Volume 21 (1960)
Became an Ian Allan publication
No. 236 January
Norman Harvey. Locomotive causerie: eperiences with the English Electric
Type "4" diesels. 5-7+
No. D208 on the Tees-Tyne Pullman non-stop from Darlington to King's Cross with Driver Bill Hoole (just prior to his retirement). Another footplate run on D211 from Crewe to Rugby with Driver A. Young (also close to retirement) was so slow by contemporary standards that it could be mistaken for a freight. At least Hoole achieved 92 mile/h descending from Stoke Summit.
P.J. Norris. The Ryde - Cowes line1. 8-13
Part 2 page 59. See also letter from Author on page 192
Alan J.S. Paterson. Exhibition engines of 1886.
See also lettter from Montague Smith
H.M. Le Fleming. Famous locomotive families. 1the de Glehn Atlantics. 28-31.
No. 237 February
Whitelegg inside-cylinder 4-6-4T of Furness Railway leaving Carnforth
with a train for Barrow. front cover
From a painting by V. Welch
Norman Harvey. Locomotive causerie: encounters with pre-grouping
E4 0-6-2T No. 32512 on through coaches from Birkenhead to Eastbourne on the stage from Brighton. Although fitted with 5 ft coupled wheels 58 mile/h was achieved twice and iitial acceleration was rapid albeit with only four coaches. The T9 class 4-4-0s were still capable of fast running in the autumn of 1958 when No. 30313 reached 72 mile/h near dean when recorded working between Salisbury and Cosham via Southamtopn and Netley with its steepish banks and sharp curves. In May 1956 he travelled behind H2 class Atlantic No. 32425 Trevose Head between Southampton and Worthing with a load of four coaches when speeds in the sixties were obtained. Finally an L class 4-4-0 No. 1764 was timed hauling nearly 300 tons on the difficult road beteen Crowhurst and Tonbridge on 18 June 1950.
P.J. Lynch. Three Midlands industrials: ironstone railways at Ketttering,
Eastwell and Eaton. 39-42.
Cites E.S. Tonks The ironstone railways and tramways of the Midlands and reproduces a map from it. Photographs are by Lynch
A.M. Lawrence. Vans via Harwich. 43-5.
Train ferry berth att Harwich opened by Prince G eorge on 24 April 1924. Three original vessels built to serve Richborough. Two sunk during WW2. Repacement Norfolk Ferry not illustrated. Continental wagons including Interfrigo refrigerated vans and Italian vans with brakesman's cab. Map, link span
Colin G. Maggs. The railways between Bristol and Bath1. 46-51;
Work began in September 1835; the Royal Assent having been granted on 31 August 1835 for what was to become the Great Western Railway with Brunel as its engineer and the unfortunate William Ranger being the contractor who was discharged for his tardy work by Brunel and was forced into litigation which was not resolved until 1855. The railway from Bristol to Bath opened on 31 August 1840, but the directors inspected the line on 21 August. Engines used on the inspection trip were Arrow built bt Stothert & Co. of Bristol and by Meridian supplied by Hawthorn & Co. On 31 August the first train was hauled by Fireball and that from Bath by Arrow. Illustrations; exterior of Bristol Temple Meads Station in 1841 (engraving); interior of Bristol Temple Meads Station in 1841 (engraving); frontage of Bristol Temple Meads Station in 1959 (G.F. Heiron); Bristol Bath Road motive power depot (G.F. Heiron); main train shed at Temple Meads viewed from south (J.D. Mills); preserved No. 3440 City of Truro emerging from St. Anne's Tunnel with RCTS special from Waterloo (W. Vaughan-Jenkins);; western pportal Fox's Wood Tunnel in 1842 (engraving); Keynsham station with broad gauge locomotive & train, and in 1959; No. 6023 King Edward II on Fox's Wood water troughs with 10.05 Bristol to Paddington and No. 7032 Denbigh Castle on 13,50 Bristol to Paddington leaving Fox's Wood Tunnel (G.F. Heiron).
