Trains Annual, etc

The Ian Allan organization published an annual volume with a variety of titles over many years. Some of the material is of permanent value and is outlined in the following. Sometimes more than one title was publsihed in a single year: the arrangement is chronological. Some of the authors were distinguished, notably Carling and Anwell (although the latter lacks a full biography).

Trains Annual 1948
Edited Cecil J. Allen

Forword. 5.

Howard W.A.  Linecar. The "Merchant Navy Pacifics," Southern Railway. 6-9.
Refers to Bulleid's Instn Mech. Engrs. paper
: accentuates the chain-driven valve gear and notes the decapitation of Parry Thomas, the racing car driver on Pendine Sands when his chain broke! Also notes the BFB driving wheels, oil bath, steel firebox and thermic syphons. Performance is also recorded.

Cecil J. Allen, One hundred miles an hour in the U.S.A. 10-17.
Steam locomotive performance of the Hiawatha, diesel electric on the Zephyr and straight electric on the Pennsylvania Railroad.

A.N. Wolstenholme. A question of line. 18-22.
Simplified, flowing lines proposed for de-streamlined Duchess class Pacifics and Thompson A2 class.

Anwell, B.W. Oil-firing on locomotives. 23-9.
Sectionslized diagrams of Great Western Railway system showing oil-heating coils in tender and firebox arrangements. Includes details provided via C.J. Allen of running on an oil-fired No. 5039 Rhuddlan Castle between Bristol and Paddington.

Basil K. Cooper, The Great Central between two Wars. 30-6.

"Alco". Keeping U.S.A. traffic moving. 39-43
Centralised traffic control (CTC)

"Quicksilver". Railways "down under". 44-9.
Includes a description of steam working across the Nullarbor with locomotive exchange at Cook, a fifteen hour working covering over 500 miles, the compulsory booking of berths and meals, and a hint at the tedium. Illus. include interrior of the smokin saloon on the Trans Australia Express. Also the huge traffic handled at Flinders Street in Melbourne.

Kathleen M. Casserley, Railways on stamps. 50-4.

H.C. Casserley, L.M.S.locomotive history: a brief review. 55-63.

Gordon Lack. Life on an Indian troop train. 64-7.

Cecil J. Allen, A famous locomotive Class: the Great Northern Atlantics. 68-74.

E.R. Lacey,  Britain's biggest A.C. electrification. 74-80.
LBSCR: notes that overhead coaching stock retained its umber livery until withdrawn, but that the motor vans were painted in Southern green.

Lawrence A. Earl. Engines I have driven. 81-9.
We used to get the "Turbo" on this trip [the Liverpool turn], and what a lovely engine she is! Not so much science about the driving, perhaps—turning the valves on and off one by one instead of the careful adjusting of regulator and cut-off to suit every change of the — but for continuous strength and speed there is not another engine in her class to touch her. Once in the late 1930's the "Turbo" was tried for a week between Euston and Glasgow on the "Royal Scot" and Fireman D. Wright and I were the crew chosen to man her to and from Carlisle. There can't have been much wrong with his firing, because one day we climbed the 31½ miles from Carlisle up to the top of Shap Summit, 915 feet above the sea, in no more than 36 minutes, and with a train of 530 tons behind us.

"North Star". The Churchward influence: reflections of a great locomotive engineer. 90-6.

Trains Annual 1949
Edited Cecil J. Allen

Nationalisation—the first year. C.J. Allen. 6-10.

Cecil J. Allen. The World's biggest railway bridges. 15-21.

