Steam World

Issue 351 (September 2016)

When looking for the latest Great Western Railway Journal in Starlings in Sheringham my eye was caught by the latest Steam World which was dropped by Steamindex for a variety of reasons but mainly due to the Locomotive Magazine project (which is vastly more interesting in terms of "what is new to me"). Index to some of other 350 Issues

William Alcock. Punctuality and performance on the East Coast Main Line. 8-15.

John Dagley-Morris. The Ayrshire coalfields. 16-21.
The colour illustrations are interesting, but must be considered alongside that master from Maybole: Derek Cross. Furthermore, several of the photographs were taken outwith the coalfields (West Kilbride, for instance): Hughes Fowler 2-6-0 No. 42702 on 09.00 Ayr to Killoch crossing Enterkine Viaduct near Annbank on 3 August 1965 (photgraphed from vertigo inducing location); tender-first No. 42913 Crab on 08.40 Ayr to Barony near Annbank; Standard Class 4 2-6-0 No. 76001 and Standard Class 5 No. 73104 on "Kilpatrick" Viaduct [normally known as Pinmore Viaduct] with Empress Voyager 14.40 Stranraer to Glasgow St. Enoch on 31 July 1965

C. Harris. Long rails to Oxford and Hereford. 26-33.
Young fireman at Worcester motive power depot working trains of long welded rail on line to Hereford. Preparation of BR type 4 4-6-0 No. 75006 was far easier than preparing Great Western locomotives. Had experience of working through single bore Ledbury Tunnel on a Hall class and the even more unpleasant work of firing the 52XX 2-8-0T used as a banking engine.

Great shot! Peter Fitton. 34-5
Colour: Jubilee No. 45565 Victoria departing Blackpool Central on 14.45 for Leeds and Bradford on 11 October 1964

Jeremy Clarke. Grantham's mystery accident – 110 years on. 37-41.
Excellent pictures which clearly show extent of damage, but text adds nothing to previous speculations:

Bill Layton. Between the lines. 52-6.
Started in April 1940 as an oiler and moved on to the engine shed as a cleaner in June 1941. When working as a callboy he failed to get a response from one driver and removed his garden gate and took it back to the shed to demonstrate that he had called. He found the firebars heavy to lift and was expected to enter the tanks on tenders and worse still on tank engines to clean out the sieves. Descending the bank from Amersham to Rickmansworth the train ran away and to his amazement stayed on the rails through Rickmansworth curve.  On an S160 American Austerity 2-8-0 the driver could not close the regulator, but by using the doors at the front of the cab the writer was able to assist the driver from outside. A V1 missile exploded very near to the A5 tank locomotive, but by taking cover under the engine he and his driver escaped injury.Whilst working an A5 tank engine light engine a couplingv rod became detached and dug itself into the ballast. As this was on a stretch fitted with third rail the power had to be switched off before assessing how to move the locomotive. During WW2 when working the return light engine from the last train to Aylesbury the cab was frequently filled with airmen and women returning to Wendover for the RAF hospital at Halton