Edward Treby. The Greenwich Park Branch today. 52-5
Fully opened on 1 September 1888 the London, Chatham & Dover Railway required heavy earthworks including a tunnel. The line close in 1917 and part of it were used to construct the Nunhead Spur into Lewisham. Map. Illustrations: LCDR 0-4-2WT No. 99 Mona at Greenwich Park station; P class 0-6-0T with sandwich push & pull at Greenwich Park station; remains of Brockley Lane station; arch remnant of bridge across River Ravensbourne; Schools class 4-4-0 No. 3908 Westminster with up train from Hastings passing St. John station with remnant of branch just visible. AT time of publication station buildings at Blackheath Hill and Greenwich Park were still extant. Refers to articles by himself entitled from Lewisham via the Elephant in Volumes 16 and 17.
H.G. Forsythe. Twilight of the "Big Boys". 56-8
Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 weighed 540 tons and were used mainly between Ogden in Utah and Green River in Wyoming in the Wasatch Mountains. They had 23¾ x 32-in cylinders (4) and 5-ft 8-in coupled wheels, The Challenger class were 4-6-6-4 and were intended for faster trains. Illustrations: Big Boy No. 4022 side-on view; No. 4019 with 3000 ton freight at 8000 feet in the Wasatch Mountains; No. 4014 rounding a curve with a freight; Challenger No. 3939 with a passenger train; No. 4006 waiting its next turn.
P.J. Norris. The Ryde - Cowes line2.
Part 1. Rolling sttock and trrain services. Illustrations: Isle of Wight Central Railway 2-4-0T No. 7 (H. Gordon Tidey); Terrier 0-6-0T No. 11 (ex-LBSCR No. 40 Brighton) at Newport. (H. Gordon Tidey); 2-4-0T No. 7 at Newport station; O2 No. W32 Bonchurch at Cowes in 1938 (C.C.B. Herbert); ex-SECR 54 ft coach NO.S6380 and ex-LBSCR brake third No. S4153.
Book rreviews. 63
The Liverpool Overhead Railway, Charles E. Box. London:
Railway World Ltd. 8t in. x 5t in. 189 pp. 84 illustrations, 28 maps or diagrams.
Reviewed by RKK.
Merseyside had, until very recent years, more variety to attract the student of electric rail traction than any other part of Britain outside the London area. The scene has, alas, changed rapidly and little now remains of the former character, for the old South- port stock of the L. & Y., the time- lessly preserved American rapid transit trains of the Mersey and the long lines of green trams have all vanished. Vanished also, and leaving a large gap in many railway hearts, is that "one-off" example of a British "El," the Liverpool Overhead Railway. To the end this was the most substantial of Britain's indepen- dent railways and it presents a subject which needs comparably substantial treatment.
Mr. Charles Box has a personal part in the story which most of us will envy, for at an age when we had to be content with tinplate track on the drawing room floor, he had daily con- tact with the Overhead, then man- aged by his father. As one might expect, his account of the line has the authentic ring of a personal story, supplemented by painstaking re- searches in the Company's records. Sometimes indeed the detail reminds one or those dutiful German denn- schriiten that record the birthdavs of all the top brass present at the opening ceremony, for the style is more often that of the engineer than that of the artist. Just occasionally, the punctuation provides nothing more than commas where a longer pause, or a new sentence, would have been happier. These are pedantic quibbles in the face of solid worth, for the cradle-to-the-grave record of Overhead doings has never been published before in convenient form. For good measure, there is a chapter on the Overhead's street tramway enterprise, from the pen of Norman Forbes, who also has intimate personal knowledge of his subject (embracing the minor but all too often forgotten details of the design of pole bases).
The il\ustrations, mostlv unpublished until now, are well chosen and on the whole well reproduced, knowing as we do the troubles of the photorapher in the customary murk of Merseyside. One or two (like the quadricycle overhead or the Forney tanks on the New York "El," or for that matter, the German and American trams in Liverpool) are incidental to the main theme but nevertheless welcome, while the L. &Y. "orange boxes" in full flight near Pier Head, the vintage power station equipment or the decorated trams are well worth the money. It is a pity that the standard of the maps and diagrams, except the signal diagrams, falls short of the professional efforts usually found in books from this publisher. The 1896 map reproduction is interesting but no substitute for a well- drawn modern map of the line in its last form.