David L. Smith. Tales of the "Sou'-west". 22-8.
If you spoke to a modern railway enthusiast of 0-4-0 tender engines, he would probably think of the period, over a century ago, when Edward Bury was the presiding genius on the London & Birmingham Railway. He'd probably be surprised to know that the Glasgow & South Western Railway had five of the things in active service in 1914, and that as recently as 1880 there were' no fewer than fifteen of the type at Hurlford shed. A power of mineral traffic they handled, and not just around the doors either, for a "Fower-Wheeler" would go off cheerfully on the Hindsward job—15 miles of the main line to Logan Junction, 3¾ miles down the Ayr & Cumnock to Dykes Junction, then up the Hindsward branch, a cheerful affair with a ruling gradient of 1in 50 and a reversing siding. This siding had a sharp up-grade towards the end, and no buffer-stops; so if you came down too slowly you stuck midway up the siding, and if you came too fast you went over into the park.
They were craggy old edifices, the "Fower-Wheelers"—16-inch cylinders, 5 foot drivers, and most of them rated down to a pressure of 90 pounds; but, of course, they still had the old Salter safety-valves, with their levers through slots in the cab front, so that with a plentiful supply of wooden wedges you could get all the pressure you wanted. They did, too. I've heard of them bringing 90 wagons of coal down from the Baltic pit on the Mayfield branch to Hurlford. How they stopped that cavalcade with four greasy wooden brake-blocks on a wet day I don't know, but folks weren't so particular in those days. The Mayfield must have been a rough job, for the track was still in its primitive form, minus fishplates. With their short wheelbase and a rather loose coupling to the tender, the" Fower-Wheelers," on the best of track, must have been a sort of combination of a see-saw and a jigger-scree. Old Geordie Mitchell, who drove 56, said she had shaken" a' the teeth oot o' his heid, an' a' the tackets oot o' his buits." It seemed to be true enough about the teeth anyway.
No. 56 was of an earlier vintage than the majority. She had been built in 1865, and rebuilt subsequently with a great big cab which covered safety-valves and all. Smellie renumbered her into his duplicate list as R32. Most of the" Fower-Wheelers " were built by James Stirling in the years 1871-1874. No. 93, later R48, was driven by Hughie Aitken, or " The Gubbler," as they called him, and he was a character. Years afterwards, on the dark morning of February 4th, 1898, The Gubbler was driver of the Mail when she went head-on into the Boat Goods in the terrible Barassie disaster. The Gubbler was sole survivor of the two footplate crews, but though rather seriously injured, he drove for many a day after that until the evening of January 10th, 1917, when he was on the 6.12 from Glasgow to Dairy by way of Kilbirnie, with 204, a Stirling 4-4-0 rebuilt by Manson, and they took the wrong turning at Cart Junction, going over a dead-end into a field. Hughie wasn't hurt, but he never drove again.
There were two rather remarkable things about that Cart Junction smash. They took a dead man out of the debris, but he wasn't killed in the accident. He had been peacefully on his way to his own funeral! And they say that at the moment old 204 turned over on her side, James Stirling, who had designed her forty years before, died in his home in far-away Ashford, Kent.
Muirkirk was another stronghold of the "Fower-Wheelers," and very useful they were for wending their way into pits away in the fastnesses of these moors and mosses. R4, R39 and R42 (old Nos. 34, 67 and 70) were at Muirkirk in 1907, but by that time their old Salter's safety-valves had been replaced by Ramsbottom valves on the middle of the boiler. I think the last survivor, in 1914, was R20 (old 88). They had even put a steam brake on her, but it would need to be a very gentle one, for the frames weren't too strong.
The "Fewer-Wheelers" at one time were about all the goods engines Muirkirk had. In summer there were always a lot of excursions coming off the Caledonian and bound for the Ayrshire coast, and if Muirkirk's rather limited stock of passenger engines had given out. a "Fower-Wheeler" would buckle in and go see-sawing down to Ayr with one of these trains. And it was a "Fower-Wheeler " (Inspector Aitken's poem says it was 91, an ancient engine built by Hawthorn of Newcastle in 1852 or 1853) which was concerned in the accident of December 14th, 1867, at the Welltrees Burn, a grim tragedy indeed.
It was a wild, dark, winter's night, and 91 was coming up with the 7 p.m. "mixed" from Auchinleck—20 empty wagons and a passenger coach in rear. The line from Auchinleck to Muirkirk was single then, and the old branch to the Welltrees pit, about a mile above Cronberry, had been long disused. But the surfacemen used it to store their bogies, and on this fatal night someone had left the points open for the branch. John Hunter was the driver, and Blythe was his fireman, fine men both and much esteemed in the town of Muirkirk. As they came panting up from Cronberry, suddenly 91 swung over on to the old branch, and almost immediately went crashing down through the rotten planking of the bridge that spanned the Welltrees Burn.
Helpers ran to the overturned engine-passengers from the train and miners from nearby cottages. The fireman called confidently to them that he was all right, only pinned by the foot, and that they were to see to the driver, who was sore hurt. Much time was spent on the driver, but his injuries proved beyond human aid, and the helpers then returned to the fireman. It was to find that the wrecked engine was damming up the swollen waters of the burn, which Were rising ominously. So it was that while some strove to get Blythe free, and others tore frantically at the banks of the burn in an endeavour to break them down and spread the waters, the poor fellow drowned very slowly before their eyes! And when the morning light came and the floods subsided, they found a little round bit of coal which, wedging down a board, was all that had come between the fireman and freedom.
Muirkirk men must have felt very strange when they came down to the big bustling world of main lines and express trains. Donald Adamson took the plunge in the middle 90's and went firing at St. Enoch shed, ,Glasgow. St. Enoch was top of the tree then. They had the big share of the "Pullmans" between St. Enoch and Carlisle, and they had" The Diner" to()-11.30 p.m. from S1. Enoch and 8 p.m. back from Carlisle. Dumfries was a conditional stop in those days, so the two Manson 4-4-0's for "The Diner" carried 8-wheel single bogie tenders. David McKnight had the oue engine and Johnnie McIntosh the other, and for a time these drivers had the monopoly of the train. However, in 1896 the new sheds were being opened at Corkerhill, 4¼ miles out of Glasgow, and for a fortnight the regular workings were a bit upset. Old Jimmy Adams was sent on "The Diner" for a week, with Donald Adamson as his fireman. He was a quaint old lad, Jimmy Adams; they used to call him " The Aul' Coo." He got No. 8, the first Manson 4-4-0, when she came out in 1892. I think he must have had a terrible job with her heating up, for he was always fussing about lubrication....

