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Issue 283 January 2011

Here for the ride: Comment. Mel Holley. 4-5
History of the railtour

Call attention. Mel Holley. 6-7.
When did special traffic such as pigeons finally come to an end?
Refers back to Ron Herbert's article on pigeon traffic in previous Issue, but asks when pigeon traffic ended and noted that cattle were still being conveyed by railway as late as the early 1970s as a new cattle dock was constructed at Menai Bridge station to accommodate traffic affected by the fire on the Britannia Bridge which had led to its temporary closure. Cattle were still being unloaded at Holyhead (from Ireland) and were taken by road to Menai Bridge for on onward transit (over 100,000 beasts were handled in this way). Photograph of Barnum 2-4-0 No. 3219 with train of horseboxes probably for Newbury, but GWR served many racecourses and handed horseboxes over to the other companies.
We asked for geographical detail, and you delivered...

Retired staff get together.
Peterborough New England staff: both NUR and ASLEF reunion (colour photograph)
'Unusual signalbox catches the eye.
Weaverthorpe beteen Seamer and Malton.: submitted David Alexander (colour photograph)

McWatt, Les. Latter days at Longmoor. 8-12.
Brought up in a railway house at Diggle (father was a guard based at Geenfield) and decided to join Royal Corps of Transprt and found himself at Longmoor in February 1968 after routine steam operation had ceased, but David Shepherd arranged to store two of his locomotives there at that time. Part 2 see No. 284 page26..

Dow, Andrew. Keeping track in days of steam. Part 5. 16-25.
Previous part in Issue 282 page 36 et seq.

Franklin, Michael. Norwich's forgotten station. 26-30.
Norwich City terminus of the former Midland & Great Northern single track line from Melton Constable, the Marie Celeste of the British railway notwork

Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 32-3.
Illustration of switch and crossing replecement at Church Fenton with pre-assembled units being lifted into place by a steam crane. Wooden sleepers are now being replaced by concrete bearers which demand a high degree of precision in their casting, Notes that in the 1948 photograph the prefabricated units were out of gauge, but the then railway could handle such loads: now the modern thing takes the units by road.

Great shot [Patriot No. 45517 passing through Holbeck High Level signalled towards Bradford]. Kenneth Field. 34-5.
Hauling four ex-LMS carriages (with high voltage warning indicator on leading vehicle): preumably on some diverted working

Clarke, Jeremy. Stroudley's locomotives. Part 6: Three small classes and a singleton. 36-41.
D2 class of 0-4-2 tender locomotives ws a derivative of the D/D1 class of 0-4-2T tank engine. The first was No. 300 Lyons. All had short names as space was limited on the splashers. First locomotive built in 1876. A total of 14 was built, but they had short lives: the last was withdrawn in 1907. There is a fine model of No. 308 Como built by Dr J. Bradbury Winter between 1883 and 1915: it is housed in Brighton Museum. No. 313 Paris was employed on the Grand Vitesse van train between Newhaven and Willow Walk. An enlarged version, the D3 class, was built between October 1878 and March 1880 to give a total of six. They had 17½ x 26in cylinders; 6ft 6in coupled wheels and 1182.84ft2 total heating surface. They had deep fireboxes and tended to prime. They were all withdrawn by 1903. The large C class of 0-6-0, known as Jumbos, were buoilt at Brighton between 1882 and 1887 to give a total of twelve. These had 4ft 8in diameter boilers, 5ft coupled wheels and 18¼in x 26in cylinders. The boilers tended to prime. Most were withdrawn by 1910, but No. 428 was sold to the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway in 1920 and was not withdrawn by the LMS until 1925. No. 158 West Brighton was an 0-6-2T with a radial trailing axle and was known as an E class Special. It had a 4ft diameter boiler with a 1176ft2 total heating surface and 17ft2 grate area. They had 4ft coupled wheels and 18¼in x 26in cylinders. It was withdrawn in 1934.

Evans, Patrick. East Anglia: 1959. 46-7.