Reviewers are by nature a niggling tribe, and this one is no exception. One would have bartered cheerfully all those controller circuit diagrams (already known to the technical reader and unlikely to attract the rest) for a chapter in more romantic vein delineating the sights, sounds and smells of the Overhead, for there were fpw more characterful lines anywhere. The crowded cars full of shag-smoke in the early misty morning, the Chinese who got in at Alexandra carrying what looked like the handles of old-fashioned mangles, the unearthly calm of stations in the late evening when the train had just gone and only the policeman walking the cobbles of the dock beneath could be heardthese things and more do not get into tables of seating capacity or motor horsepower, yet they were the very blood and bones of the Overhead as most of us knew it. On a more pedestrian plane, one would have liked to know a little more about the signalling at Rimrose Road (where they put the signals up once a year for the "National ") or that skirt-rending Reno escalator with its ascending Gibson Girls on page 42. The account of the Blitz could have been more heroically recorded (those dates given in the 6/5/41 form annoy the eye), for the Overhead's war record was second to none, and deserves more than just a conventional incident diary.
All reviewers get annoyed when they come to the index and find that it doesn't do its job; this book has a summary of contents in chapter order, which would have been much more use in conventional index form. A table of station opening and closing dates would have been helpful, though they are all recorded if you know where.
Despite these pinpricks, and some lack of colour, the book is a worthy addition to railway histories. The preface by Mr. H. Maxwell Rostron, the line's last general manager, is frank about the bumbling inability of the civic authorities to make transport policy decisions on the grand scale. The successive vacillations of city and dock officials and politicians lost Liverpool a transport asset of unique value. As the chapter on traffic reminds us, the annual figure for passengers carried during each of the last five years of the line's life was as good as any in the period 1901 to 1910 and only suurpassed by that duringthe two world wars. Only Britain could loose such a valuable transport asset. Illustraion: Standard three-car train of the Livrerpool Overhead Railway, one of the illustrations in above
L. & N.W. locomotive memories . J. P. Bardsley
Alfred the Greats and Jubilees were old friends on his home "Lancaster and Carlisle District" and it was good to have old memories revived. Most famous of their performances must have been the Euston-Carlisle non-stop run of 19 June, 1903, and return non-stop run on the 22 when No. 1965 Charles H. Mason, and 1966 Commonwealth, covered the distance in six hours (at an average speed of 50 m.p.h.) with an extremely heavy train of approximately 450 tons tare. Another famous member of the class at the time was Black Prince and great was his excitement when he first saw her on an express, but apart from being, I believe, the first L. & N.W. locomotive to have a steel framed tender, he had never been able to discover how she achieved fame or popularitythough the class was a favourite of his. In connection with Norman Harvey's remarks (page 648 December issue) it is, perhaps, of interest to recall that it was the performances of a L.B. & S.C. 4-4-2 tank between Brighton and Rugby in 1909 which led to the introduction of the George the Fifth class at Crewe in 1910.
Wandsworth Road Station. S. Gingell
Looking through the December issue of Railway World, of which I am a regular reader. I spotted a mistake in a photograph taken by H. Gordon Tidey. It shows an E1 on a boat train. which it says was passing Wandsworth Common. This should read Wandsworth Road, which I passed through some thousands of times as a top link driver. It may mislead some readers.
Radstock, a town of two railways. R.E. Toop
Thank you very much for the excellent presentation of my article (November issue) and photographs regarding the above. Two items that may be of interest to you are that the Sentinel locomotive illustrated, No 47190, is now the only one remaining at Radstock following the withdrawal of No. 47191. and passenger services between Bristol and Frome were suspended by the Western Region as and from 2 November. As there were no Sunday services, the last trains therefore ran on Saturday, 31 October.
Atmospheric relic. J.R. Cook
Re H.C. Towers' article on atmospheric railways in the November Railway Wor/d. Your readers may not be aware of the continued existence of one of the pumping stations of the Croydon line. It appears that soon after the reversion to steam traction by the London & Croydon Railway it was decided to provide piped water in Croydon and the thrifty inhabitants bought one of the disused pump houses which they dismantled and re-erected in Croydon at the place now known as Waterworks Yard. A mid-Victorian water engineer with a taste for false Gothic later added battlements (one still has the impression that Croydonians would defend their waterworks to the last) but the building is still the original.