W.  Eaton, Dugald Drummond's Private Saloon. 29-31.
Author was fireman on the "Bug" and that the "Drum" could be kind as well as autocratic. He was awarded a gold sovereign when he was informed that the writer was a father of twins. The private saloon was used on long journeys, certainly as far as Plymouth,  as well as on frequent trips up to Waterloo or down to Eastleigh from Drummond's home in Surbiton.

Streamline symphony. Cecil J. Allen. 32-9.

Slip Coaches. Quicksilver. 40-2.
Short history of slip coaches in Britain. The GWR was the largest and longest user of the system and slipped a portion with restaurant car for Ilfracombe at Taunton, ran trains with multiple slip portions, and had a special slipping distant signal at Reading. It did not provide a vestibule for access to the remainder of the train as provided on the LNWR for vehicles slipped at Coventry off a Birmingham service. Slipping lasted into Western Region days, but other British services ceased in 1939 with a vehicle slipped at Mark's Tey off the 16.57 Liverpool Street to Clacton. Cites article in Railway Magazine (1935, July) by G.W.T. Daniel.

J.D.M. Parker. Railway operating in the Ruhr. 43-4.
Operation of a large mashalling yard. Relationship between occupying troops and the German railway workers, many of whom were nearly starving.

R.E. Charlewood. The "Flying Scotsman". 45-55.
In August 1850 the first through route from London to Edinburgh opened. Almost from the beginning through coaches were launched by the Great Northern, but the route wads via Lincoln, Knottingley and Leamside with reversals at York and Newcastle although the Border Bridge had oppened at Berwick.

B.W. Anwell. Multiple cylinder locomotives. . 56-65.
Historical surtvey of British multiple cylinder designs beginning with Robert Stephenson & Co. three-cylinder design of 1846. The influence of compounding: two cylinder compounds were a moderate success, but Webb introduced the three-cylinder type in 1882: a 2-2-2-2. The first British four-cylinder simple was introduced on the  North British Railway in 1885: a tandem compound. Two somewhat similar 2-4-0 locomotives followed on the Great Western

Charles R. Gordon Stuart. From Calais to Modane on the Footplate. 66-71.

A.F. Cook. Modern British signalling developments.73-6.

Basil K. Cooper. Electric locomotive technique to-day. 80/7.

John Grimwade. Across the U.S.A. by troop train. 88-94.
Part of a contingent of Australian troops, most of whom belonged to the Royal Australian Air Force, but the writer was an Army man, who entrained at Oakland in March 1944 and detrained 123 hours later on the Hudson River. Steam provided the motive power and the men enjoyed comfortable berths and excellent food.

H.C. Casserley. The Cromford and High Peak Railway. 92; 94-5.
Advocates travel by car to explore the line! Gives a brief description. Illustrations onn page 92. are also credited to P. Ransome Wallis (but not individually: LNWR 2-4-0T as LMS 6428 ("since renumbered 58092"); ex-NLR 27527 on 1 in 14 Hopton incline; Butterley beam engine for Middleton incline and foot of Sheep-pasture incline.

Trains Annual 1950

Jacket: painting by Terence Cuneo of blue Duchess Pacific class locomotive
Repeated as double page spread beteeen pp. 22 and 23 in TA 1951

Yorkshire Pullman sets out from Leeds Central: engine is new A1 Pacific No. 60136. E. Treacy . 3

The Irish Mail. Rebuilt Royal ScotNo. 46146 The Rifle Brigade leaves Holyhead. E. Treacy. 4
Tender lettered "LMS

Allen, Cecil J. Foreword. 5.

David L. Smith. The Stranraer Road. 6-11; 79.

Mirror of the year on British Railways. 7-8.
Photo-feature: Battle of Britain Pacific No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair on The Norfolkman between Liverpool and Norwich on Brentwood Bank and on Norwich engine shed; electric locomotive No. 20003 hauling Newhaven boat train through Clapham Junction; diesel electric Nos 10000 and 10001 hauling non-stop Royal Scot passing Bushey on up train on 2 June 1950

C. Hamilton Ellis. Elegy on the South Eastern and Chatham. 12-20.

H.C. Caserley. Railways in the Emerald Isle. 23-6; 88

W.A. Tuplin. From "Castle" to "County". 29-34

H.W. Pontin. Railroading in the Rockies. 35-44.

O.S. Nock.  East Coast Pacifics at work. 45-54.

Terence Cuneo. The "iron horse" on canvas. 55-9.