Platform. 46-7.
More on Bristol Castle and 7013 - switched identities causes confusion! David Maidment.
See Issue 279 page 56 for confused caption: No. 7013 was in effect No. 4082 Windsor Castle as No. 4082 was judged at the time not to be in fit condition King George VI's Royal Funeral Train in 1952 and No. 7013 switched names and numbers with No. 4082. No. 7013 had been outshopped with double chimney, four-row superheater and earlier had received a new front end to its frames. Was also one of five Castles to receive valueless Davies & Metcalfe lubricator (others were Nos. 4087, 4088, 5084 and 7014).
The final word on 'Jinty' claims. G. Parking.
See article on page 30 of Issue 280 on differences between locomotive types: argues that Jinty is a local name for a wren in Eastwood in Nottinghamshire and quote D.H. Lawrence in support: therefore, the name Jinty probably emerged from the Nottinghamshire Coalfield.
Unusual, not 'rare'. C. Horne.
See Issue 279 pages 34/5: there was a routine King double-heading between Newton Abbot and Plymouth on summer Saturdays between 1955 and 1957.
Floating wing rail experiment came to an abrupt end. Tony Cornell.
See SW 281 page 38: photograph shows floating wing crossing at Mile End in the mid-1960s prior to an accident in which the repeated stress inflicted by trains caused a partial fracture which led to part of the crossing  passing up through the floor of a class 306 EMU. Also shows an English Electric type 3 diesel locomotive with strobe head lights.
'Semi-pegged' at Heaton Chapel. Blair Duncan. 47
During the 1950s there were infrequent visits by Stanier Pacifics to Manchester London Road in the afternoon: this mentions these visits, but associates them with being via Stoke which KPJ thinks were banned to them: hence their rarity in Manchester.
What's this occasion at New England?. Mick Foskor.
Group photograph pose in front of A4 Silver King and dated "1948", but unlikely to be prior to October 1949 as boiler clearly carried lining which the prior garter blue and black liveries lacked
Free food after Sandy smash! Dave Fletcher.
See SW 281 page 8 et seq: frozen food was being carried and was salvaged by the local inhabitants.

Cooper, Peter. Life and times of the Caprotti class 5. 48-51.
A too-compressed account of LMS experimental Class 5 locomotives initiated under Ivatt, not as implied here by Stanier. This experimental series included two types of Caprotti valve gear which led to the British Railways series in which the gear was accommodated more neatly. Notes the failure of the LMS series to win the hearts of footplate crews, but the BR series were far more successful especially in Scotland. This is followed by a hectic account of where Caprotti class 5s might be found: reads like a twitcher's notebook.

Return to Swindon. 54-5.
Colour photo-feature: Swindon ex-works: 2-6-2T No. 4104 (green) in September 1960 (J.L. Champion); No. 6018 King Henry VI (green) (T.B. Owen); No. 6025 King Edward II inside works in BR blue in March 1952 (T.B. Owen)

Streak! 58-9.
Colour photo-feature of A4 class: Nos. 60016 Silver King heading north from York past neat lineside shrubs in 1959 (P.J. Hughes); 60022 Mallard at Peterborough on 29 August 1961 and 60030 Golden Fleece in York station on northbound train

Reviews. 64-6.
Hush-hush. William Brown. Kestrel Railway Books.
Gresley Yarrow water-tube boiler 4-6-4 or 4-6-2-2 four-cylinder compound and its conversion to three-cylinder simple No. 10000/No. 60700. Mel tends to evaluate locomotive rather than the book, but is slightly lukewarm
Colour-Rail catalogue No. 19
It is remarkable that a catalogue costing a tenner can survive.
A farewell to steam. Tony Butcher. Ian Allan
"pleasant colour album" covering the period June 1961 to August 1968.
Dad had an engine shed. Anthony Robinson. Oakwood.
John Eric Robinson was shedmaster at Sowerby Bridge between 1948 and 1952, then at Mold Junction, and had begun his railway career in the worshops at Willesden sheds in 1919 before moving to Llandudno Junction as a fitter in 1925. The book could have called been the Crewe family Robinson as John Eric was born there into a railway family. Mel calls it an excellent book.
Tornado: 21st century steam. Jonathan Glancey. Books on Track
"it's a very good; nicely presented and printed with some excellent photographs"
Requiem for steam. David Plowden.  via W.H. Norton & Co.
"If you can afford the book, then even if you don't have an interests in North American steam railroading, you will find a wonderful, technically superb, evocative and atmospheric selection of images."
Images of Lancashire & Cheshire railways. Maurice Dart. Halsgrove.
"We advise to view the book before you part with your twenty quid".
Steaming through Britain. Chris Ellis and Greg Morse. Anova Books.
Very well received: "best of its genre in recent years"
George & Robert Stephenson: railway pioneers. Chris Morris. Tanners Yard Press.
"... new easily accesible approach"
Ruabon to Barmouth. Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith. Middleton
"usual format... fills a gap"
The Manx Northern Railway stations. Michael Starkey and Julian Edwards. Author
"lovely little book"
The North London Railway. Xpress
District Controller's View series
Odd corners of the Eastern. Eric Sawford. History Press
Miscellany of photographs