Exhibition engines of 1886. Alan J.S. Paterson
Addenda: acknowledgments which were omitted from his article in the January issue: he was principally indebted to the Custodian of Historical Records British Railways (Scottish Region) for his courtesy in extending to me, over a period of several months, his assistance and co-operation and for permitting him to examine the original Minute Books of the Caledonian Railway, and to quote therefrom. He was also glad to acknowledge information supplied by the North British Locomotive Co. Ltd., concerning the two Caledonian engines in their early days. The information on the unusual journey of No. 123 through the streets of Edinburgh was taken from The Railway Gazelle and The Railway Magazine to the Editors of which I am grateful for their permission to quote the relevant passages. The opportunities of studying original sources have never been so favourable as now and felt that the indebtedness of railway historians ro the British Transoort Commission and the officers of the Historical Records section cannot be over-emphasised. It is to be hoped that much greater use of the facilities offered will be made by enthusiasts in the course of time in order that official information can be made generally known.
Restoring "Ben Alder". B. Wilkinson
Little is heard at present of the ex-Highland Railway "Ben" which is to be restored. I assume that the difficulty being experienced is the construction of a Highland-type boiler, wing-plates, and other H.R. adornments which it has lost over the years. Might it not be a good idea to restore it to early L.M.S. livery (with crest and tender numerals), which need involve very little alteration of components? As we already have a representative of the "Jones' Goods" in Highland livery, I am sure most Highland enthusiasts would agree with this suggestion. in order to see Ben Alder returned to acnve service as soon as possible.
L.M.S. Compounds. G.H. Butland
Re error in the caption to the illustration on page 678 of the December, 1959, issue which states, "No. 1937 Superb piloting 1082 (ex-Midland)." No. 1082 was, of course, one of the L.M. S. compounds, the 45 Midland ones (with, incidentally, driving wheels of 3 in. larger diameter) finishing with 1044.
Rover resurgent. W.A. Tuplin. 64
The letter from B.R. Miller (January issue) emphasises the difficulties of an Editor's position. To my mind intelligent comments on things as they are, as distinct from what convention and officialdom pretend them to be, are by far the most interesting and valuable contributions to Railway World and similar journals. Such comments always arouse resentment in those who hold tradition and convention in holy awe and who are presumably well satisfied by the lifeless assemblies of desiccated facts and figures that are too frequently published as articles. By and large the popular railway press is characterised by timid, humorless senility. I, for one, do not find this attractive, but on the other hand, whole-heartedly applaud articles (such as that by Mr. Kirkland) that have clearly been written by a live person and have not merely dribbled from some digital computer. One cannot expect every issue of any journal to be composed entirely of live articles and indeed extensive padding by repetition of masses of old figures must now be accepted as normal, but one welcomes the occasional product of enthusiasm and any comment on it should be commendatory on that account, however much one would prefer its facts to be suppressed.
No. 238 (March 1960)
Norman Harvey. Locomotive causerie: encounters with
pre-grouping locomotives. 2. 67-9; 92.
Log of 16..45 Nottingham to Marylebone behind B7 class four-cylinder 4-6-0 No. 5472: log covers the Rugby to Marylebone via High Wycombe part on 6 June 1943 (see letter from J. Allison on page 160). Another outlines a run behind North Eastern Railway R class 4-4-0 between Selby and York on 9 May 1952. A sparkling run from Ely to King's Lynn behind D16/3 No. 62618 produced speeds in excess of 70 mile/h.
Anthony A. Vickers. The Ludlow & Clee Hill Railway.
Rope-worked incline originally a separate undertaking to develop mineral wealth on Clee Hill. First engineer was David Wylie. Connected with the joint GWR/LNWR Railway which took over the line in 1993. Photographs show water being applied to the winding drum to prevent it catching fire. Only motive power shown is 57XX employeed beteen Ludlow and Bitterley at the foot of the incline. Motive power in the quarries is not shown. Letter from J.R. Hollick on p. 160 mentions motive power in 1950.
G.M. Kitchenside. The L. & N.W. Oerlikon electric sets. 74-7.
Includes diagrams (elevations and plans) of motor and trailing cars and photographs of interiors and exteriors.
Colin G. Maggs. The railways between Bristol and Bath2. 74-82.
R.S. McNaught. Masqueraders on wheels. 83-7.
