of the holiday season. Former railway manager describes the locomotives' duties and how the service was maintained on a summer weekend in the 1960 season.
Jordan, Peter. A signalman's perspective.
Jeffery Grayer's article in Issue 212 page 8 generated much interest and correspondence. In a follow-up Exeter West Group chairman, and founder of the 1982 project to preserve the signalbox explains the special procedures used by signalmen concerning the working of banking engines up the steep incline between Exeter St. David's and Exeter Central.
Number 221 November 2005
Call attention. Mel Holley.
Mirfield 'Britannia' then movved to work Copy Pit coal 'empties'!
No. 70015 at Rose Grove on 1 June 1967 (Mike Taylor photograph).
Winchester's 'shed for one'.
John Scrace submitted photograph of B4 0-4-0T No. 30102 in its shed at Winchester City.
More steam in appalling weather...
Mick Reynolds photograph taken from ikonic Pelham Bridge, Lincoln, of Class 4 2-6-0 hauling freight through Linvcoln Central in mist and snow
...but it could also be good!
G.P. Cooper submitted contrasting pictures of A2 60528 Tudor Minstrel on rail tour gliding down from Falahill towards Gorebridge with a railtour in bright sunshine on 23 April 1966 with A1 60142 Edward Fletcher departing York in the mist on 30 October 1964.
While London slept, 'Panniers' worked
Refers back to Steam Wld November 1999: Alistair Nisbet (normally resident in another siding) submitted three colour snaps of 57XX 0-6-0PTs: L90 at Watford on 19 June 1969 (badly contrajour); L94 passing through Barbican station on 6 June 1971 on final steam working.
Steam signs survived at Guide Bridge...
Roger Shenton photograph taken at Guide Bridge station in summer 1983 of warning signs at water columns warning of risk of overhead electric wires.
... and at Plymouth
Peter Fairchild colour photograph of Southern Railway trespass notice.
Townend, Peter. Their finest hour... 8-14.
Gresley's 'V2' class 2-6-2s were remarkable engines, but despite being masters of the mixed traffic work for which they were designed, it was not until a handful were fitted with Kylchap double chimneys that they achieved their full potential. Former 'Top Shed' King's Cross shedmaster Peter Townend, explains the difference it made to the engines. Col. illus. 60880 at New England mpd in June 1963 (Geoff Rixon); 60881 near Brookmans Park on down empty stock in May 1963 (C.R. Gordon Stuart); ex-works green 60862 on the Scotch Goods at Brookmans Park in April 1962 (T.B. Owen); 60858 on Sunday 08.40 Peterborough to King's Cross leaving Potters Bar (b&w: Brian Stephenson); 60817 on 07.05 slow departing Peterborough for King's Cross in June 1963 (Paul Riley); 60817 at King's Cross on 18 August 1962 (Geoff Rixon); 60963 on parcels train near Ashby Magna in April 1964 (Roger Kingshott).
Moore, Geoffrey. A GWR first from an artist fired
by steam. 16-19.
John William Mallord Turner's Rain, steam and speed (reproduced in colour) of 1844 is a masterpiece which depicts the relatively new Great Western Railway is renowned, and hangs in the National Gallery in London. The train is shown crossing a bridge. Moore analyses the work and notes the strange location of the fire and relates how Turner was observed to lean far out of the railway carriage during a journey over the crossing of the Thames at Maidenhead. Moore considers that the locomotive was a member of the Firefly class.
The Colin Walker years... Part 2. 20-5.
Black & white photo-feature: Preserved Midland compound No. 1000 at Banbury on RCTS East Midlander railtour on 11 September 1960; 2P 4-4-0 No. 40700 leaving Combe Down Tunnel with southbound local train; 46205 Princess Victoria waiting at Carlisle to take over up fish train; 46229 Duchess of Hamilton leaving Shrewsbury for Crewe on express; 46248 City of Leeds viewed from cab between Grayrigg and Oxenholme; Jubilee No. 45627 Sierra Leone leaving Birmingham New Street for Bristol; 45650 Blake near Wigston with Christmas special for London in 1957: 46228 Duchess of Rutland and 46229 Duchess of Hamilton at Shrewsbury; 46245 City of London departing Peterborough en route to King's Cross on 9 June 1963 with special train; 48328 between Knucklas Viaduct and Llangullo on southbound freight.
Push-pull farewell. 26-7.
Black & white photo-feature:84007 on Seaton to Stamford push & pull on 30 April 1960; 84007 at Seaton alongside 41321 on Uppingham push & pull on same day; and 41214 in Stamford station with push & pull from Seaton: all T.G. Hepburn.
Dow, George. That reminds me. 28-9.
Railwaymen who were awarded the George Cross for their bravery, notably Driver Benjamin Gimbert and Fireman James Nightall for their courage at Soham on 2 June 1944; Guard Norman Tunna of the GWR who moved a blazing wagon to get it away from an ammunition train during WW2; Driver John Axon who stayed on his locomotive when the brakes failed on 8F 48188 near Chapel-en-le-Frith in 1957; Driver Wallace Oakes who received fatal injuries in a blowback yet stopped his train at Winsford; and James Kennedy who attempted to stop an armed robbery at Springburn, Glasgow in 1973. Also mentions and illustrates the War Memorial locomotives: Claughton 1914 Patriot and B3 LNER 6165 Valour are illustrated.
Platform [letters]. 30-1.
Railway CMEs took responsibility for their Department's actions. Charles Taylor
See Allsopp (August Issue)
I rescued a 'Duchess in distress' on January 2 1962! David Essam
See Issue 215 page 20: relates how he fired rebuilt Scot which took over train from 46238 City of Carlisle when it suffered a firebox failure due to a faulty water gauge on 24 January 1962.
One trip was quite enough on a ravenous 'Clan'. Owen Edgington. 31
Writer was fireman on a Clan working through from Carlisle to Washwood Heath: ran out of coal by Leeds
Lickey bankers could be heard from miles away. John Cross.
Lived at Belbroughton, about six miles from Bromsgrove station and could hear bankers at night if the wind was in the "right direction".
Why the 'I3s' vanished. Ian Dawson
Wrote to J.N. Maskelyne, who was member of BTC panel to consider locomotive presaervation, to prpose I3, but suggestion was rejected as case was not sufficiently strong.
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 11. 36-41.
The arrival of the 'Britannias' in 1951 removed Ipswich's top-class passenger work, much to the disappointment of the shed master at the time. However, four years later when he returned to Eastern Region, the class was acknowledged as masters of their task, although not without occasional problems. Described how 70002 Geoffrey Chaucer had suffered uncontrolled slipping with the regulator barely open and this led to a broken trailing side rod. This happened near Newport on a train for Norwich in 1956. Another incident involved a drawbar pin fracture on 70012 John of Gaunt on a Norwich (via Ipswich) train: this led to the tender and train being left behind. Also notes that the firing technique employed at Stewarts Lane was quite different: a very big fire at the back of the grate, whereas a thin fire was employed on the Great Eastern. Illus. several of Britannias on the Great Eastern plus Bill Harvey, shedmaster at Norwich at Calais Maritime with PLM Pacific on Fleche d'Or with Henri Dutetre, Jules Lebbe, Roger Chabe et Georges Chatillon..
Hornby, Frank. Those 'forgotten' GWR 4-4-0s...
Armstrongs, Atbaras, Cities, Dukes, Bulldogs and Counties: writer's Hornby County of Bedford was withdrawn due to flying bomb damage.
Robinson, Peter W. Mishap at Mossband. 48-52.
Little has been published about a serious accident involving a 'Duchess' during WW2 at Mossband, between Floriston, north of Carlisle and Gretna. The accident, a derailment happened on 16 May 1944 and three passengers were killed.involved No. streamlined No. 6225 Duchess of Gloucester. In his accident report Col. A.C. Trench considered that the cause was deterioration of the permanent way: a "wet spot"
Skinner, John. A south eastern treat. 54-8.
Ian Allan railtour from London to Dover and Ashford Works on 3 January 1952: Colour illus. (not directly related to text); H class 0-4-4T No. 31518 with carmine & cream corridor set at Paddock Wood on 4 April 1961(K.L. Cook); N15 30798 Sir Hectimere on Guildford shed (G.H. Hunt); Schools 30934 St Lawrence on Charing Cross to Dover express passing Hildenborough on 31 May 1958 (K.L. Cook); 34103 Calstock passing Ashford on up express in June 1960 (Geoff Rixon)..
Great Eastern glories. Ron White. 60-3.
Colour-photo-feature based upon George Powell's photographs: B12/3 61576 on Suffolk Venturer railtour on 30 September 1956; D16/3 62562 (but where was it?); J20 64692 at Long Melford on freight; E4 62791 (tender lettered "BRITISH RAILWAYS") at Stratford; B17/6 Nottingham Forest at Long Melford with Cambridge to Colchester train in July 1959; E4 62784 departing Marks Tey for Colchester in July 1954 and J67/1 68616 at Tollesbury with very mixed train for Kelvedon in June 1950.
Number 222 (December 2005)
Call atention. Mel Holley. 6-7.
A long forgotten railway.
Plate from the Dundee & Perth & Aberdeen Railway Junction Company (probably from cash bag) and watch fobs from ASRS members, c1914.
Help Steam Railway recreate a streamlined 'Coronation'!
6229 Duchess of Hamilton in photographic grey as built.
Look what we found in the shed!
0-6-0ST No. 68013 inside Middleton Top shed on 16 September 1956 (locomotive still carried GWR registration plate No. 252 issued in 1944); also illus. of exterior of Sheep Pasture Top Incline engine shed.
Another steam age lineside survivor.
Remains of broken cast iron sign on lineside of WCML near Carnforth.
Ashcroft, Bill. Lazy Sunday afternoon... 8-14.
Snap-happy day: 12 July 1959: Adams 4-4-2T 30583 at Lyme Regis (colour); 82025 at Sidmouth with p&p set (colour); M7 30045 at Seaton Junction; S15 30827 on up freight passing through Seaton Junction; another shot of 82025 at Sidmouth (colour); 34099 Lynmouth (unrebuilt) on down express at Seaton Junction; 30045 at Seaton (colour); 41318 and 82025 at Exmouth (colour); 34063 229 Squadron shunting milk tanks at Seaton Junction (colour).
Moore, Geoffrey. Painting a rail revolution.
Painting of Skerne Viaduct by John Dobbin (1815-1888). This was painted for Darlington Borough Council in 1875 (and is reproduced well herein). The painting was based on a sketch made by the artist in 1825 (the sketch is now held by the Science Museum). The painting shows Locomotion crossing the viaduct with its train and spectators below at the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway. Cites John Wall's. First in the world: the Stockton & Darlington Railway. Skerne bridge was the work of Ignatius Bonomi (see Biddle's Britain's historic railway buildings p.353.
The Colin Walker years... Part 3. 20-5.