Issue 284 February 2011

Pride in the job: Comment. Mel Holley. 4-5
Manor class No. 7822 in filthy condition on up Cambrian Coast Express near summit at Talerddig in August 1965 (colour photograph by John Snell) showed the loss of pride at that time.

Call attention. Mel Holley. 6-7.
Brits abroad.
British-type lower quadrant signals at Kandy in Sri Lanka seen by Vic Chivers in March 2010; departure indicator at Newcastle, New SouthWales seen in October 2010 and somersault McKenzie & Holland signal at Warnambool in Victoria and three position semaphore with Redhen DMU approaching Adelaide. Submitted by Ian Haikings of South Australia.
Pub sign 'cut loose' identified - from Faversham.
See No. 281 for old inn sign photographed by Peter Lonsdale in Great Yarmouth: Robert Sayewell states for inn sign at the Railway Hotel in Faversham, now replaced by portrait of MN No. 35027 Port Line..
Water tower with no railway to service. 7
Colour photograph submitted by Peter Roulston of water tower in Vale of Belvoir located on former ironstone quarry (mine) site.
The Swadlincote Loop and Desford-Blackpool (SO)
John Walford, formerly of Moira kept notes of 06.21 departure and 15.18 return in summer of 1961: outward was always Class 5, but return was very varied: two Patriots, 8F 2-8-0 and Stanier 2-6-0 No. 42955.

Evans, Patrick. A monster shed-bash. 8-13.

Bobrowski, Eddie. New directions. 14-16.
Atmospheric colour photographs of Andrew Barclay 0-6-0ST and another 0-6-0ST hauling loaded coal train at Polkemmet Colliery in January dawn in 1975; similar train in January 1973 (but with more light); and Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST on shed with driver loading wheelbarrow with coal: notes that 1984/5 Miners' Strike effectively killed the mine which had recently received investment. Now land has been restored.

Clarke, Jeremy. Stroudley's locomotives. Part 7: The Gladstones. 19-24.
B, later B1 class 0-4-2 introduced with No. 214 Gladstone in December 1882. No. 215 Salisbury followed in December 1883.Further small batches followed: all were named after politicians. A batch in 1988 were named after LBSCR board members except for No. 189 named Edward Blount, chairman of the Western Railway of France: this locomotive was sent to the Paris Exhibition of 1889 where it was awarded a Gold Medal. The final batch was constructed under Billinton and brought the class stotal to 36. The final locomotive No. 172 Littlehampton was fitted with Gresham & Cravens duplex injectors instead of feed water pumps. Between 1902 and 1904 Nos. 186 De La Warr and 198 Sheffield were equipped with Holden's oil fuel equipment. No. 189 Edward Blount was fitted with Hammond air heating apparatus..

McWatt, Les. Latter days at Longmoor. 26-31.
Previous Part see No. 283 page 8.

Maidment, David. 'Ah!' moments. 32-3

Great shot!  [Caprotti Standard Class 5 No. 73153 leaving Glasgow Buchanan Street with Aberdeen train]. W.J.V. Anderson. 34-5.
Centre spread: filthy locomotive; clean Mk1 rolling stock, desolate surroundings.

Russell, Robin. 'Nelson' and 'Arthur' memories. 36-41
Black & white photo-feature.