Begins with B2 class No. 61671 Royal Sovereign which had been named Manchester City before being rebuilt. When No. 61671 was withdrawn in October 1958 No. 61632 Belvoir Castle was renamed Royal Sovereign, but it was broken up in March 1959. On the LMS No. 6151 The Royal Horse Guardsman switched its identity with No. 6100 Royal Scot for the visit to Chicago and subsequent tour. It is noted that this was a permanent change, but other changes were made on an ad hoc basis, but the one recorded was to a rebuilt locomotive No. 46123 which became H.L.I. for the daay when required to convey the Highland Light Infantry from Holyhead to Glasgow in 1955. See also letters on page 160 from Norman Groves; Arthur G. Wells; D.P. Rowland and J. Armstrong
No. 239 (April 1960)
Norman Harvey. Locomotive causerie: encounters with
pre-grouping locomotives. 3. 99-102
George V No. 5575 Partridge recorded on 17.50 Euston to Coventry and compared with a slower journey behind a compound No. 1053 in the late 1920s. Also up journeys and a fast run to Bedford from St. Pancras behind a 2P 4-4-0. P.G. Johnson sent details of fast run on a 2P 4-4-0 as pilot to Britannia Pacific between Holyhead and Chester,
L.T.C. Rolt. The Talyllyn Railway 1950-60. 103-6
Noted that No. 4 had been fitted with a Giesl oblong ejector in 1958 and this had led to a 40% fuel saving. See also letter from P.L. Smith
Colin G. Maggs. The railways between Bristol and
Midland Railway route to Bath via Mangotsfield. See also letters from Ronald Hurst and from G. Pothecary
H.M. Madgwick. Brighton ghosts. 112
W.H. Bett. Joint lines. 113-17.
See also letter from J.R. Batts
M. Windeatt. Lineside relics in South Wales. 118-19.
No. 240 (May 1960)
Norman Harvey. Locomotive causerie: Driver Hoole and
the "A1" Pacifics. 131-4
Claims that A! class was more expensive to run than the A4 class and were less fast: 100½ mile/h was highest speed attained. On 27 April 1957 No. 60133 Ponnern in rundown condition, including a boiler prone to prime, Hoole showed what could be achieved by skilled driving could achieve an early arrival at Doncaster with the down Saturday Yorkshire Pullman. No. 60157 Great Eastern achieved a very fast ascent of the climb from Peterborogh to Stoke Summit with the 13.05 King's Cross to Leeds on 28 October 1956. The same locomotive and driver hauled the up Flying Scotsman on 16 February 1957 from a start at Grantham with a load of nearly 500 tons to achieve 53 mile/h at Stoke and 90 mile/h at Little Bytham. The same locomotive and driver and another with 60156 Great Central show what could be achieved between Darlington and York
John R. Day. Alweg (and others) in Disneyland: the railways
of Walt Disney's pleasure park. 135-7
3ft gauge Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad ran through a Grand Ganyon diorama: there were both passenger cars and freight cars (also carrying passengers and this had been joined by an Alweg beam-type monorail
J.C. Gillham. The Woking and Bagshot Light Railway. 198-9; 156
A Light Railway Order was obtained, but the line was nevrer built.
John Betjeman. Heritage of the Rail Age. 140-2
Reproduced from Daily Telegraph article. Includes illustrations of construction of Hardwick's Doric Arch at Euston and how it would have appeared if brought forward to the Euston Road rrather than dumped as directed by the "Conservative government"
B.G. Wilson. Newbury to Winchester, 143-8
W.H. Bett. Ticket spotlight. 149
Locomotive masqueraders. Norman Groves.
Re errors in the article on locomotives which have exchanged names? The subject in question centres round the Prince of Wales class engine illustrated on page 85 of the March issue. To those who take interest in such things, it is well known that an engine of this type fitted with the standard Joy's valve-gear came to grief while travelling at high speed with a heavy load. This was through the central pin on the connecting rod breaking under straina weakness of the Joy gearresulting in the rod piercing the boiler with fatal results. To alleviate this weakness an arrangement was made for the inside valves to be worked by an outside valve-gear. Four engines were thus rebuilt with the outside gear. No. 964 Bret Harte, No. 867 Condor, No. 2340 Tara and No. 56 (unnamed). (They were nicknamed "Tishies" after a racehorse of that name, which was alleged to have crossed its legs whilst running, the outside valve-gear suggesting something similar.) A brand-new set of nameplates engraved with the title Prince of Wales was made, and fitted to No. 2340 (originally Tara). This engine was photographed in this guise for publicity purposes, with its original L. & N. W. number, 2340, unchanged. For exhibition at the 1924 Wembley Exhibition a new engine (built in May, 1924, by William Beardmore & Co.) with the outside valve-gear, and the additional feature of a Belpaire firebox, was fitted with these same nameplatesi.e. Prince of Wales; the L.M. & S. numbering was No. 5845. The nameplates were removed when No. 5845 went into service. While on show at Wembley the engine was painted L.M. & S. red. Tara soon reverted to its original name, became L.M. & S. No. 5688, and was withdrawn in October, 1933. The Wembley Exhibition engineL.M. & S. No. 5845 ran nameless, but became No. 25845 in 1938, and was withdrawn from service in December, 1941.