Black & white photographs: A3 60048 Doncaster departing King's Cross with 16.05 for Leeds/Bradford on 7 June 1958; A2/3 60523 Sun Chariot heading south from Peterborough passing former power station on up express; K2/2 No. 61771 passing Stathern Ironstone Sidings with Skegness to Leicester Belgrave Road train fitted with express headlamps; B1 No. 61390 passing Weekday Cross Junction heading towards Grantham with train from Nottingham Victoria; A3 No. 60107 Royal Lancer viewed from cab on Great Central mainline; No. 60108 Gay Crusader leaving Copenhagen Tunnel tender-first; A1 No. 60158 Aberdonian at Grantham with down express; C12 4-4-2T No. 67379 as station pilot at Peterborough North on 2 September 1957.
How Boxhill became 'left-footed' in an act of sacrilege at Brighton. Fred Rich.
Describes with illus. how the axles from 680S (ex Waddon which had been sold to the SECR in 1904) were switched with those from No, 82 Boxhill whilst 680S was under repair at Brighton Works in March 1949. 680S had received axles with left cranks leading when repaired at Ashford: thus Boxhill's cranks are not authentic
Mileage figures reveal much about operating practice. Peter W. Robinson.
Calculated on a daily basis stema locomotive mileage statistics were very low and contrast greatly with current intensive working by TOCs such as Virgin.
What was a 'Brit' doing at Nine Elms? Robin White.
See July Issue: Merchant Navy was probably 35027 Port Line
Which BR steam locomotives had the yellow cabside stripe? Keith Gunner. 28
Writer has compiled a list based mainly on photographic evidence of locomotives which were blighted with a diagonal stripe on the cabside
Hest Bank vehicles for BR staff. Merfyn Jones. 29
See August Issue: vehicles in station car park were used to transport staff to restore the railway after the accident: writer gives full details of road coaches, S&T tool vans, etc: See Issue 218 pages 32/3.
Duchess of Abercorn's massive slip was caused by double failure. Charles Taylor.
Refers back to Station interluds (July Issue) and incident caused by 6234 in 1939 at Watford Junction when it slipped excessively due to failure of both regulator and reversing gear mechanisms (regulator mechanism was subsequently modified)
Another 'Duchess' in distress at Hartford in 1944. Terry Webb. 30.
6230 Duchess of Buccleuch was involved in a collision with a freight train at Hartford on 6 October 1944: based on report in Manchester Guardian (letter writer misquotes as The Guardian) of 13 October 1944.
'Large Atlantics' banned on M&GN. Jim Clark.
Refers back to Cattermole's Motivated by steam (218 page 26) where stated that GNR Atlantic used between Norwich and Melton Constable: argues that must have been a small Atlantic
Davies, Bill. 'RODs' off the road! 32-3.
Illus. of ROD 2-8-0s derailed off the Haifa-Beirut-Tripoli line during WW2. Shows No. 9726 (later 70726) and Palestine Railway's 36 ton crane
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever. Part 12. 34-9.
70041 dropped two fusible plugs whilst working the 16.36 Liverpool Street to Clacton: the incident happened on Brentwood Bank and was due to a combination of a very thin fire and shortage of waterIllus. (p. 38) Roy Vincent in cab of 70037 with Fred Griffin.
Gammell, Chris. Hereford & Worcester weeds and all! 40-4.
Last train from Worcester to Bromyard and on to Leominster hauled by 4571 on 26 April 1958 (section on to Leominster had been out of usefor six years). ASlso notes and illustrates travel on freights to Presteign and New Radnor in 1961 and to Tenbury Wells.
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 46-7.
Photograph of George Dow, Information Agent of LNER, in December 1941 with some of his collection of railway heraldic devices. See also Dow senior's book.
Pollard, Arthur. Buddy Holly, 'Super Ds' and rock 'n' roll. 48-52.
Cleaner at 10A Springs Branch superintended by William Bradley. Bill Ball, the Foreman Cleaner, had been shedmaster at Lower Ince was in charge of the cleaners and cleaning Super Ds, J10s and class 5s. Especially dirty work was involved in getting locomotives ready to go off to works: this involved using a steam lance to clean the underside of the boiler and the motion. As the date was 1957 the work was enlivended by the lads "singing" rock and roll numbers, such as Peggy Sue and Blueberry Hill: they should have been singing Lonnie Donnegan's Freight train!
Pearse, John. Nameplates, curves and vital
The essential element was the transfer of the Earl names from 90XX (32XX) Nos. 3200-3212 (and the non-use of those intended for 3213-3219) to Castle class 5043 to 5063. The writer questions why the names were not moved to the Grange class, but there seems to be a consensus that only the Castle class was prestigeous enough for the name of an earl. Pearse notes the mismatch in the radius of the plates. Cites G.W. Echo No. 158 (Peter Treloar); No. 159 (Peter Timms) and No. 161 (Michael Hale); Frank Burridge's Nameplates of the Big Four and J.H. Russell's A pictorial record of Great Western engines. Volume 2. Colour illus. of nameplates of Earl of St Germans, Earl of Dudley, Earl of Dartmouth, Earl Waldegrave and Earl of Mount Edgcumbe. No photographs of nameplates in situ on 32XX (see relevant Great Western locomotive section). See also letter from Richard Owen (Issue 226 p. 28).
Christmas reviews. 63/5.
Telling the passenger where to get off. Andrew Dow. Capital Transport.
George Dow's diagrammatic maps used inside railway compartments: reviewer notes the excellent standard of reproduction and the relatively modest price.
Living steam. Anthony Lambert. New Holland.
Westward toward Chicago. Barry G. Price. Artist [print]
Scene is Durand, Michigan in 1955 with three locomotives in the frame
Railwaywomen. Helena Wojtczak, Hastings Press
Well-researched and well-written
Steam on Scottish metals. George Marsh and Michael Webb. Buggleskelly Books
Number 223 (January 2006)
Holley, Mel. Style and form were worthy achievements. 4-5.
Station design: noters that Oxford had to cope with more than one temporary station before receiving a worthy functional station. Notes that GWR had been halted its station rebuilding programme by WW2, although Coventry eventually received a station worthy of its status. Also notes the simple roadside stations designedd for the GWR, notably at Shrivenham, and still extatnt at Culham.
Call attention. 6-7.
Memories of Colin Walker on a Saturday afternoon. Jack Hodgkinson.
Colin Walker had been taking photographs from the top of the coaling tower at Rugby mpd: he called on the control room where letter writer worked and asked if he could clean himself up and change his camera film. Photograph by letter writer of coaling tower with Flying Scotsman crossing bridge over WCML in background.
Dustbin labelled "LNER return to Macduff station" photo taken 1960 by George Marsh.
Another cast iron sign from Guide Bridge...
LNER notice which states that footpath is for pedestrian use only: photo taken November 1980.
Riddle of pedculiar 'mixed gauge'.
David Richardson forwarded birthday card (artist Gordon Lees) which appeared to suggest that broad gauge/mixed gauge lasted into 1950s?
Diamonds are forever.
David Gowing submitted photograph of cast manganese steel diamond crossings in use at Edinburgh Waverley.
What a change at Skelton Junction!
Bleak scene in 2001 contrasted with freight passing through in 1966.
Camping at Arthog.
Girl Guides at Camping Coach
Mills, Robert. Glimpsed twixt the houses.. 8-14.
Kennington Junction, Oxford. Illus: 30861 Lord Anson passing Junction with express for Poole on 15 August 1959 (colour: R.C. Riley); 6827 Llanfrechfa Grange piloting B12/3 8528 on WW2 ambulance train on 31 July 1944 (R.H.G. Simpson); American S160 2-8-0 with 25 bogie petrol tank wagons on 27 July 1944 (RHGS); flood damge at Hinkley South (RHGS); 8720 with freight for Morris Cowley on 15 August 1959 (colour: R.C. Riley); 4003 Lode Star with express for Swansea on 4 July 1949 (RHGS); 5947 St Benet's Hall on 15 August 1959 (colour: R.C. Riley); 73114 Etarre with up freight on 25 August 1962 b&w RCR).
Gowing, David. Sennybridge: the Crewe of Wales?
Family holidays were spent in Sennybridge, but the journeys were made by car which is why train services ceased and the writer found it so difficult to go spotting at Devynock & Sennybridge. There had been plans, partially implemented, to construct a line from Sennybridge to Tref-lys (Llangammarch) on the Central Wales line: work took place between 1865 and 1867. Writer acquired part of the sign from the Devynock & Sennybridge signal box and this is now preserved (with the other part). See also Issue 227 for letter from Mike Evans concerning Territorial Army activity reached by special train from Stoke-on-Trent, but hitch hiking was quicker for return journey..
Mimnagh, Jeff. One sunny summer Saturday... 20-5.
Skew Bridge, South of Preston
Did Valour hang on for preservation it was stored for two years until 1949? Neville Stead.
Kept at Duckinfield Works until late 1949
Extra coal, but not that much. David Percival.
We had fish and eels in engine water supplies! D.J. Fleming.
At St Philip's Marsh, Bristol
Recalling Stoke's hidden treasures. Michael Cox.
Halfax Railfans Club visited the cellars at Stoke station to inspect and purchase name and number plates in early 1960s.
Recalling Stoke's hidden treasures. Jack Hodgkinson.
How writer acquired the headboard off The Comet and nameplate Howe off 45644.
The power of the Riddles 'Britannia' 4-6-2s. R. Epton. 41.
Claimed that 70038 Robin Hood reached 103 mile/h at Three Counties on 16.15 Kings Cross to Cleethorpes in 1962.
Superb Stratford and special trains. .. G.M.S. Carter.
Newburn origins were Great Western... Phil Atkins.
Stanier's home in Rickmansworth was named after that of Churchward's dwelling in Swindon. This had been built for Joseph Armstrong and the name bestowed ot it was associated with the North East.
Filming plan hoped that the Ingrow engine would turn on its side. J. Brassley.
See June Issue: one of drivers at Manningham (an ex-NER man) considered that springs on NER locomotives were too rigid to permit locomotive to turn on its side. Also anecdotes concerning choking fumes from WD 2-8-0 in Ingrow/Cullingworth tunnel whilst track-lifting and use of two 8Fs to haul Baertrm Mills circus train up to Ingrow East and down into Ingrow yard.
Filming plan hoped that the Ingrow engine would turn onn its side. D. Barraclough
G5 involved was 67338. Also exhaust fume tests in Lees Moor tunnel with A3 60081 Shotover and with English Electric diesel electrics Nos 8010/11 (the radiator of which froze)
I remember the Hatton banker and the night-time clanking of buffers. D. Horne.
Memories of Driver Llewely Jones of Aberystwyth shed. Stephen and Heather Smith.
I remember 'The Locomotive' shop. Philip Evetts.
The Wirral Joint and 'square bashing'. John Bevan.
The Wirral Joint and 'square bashing'. Mike Ledder.
It was full circle at Kirkby for me. P.R. Maddison.