Crawley, John. Accident at Arlesey. 42-7.
On the evening of 4? July 1954 express freight train No. 1266 for Leeds from King's Cross hauled by A3 No. 60058 Blair Atholl was derailed in the sand drag at the end of the four track section due to the failure to observe the signals. The footplate crew, Driver T.W. Mayhew and fireman H. Holroyd, were fortunate not be killed. The Aberdonian was following on the fast line, but the rapid response of the signalmen at Arlesey and Three Counties and the alertness of the footplate crew on the sleeping car express brought it to a stand. Black & white photographs of wreckage taken on 6 July 1954 (days in captions do not mesh), of King's Cross breakdown crane and of breakdown gang with GNR clerestory support vehicle at Three Counties on Sunday 11 July, and of damaged A3 and its tender (probably still in livery other than Brunswick green).

Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 48-9.
A4 No. 60025 Falcon fitted with "wing mirror" adjacent to name plate at Grantham on 21 July 1960,

Platform. 50-1

Skinner, John. Around the chimney pots. 54-7.|
Lived in Dartford and had more than three options of travel up to Waterloo for spotting thereat or at Clapham Junction in the period 1948-1951 with LBSCR 4-4-2 and 4-4-2Ts and early Adams' 4-4-0s still around. Great mixture of types including former LMS and LNER classes on cross-London freights. Writer refers to former engine training at Dartford before electrification extended to Gravesend: KPJ doubts if this occured. The chimney pots were viewed from the viaducts which characterised travel in South East London. Colour illus. do not really relate to text but are highly attractive: H16 No. 30520 on coal empties for Feltham Yard from Durnsford Road Power Station in June 1962 (Geoff Rixon); Schools class No. 30936 Cranleigh steams out of Waterloo main line on 13 April 1962;  West Country No. 34006 Bude and M7 No. 30052 at Waterloo on 30 August 1961 (Colour Rail: all about a decade out of synch with text)

Chapman, Michael. Castle class [not as in locomotive, but as in Lancaster Castle]. 60-1
Images based on colour negatives? Colour photo-feature: maroon No. 46225 Duchess of Gloucester approaching from north with train formed of LMS Stanier stock passing Midland overhead electrification masts in 1963 (sky retains cloud detail); Ivatt 2-6-0 No. 46426 passing No. 4 signalbox from Glasson Dock branch with train of mineral wagons; Britannia Pacific No. 70007 Coeur-de-Lion in ash livery with boys climbing up to footplate in 1965.

Reviews. 64-5.
Northern Northumberland's minor railways, Vol. 1. Roger Jermy. Oakwood
Includes the Marshall Meadows Seaweed Railway which included a tunnel (presumably the most northerly railway tunnel in England): 38 railways covered in what Mel portrays as a must buy.
An A-Z of railways. Paul Atterbury. David & Charles.
From ambulance trains to ugh!
The history of the Calderstones Hospital Railway 1907-1953. R.B. Cornwell. Author.
Lancashire County asylum with short railway with fireless boiler locomotive: used as military hospital during WW1.
Sabotaged & defeated revisited. Jeffery Grayer, Noodle
Somerset & Dorset Railway colour album illustrating its death and demise.
Track. Jim Pike. History Press
Permanent way.
East of Eastbourne, West of Waterloo. Anthony P. Vent. Buggleskelly
Story of Brian Groome, a revenue inspector on the Southern Region.
What's on the 'Lizzie'? John Aylyard, Tommy Knox and David Percival. Lineside Twentyfive
The non-stop Elizabethan as observed from the lineside in the viscinity of Knebworth and elsewhere
A Colour-Rail journey. Paul Chancellor. Pendragon.
Carlisle to Hawick: the Waverley route. Roger Darsley and Dennis Lovett. Middleton
Pontypridd to Port Talbot. Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith. Middleton

Issue 285 March 2011

Shared experiences: Comment. Mel Holley. 4-5
East Midlander railtours: on 9 May 1964 a twelve coach train left Nottingham Victoria at 07.35 to Swindon hauled by Duchess No. 46251 City of Nottingham (shown in magnificent red on Swindon shed, Roy Hobbs colour transparency). At Swindon 34038 Lynton came on to work the train to Eastleigh via Newbury where the passengers entered the works, then 34038 worked back to Swindon via Salisbury and Chippenham where the Stanier Pacific tool over. Memory of very enjoyable trip and shared company: excellent piece of railway journalism terminated by news of Mel's resignation from Editorial position.