Cecil J. Allen. Testing a locomotive. 73-9
Rugby Testing Plant opened in the autumn  of 1948. Lists other testing plants in the world, notablty that at Altoona owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Mentions the pendulum device invented by George Stephenson and Nicholas Wood designed to measure  the haulage capacity of locomotives, the dynamometer carriage developed by Webb on the London & North Western and the modern cars built by the North Eastern and Lancashire & Yorkshire Railways. The three electric braking units introduced by the London Midland Region (actually the LMS), a new dynamometer car and  a corridor tender with inbuilt instrumentation to measure fuel and water consumtion (the whole being termed controlled road testing, but term not used by Allen). The Rugby Plant is then described. It was built on a massive concrete foundations. The locomotive under test sits on rollers linked to Froude hydraulic brakes which acted as dynamometers. There was a firing platform equipped with instruments to measure inputs of fuel and water and there was an insulated control room with an Amsler recording table. Illustartions: A4 No. 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley in Test Plant; Froude hydraulic brakes; recording table at Test Plant; LMS Dynamometer Car No. 1 used "Throughout the 1948 locomotive exchange trials" (not true); recording and control compartment of London Midland Region motor generator car; Merchant Navy No. 35017 Belgian Marine with ex-NER dynamometer car climbing Beeston bank with 07.50 Leeds to King's Cross (E. Treacy); 28XX No. 3803 leaving New England with LMS  dynamometer car (C.C.B. Herbert); inside indicating shelter on Patriot class 4-6-0 under test; King Arthur No. 745 Tintagel on Birkenhead to Bournemouth express near Reading (M.W. Earley)

Charless R. Gordon Stuart. Railway tickets. 80-8
Early tickets written on paper by hand. Notes that some of the early ones banned smoking: author describes this as very humorous! Metal discs returned to the vcompany were used on some lines. Silver season tickets were issued on the London & Greenwich Railway.  Thomas Edmondson invented the small card tickets used for many years and in use at the time of this article and illustrated with 24 pre-grouping tickets on a plate

R.E. Charlewood. The "Midday Sciot". 89-96.
Began as an afternoon service from Glasgow in July 1889 which left at 14.00 and reached London at 23.00. In October a corresponding service in the down direction began. There were interuptions during both World Wars..On 11 July 1908 the train became the Corridor with the introduction of superior corridor rolling stock. In 1927 the afternoon services became the Midday Scot, The introduction of the Coronation Scot created a multiplicitty of services to augment the Midday Scot and at the time of publication the Midday Scot was ten minutes slower from Glasgow to Watford Junction than it had been in 1889. Illustrations: Prince of Wales 4-6-0 No. 157 passing Kenton on down train (F.E. Mackay); Claughton No. 1407 Corporal J.A. Christie, V.C. on down train on Bushey troughs (F.R. Hebron); Caledonian Railway 4-6-0 No. 903 Cardean on up service passing Gretna (H. Gordon Tidey); 4P Compound No. 1151 with Claughton No. 194 on northbound train (F.R. Hebron); Royal Scot class No. 6110 Grenadier Guardsman on down train near Kenton (M.W. Early); Class 5 No. 5301 on a relief express with one of the original corridor vehicles at the front (E. Treacy); No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth starting the climb to Shap on the southbound journey (E. Treacy).

Trains Annual 1951

Allen, Cecil J. Foreword. 1.

David L. Smith. The Port Road . 5-7.
Portpatrick & Wigtownshire Railway.

Railway level crossings. 8.
Newark, Retford, Darlington, Hull, Highbridge, Ashchurch and Limerick

C. Hamilton Ellis. Panegyric on the London & South Western. 13-17.

Allen,  G. Freeman. A modern mechanised marshalling yard: Toton, London Midland Region. 18-26.

Allen, Cecil J. Across the Roof of Europe by "The Glacier Express". 27-35.

Cooper, Basil K. The changing face of electric traction. 36-8.

Railway gradients. 39.

F.A.S. Brown, Journey to Darjeeling. 40-2.

Read, Roger E.G. The "Jellicoes". 43-4; 38.
Through coaches or train which ran during WW2 between Euston and Thurso for the movement of troops to Orkney and return. The trains called at a limited number of places and north of Perth, and especially north of Inverness were much faster than pre-1939. Read states that the same name was used for the equivalent services during WW1..

H.C. Casserley. Railway byways in Southern England. 53-6.
East Kent,and the Kent & East Sussex Railways and branch lines to Port Victoria, Hawkhurst, Hayling Island and Princetown and Looe branches

Stuart, C.R. Gordon. The first Trans-Alpine railway tunnel. 57-8.
Mont-Cenis route and the Fell system for operating over steep gradients

O.S. Nock. The "Cornish Riviera Express". 59-67.

Railways to the clouds. 68.
High altitude railways in the Andes of South America, notably in Peru, the Alps in Europe and elsewhere.

W.A. Tuplin. Robinson reflections. 69-78.

Allen, Cecil J. The Great Eastern as I knew it. 79-83.

B. Anwell, The development of the steam locomotive cab. 84-91.
Progress from no protection to virtually complete protection on LNER, LMS and Southern main line locomotives

Quicksilver, pseud. Mile-long American freight trains. 92-6.

Trains Annual 1952

Cook, Arthur F. Challenge to orthodoxy: Bulleid designs of the Southern. 5-8.
Merchant Navy and West Country Pacifics, the orthodox Q1 0-6-0 and the Leader class where parallels were drawn with the Paget locomotive.

Allen, Cecil J. The British Atlantic era. 13-17.

"Quicksilver". Memories of the Midland. 18-25.