'9Fs' did work Brymbo steel works. D.J. Foster.
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever. Part 13. 28-33.
Illus.: Andre Duteil of La Chapelle mpd in Paris
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 44-5.
Forrest, Chris. My Border city of delights. 46- 50.
Bennett, George. Following the Exe. 52-7.
Williams, Alan. Landore's 'silver buffer. man. 58-60.
The Tallylyn Railway in colour. R.J. Morland. Author.
Dragons in the Channel. Barry A. Thomas. Author.
"interesting story, well told": Barry Railway's steam subsidiary Red Funnel fleet
Engine sheds in camera. David Hucknall. Sutton.
Along country lines. Paul Atterbury. David & Charles.
Coffee-table book: "this is a good value book"
Number 224 (February 2006)
Holley, Mel. Which was the best British 4-6-0?. 4-5.
Concludes with help of wonderful R.C. colour illus. alongside that Castles were the best once they had been fitted with high superheat and double chimneys: 7030 Cranbrook Castle, Sonning Cutting, 19 July 1955.
Call attention. 6-7.
Some interesting oddities at Kennington Junction [Oxford]. (R.H.G. Simpson).
V2 No. 4852 on 31 August 1941; 4051 Princess Helena with 5017 St Donats Castle (with eight-wheel tender) on 13.45 ex-Paddington on 27 July 1955; 4972 Saint Brides Hall hauling new 0-6-0PT No. 8451 ex-Yorkshire Engine Co. on 1 September 1949.
Marlow's 'shed for one' (Frank Hornby).
Illus.: 28 August 1960.
Its been a very long time indeed...
Col. illus. of preserved CR 4-2-2 No. 123 passing Farington Curve Junction heading light engine for Southern Region in September 1963.
A superb book about the LNWR 0-8-0s!
Bibliographical details (cover reproduced)
Chapman, Michael. Farington Jct: Lancashire hotspot. 8-14.
Spotting jottings in period around 1963 plus superb colour illus. of the type which other people took: even 90390 came up well in bright sunshine .
Stead, Neville. Making way for the 'B1s'. 16-18.
Renumbering the Robinson B7 4-6-0s Nos. 61365 to 61396 to become 61702-61713 (there were large gaps in the original sequence) and many were withdrawn shortly after receiving their new numbers. Illus.: (all B7) 3165 at Retford on 8 June 1947; 61704 (withdrawn) at Gorton in June 1949; 61710 on Sheffield Darnall shed on 11 September 1949; and 61713 inside Gorton shed.
Forrest, Chris. My border city of delights. 20-5.
Carlisle station: observations from the immediate post-WW2 period. Illus.: 72000 Clan Buchanan leaving Carlisle with an express for Manchester/Liverpool on 4 September 1952 (John P. Wilson); LTSR 4-4-2T in storage at Durran Hill, Nos. 41972, 41974, 41973 and 41971; 28583 at Upperby; 62281 at Canal shed; 46211 Queen Maud approaching from Glasgow on 28 August 1948; 2P 4-4-0 No. 40694 on Workington trai.;
Topping, Brian. Two days to victory. 26-31,
Studied at MIC course organized at UMIST for drivers. One of his difficulties at learning to drive in the 1960s was the lack of experience on working passenger trains. Part 2 see 225 page 46 et seq
Skinner, John. A plan for the GCR? 32-3.
The Great Central Railway Association had proposed a diesel-hauled service from Sheffield to Rugby being worked from thence to London by electric locomotives; also suggested Nottingham and Leicester service to Birmingham via Rugby.
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 14.
Describes a trial with L1 No. 7740 on a Tottenham to Cambriadge partially freight which completed the journey without refilling the tank. Noted that the L1 was really a tank engine version of the K1 class. Also a fairly full descriptionn of Stratford's Mutual Improvement Classes (MIC). Due to the involvement of L.P. Parker the classes were hheld in a well-equipped classroom. Pen portait of Walter Lee who had addressed the august Railway Club on firing the engine of the Hook of Holland Continetal Express. Illus.: Walter Lee with "pupils", Driver Harry Woolterton (known as Bungay); Geoff Ford and M. Magnier at La Chapelle mpd in Paris with 231 E47 Nord Pacific of 1937(Ford was eventually DMPS at Norwich).
No. 46243 City of Lancaster was the last 'Duchess' to be 'de-frocked'. Terry Webb. 48-9.
With the aid of photographs and extract from Trains Illustrated writer is able to show that 6226 Duchess of Norfolk lasted longer in its straemlined form than some commentators have suggested and that 46243 City of Lancaster was the only streamlined LMS Pacific to receive a BR number; also includes what was probably last photograph od locomotive in streamlined form.
Why were Swindon '8Fs' singled out? B. Benford. 50.
Claims that in 1955-7 25 Swindon-built 8Fs were transferred from the LMR to the Western Region.
When the track wreker arrived at Longmoor. John Heydon.
Illus. taken by former Sapper QMSM at Longmoor in 1947.
How fast did 'Black Fives' really go? K.R. Phillips.
Examines several earlier claims and suggests 95 mile/h at Elstow on 26 May 1960.
Bad Southern management was responsible for late running. Philip S. Evetts.
The notorious 18.10 Victoria to Uckfield train via Oxted: all was fine until 1949 with regular footplate crews and Marsh Atlantics; then change to common user crews who could not manage Atlantics. Inexperienced firemen on Fairburn 2-6-4Ts led to further trouble. Until rebuilt light Pacifics became available only K, U and especially U1 2-6-0s capable of keeping to schedule.
Grayer, Jeffery. The last round-up. 52-6.
Handling redundant steam locomotives at the mpds at Salisbury and Weymouth in July 1967.
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me. 58-9.
Carriage panels: George Dow commissioned Hamilton Ellis to prepare 24 carriage panels. Noted that George Dow owned three of the original paintings which had appeared in The trains we loved. Notes that Dow senior ordered Ellis to paint over the delightful Webb compound 0-8-0 from the original painting (mainly) of a MR 4-2-2 fp. 160 (note painting does not appear in paperback version of this book). Includes reproduction of Ellis's painting of 4-4-0T Craigendoran tank on Craigendoran train passing along Clyde near Bowling.
Chatman, Peter. In search of Manors. 60-4.
A quest made by road beginning at Hereford and spent mainly at Aberystwyth.
No. 225 March 2006
Holley, Mel. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 4-5.
60022 Mallard arriving Durham station on up express on 20 September 1958 (K.W. Wightman): glorious A4 with burnished buffers and burnished cylinder heads, so good that only notices the factory chimney emerging from the Kylchap once the Editorial was read.
Call attention. Mel Holley. 6-7.
A 'shed for one' from the 'Bala and Festiniog!'.
Three illus. of Bala from Michael Ball: 46142 in solitary splendour in its kennel, 46442 waiting departure on 17.40 (6 August 1964) and castellated goods shed.
Driving cattle to the heart of the city of Birmingham.
Col. illus from Anthony Treadwell showing bridge with painted sign: GWR Bordesley Cattle Station
Neat and tidy at Hornsey on the East Coast Main Line.
Similar view (but not identical as different signals are off) in Alan A. Jackson's Ferme Park, Harringay and Hornsey Rly Arch. 2005 (10), 4- (p.14): Alan's caption says almost everything that could be said.
Riddles '9Fs' on the Brymbo branch.
Colin Gifford illus (b&w) of 92074 on empty coke wagons on 19 November 1966.
'Andy Capp' locomotive was quickly reduced for scrap.
Bits & pieces of 41101 painted in Daily Mail red at Derby on 29 August 1959. (Roger Shenton)
Ballantyne, Hugh. The Somerset & Dorset remembered. 8-14.
Notes how Barbarous Castle followed Beeching's Follies and with scant regard for "democratic processes" slaughtered the SDJR (and the Waverley Route): beware Gordon's Darling. Evocative colour illus.: SDJR 2-8-0 No. 53806 climbing towards Devonshire Tunnel with freight on 12 June 1962; 75023 and 73052 pass Midford with Bournemouth-bound Pines Express on 28 April 1962; SDJR 4F No. 44560 with Bath to Templecombe local leaving Midford on 28 April 1962; 9F 92220 Evening Star with Bournemouth to Bradford train on 25 August 1962; 75071 and 92245 leaving Bath on Pines Express for Bournemouth on 9 June 1962; 75009 and 92001 at Masbury on Manchester-bound Pines Express on 1 September 1962; 41291 stopping at Ashcott and Meare on 09.45 Highbridge to Templecombe on 11 December 1965 (note concrete station name similar to M&GNR-type extant West Runton); 75023 stopping at Midford on 9 June 1962; 41291 crossing GWR mainline near Cole with empty stock on 11 December 1965; 75072 with Bath to Templecombe local on 27 March 1965; 82041 leaving Bath Green Park on Templecombe local on 13 November 1965..
Forrest, Chris. My border city of delights. Part 3. 16-21.
Previous part 224 p. 20. As well as observations at Carlisle in 1954 funds extended to a Runabout ticket, but most of the hoped-for pregrouping rarities had been replaced by standard types, especially on the route via Keswick. Illus. all Carlisle (b&w unless noted otherwise): D49/1 2756 Selkirkshire (apple green) and blue and silver Duchess 6223 Princess Alice at Carlisle in 1938 (stop-frame colour); 62440 Wandering Willie at Carlsile; red & gold streamlined 6228 Duchess of Rutland on up express in 1938 (stop-frame cine colour); 46243 City of Lancaster in June 1956; 60095 Flamingo on 15.37 for Edinburgh in June 1950 (D.T. Greenwood); B1 (not K1 as stated) 61222 arrives Hexham on 8 August 1955 with Carlisle to Newcastle slow (CF).
What happened to the RAF's 'treasure trove'? Mike Stanbury.
Battle of Britain class nameplates assembled by police in Theobalds Road.
My memories of Hadlow Road and a railway introduction. David Johnston.
Drawing by A. Bertha Moreton of station in Wirral, c. 1950
Colin Walker: a truly gifted photographer and teacher. Tony Whittaker.
Writer was pupil of Colin Walker who taught art at Bicester: illus. of 7029 Clun Castle panned by Walker.
Information sought...U.W.R. Casebourne.
On 9 August 1959 V2 hauled early train from Waverley hit buffers hard at Glasgow Queen Street.
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 15. 26-31.
Acting instructors for training drivers on diesels.
Myers, Gerald. A spotters' apprenticeship. Part 1. 40-5.
Includes notes on Yeadon branch
Topping, Brian. Two days to victory. Part 2.
How writer was inspected to become a driver based at Rochdale in 1964.
Hobbs, Roy (phot.). Tanks and tenders in Wessex. 52-5.
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 56-7.
Divisional Manager's saloon, and the driver of 46491, in some corner of the Division where AD was taken aboard the footplate.
Hicks, Bryn. (phot.). Hiking up from Honeybourne. 58-62.