Call attention. Mel Holley. 6-7.
The carriage now standing...
Mk 1 gangwayed full brake No. 80753 on platform at Vauxhall following mishap on 8 May 1958: photographed Jim Aston
Slipping through the net.
Daggons Road ground frame with roof on Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway.
Round the back of the works.
Trevor Owen colour photograph of boiler park at back of Swindon Works on 24 March 1963. Some are stored on ground, some on very old looking vehicles.
Oh, the Grand Old Duke of York
Gradient post on Southminster branch near Wickford showing "change in gradient" of 1 in 100 to 1 in 100: photographed in 1956 by David Butcher.
Win new steam stamps.
Classic locomotives of England: Royal Mail stamps based on black & white photographs.
Modified LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 tenders on the move.
When new fitted to Jubilee Nos. 5607-5616, but gradually transferred to other classes, such as 8F No. 48600 and Patriot No. 45551 and as illustrated 4F No. 44604 as photographed by Gavin Morrison at Leicester Midland on 7 June 1959.
Splash of colour in the road coach park at Settle.
9F No. 92233 passing on Widnes to Long Meg anhydrite empties passes colourful collection of motor coaches on 29 September 1966 (Stephen Spencer transparency)

Pallet, Dave. SR footplate years. 8-12.
Joined Southern Region at Fratton in 1959: firing Terrier A1X tank engines on the Hayling Island branch, firing O2 0-4-4Ts on the Isle of Wight lines and even run-down BR standard Class 4 2-60s..

May, Harvey. A life on the railway. 14-16.
Brought up near Palace Gates station and began spotting before and during WW2. Briefly evacuated by London Transport double decker to Halstead, but brought back to face bombing in Wood Green area. Illus. (colour) N7/1 No. 69646 at Palace Gates in August 1962 (J.B. Snell): A3 No. 60067 Ladas with up White Rose? (special Wool Kite mark headboard) passing Greenwood signal box (not Wood Green) on 14 April 1962 and B2 No. 61614 Castle Hedingham passing gas works on up semi-fast on 1 May 1958.  .

Percival, David. Wrecked! 19.
Photograph of A1 No. 113 Great Northern passing A2/1 No. 60508 Duke of Rothesay lying derailed at New Southgate on 17 July 1948. Derailed at facing points on faulty track whilst hauling 19.50 ex-Edinburgh. Fireman was killed but Driver Bill Hoole survived .

Platform. 20-1

Morrison, Gavin. The Bradford triangle. 22-9.
Black & white photo-feature: B1 No. 61020 Gemsbok heads The South Yorkshireman out of Bradford Exchange; Jubilee No. 45565 without nameplate on Laisterdyke to Bowling Junction avoiding line on Leeds portion of Blackpool special on 9 July 1966; N1 No. 69453 on two coach train leaving for Laisterdyke on 12 January 1957;

Mitchell, Alan. The last 'A4'... 30-3.
No. 60009 Union of South Africa

Great shot! [No. 73056 climbs Beattock near Greskine]. W.J.V. Anderson. 34-5.
Centre spread

Loader, John. Good times at Goodmayes. 36-43.
Lineside observations made between Chadwell Heath and Goodmayes between the late 1930s and the end of steam and included commuting to school by train to Guidea Park, the coming of the Shenfield 1500V dc electrics, shunting in Goodmayes yard. Included observations made during WW2. Motive power included the Great Eastern 2-4-2Ts which seemed to lack go and the Gresley 2-6-2Ts described as greyhounds. (KPJ: he does not mention the EMUs which appeared to go like bats out of hell).

Maidment, David. 'Ah!' moments. 44-5.
Run behind A4 No. 60010 Dominion of Canada from Aberdeen to Glasgow on 07.10 on a cold winter's morning with encour on following day behind No. 60034 Lord Faringdon. Also rescue at Shenfield in about 1951 when the staff formed an L1 special to take him back to Chelmsford on a bleak January day.

Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 46-7
Posed photograph of 1st class Mk 1 compartment showing an almost Victorian amount of plush upholstery

Bentley, Eric. The best of Bentley. 48-50.