Vallance, H.A. London's fortgotten train services. 26-9+
Great Western Railway and LNWR services to Victoria via West London and West London Extension Railways; LNWR services to Waterloo, LSWR services to Addison Road, the Metropolitan Extension of the LCDR and services of the East London Railway.

The world's railway tunnels. 30+

Reed, Brian. French Railways today: an amazing Post-War recoevery. 31-9.
High speed electric services; the French electrification plan; the Aix-les-Bains to La Roche-sur-Foron high voltage AC experiment; diesel railcars; and maximizing the performance of residual steam services.

[Hardy, R.H.N.] "Balmore". A shed master's life. 40-3.
South Lynn (MGNR), Woodford Halse and Ipswich. Notes the prodigeous loads hauled by W class GNR 4-4-0s, ex-GCR D9 4-4-0s and A class ex-GNR 0-6-0s over the difficult MGNR mainline.

Mahoney, J.D. Across Australia by rail. 44-56.
Perth to Cairns: 4351 miles in nearly eight days on three different gauges and the State railway administrations in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland plus the Commonwealth Railways.

Railways and the snow. 57-8; 61-2.

Kirkland, R.K. British rail motors and railcars. 59-67.
Includes a table of "direct drive steam rail motor-cars" constructed between 1903 and 1911. Notes that the "Sentinels" were very pleasant, smooth-riding and silent units, although were liable to lack the seating capacity needed. Diesel railcars are also discussed.

Casserley, H.C. Railway byways in Eastern England. 68-71.
Corringham Light Railway, kelvedon and Tollesbury Light Railway; Colne Valley & Halstead Light Railway, Mildenhall branch; Wisbech & Upwell Tramway;  South Shields, Marsden & Whitburn Colliery Railway; Easingwold Railway and Seahouses branch.

Garnock, Lord. Riding the footplate in the USA. 72-81.
Diesel on the Pennsylvania Railroad from Enola to Altoona through the Allegheny Mountains with a 123 car frreight train where radio between locomotive and caboose keept a check for hot boxes on mile long train. Also Big Boy and Challeger Mallet simples on Union Pacific up Sherman Hill to the Continental Divide

Allen, Cecil J. Motive power of the future – the case for —1. Diesel electric. 82-90.
Mesmerised by American success with its mass produced General Motors locomotives and abundant source of cheap oil.

Cooper, Basil K. Motive power of the future – the case for —II. Electricity. 90-3.
Cites Missenden Institute of Transport address and Warder's ILocoE Paper 498 Electric traction prospects for British Railways and even notes the French experiments with high voltahe AC.

Tuplin, W.A. Motive power of the future – the case for —III. Steam. 94-6.
Did not make a very strong case for the retention of steam: diesel used fuel far more effectively; electric traction was far more suitable for intensive urban services.

Trains Annual 1953

Colour plates were untitled, but were two-page paintings (clearly based on photographs) signed by Ward

Ajax. Everything under control? 5-8; 20.

The Queen of Scots departing Leeds Central behind green A1 Pacific No. 60136. Stanier 2-6-4T alongside. plate between pp. 8 and 9
Clearly a Ward plate based on a photograph taken by Eric Treacy of Yorkshire Pullman with tender lettered BRITISH RAILWAYS rather than with logo (and presumably painted blue or apple green rather than BR green (which appeared on page 3 of 1950 TA)

Quicksilver. I was a signalman. 9-12.

Cecil J. Allen. Standard locomotives of British Railways. 13-20.

G. Freeman Allen. Farewell to the "Selkirks": by rail through  the heart of the Canadian Rockies. 21-8; 89.

King class No. 6021 on up Cornish Riviera just past Teignmmouth station (very faded: liveries uncertain)  plate between pp. 24 and 25

H.A. Vallance. Furthest north on British Railways. 29-36; 90

Cecil J. Allen. The Great Western transatlantic bid. 37-46; 94
Fishguard and the improvement of the railway thereto

S.C. Crowther-Smith. The railways of South Africa. 45-52.
Third class is provided exclusively for natives... Non-Europens are not admitted to restaurant cars. Sounds rather like current British attitudes to Syrian refugees.

Balmore. Engines I have fired. 53-60; 93.
N1 0-6-2T from Wakefield to Bradford via Morley: J1 0-6-0 over same route with through coaches from King's Cross; C12 4-4-2Ts; D1 4-4-0s (to Yarmouth Beach from South Lynn) and on K2 class; Great Eastern F4 2-4-2T (great difficulties); the wonderful B12 and Immingham 4-6-0s.

No. 46255 City of Hereford (green  livery) with chocolate & cream? livery coaches near Linslade? (curving four track section) evening light. plate between pp. 56 and 57.

P. Ransome-Wallis. French steam locomotives to-day. 61-8; 95.

Voyageur. Carrying Her Majesty's Mails. 69-73; 91.