Colour photo-feature: Catle 5076 Gladiator climbing Camden bank on 28 December 1963; 3810 on up coal train on 8 February 1964; 6956 Mottram Hall on up oil train at summit of Camden Bank on 1 April 1964; 5018 St Mawes Castle on up express on 8 February 1964; 3805 leaving Camden tunnel on up coal train on 1 April 1964; 2899 on up oil train on 1 February 1964; 8F 48651 on up coal train on 13 March 1965, and 6910 Gossington Hall on up coal train on 7 March 1964.
Far down the shining line. C.J. Perkins and R. Padgett. Author.
Questions the value of this book and notes several errors.
LMS Locomotive Profiles. No. 9. Main line diesel-electrics Nos. 10000 and 10001. David Hunt. Wild Swan.
In those dreary post-WW2 years most of us steam-lovers were thrilled at the prospect of seeing the exciting duo. The reviewer notes the speed at which the design was introduced and the half hour training for the driver who took it from Derby to Euston.
Rails in Metroland. Clive Foxell. Author.
London Midland steam in retrospect. Eric Sawford. Sutton
"quality of the images is good"
No. 226 April 2006
Holley, Mel. Express trains' through portions: a lost art.. 4-5.
46245 City of London (red) about to depart Lancaster with down Lakes Express in July 1963 (John L. Chapman): through coaches for Barrow-in-Furness, Workington and Maryport; Windermere, and Keswick and on to Workington in LMS days.
Call attention. Mel Holley. 6-7.
A fine and fitting memorial.
Bramhope Tunnel memorial in Otley churchyard to lives of 23 men lost during construction of tunnel
Maidment, David. 'Lord Nelsons' a memorable
Record of very indifferent performances ass routine passenger on Southern Region during 1960s, but vastly superior performance as preserved locomotive on Settle & Carlisle line.
Boocock, Colin. The missing 'Standard'.
Considered that the Class 2 types were capable of performing work of Class 3 types (which were not needed). Argues that class 4 4-6-0 was not needed (driven mainly by Western Region antagonism towards use of leading pony trucks on fast services) and suggested 2-6-0 version of class 4 2-6-4T.
It's no mystery, this 'Earl is at Shrewsbury's GWR shed.
See Issue 222 page 54
GWR board was 'stuffed full' of Earls. David Alexander.
See Issue 222 page 54; biography of Collett by Chacksfield and article by Geoffrey Channon (J. Transport Hist, 1999) for why Earls became Castles.
What's going on here? Quentin Scott.
See Issue 222 feature beginning p. 54 (on p. 56): two locomotives appear to be performing dubious manoeuvre.
Mystery driver identified. Andrew Dow. 29
Former Camden Driver Ted Padfield recognized with George Cobb and schoolboy Dow (see Issue 223)
Gravity shunting lasted three more years. N. MacGregor.
At Banff on terminus from Tillynaught.
Krause, Ian. Right to roam... 22-7.
Sought and obtained a lineside permit to photograph melancholy demise of steam from Braford Exchange and its dismal environs.
Stead, Neville. Furness locomotives in BR days.
Photo-feature and notes showing what Stead calls D5 class of 0-6-0 (but which was a classification imposed by Rush Oakwood Library of Railway History No. 35 Supplement), and was not official: illus: 52494 with original boiler newly ex-Works Horwich in Workington shed yard; 52510 and 52509 in Moor Road yard; 52499 shunting mainline stock at Whitehaven station; 52501 with SLS/MLS West Cumberland Rail Tour on 5 September 1954 at Moor Row and 52494 at Moor Row shed: all except 52494 rebuilt with L&YR Belpaire boilers.
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 16.
Duty List Office at Stratford with Bill Cole and Harry Gould pinching Ipswich locos for Southend service. Illus. of K2 Ragtimer No. 4688 (not as stated KPJ can still cop off the front buffer beam) approaching Stratford on 7 August 1932 with excursion for Clacton in penetential looking stock. Caption notes the strengths and weaknesses of the new arrivals at Stratford (spartan cabs, lever everse, pull-out regulator, GNR injectors and eccentric combined vacuum and Westinghouse brake. Latterly the class suffered from blocked tubes and full ashpans; K3 61815 between Brandon and Thetford (travelling wrong road, appropriate for Kafka Line) on stopping passenger. Caption notes that latterly the sparkle went out of the K3s which mystified Terry Miller who had helped to set valves on class whilst at Doncaster. Also observes that K5 No. 1863 was an excellent engine except for her rough riding.
Myers, Gerald. A spotters' apprenticeship. Part 2. 48-52.
In Leeds area
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me. 54-5.
Photograph of photographer F.E. MacKay taken by Maurice Earley alongside LMS mainline in 1924.
Evans, Patrick. Have you got a permit? 57-60.
To visit sheds in West Wales and South West England
Reviews. (all by Mel Holley). 65.
LMS Journal No. 12 & 13. Wild Swan.
Both "books" contain a wealth of detail and fascinating information.
Pictorial Supplement to LMS locomotive profile: No. 8 the Class 8F 2-8-0s. David Hunt et al. Wild Swan.
LMS locomotive profile: No. 8 the Class 8F 2-8-0s. David Hunt et al. Wild Swan.
Notes folding diagrams which once upon a time used to be taken for granted and lack of title on spine, and lack of "precise" withdrawal dates, but overall excellence
The Royal Visit to Crewe Works. Edward Talbot. Author.
"fascinating book" "deserves to see well" Landscape format. Royal Visit by King George V and Queen Mary in April 1913.
No. 227 May 2006
Holley, Mel. What lessons can be learned from closures? 2-3
Notes on Westerham branch closure on 28 October 1961: this had provided an excellent and well-used commuter service until closure. The loss was massaged as £11,600 per annum (seems to be less than a Ministerial flight in present-day terms!). Line opened in 1881. Illus.: H class 31543 with push & pull set at Westerham on 3 March 1961.
Call attention. Mel Holley 6-7.
Bulleids DID reach Wimborne.
Picture taken by Kevin Jones of West Runton (Steam World appears to be able to work miracles with old colour transparencies) whilst he was journeying along railway byways on a Freedom of Britain ticket in 1960. He was en route from Poole to Salisbury and somewhere beyond Wimbourne the coach (presumably the one illustrated) gave a terrible lurch and I thought that it was bound to come off
Do you know what these coaches are?
Chris Davies submitted photograph of race special at Ripon circa 1936 hauled by K3 No. 202. Train was on viaduct over Ure. Leading vehicle was an ex-NER clerestory, but remainder appear to be lavatory saloons (GER perhaps).
Now it's 'sheds for two'.
Previous series was 'sheds for one'. Paul Beko picture of Upminster shed on 27 February 1955 with 58065 (ex-MR 0-4-4T) and 58087; also 58065 on three coach set arriving at Upminster from Romford on 1 October 1955.
Can you shed light on this lamp?
Frank Down submitted colour photograph of "carriage lamp".
Exactly how far north did 'Super Ds' get?
T. Fielding of Glasgow submitted remains of Adox colour transparency of G2a 49104 on Polmadie shed on 29 July 1961. Detective work in Railway Observer showed that locomotive had arrived from Carlisle with failed Clan 72002 on 27 July 1961 and returned home with a train of steel tubes on 2 August 1961.
Cooper, Peter. The hills were alive... with the sound of steam! 8-14.
Severe gradients: Ilfracombe to Morthoe 1:36; Bath Green Park to Combe Down 1:50; Abergavenny to Merthyr (parts as steep as 1:37); Cromford & High Peak 1:14; Werneth Incline 1:27: Atherton Junction to Bolton 1:30, but 1:20 in places due to subsidence; Ribble Docks 1:29
Poynter, Bob. Train working at Exeter Central. 17-22.
Observations made in the 1950s: through locomotive workings from Waterloo were restored from February 1950: prior to then locomotives were always changed at Salisbury.
Great shot! 34017 Ilfracome at Wadebridge crossing
level crossing. B.A. Butt. 24-5.
Black & white: Ian James (231 p. 23) suggest date was March 1954: original caption suggests stopping train service for Padstow (but there was no intermediate stop).
More on Great Western engines overhauled at Derby Works. D. Fleming, Stan Yates and Horace Gamble.
2021 class Nos. 2106 and 2122 illustrated: Richard Strange provided a list of those handled between 1949 and 1951.
Mystery of 60107's location is identified. Iain Mackenzie.
60107 Royal Lancer at South End of Willoughby Viaduct: see December Issue
A steam age sign survives at Carlisle. Peter Boyden. 27
Maryport & Carlisle Railway sign extant at Carlisle.
The TA took me to Sennybridge for summer camp. Mike Evans.
See feature in Issue 223 page 16 et seq: Territorial Army activity reached by special train from Stoke-on-Trent, but hitch hiking was quicker for return journey..
I tried 'panning' a 'Hall' with a 'Brownie'. Iain Colquhoun. 28.
Further photographic miracle at Steam World, but name is not readable!
Thanks for the memories. Martin Walker.
Writer is son of late Colin Walker, the master photographer
Thanks for the memories. John Massey.
Helpful letter on the bibliographical record of this photographer's output.
'BoB' nameplates still with RAF. Jim Price. 29
Collection at Bentley Priory, Stanmore, believed to be extant.
Yes Bulleid 'Pacifics' did indeed appear at Wimbourne. Mike Warburton. 30
Writer travelled behind 34093 Saunton in August 1959 on Waterloo to Swanage express which ran via Ringwood, and behind 34107 Blandford Forum on return journey (also via Wimborne) at end of his holiday.
Yes Bulleid 'Pacifics' did indeed appear at Wimbourne. Graham Moore.
Cites Michael Welch Dorset steam which includes illus. of 34045 Ottery St Mary crossing River Stour at Wimborne.
Yes Bulleid 'Pacifics' did indeed appear at Wimbourne. Robin White.
Services to Salisbury and via Ringwood were both hauled by Light Pacifics.
Yes Bulleid 'Pacifics' did indeed appear at Wimbourne. John Stubbington.
As a fireman he had workedd on Light Pacifics over the route.
Yes Bulleid 'Pacifics' did indeed appear at Wimbourne. M. Webb.
As a signalman observed Light Pacifics workin on route.
Inspector Horace Emery passed me out. K.M. D'Ath.
When writer was at Plaistow; subsequently writer was deputy foreman at Plaistow until the depot closure, when he moved to Kings Cross and became an examining inspector on the Eastern Region.
Colin Gifford: you either love or loathe his work. Owen Edgington; K. Crowther; J.B. Swinn; Horace Gamble; S. Egbeare and R. Tacon. 31.
All express their conflicting views which KPJ suspects reflect the writer's age and perceptions of "railways": nevertheless, most are pretty good.
'B1' 4-6-0s had other duplicated names too. John Rowley.
Oribi=Ourebi; Inyala=Nyala; Reitbok=Reedbuck; Stembok=Steinbok; Chiru=Jairou.