Owen, Trevor. Trevor Owen's WR. 54-60.
Colour photo-feature: floodlit Royal Albert Bridge on 16 August 1959; No. 4956 Plowden Hall passing Twyford on 5 December 1959; Walnut Tree Viaduct at Taffs Well on 31 July 1965 with dolomite works behind and 56XX No. 6643 hauling Swansea Railway Circle's Rambling 56 Rail Tour with Southern Region vehicle at the rear; BR Standard Class 4 4-6-0 No. 75002 arriving Machynlleth with a Pwllheli to Paddington train; 2-8-0 No. 2880 with mineral empties at Twyford on 3 October 1953; Castle No. 7007 Great Western on up Cathedrals Express formed of chocolate & cream rolling stock at Twyford on 19 April 1958; inside Swindon shed on 27 January 1963 with 2251 0-6-0 No. 3212; 0-6-0PTs Nos. 9773 and 8433 and Hunslet (WN 2868/1943) Austerity 0-6-0ST  modified to reduce smoke emissions at tested at Swindon; 9F No. 92213 on down mineral empties on Goring troughs; No. 5099 Compton Castle on down Pembroke Coast Express formed of chocolate & cream rolling stock on 27 January 1959; No. 1471 at Cumstock on 16 March 1963.  

A great station. 62-3.
Colour photo-feature of Nottingham Victoria: opened on 24 May 1900 and  closed on 4 September 1967. Colour illus. of station refreshment room at time of closure; D11/1 No. 62669 Ypres about to head north in 1960 (David Clarke);B1 No. 61369 on The South Yorkshireman and two J6 0-6-0s on local passenger trains on 11 June 1957 (A.G. Cramp), and Class 5 No. 45267 in September 1966.

Reviews. 66-7.
Cornwall's railways remembered. Stephen Heginbotham. Halsgrave.
Pictorial album concentrating on points and signals: captions criticised for their brevity
The intemperate engineeer. Adrian Vaughan. Ian Allan
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's, plus some of his father's, letters and diaries relating to his railway work.
Memories of a railway childhood. Andrew Dow. Fastline
That remind him: biography of father
Poster to poster. Vol. 3. Richard Furness. JDF
300 posters illustrating the Midlands and Wales. "another excellent book. Highly recommended".
Julia Bradbury's railway walks. Frances Lincoln
Book of the television programme: designed as practical guide to the walks
The Bishop's Stortford, Dunmow and Braintree branch. Peter Paye. Oakwood.
"excellent book, at a very reasonable price".

Issue 286 April 2011

Preserved GNSR 4-4-0 No. 49 Gordon Highlander in 1959. 3.

... A joy forever: Comment. Chris Leigh. 4-5.
The superb beauty of the A4 Pacifics as displayed by the magnificemt colour photograph taken by Noel Ingram of No, 60003 Andrew K McCosh on the Royal Train at Stamford on 19 June 1961 with trivial text by the Editor (biography in "box")

Call attention. Chris Leigh. 6-7.
What happended to standard signs?
Colour photographs of delapidated sign at Fritwell & Somerton (GWR type in situ) and Mark's Tey Junction (preserved sign in East Anglian Railway Museum with paragraph of instructions on how to change and move forward) contrasted with present signage which fails to mention Sudbury (but Notional Express is an especially poor TOC)
The unsung heroes of our railway history.
Contractors' locomotive Somerton working on Dagenham/Beacontree Estate during 1920s
Return of the railmotor. 7
No. 1449 at Stroud on Chalfont push pull service in May 1963 (colour)
Departure board puzzle
Flinders Street Melbourne
Seaton's surviving bridge.
Rutland: after closure