Merchant Navy (blue livery) with blue Wagon-Lits sleeping cars on Night Ferry approaching Tonbridge in evening light? plate between pp. 72 and 73
Possibly most successful of plates

A diesel on test. Peter Holdstock. 75.
Photo-feature: Hunslet locomotive for export being tested on 1 in 48 Yeadon branch: one photograph shows on branch and the other leaving Stourton Yard.

Brian Reed. Testing a new diesel. 76-7; 92.
Diesel mechanical locomotive for Peru: Stourton to Guisley and Yeadon.

O.J. Morris. Birth of the Southern. 80-3; 96,.

W.A.C. Smith. Glasgow to the Clyde. 84-9.
Competition between the Caledonian, Glasgow & South Western and North British Railways for services to Dunoon, and the Islands of Bute and Arran

Trains Illustrated Annual 1956

Norman McKilllop. The Gresley touch. 5-10.
A  substantion extract from this is available on tthe McKillop page.

Trains Illustrated Annual 1959

[McKillop, Norman] "Toram Beg". The Aberdeen road. 5-12.

Riley, R.C. The London, Chatham & Dover Railway. . 13-26.

Parker, J.D.M. The Longmoor Military Railway. 46-51.

Warburton, Mark. Warburton. Bristol–railway crossroads of the West Country. . 53-66.

Maggs, C.G.. The Severn Bridge. .66-8.

L.M.S. Baltics. 86-7.
Four official photographs: GSWR No. 542; FR No. 115; LMS 11111 and MR 2101.

Hoole, K. The Kitson-Still locomotive. 88-9+. illus.

[Powell, A.J.] "45671". Derby apprentice. 90-6.
More extensive than his Living with London Midland locomotives.

Trains Illustrated Annual 1961
edited G. Freeman Allen

A3 No. 60055 Woolwinder (small smoke deflectors) passing Gateshead on up express: V. Welch painting (colour). frontispiece.

Allen, Cecil J. Fifty years of Euston-Crewe locomotive performance. 5-15.

Introducing the 'Southern Belle' — in 1910. 16-17.
Pullman Company de-luxe brochure: extracts from.

Ransome-Wallis, P. The railways of Turkey. 18-32.

Townroe, S.C. Memories of the Great Central. 34-8.

'Kings' in a Welsh Valley. 38.
Last Sunday in January 1938 tests of No. 6004 King George III and 6025 King Richard III on iron ore trains between Newport, Aberbeeg and Ebbw Vale

Parkes, G. Richard. Speed signalling by the L.M.S. at Mirfield. 39-46.

Pacifics on Cockburnspath Bank. 47.

Semmens, P.W.B. A cub reporter's guide to British Railways. 48-9.

Western steam in the West Midlands. M. Mensing. 50-1.
Black & white photo-feature.

Faulkner, J.N. Basle – resort for European railfans. 52-60.

Smith, David L. The fun we had on the 'Sou'-West'. 62-8.

Mitchell, W.R. Midland masterpiece – Blea Moor Tunnel. 69-70.

Main line over the roof of England from Leeds to Carlisle. 71-5.

Perren, B. The London, Tilbury & Southend in modern times. 76-86.

Hoole, K. Those were the days at York. 87-96.

Trains Annual 1963

Webster, H.C. Early days with the class 'A4' Pacifics. 5-12+ 8 illus.
The author notes some of the difficulties experienced in maintaining the exacting high speed schedules, especially that of the Coronation, and in the maintenance of locomotives equipped with streamlined casings. One anecdote concerns one of the Commonwealth High Commissioners invited onto the cab following the unveiling of a plaque on the cabside failing to open the regulator then yanking it open too far which led to violent slipping: the High Commissioner remained calm and quickly closed the regulator. Notes the hot air trap caused by the rubber sheeting placed between cab and tender..

A Cuneo painting takes shape. 13-14 + col. plate between pp. 72-3.
Based on preparatory work and final completed painting of Clapham Junction for Southern Region poster with up Bournemouth Belle hauled by rebuilt Merchant Navy class Pacific.

Bertram, David. The Callander and Oban line. 15-33.
Written at the time when diesel traction was replacing staem and not long before closure between Dunblane and Crianlarich including the wonderful climb through Glenogle. The Killin and Ballachulish branches also closed. Illustrations include The Land Cruise trains formed of then new diesel multiple units.

Ransome-Wallis, P. In the cab of an English Electric type '4'. 41-4.
D242 from King's Cross to York: was disappointed by the lack of ability to run at high speed.

Cecil J. Allen. Fifty years of steam between Paddington and Penzance. 47-55+

B. Perren. Oil by train from North Thames-side. 34-9.

Parkes, G. Richard. Manchester Victoria and Exchange. 59-70.
Illustrated with photographs taken by K. Field, one of which shows 4-4-0 (40635?) in its spur at the western end of Platforms 4/5 at Exchange.

Noel Watts. The Kiruna-Narvik iron ore railway. 71-82
From mines in Sweden to port in Norway with line within Lapland and north of the Arctic Circle.

A.E. Wallis. THe South Eastern & Chatham in 1907. 83-95.

The S.E.C.R. electrification schemes of 1903 and 1919. 95-6.