Gifford, Colin (Phot.). Mono momemnts: summer traffic at Manchester
Victoria and Exchange. 32-7.
Evocative images of final years of steam (1966): people on Platform 3 (Exchange) could have been from television series Coronation Street of that period. KPJ must admit that Colin Gifford's pictures of Manchester Exchange/Victoria do capture the extreme murk in this former station which he first encountered in 1948 beginning a six-year period when he routinely arrived at Platform 3 and departed from Platform 5 on his way to and from school
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 17. 38-43.
B1 61048 overdue for washout caused Hardy severe problems as it failed at Colchester on up express due to the failure of an inexperienced booking clerk in programming further workings when it should have been taken out of service. Sometimes it was difficult to persuade the workshops to take locomotives in for repair and off-beat measures had to be taken. B2 61607 Blickling was in extremely rough condition, so Hardy arranged a fast ride, semi-fast first stop Chelmsford, for Trethewey (an inspector from Doncaster Works) with Driver Charlie Parr: 61608 was taken in for shopping. Illus.: 61607 Blickling; K3 61942 (Ian Allen) at Liverpool Street prior to Dr Ian Allen riding on footplate in 1958; J15 65454 on Epping shed on 16 November 1957 (R.C. Riley).
Percival, David. Chiltern Green logbook: August
Author is so authorative on things relating to the East Coast mainline that KPJ had assumed that he is far older than KPJ: clearly he is somewhat younger (also the Chilterns were easier than the Pennines to cycle cross personal experience in both cases). Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the observations is that they were inspired by the wish to see double-headed expresses hauled by 2P 4-4-0s assisting Jubilees or class 5 4-6-0s. In many cases these were still routine operations in 1958. Life in Knebworth had been so very different since the 1920s where double-heading had been regarded as an abberation since the time of Stirling
Dow, George. That reminds me. 52-3.
Standards: brakes, gauge and government control: illus. of Rippleside level crossing taken 20 March 1956..
Robert Stephenson: engineer and scientist: the making of a prodigy. Victoria Haworth. Robert Stephenson Trust. MH
Covers life from birth until 1833.
Lost railways of North & East Yorkshire. Gordon Suggitt. Countryside Books. MH
Opening and closing dates are tabulated.
The railway dictionary. Alan A. Jackson. Sutton Publishing. MH
Criticises use of upper case initial letter for all head-words, thus making it impossible for user to know whether the entry is a proper name.
The Diaries of Sir Daniel Gooch. Nonsuch. MH.
Failure to note that this is based on 1898 edition of Diaries and not later and more detailed transcription by Roger Burdett Wilson
No. 228 (June)
Holley, Mel. When two or three more was a crowd. 2-3
Cities (and towns) which used to have more than one station: Glasgow Buchanan Street and St. Enoch are long gone; Edinburgh Princes Street, the difficulties of serving Gloucester, the impending loss of Waterloo International to Eurostar service..
Call attention. Mel Holley 6-7.
No, thisd filthy Great Western 'Manor' NOT a scrapper.
7820 at Oxley mpd on 18 September 1965.
Calling 'Father Tuck'.
Steve Leece submitted Father Tuck's Book of Trains with GNR large Atlantic on cover: NB Cambridge University Library has just acquired Lottery millions to catalogue its ephemera which it "promises" to make available to public (perhaps the catalogers will find Father Tuck, or is it just a question of Father Christmas visits rich institution?.
Was this the train in our March Issue?
A fragile load? Doncaster's 'glass train'
A yellow 'stripe' at Nuneaton!
Off the road at Longmoor.
Topping, Brian. Small, but perfectly formed...
LMS Ivatt light weight 2-6-0 and 2-6-2T designs, including tests performed upon 2-6-0 No. 6419 between Crewe and Holyhead during 12-26 April 1947 with 270 tons at average speed of 46 mile/h. The locomotive steamed well and was comfortable. Tests were also conducted at Swindon, both on the stationary plant and in controlled road tests of No. 46413 (and subsequently 46424) and Dean goods 0-6-0 2301 No. 2579 when a considerable amount of work on draughting was required for the 2-6-0 to exceed the performance of the 0-6-0. The colour illustrations show locomotives with the three types of chimney: orginal, Dean goods type and a sort of compromise: 41206 and 41291 passing Hole on 27 March 1965 on Exmoor Ranger (Roy Hobbs); 41230 (or9?) on Swanage train near Corfe Castle on 20 August 1966 (Roy Hobbs); 41283 ex-works at Eastleigh in March 1963 (Roy Hobbs); 41224 at limits of run-round at Lymington Pier on 26 March 1967, 46468 (Dean goods chimney) on Clacton to Cambridge train on 2 August 1958 (K.L. Cook), 41301 with 41284 at rear on LCGB railtour passing Toller on 27 February 1966 (Brian Stephenson), 46527 at Coaley Junction with train for Cam & Dursley in June 1962 and 46488 (Dean type chimney) with Workington portion of up Lakes Express (carmine & cream stock) at Cockermouth in August 1955.
Hunt, John. Last years at Glasgow Buchanan Street. 17-23.
Summer 1966: b&w illus. Also includes a history of the station and an account of its reconstruction in 1932.
Is the Naburn mystery solved? Jim Bennett.
Is the Naburn mystery solved? Clive Wilson.
More on 'striped' locomotives... including those 'striped' in error! Steve Haynes.
More on 'striped' locomotives... including those 'striped' in error! Peter Hale.
Which Fowler 2-6-4 tanks had outside steam pipes? M. Cooper.
Reply from Richard Strange which stated that all eventually converted: see also letter in Issue 231 p. 21 from Robert Frank who was involved in making drawings for changes.
Mono moments... Barmouth. Colin Gifford (phot.). 30-5.
Magnificent reminders of steam trains near or at Barmouth
Dow, Andrew. Early thoughts on Crossrail...
George Dow, when Information Agent of the LNER in 1941, published his own ideas for cross-London lines in The Star published on 14 June 1941. This received comment from Modern Transport (21 June) and Railway Gazette (4 July). The text is reproduced herein, including the diagrammatic map of proposed lines from a new combined northern station via an interchange with an east-west line (Paddington and Marylebone to Liverpool Street) to the Southern lines. The new lines were intended for electrified suburban services.
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 18.
Steaming difficulties with N7 0-6-2Ts with Welsh coal, and on K1 2-6-0, fitted with Monitor live steam injectors, on Colchester or Clacton summer Saturday train
Boocock, Colin. GWR supremacy: fact or legend?
Main lacks in GWR motive power were external valve gear; the failure to fit steel fireboxes to any British locomotives other than the Bulleid Pacifics, the lack of a mechanism to adjust axlebox liners and horn guides, and the failure to fit the Castle class with larger boilers. The feature also notes the success of the 28XX 2-8-0s in comparitive tests aginst the WD, 8F and O1 2-8-0 designs and the vast build of pannier tanks ordered immediately prior to nationalization. Frank Gee (Issue 230 p. 24) arugues that Duchess class would never have emerged from Swindon (might have added that Duchesses performed very well when on WR), See also letter from Alan Wild in Issue 231 page 22 on size limitations of GWR locomotives on other lines. Wild published another long letter in Issue number 234 p. 24 which argues that only Tom Coleman could have sorted out Swindon: KPJ considers that it was disgraceful that British Railways tolerated the perpetuation of inherently non-standard designs.. See also Anthony New (No. 233) page 21 who argued that steam passages should have been improved on GWR 4-6-0s, but questions need for larger grates or higher superheat in interests of economy. Author responds to slings and arrows in Issue 239 page 25..
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me. 52-3.
Photograph of George Dow as young man on footplate of Gresley A1 No. 2557 Blair Athol in early 1930s: at that time LNER was involved in assisting in making The Flying Scotsman with actor Ray Milland. This article contains a considerable amount of detail about George Dow including his carriage panel maps and his involvement in WW2 radio broadcasts..
Grayer, Jeffery. A welcome in the Valleys. 56-60.
Colour photo-feature of National Coal Board steam in South Wales: Mountain Ash colliery with RSH (1944) 0-6-0ST No. 8; Hafodyrynys colliery during demolition;
No. 229 (July 2006)
Holley, Mel. A National treasure? 4-5
Great Western route along the Dawlish Sea Wall. Originally an act of scenic vandalism: now a national treasure? Col. illus. 5059 Earl of St Aldwyn on up Torbay Express approaching Dawlish Warren on 3 July 1957 (R.C. Riley)..
Call attention. Mel Holley 6-7.
How an injured pigeon resulted in this picture in the north east... Derek Huntriss.
No. 61306 in steam at Low Moor on 16 September 1967. (col.)
Heave! go, Big Bertha, go...
2290 on Lickey Incline banking during 1930s (b&w phot.)
My Adox colour transparency film has survived the test of time. Paul Leavens.
E1 4-4-0 No. 31497 with London Bridge to Dover train climbing Grove Park Bank in Autumn 1960; 43XX No. 7341 on Birmingham to Margate express near Chilworth in August 1960; 34091 Weymouth on Catford Loop with Victoria too Ramsgate express in August 1960.
Why the 'Super D' 0-8-0 was sent to Polmadie Shed... John Benson.
Writer fired the Super D between Bank Hall and Carnform when hauling failed Clan
Rich, Fred. A Brighton 'Mogul' nocturne... leaves
from a locomotive diary. 8-14.
Victor Charles Prior, debonair driver from Tunbridge Wells, with whom writer made many unofficial fotplate journeys: on this occasion on 80012 from Tunbridge Wells West to East Grinstead, thence on push & pull train to Three Bridges to pick up K class 2-6-0 in the darkness of shed. Next Part in 230 page 44-
On the road to to York... 17-20.
Firing turn od 8F 48209 on freight from Rotherham to York.
Chancellor, Paul. Mr Stanier's 11 varieties!
Some of the many variants of the Standard class 5 introduced mainly by Stanier's successor Ivatt: Caprotti valve gear, Stephenson link motion, double chimneys, raised running plates, roller bearings and steel fireboxes are illustrated as some of the many variants. See letter from John Raines (No. 234 p. 23) which disputes some of information. Illus.
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 40-1.
Photograph taken by Stanhope Baker on 8 July 1936 of Welsh Highland Railway Russell crossing Great Western Railway at Portmadoc via what Dow calls a diamond crossing.
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 19.
Mainly about reorganization, but illus. of Bulleid Light Pacific No. 34059 at Parkeston on either 18 or 19 May 1949 whilst on trial on Great Eastern section, with HQ Inspector Tommy Sands who originated from Norwich and spent some time at Melton Constable, and Driver Bill Burritt and Chief Inspector Len Theobold.
Off the road at Bacup Shed!. 48-9
L&YR 2-4-2T in turntable pit.
Stead, Neville. To the sea, by GNSR. 50-2.
Cowcatcher-fitted class 2 2-6-0 No. 46460 at Fraserburgh with train for St Combs and D40 62276 Andrew Bain with stopping train to Maud Junction on 20 May 1952.