Soden, J. The last main line. 8-14.
Great Central

Ingram, Noel. Noel Ingram's Essendine. 16-17.
Colour photo-feature

Sprinks, Neil. Three East Midlands branches. 19-27
Black & white photo-feature: C12 4-4-2T No. 67366 at Seaton on 31 October 1953; C12 No. 67379 at Stamford East on 8 September 1956; Fowler Class 4 2-6-4T No. 42330 leaving Stamford for Peterborough; Webb 2-4-2T No. 46666 at Uppingham on 31 October 1953; Stamford East with junction to Midland line on 8 September 1956; C12 No. 67379 leaving Stamford for Essendine on 8 September 1956; 2-4-2T No. 46666 at Seaton on 31 October 1953; C12 No. 67368 and 2-4-2T No. 46604 at Seaton on 1 May 1954; 4F 0-6-0 leaving Stamford with ordinary passenger train for Peterborough on 8 September 1956; Stamford East station; C12 No. 67368 with Uppingham train on 1 May 1954

Lazarus, Bernard. Wartime out west. 28-33
Grandmother lived in Withington and writer travelled to Hereford market by train during WW2.

Great shot. John G. Click. 34-5.
Centre spread (black & white): Britannia No. 70004 William Shakespeare leaving Victoria with Golden Arrow

Platform. 36-9.

Jones, D.K. Single-road sheds. 40-3.
Malmesbury; Brimscombe with 2-6-2T No. 4100 on 2 June 1962; Wearhead after closure; Much Wenlock; Builth Wells; Kingham, Helston and Cardigan (in 1958)

Dow, Andrew. That reminds me... 44-5.
Gazing out of the railway carriage window: looking out over Alnmouth, glimpsing Lindisfarne, rounding the Royal Border Bridge: oh what a comparison with grinding up the far from Great North Road

Hunt, David, Jennison, John and Essery, Bob. Clean 'compounds'. 46-9.
Black & white photo-feature with extended captions (noting origin, modifications and where shedded): No, 40914 (plain black livery) at Corkerhill on 5 August 1951 (B.K.B. Green); No. 41191 (lined black) at Derby on 26 October 1952; No. 41093 (lined black ex-Works) ar Derby on 13 May 1953; No. 41063 (lined black) at Derby on 29 June 1950 (R.J. Buckley); No. 41074 (plain black livery) at Derby on 29 June 1950 (R.J. Buckley);

Hull, James. Shed bash. 50.
Tyseley 20 September 1953.

Leigh, Chris. Southern reflections. 54-7.
Colour-Rail photo-feature: King Arthur class No. 30798 Sir Hectimere; Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2T No. 41313 between Fremington and Bideford on branch passenger with milk tank wagon; Drummond 700 Class Black Motor outwith Eastleigh Works in 1954; West Country No. 34039 Lundy; Lord Nelson No. 30857 at Southampton Ocean Terminal on The Cunarder; 82XXX 2-6-2T (not 2-6-4T as per caption) at Launceston; 700 Class No. 30694 at Waterloo; 700 Class No. 30368 with snowplough

De'Ath, Ian. It all began... 58-61.
Trainspotting begun in Essex on Clacton branch and later extended to London.

Twidale, Graham. The shadows lengthen for North Western steam... 62-3
Colour photo-feature: Clan 72008 (minus nameplates) at Poulton-le-Fylde on return Glasgow September Weekend Blackpool Illuminations excursion in 1965; Class 5 leaving Blackpool North in evening; Britannia No. 70019 on down train near Scorton.

Reviews. 66-7
Rails to Turnberry and the Heads of Ayr. David McConnell and Stuart Rankin. Oakwood. 304pp. MH
Includes Turnberry Hotel and golf courses. Recommended.
Making the unforgettable... unforgettable: the arrival, departure and return of the Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway. John Burden. Wessex Books. 121pp. GBH
"well-researched content... let down by the book's disappointing presentation."
The Flying Scotsman. David McIntosh. Ian Allan. 128pp. MH

Memories of steam: reliving the golden age of British Railways. Tom Quinn. David & Charles. 251pp. GBH

The North & West Route Volume 3A: Hereford to Abergavenny Jct. John Hodge. Wild Swan. 140pp. GBH

The history of the Calderstones Hospital Railway 1907-1953. Cornwell. GBH
"good addition to the shelves of the railway historian": used to haul passenger trains with a fireless locomotive called Farnham Slade
The Rye & Camber Tramway. Peter A. Harding. Author. 32pp. GBH
First published in 1985: "fine little volume serves as one of the reminders of a long lost railway."
The Photographic Collection: STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway. 48pp. NB