Trains Annual 1964

The Western "Kings" — a valediction. C.J.  Allen,  5-16. 12 illus.

Trains Annual 1965

Cecil J. Allen. Speed – past, present and future. 5-15.

W.A. Tuplin. Reflections on firing an Ivatt Atlantic. 16-19+
Author fired one on the stretch between Nottingham and Sheffield and noted that the grate was very large. Also commented on the high speed with high load achieved by No. 4404 when it substituted for an A3 Pacific. The high power output between Barkston and Selby was especially noteworthy.

Trains Annual 1966

Day return to Mallaig. Anthony A. Vickers. 5-13.

From West Coast route to holiday camp: or how a "Duchess" became a Butlin's camper. Derek Cross. 14-20.

Oxley, J.C. Train regulation—old style—at a Gloucestershire country junction. . 22-32.
Grange Court Junction for the Ross--on-Wye and Hereford line.

Steam on the "Broccolo". R.C. Riley. 33

Reed, M.C. The Settle & Carlisle main line. . 42

The Isle of Wight's fight for its railways. Michael P. Jacobs. 62

An American eats on European trains. William G. Farquhar. 68

The hazards of shunting. G. Richard Parkes. 74

The narrow-gauge railways of Greece. G. J. Hoare. 82

The German Federal's success with oil-burning steam power. Rolf Martens. 93

Trains Annual 1967

Cecil J. Allen. 100 m.p.h. on rails. 4-13

Brian Hinchcliffe. Across the Apaennines in the "Vesuvius Arrow". 14-20

C.P. Atkins. The Whitelegg "Baltics". 21-4.

Pacifics and their days in Scotland. 25-30.

J.C. Natzio. Last days of steam on the Great Northern of Ireland. 31-6.

G.P. Stilley. The "Caley" in 1935: a day at Edinburgh Princes Street. 37-52
Busy suburban services to Balerno, Barnton and Leith worked by Caledobian Railway 0-4-4T with Westinghouse brakes. Caledonian 4-4-0 and 4-60 types still in service

Brian Perren. Watchdogs of an inter-Regional express service. 53-6.

Enthusiast excursions. 57-62.

J.M. Tolson. The railways of Jugoslavia. 63-73.

A. Jamieson. Reminiscences of the L.N.W.R. 74-81.
Fireman at Patricroft: refers to Whales' Mankillers: the 19inch 4-6-0s. Drivers did not like Webb compounds, but fireman liked them. The Swammys compound 0-8-0s were much easier to fire on the climb to Shap.

C.G. Holyhead. The rough trip. 82-5.
Dundee to Glasgow on a Standard Class 5 with Caprotti valve gear No. 75153 in poor condition and much in thick fog

Susan M. Youell. Lady Angela's Railway. 86-8.
Kingston-on-Soar Gypsum Mines Railway worked by Peckett 0-4-0ST Lady Angela

O. Humberstone Prosser. A new deal for independent railways. 89-96.

1968: Trains '68

Editor J.B. Snell, 1967

L.T.C. Rolt. Reminiscences of a locomotive works. 5-11.
In 1928 Rolt bean a preium apprenticeship at the works of Kerr, Stuart & Co. Ltd in Stoke-on-Trent which ended with the financial collapse of the firm in 1930 due to financial misdealings by one of the directors.

R.C. Riley. Dieselization in Devon and Cornwall. 12-20

London's llast vsrteam service. 21-8
Black & white photo-feature based on services from Waterloo

1971: Railway World Annual

The contents were gleaned from a review  in Railway World in 1971, 32, 551

Plymouth to Paddington in the late 1940s

Twenty years of Paddington to Weymouth main line services

Metroland in 1916

Oil-fired steam

C. Hamilton Ellis. The splendour of the 2-4-0 express locomotive in its  prime
Illustrated in colour by some of his paintings

NCB tank engines at a Welsh colliery

1972: Railway World Annual

R.A. Barnes. Interim dieselisation—could  BR have done better? 7-12

Fifteen to thirty— and some in between. 13-17.
Photo-feature: narrow gaugu: Vale of Rheidol (1ft 11½in): No. 7 leaving Aberystwyth on 16 September 1970 (John H. Bird); No. 8 & train in rail blue livery on level section on 14.15 for Devils Bridge in August 1970 (J. Reeves)

1976: Railway World Annual

Experimental Section. H.A.V. Bulleid. 3-8.
The Experimental Section of the LMS at Derby where H.A.V. worked for a few months in 1935. He was too late to be greatly involved with the "ghastly steaming of the three-cylinder 4-6-0s [which] had just about been cured, thanks to some heroic work on the tubes and blast pipe by Riddles and Bond at Crewe". In association with this debacle Bulleid had to design vacuum tubes and pyrometers for tests on smokeboxes on three-cylinder 4-6-0s. He also worked on the brick arches used on the compounds and this brought him into contact with Coleman. He had to design an armrest for use in association with side windows where the sliders caused discomfort to the drivers. He was involved with some interesting tests on raising steam rapidly from cold using forced ventilation with portable blowers and circulators to ensure that the heat was raised evenly. He took part in dynamometer car tests (using the L&Y car) on The Mid-Day Scot between Crewe and Gloasgow with Driver Garrett to examine fuel consumption using Royal Scot 6158 Loyal Regiment. He found it to be an admirable locomotive, but described the awesome nature of slipping at speed on Shap.