Paye, Peter. By 'O2' to Newport. 55-9.
Isle of Wight in summer of 1955.
No. 230 (August 2006)
The lifeblood service of local trains... Mel Holley. 4-5.
The Swansea & Mumbles Railway, a passenger-carrying line, opened on 25 March 1807. It was worked by horse drawn trams, but after experiments with sail-power steam traction was introduced in the 1860s. Large electric trams were introduced in 1929 and these lasted until the system closed on 5 January 1960. Benjamin French was the original driving force.
Call attention. Mel Holley 6-7.
A shed for one!
Mortonhampstead: constructed by Mortonhampstead & South Devon Railway.
Another body for the SW Carriage Register. Alan Taylor.
Colour illus of body at Fornside near Kewick: see also Vintage Carriages Trust Ken Hartley (No. 236) states that intage Carriage Trust had incorrect location of Threlkeld
A very rare steam-hauled Freightliner train at Widnes in 1968. Colin Gifford
8F No. 48529 at Appleton near Widnes on 19 April 1968: unfitted train with brakevan at both ends.
Aerofilms archive is grounded.
Archive preserved, but access is no longer possible
Glen, Ann. Backshift at Fort William... 8-14.
Alex Clarkson was a passed cleaner at Fort William, but spent much of his time firing. In February 1955 he fired K1 No. 62011 on a southbound fish special as far as Crianlarich (they had expected to switch crews with a northbound freight at Tyndrum). At Crianlarich they found class 5 No. 44936 in attrocious condition with leaking tubes, 50 psi on the clock and a shortage of coal. Must unwisely (but stoked with whiskey) the Fort William driver unwisely selected to take the whole train north, but after very slow progress to Tyndrum they split the train there and struggled on over Rannoch Moor through snow in places reaching Fort William at 6 a.m., nearly twelve hours late.
Hall, Stanley. Exploring Tyneside. Part 1.
"Exploration" made in the late 1950s to places like Dunston Staithes, Dunston Power Station, Redheugh Bank foot, Derwentheugh and Blaydon Junction. Map. Part 2.
'Blinkered' Great Western would never have built 'Duchesses'. Frank Gee.
See feature by Boocock in Issue 228 page 44: argues that Duchess class represented a quantum leap over anything which emerged from Swindon. See Swindonitis response from David Fuller in Issue 237 page 20 who glorifies the 14XX and Kings and castigates everything else
'Blinkered' Great Western would never have built 'Duchesses'. David Bradshaw.
Argues that Grange was a new design; see http://6880.co.uk/cms/content/view/47/42/
'Blinkered' Great Western would never have built 'Duchesses'. Brain Mead.
Asks whether Boocock really implied that earliest Halls were rebuilt from Saints
Why so many locomotive sheds? John Wilkins.
Notes that passes remains of twelve sheds between Sheffield and St Pancras. Richard Strange replied that many short distance workings invollving heavy coal and ironstone traffic.
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 20.
In 1958 No. 72009 Clan Stewart was lent to Stratford with the intension of switching the Class there in exchange for Britannias. This proposal was fought strongly by Hardy and his Chief: Terry Miller as it would have been impossible to use the Clans solely on the Clacton expresses and they would have to worked Norwich services. Worked as locomotives should be worked on full regulator snd short cut-offs the Clan performed well on Brentwood Bank, but the speed was less than that exected from a Britannia. In short there was a lack of reserve, although 80 mile/h was achieved. There is also an account a stop was made on fiddling time sheers mainly by the boilermakers.
Rich, Fred. A Brighton 'Mogul' nocturne... leaves
from a locomotive diary. Part 2. 44-50.
From No. 229 page 8: Evening/night spent with Driver Victor Charles Prior on K class 2-6-0 with a permanent way train. Locomotive at time of footplate journey was fitted with Bulleid-type injectors, But illus. show Nos. 2349 and 32348 still fitted with Weir feed water pumps. 2352 and 2350 are also illustrated, but on Westinghouse side. Photographs also by Rich. There is also a concise diagram to show the cab layout.
No. 231 September 2006
Derry, Richard. The BR class 3 2-6-0s: a locomotive
Probably the ugliest of the standard locomotives, and almost on a parr with the Bulleid's Q1 class this class of 20 locomotives spent their time on the doomed Stainmore route and on obscure services in Western Scotland: wonderful picture of Muirkirk service hauled by 77015 crossing Glenbuck Loch in March 1961 (Derek Cross): a 2P 4-4-0 could have struggled on for another couple of years? Other colour illus.: 77004 at York on 17 August 1962; an unidentified 77XXX crossing Belah viaduct with Blackpool to Newcastle train?? in 1955; 77019 at Barssie with Ayr to Kilmarnock local in June 1966 (John Snell) and 77019 at Hurlford. See also letter from Wallace McNair in Issue 237 page 19 on use of class at Hurlford, and living quarters at mpd for its staff..
Preedy, Norman. Calling at Eastgate... 15-18.
Hard work at Crewe but I loved it. Geoff Hillyard.
Fireman at Crewe North 1947-54: found shovelling coal to be very hard work. Anecdote of failure to retract water scoop from troughs in Lune Gorge and becoming engulfed in water.
I was involved in Fowler conversions. Robert Frank. 21.
See letter from M. Cooper on p. 25 of Issue 228: writer involved in Derby Works Order No. 2507 to convert Fowler 2-6-4Ts with outside steam pipes (from cylinders). Also work to convert Fowler 2-6-2Ts in similar manner.
Size matters: but was it width or height? Alan Wild. 22.
See feature by Colin Boocock in Issue 228 (June) p. 44-): argues that ban on GWR 4-cylinder 4-6-0s from Southern was not due to cylinder width, but was due either to chimney and/or cab height.
More on the 'whys and wherefores' of electric lamps. Brian Ady.
Most of the information is provided by Richard Hardy. He could not recall a single failure of electric lighting at Ipswich, Stratford or Stewarts Lane: the Southern men had complete faith in the system. Oil lamps were always carried in case of failure and signalmen insisted upon discs or unlit oil lamps.
A date for Ilfracombe? Ian James. 23
See Issue 227 page 24: suggests date for photograph of March 1954
Why were the Southern 'Lord Nelson' 4-6-0s not rebuilt? John Skinner
Hornby, Frank. South Western survivors! 24-9.
A splendid number of LSWR locomotives designed by Beattie (2-4-0Ts) through Adams and Drummond to Urie 4-8-0Ts remained to bring joy to Frank Hornby (and KPJ). A table lists the woderful collection inherited by British Railways.
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 30-1.
Picture of relaying a level crossing at Goole on 6 November 1960. Andrew implies that rubber sections have replaced the old timber planks and that bridges are replacing level crossings (KPJ: not in East Anglia: watch the road chaos in Ely where rail freight keeps the truckers in their place). But in 2006 the boys watching closely would be many metres behind safety orange mesh and the line would be closed for a week?
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 21.
Appoitment as District Motive Power Superintendent following the translation of Ronnie Ewer to become T.C.B. Miller's Assistant. Work under Harold Few (a supremely good manager, a shy and somewhat reserved man) whose father had been a driver at Cambridge (and Mayor of that City). The extremely difficult period prior to introduction of diesel locomotives and electrification is described. Hardy's Assistant was Bert Webster, ex Shedmaster at March: he had gained promotion under the cruel man management methods of the LMS, but had become an excellent judge of men. He had begun as a craft apprentice at Crewe and then moved as a fitter to the running sheds and from there moved to Bow Works, Stoke Works (where he was the only LNWR man), Plaistow arriving for duty on Christmas Eve 1928, shed foreman at Swansea (MR), Widnes, Preston (where he was a mechanical foreman), shedmaster at Speke Junction thence to Trafford Park and March
Hall, Stanley. Exploring Tyneside. Part 2.
Part 1 see 230 page 17. Yard Master at Blaydon in 1958/9: exploration by brake van of main line to Carlisle and the many yards thereat. Experience of 52C which used to service Jubilee and Stanier class 5 locomotives borrowed by Carlisle Canal.Also mentions Scotswood Bridge Carriage Sidings, Stella South and North Power Stations and Addison Yard. B&w illus of Q6 0-8-0s on mineral trains. See also aerial photograph in Issue 237 pages 34-5.
Brock, Derek. Good Workers Ruined... 53-
Experience of firing freights hauled by 56XX 0-6-2Ts from Barry to pits in Rhonnda during 1940s/50s. See also letter from R.T. Crump in No. 236 page 19.
The BTF Collection. Vol. 3: Running a railway. BFI. MH
DVD: includes John Schlesinger's Terminus.
British Railway Pictorial: the Somerset & Dorset Line. David Cross. Ian Allan. MH
Criticism that some of the pictures are rather small, but captions are detailed.
Let no wheels turn. Margaret Hutcherson. Author. MH
Deliberate derailment of Flying Scotsman hauled by A1 No. 2655 Merry Hampton at Cramlington by trade unionists during General Strike of May 1926. The criminals were sent to prison, but attracted "sympathy" and were released early.
Power of the 8Fs. Jeff Ryan et al. Ian Allan. MH
Review states that captions are better than usual for this series: treated on a regional basis which implies that pictorial rather than historical in ethos.
Geoffrey Jones: the rhythm of film. BFI. MH
DVD which includes interview with film-maker
Great shot! 62-3. Geoff Rixon.
8F 48018 under the wires on bogie coal hoppers from Stonebridge Park near Berkhamsted in 1964 (colour).
No. 232 October 2006
Roving ambassador for the Southern. Mel Holley. 4-5.
21C119 Bideford, completed at Brighton Works in December 1945 was involved in a complex series of naming ceremonies in the West of England. This had included borrowing two LNER sleeping cars for a special train which left Clapham Junction at 15.04 on 26 August (it would seem that the sleeping cars were used as mobile, but stationary accommodation) for the Southern Railway General Manager's entourage. produced an excellent resume of this event where he noted that locomotives named included: 21C109 Lyme Regis (named at Axminster); 21C116 Bodmin; 21C119 Bideford; 21C117 Ilfracome; 21C105 Barnstaple: the remainder were named in ceremonies at the towns. Bideford was named after the Southern senior officials had slept at Hatherleigh in their sleeping cars at lunchtime on 29 August: the act was performed by Councillor William H. Chubb. The entourage returned to Clapham Junction behind a T9 class 4-4-0. Colour iluus.: 34019 Bideford outshopped from Eastleigh on 3 )ctober 1964 (Peter W. Gray).
Call attention. Mel Holley 6-7.
Pictures of Brill shed anyone?
Philip Evetts suggests should be added to "shed for one" series: was home to Metropolitan Railway 4-4-0T.
The next train, from Birmingham New Street.
Picture of George Dow type type departure indicator at Birmingham New Street shown in "That reminds me" series in Issue 218 (August 2005) led to Roger Shenton submitting earlier "finger type" indicator at New Street showing final departure for 13.45 to Cromer and Yarmouth on 28 February 1959.
What was the special occaision at Neasden shed?
Illustration of Robinson GCR Atlantic No. 1086 decorated with Union and US flags and headboard "HARVARD" (submitted Jim Clark).
A last look at Sir Ralph Wedgwood
Illustration of A4 No. 4469 Sir Ralph Wedgwood at York in summer 1959 (locomotive was destroyed at York in bombing raid on York in April 1942: submitted Neville Stead.
Slater, John. Rose Grove: before it became famous.
Part 1. 8-12.
Author became junior clerk in stationmaster's office in 1961. At that time there were two marshalling yards at the station plus the mpd, and a great deal of steam activity, although the main passenger services were operated by Craven dmus. Two excellenty reproduced colour illus. by Les Nixon of 8F No. 48348 waiting to leave 'Down Grid' with empty mineral wagons for Wakefield on 15 June 1968 and 8F 48773 leaving 'Up Grid' with coal train for Padiham power station. Writer's memories included watching WD 2-8-0s slipping violently as they left 'Up Grid' on fierce gradients. Next part Issue 233 p. 48..
Boyd, Peter. Manchester fireman. Part 1. 15-17.
This part describes engine spotting expeditions to Manchester London Road (where 60111 Enterprise is remembered), Central and Exchange/Victoria where the he was amazed at the awesome sight of a Royal Scot on a Liverpool to Newcastle express rushing flat out to charge Miles Platting bank: the train was banked by a 2-6-4T (KPJ has not seen a previous desciption of this spectacle). Colour illus of 46153 The Royal Dragoon on presumably diverted The Mancunian passing Victoria with sanders working hard to rush bank in May 1960 (R.J. Maxwell) and 46143 The South Staffordshire Regiment on up The Palantine at Manchester Central in May 1961.
What equipment did Colin [Gifford] use? Roger Derwent. 20.
Editor replies that 6x6cm Rollei 28F, bought in 1959 was used until augmented by a Pentax 1A for both colour and black & white towards end of steam.
Criticism of Gifford is flawed. Shane McCarthy.
Notes the excellence of this photogrpher's work and his influence upon other photographers to work in what was previously dismissed as "poor light"
Robinson locomotive was Irish. John Edgington. 22
See Richard Hardy feature:
Ballantyne, Hugh. IKB: engineer extraordinaire.
Black & white photograph of Castle No. 5069 Isambard Kingdom Brunel passing through Sydney Gardens Bath at head of 13.15 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare with two of GWR special saloons at front of train and headboard on locomotive on 15 September 1959 conveying members of Institution of Civil Engineers to Bristol for unveiling ceremony near Clifton Suspension Bridge to mark centenary of engineer's death.
Aubertin, Carey. Solving a Victorian problem. 26-31.
Whittingham Mental Hospital Railway: private railway opened in 1889 to link large County Lunatic Asylum to Grimsargh station on Preston to Longridge branch in Lancashire. Constructed to bring coal for heating and to convey staff and inmates (free from charge). Locomotive stock was a mixture of new and secondhand and included two Andrew Barclay 0-4-0STs: No. 1 (WN 304/1888) and No. 2 (WN 1026/1904), an ex-LBSCR D1 0-6-0T: SR No. 2337 which became No. 1 and Sentinel 100hp 0-4-0T (WN 9377) which came from Bolton Gas Works. Freight survived until 1967.
Gifford, Colin. Mono momemnts... streaks. 32-7.
Black & white photo-feature: nearly all of A4 class:60034 Lord Faringdon sounding chime whistle on 18.12 King's Cross departure for Hull on 10 May 1963 (60036 Colombo just visible on 18.05 for Leeds alongside); 60016 Silver King, sandwiched between A3s 60055 Woolwinder and 60059 Tracery on 'Top Shed' on 20 October 1960; 60024 Falcon on 18.26 for Doncaster on 17 May 1963; 60033 Seagull just north of Hatfield with relief for Newcastle going well on 22 January 1962; 60019 Bittern approaching Perth with train for Aberdeen on 15 June 1965; 60032 Gannet at Retford about to leave for Doncaster on 11 October 1963; and 60017 Silver Fox heading for Newcastle on 11 February 1961. (last two were night pictures).
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 22.
Accidents to footplate crews caused by introduction of high voltage electrification: illustration shows how SNFC warned its staff: ATTENTION AUX CATENAIRES DANGER DU MORT plates plus flash in cabs (with driver Jacques Vidal of Troyes at controls with goggles on and huge Flaman speed indicator/recorder.
Martin, Kirk. A day with a pannier... 44-7.
On 57XX working for London Transport in 1968: trip with L97 based at Lillie Bridge is described.
Bideford: star for a day. 53-5.
Colour photo-feature: arriving at Bournemouth with boat train for Waterloo on 13 July 1966 (minus nameplate); cose up of nameplate on 3 October 1964 (Peter Gray); polished for working special at Eastleigh on 5 September 1965 (S.M. Watkins) and passing Corfe Castle with thhrough train for Swanage in August 1956 (S.C. Townroe)
Railways around Clapham Junction. Kevin McCormack. Ian Allan. MH.
Colour album, mainly previously unpublished by well-known photographers: landscape format
LNER six-coupled tender locomotives. Eric Sawford. Sutton. MH
Colour-Rail catalogue, 17th edition. Ron White. MH
British Railway pictorial: Scottish Region 1948-1967. Brian Dickson. Ian Allan. MH
Album of action shots
Steam on Southern metals. George Marsh and Michael Webb. Buiggleskelly. MH. 60
The Brookwood Necropolis Railway. John Clarke. Oakwood. MH
Fourth and much enlarged edition: Recommended by MH.
Sabotaged & defeated: last rites on the Somerset & Dorset. Jeffery Grayer. Kingfisher Productions. MH
Dismantling and rotting
Jack in a box. Alan Cliff. Gwasg Helygain. MH
Jack the station cat: for children
Yeovil to Taunton, via Martock, Langport West and Durston. Derek Phillips. MH
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 62-3.
Illustration of Maudsley horsebox (road vehicle HXX 383, probably ex-LNER) with racehorse Aram on 7 September 1953 with Bristol Freighter (cement-mixer aircraft): reminded George of Meccano Magazine and Dinky Supertoys as well as Deltics named after racehorses.
No. 233 November 2006
N2/4 No. 69571 at Peterborough North signalbox in September 1962. J.P. Mullett. front cover
A vital and scenic link. Mel Holley. 4-5
Colour-Rail illus. of 0-6-0PT No. 3661 at Torpantau with the 12.10 Brecon to Newport on 9 June 1962 with train in other platform and a group of Rover Scouts about to set off onto Brecon Beacons: comment notes emergence of Brecon Mountain Railway and the former bare mountains now covered in conifers. See two pages of letters in Issue 236 pp. 22/3) from D.V. Poole; Roy Price and Ken Mumford all of whom provide information on the still extant tunnel or on the Seven Mile Bank down to Talybont (KPJ always regretted having travelled down bank rather than up it). See also changed perceptions in health & safety from Assistant District Commissioner John Wilcox (238 page 25)
Call attention. Mel Holley 6-7.
GWR locomotives stray far and wide.
Pub signs: The Railway Tavern in Andover Hants (45XX on branch passenger); The Railway Inn at Moira in Leicestershire with another 45XX on passenger train; The Western in Leicester with a grotesque King supposedly at Leamington Spa; and The Station Hotel at Boosbeck, near Redcar with Castle derived from Philip Hawkins painting.
Just how steep is the Lickey Incline?
Is it 1 in 37.7 or 1 in 37.5: even Bob Essery is not certain: John Dagley-Morris colour illus. of Caprotti Standard 5 No. 73138 departing Bromsgrove with 07.45 Paignton to Newcastle on 1 July 1961.
A bridge too far at Dornoch Firth.
Illus. of 55051 at Dornoch on 10 September 1953 (with Cathedral behind) and engine shed (see letter in 236 p. 21 from Stuart Wild) on 30 August 1950 (according to White at Fortrose!). Text notes failure to construct railway as part of expensive road crossing of Firth. When KPJ inspected HR 0-4-4T he took his bicycle across Firth by ferry to avoid journey back to Invershin where he had stayed at Carbisdale Castle Youth Hostel (SYHA).
Steam in truly appaling weather.
G.C. Bett photograph of J37 No. 64569 battling towards Tay Bridge from Dundee with coal empties
Where, but not when it's Haymarket.
No. 77019 states at Haymarket acording to David Anderson
Boyd, Peter. Manchester fireman. Part 2. 8-12.
Discovered the LMS Pacifics, Crewe, Longsight shed, was disappointed by Gorton Works and excited by Grand National specials. Excellent colour photographs: Patriot 45519 Lady Godiva passing Longsight with express (W. Oliver); rebuilt Patriot 45534 E. Tootal Broadhurst at Bletchley with up express in 1960; red Princess 46204 Princess Louise passing Tamworth Low Level on 8 July 1961. Part 3: Issue 234 page 53
Cornish interlude... John Dagley-Morris (phot.). 15-16.
Colour photo-feature: 4575 No. 5509 at St Agnes with 09.12 Newquay to Truro on 22 May 1961 with 0-6-0PT 5744 shunting (had stovepipe chimney as had lost its spark arrestor); 57XX No. 9680 crossing viaduct on 16.50 Par to Newquay on 22 May 1961; 4561 at Lelant on 15.30 St Ives to St Erth on 21 May 1961; lined green 5562 near Mount Hawke Halt on 07.15 Chacewater to Newquay on 21 May; and lined green 4574 departing Coombe Junction with 14.52 Liskeard to Looe.
More on the 'Black Fives' working 'The Royal Scot'. Ken J. Mumford.
Differing clack valve positions on 'Dukedog' 4-4-0 rebuilds. T.J. Ebenezer. 20.
Illus. of 9009 with clack valve near smokebox at Swindon in August 1956 and of 9014 with clack valves on top of boiler (at Shrewsbury).
Should the Collett 'King' 4-6-0s have been rebuilt into Swindon 'Cathedrals' Anthony New. 21
See article by Colin Boocock in Issue 228 page 44: suggests that Castles and Kings needed improved steam passages, but not convinced of need for larger grates or for higher superheat, and appelas to particular conditions of Western main lines.
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 23.
Sad tale of three footplatemen who had too much to drink at March, whilst on duty, but not driving, and who were taken before Hardy and disciplined by suspension rather than by dismissal. Sad tale involved Ted Carron (portrait) as he was on duty.