Last of the true narrow gauge. Michael Farr. 14-23.
Author considered that this ended in November 1965 when the Isle of Man withdrew its all-year service and ceased to convey parcels traffic. Describes a trip to Peel with a pair of ex-CDR railcars hauling a parcels van and a steam-hauled journey to Port Erin. The Manx Electric Railway was also explored at that time.

Stanton,. Henry. Home via Suez. 24-7.
Journey made in 1914 when aged seven: from India to London Euston via Port Sudan, Suez, Port Said. Marseilles (giving enough time for a train ride), Algeciras via Gibraltar and Liverpool, but due to WW1 not via Riverside.

Jones, William. The Cardiff Valleys Division. 36-55.
Formed in 1923 by GWR to bring together the former Taff Vale, Rhymney, Barry and Cardiff Railways. The Rhymney had close ties with the LNWR and it is surprising that it did not become part of the LMS. The rolling stock and locomotives, and their liveries of the pre-amalgamation companies are described. Rationalization of services took place in the Cardiff area. Queen Street station was rebuilt and Caerphilly Works (Rhymney Railway) were enlarged. Many on the inherited 0-6-2Ts had long lives and the GWR added the 56XX type. Through services were developed to Aberystwyth and Llandridod Wells from Barry Island.

Heywood, P. Signal failure. 56-63.
Points and signals failures. On 1 January 1946 a class 5 4-6-0 on a Fleetwood to London fish train ran into the rear of a local train at Lichfield killing twenty passengers. Driver Read, and several others claimed that the signal was clear, but Lt. Col. Woodhouse, the Inspecting Officer, considered that the signal was probably at danger at that Driver Read had failed to obey it. The accident was similar to one on 4 September 1870 when the Irish Mail ran into the rear of a local at Tamworth.

The East Coast 'non-stop'. David Percival. 64-73.

Hendry, R. Powell. G.E. byways in Norfolk. 92-9.
Hunstanton, Wells-next-the-Sea, Fakenham, Dereham, Lynn Docks. Notes steeply graded approach to Wells, unusual operating practices in Norfolk for freight and arrival of night mail at King's Lynn.

Heaps, Chris. Bridges rebuilt, rejuvenated and rejected. . 100-7.
Begins by comparing the total loss of the Severn Bridge due to a collision from a tanker barge with that of the swing bridge at Goole which was repaired within eight months of being hit by a ship. Other seriously damaged bridges included the failure of the first Tay Bridge, the fire which destroyed the historic tubes of the Britannia Tubular Bridge across the Menai Straits on 23 May 1970 and the Connel Ferry Bridge which was converted into a road bridge.

Thornewell, W.T. Tunnels – the inside story. 112-17.
Inspection of tunnels.

Railway World Annual 1977; edited Alan Williams

David Willis. The Wartime Underground. 3

Spirit of '67
Photo feature

David Percival. Steam, Diesel and Electric on the GN. 14

By Midland to Manchester . 22
Photo feature

Chris Heaps. The Southern in Sussex. 32 

Richard Stokes Early power signalling. 46 

Michael Bonavia. The little Channel Tunnel. 54-7.

P.A. Rutter. Lickey, 58

Derek Cross. Engines under the influence of Scots. 70

Manx Electric 78
Photo feature

G. M. Kichenside. By metre gauge across Southern Switzerland. 82  

92 Saturdays Only A. W. Tracey

94 Gresley's Streamliners Photo feature

Scouse scenes. 100
Photo feature

108 That Railway 'Age' V. Thompson

Harry Underwood. Race Day at Doncaster — fifty years ago. 116 

118 Mendip Memories Photo feature

Railway World Annual 1983
Noted in Railway Wlld, 1982, 43, 430

Railway World Annual 1984
128pp incl 16pp colour
Railway World's own Annual, with a wide-ranging look at railways, steam, diesel and electric, at home and abroad. Subjects covered include: Steam in Nepal- 1958 Inverness-Wick in the 1980s 60 years ago on the GN main line Back to front steam locomotives The Railways of Majorca Train timing

Locospotters Annual 1970 Cecil J. Allen. Ian Allan. 64pp.
Reviewed G.M. Kichenside. Railway Wld, 1969, 30, 414. The latest edition of Locospotters Annual, that ever popular book produced for the young enthusiast, has been written this year entirely by veteran author Cecil J. Alien. That said it is hardly necessary to add that the book comes well up to its regular high standard, with fascinating articles of interest and a wealth of fine action photographs. In- cluded in the contents this year are reminiscences of the Britannia Pacifies, a description of the ew Tokaido line, an informative behind-the-scenes article on how railway rails are made, a trip across the roof of Europe by the " Glacier Express ", Canada's latest gas-turbine trains and a photo feature of trains of the past.