Gifford, Colin (phot.). Mono moments ... men on the
Former Crosti 9F No. 92023 waits at crossing on Birkenhead docks on minerals train for Gowhole on 21 August 1967; 62484 Glen Lyon and 60093 Coronach at Carlisle Canal on 30 September 1961; ex-MR 2F No. 58148 at Glenfield with Leicester West Bridge to Desford freight on 27 July 1963; CEGB Robert Stephenson & Hawthorne 0-4-0ST No. 22 and WD 90056 at Stella South Power Station on 22 April 1967; MN No. 35022 Holland-America Line on 08.35 Waterloo to Bournemouth approaching Clapham Junction on 12 October 1964; Q6 No. 63407 departs Steetley Magnesite works at Cemetery North, Hartlepool on 27 September 1965.
Sprinks, Neil. 1956: an enthusiast's year. Part 1.
Plymouth area at Easter (photograph of Saltash Ferry and Royal Albert Bridge: see also letter in 237 page 19 from John Power); SLS railtour from King's Cross to Bedford thence to Ravenstone Wood Junction and over SMJR to Stratford and back to London (Euston) via Aschurch to Barnt Green Loop; steam working to Chelmsford just prior to electrification; demotion to third on Continental travel; Switzerland; Sligo, Leitrim & Norther Counties Railway; Isle of Man, and another visit to SLNCR: Part 2 in Issue 234 page 45..
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 46-7.
Illus of WD 90537 which Dow calls an O7 with sheared crank pin on third axle. See letters from Allen Parker, Dave Cousins and Colin Long in Issue 236 page 20 which offer alternative theories, and in case of last personal experience of connecting rod failure. Andrew Dow reacted to these letters in Issue 237 page 19 where the force to shear the crankpin is emphasised...
Slater, John. Rose Grove: before it became famous.
Part 2. 48-50.
Shunting accident in the marshalling yard (Down Grid). End of series Issue 234 page 19..
Paye, Peter. Nice little runners... 53-6.
E1 class 0-6-0Ts on Isle of Wight: mainly their freight workings from Medina Wharf at Cowes, although also used on some of the heavier passenger trains, such as trans-Island Tourist service in the 1930s. Col. illus.: W3 Ryde at Ryde in May 1957; Medina Wharf; W4 Wroxall at Medina Wharf; W4 in mlachite green at Newport in May 1949, and No. 3 at Cowes on RCTS special on 18 May 1952 (S.C. Townroe)
Reviews. 60. Most available
London's railways from the air. Aerofilms. Ian Allan. MH.
Freight train operation for the railway modeller. Bob Essery. Ian Allan. MH
Dominated by MR/LMS methods.
Waterford, Limerick & Western Railway. Ernie Shepherd. Ian Allan.. MH.
"first fully researched study of railway"
Fred. David Hall. Bantam. MH
Biography of Fred Dibnah: steeplejack, steam enthusiast and BBC television personality.
No. 234 (December 2006)
Steamy, smoky and packed with 'Pacifics'. Mel Holley.
Colour illus. of King's Cross Top Shed on 17 July 1961 taken by Roy Vincent: text makes observations on the various structure partly visible in the superb photograph, the pre-railway history of the area, the effect of the Clean Air Act of 1956 which followed the Great London Smog of 1952; and how it is being rearranged to provide the British branch line off the Great European High Speed Railway Network; from which the Ancient Brits will be expected to disperse by bus or by busified trains. In fairness Mel was more upbeat. Sharp-eyed Pete Berry (Issue 248 page 6) saw a red private owner's wagon in superb Roy Vincent photograph...
Call attention. Mel Holley 6-7.
How many other numbers exist?
Richard Smithies colour photograph of Jubilee No. 45552 Silver Jubilee at Trafford Park c1960 without the small chromium-plated cabside numerals, and illus of two of the numerals. Text notes that these numerals were affixed in 1951 to replace the larger 5552 chromium-plated numerals which had been fitted with chromium-plated boiler bands and "LMS" lettering for tender ro mark the Silver Jubilee of King George V: see 5552 (naming 2 May 1935).Letter from Alan Williams (Issue 236 page 20) states that numerals had been stolen from locomotive.
Where were you on that day in 1966?
Photographs (b&w) taken during day of World Cup by Arthur Haymes of 44915 at Greenholme and 70025 at Scout Green.
West Midlands snow scenes on canvas,
Barry G. Price paintings of Kings and Duchesses.
Was this an instructional coach? 7
Alan Chandler colour picture of No. 44998 just north of Perth heading towards Aberdeen on 18 May 1965 with Cinema Coach No. 2 and generator van? at front of passenger train. Further cinema coach picture from R. Goad in Issue 242 page 22..
A pre-Grouping survivor,
MIck Collingwood photograph of Midland Railway sign painted on brickwork at Rotherham Masborough.
Trickett, Alan. Hampshire, Dorset and the 'M7s'.
Excellent concise history of class which notes the major changes made from the earlier O2 class 0-4-4T. Originally intended for London suburban services, but were displaced by electrification. 36 locomotives were fitted with push & pull gear (and two further were modified in the 1960s to replace withdrawn locomotives). Notes locomotives repainted in malachite green following WW2. Many were used on empty stock movements at Waterloo; many served in the area covered by the title and a few worked on former LBSCR lines broadly centred on Three Bridges. Sources cited. Illus. (Roy Hobbs, colour): 30379 departing Swanage on 26 August 1962 (see letter from John Lakey in Issue 236 page 19 who suggests that train was incomplete as appeared to lack the driving compartment vehicle (push & pull)); 30133 propelling East Grinstead to Three Bridges push & pull near Compass Crossing on 30 March 1963, and 30053 approaching Lymington Town on 16 May 1964..
Vincent, Roy (phot.). Laira calling... 15-16.
Colour photographs taken at Plymouth Laira: Castle class 5058 Earl of Clancarty on 17 July 1960; 5032 Usk Castle in July 1958; 6824 Ashley Grange on 17 July 1960 and general view from high vanatge point on same date: see also letter from F. Norhtcott (Issue 236 p. 21) on how Usk Castle had arrived on The Cornishman and would then pilot a milk train as far as Newton Abbot..
Slater, John. Rose Grove: before it was famous.
First part in Issue 232 (p. 8 on); next in Issue 233 p. 48 on: this part. Relief Station Master: Robert W. Lorrimer known as Lollipop; followed by Jack Harrison as Station Master. Experience with Form 1 "please explain". Dickensian working conditions.
Double-chimney swaps on Stanier's LMS '5MTs'. John Raines.
See feature by Paul Chancellor (No. 229 p. 22): Notes that No. 44767 had a double chimney when illustrated in 1952/3 ABC (Wiuter); also Nos. 44686 and 44687 had double chimneys at about this time.
Stanier would not have revolutionised Great Western design practice. Alan Wild
See GWR supremacy by Colin Boocock (Issue 228 p. 44): long and thoughtful letter which argues that Swindon construction techniques were advanced, but that its design criteria were difficult to modify and that Stanier might not have been capable of modifying them, but implies that Tom Coleman might have.
Stead, Neville. Changeover at Tebay. 26-9.
Change in motive power on Newcastle to Morecambe excursion on 11 September 1954: cutting edge 77011 assisted by J21 No. 65090 had coped with crossing Stainmore handed over to 4F No. 44469 to run down to Morecambe. See also letter (236 p. 21) from Peter Singlehurst which describes four hour trans-Pennine journey from Durham to Morecambe for Illuminations and its equally slow return on 11 September 1954.
Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 30-1
Memories of the mighty, majestic Forth Bridge, and how his father breakfasted on kippers whilst being drawn across by Cock o' the North as it was and should have remained: E.R. Wethersett shot of V2 No. 60819 on 12.40 Aberdeen to Edinburgh on 31 July 1958 See also Kevin Jones's childhood memories (236 p 20) and from Tony Headon (Issue 241 page 20) who comments on debris falling onto garden at North Queensferry due to neglect of structure during ineptly-named Conservative years..
Gifford, Colin. ... trains and buses. 32-7.
Majority are highly atmospheric, although one or two record individual locomotives at specific locations: Mersey Square Stockport with viaduct in gloom behind on 2 May 1968; LNWR 0-8-0 wheezing near Walsall on 1 January 1964; Clapham Junction with EMU and rebuilt West Country on down express at Raynes Park on 13 September 1966; 0-6-0PT No. 5766 with brake van with London Country RT on bridge above at High Wycombe on 6 May 1961; 77015 near Ayr with train for Kilmarnock on 6 July 1963 (more interesting Western SMT single deck bus crosses above); Bangor portion of Llandudno Club train hauled by 2-6-4T No. 42616 enters Conway Brisge on 3 September 1962 (Lodeka alongside); 4F No. 44218 wheezing in Stoke-on-Trent on 9 November 1964
Hardy, R.H.N. Stratford forever! Part 24.
Mainly about Colchester locomotive depot where John Bellwood had been in charge prior to the author and noted that John died of asbestosis in 1988. Colonel R.D. Gardiner ran the Cambridge Motive Power District with an iron fist and called all by their surname. Also notes Ray Gomersall, sometime Supernumery Foreman at Colchestern: Ray had served craft apprenticeship at Doncaster, before becoming Supernumery Foreman at Colchester, and friend of Hardy, died age 54: Sir Stephen Gomersall, Ambassador to Japan was his son..
Sprinks, Neil. 1956: an enthusiast's year. Part 2.
Began as Part 1 in Issue 233 page 40. Author's and abstracter's wanderings tended to overlap during this period. Sprinks wandered around much of the steam-operatd Southern network, encountering the D class on Reading to Redhill services; the briefly reinstated service on the Bluebell line, the Lyme Regis branch, and so on. Neil was a civlian, the abstracter a National Serviceman serving his time out at Aldershot. Spink's most covetted journey was from Essendine to Stamford behind a quaint Ivatt C12. Further installment (1953) see Issue 243 page 46..
Boyd, Peter. Manchester fireman. Part 3. 53-4.
Part 2 Issue 233 page 8. Cleaner at Manchester Longsight, starting in May 1956: actual locomotive cleaning, plus shed labouring..
Tickets please! Paul Atterbury. David & Charles.
'wallow in nostalgia'
John Betjeman on trains. Jonathan Glancey. Methuen.
Ten letters selected by Betjeman's daughter with notes by Glancey.
The changing face of Britain's railways 1938-1953. Robert Hendry. Dalrymple & Verdun
Fares considerably better here than in KPJ's own assessment.
Walsalls' engine shed: railwaymen's memories 1877-1968. Jack Haddock. Tempus.
Notes several errors in the text and makes severe comment on writing style: 'howvere, it is a gentle read'.
Memories of steam. Roger Siviter. Sutton Publishing.
Sir Vincent Raven. Andrew Everett. Tempus.
Excellent review: in the category go out and buy it.
Locomotives in detail: Vol. 5. Riddles class 6/7 standard Pacifics. David Clarke. Ian Allan
"Offering much, this book struggles to deliver"
Great shot! Roy Vincent (phot.). 62-3.
Colour photograph of country end of Liverpool Street Station taken in September 1948 showing black streamilined B17/5 61659 East Anglian, front of green B1 No. 1047 (Norwich-based) and tender of green B2/B17?