Locomotive masqueraders. Arthur G.
A locomotive "masquerade" not mentioned by Mr. McNaught occurred on the Southern Railway in 1939, in connection with the State Visit to London of the President of France. The engine chosen to haul the Presidential Special from Dover to London on 21 March, and back to Dover on the 24, was Schools No 934, but apparently the name was considered unsuitable, and for those few days 934 ran as Westminster, while the original holder of that name (908) became St Lawrence. Later the two engines resumed their proper names. This exchange of names seems to have been rather pointless. It was certainly not done because of any mechanical failure of No. 908, since this engine (named St. Lawrence) was used to work the Special back to London on 24 March, after the President had sailed from Dover. In any case. it is very doubtful if the President, or any member of his party, even saw the engine, let alone what name it carried
Locomotive masqueraders. D.P. Rowland
I believe that R.S. McNaught is incorrect when he states in "Masqueraders on Wheels" that the train which accompanied No. 6220 to the U.S.A. never came home at all. Shortly after the end of the war, early in 1946 I believe, some of the coaches, still in their blue and silver, were in the down carriage sidings at Crewe. I was told that they were on their way to Wolverron having just been landed from the U.S.A.
About the same time I talked with the late Capt. Black [KPJ W.F. Black?] who had held several positions in the locomotive department of the L. & N.W. and later the L.M.S. From him I heard of a most secretive piece of "Masquerading on Wheels." Very early in his career Capt. Black was employed at Longsight M.P.D. at the same time that the celebrated Jumbo Charles Dickens was putting up such consistent performances between Manchester and London. Apparently the "consistency" was assisted from time to time by a judicious change of name and number plates. I can only assume that this way Crewe was very pleased with its engines and with Longsight too. and that the running foreman got a chance to get Charles Dickens back into trim and ready to receive his own name and number plates once more.
Locomotive masqueraders. J. Armstrong.
Re three further instances of 'ghosting' in addition to those mentioned by R.S. McNaught in the March issue. When L B. Billinton rebuilt L.B. & S.C. No. 72. the last of the 'B4' to 'B4X' 'rebuilds,' it was painted grey, numbered 52 and named Sussex for the official photograph. The number 72 was afterwards restored. Another B4 had a slightly different fate. No. 59 had been fitted in 1912 with a Phoenix superheater and had had the footplate shape altered from the Billinton variety to what might be called a G.W. curve. In 1935, this engine, by then No. 2059, was amalgamated with No. 2068 at Eastleigh to give one serviceable B4 and a pile of scrap. The engine was outshopped as No. 2068 even though it contained the unique cab and footplate from No. 2059.
My last example is from the L. & N.E. In some correspondence in the April, 1957, Trains Illustrated K. Hoole mentioned that No. 201 was outshopped as The York & Ainsty but was quickly renamed. No. 211, on the other hand, was turned out painted grey, numbered 201 and named The Bramham Moor. It was later renumbered 211 and became The York & Ainsty. This particular lot of hocus-pocusor should it be shenanigan?sounds as though it ought to have happened at Inchicore instead of Darlingtonl An official photograph of L.N. & E. , V2 No. 4806 The Green Howard .... shows the engine to be fitted with what looks like the Melesco smokebox regulator similar to that on some of the Peppercorn A2' locomotives. Was this so?
G.C. four-cylinder engines. J.
Detected partisanship in Harvey's remarks on Great Central four-cylinder engines. These engines were never regarded as being much good on their own road, so how could they shine on the G.N.? His remarks about Robinsorr's engines affording their crews wonderful training is contradictory, to say the least. G.C. men never worked their engines expansively but on the regulator. That is why Hailstone and party performed such featsnot by enginemanship but through sheer ignorance! Ask any G.N. section fireman for whom he would rather fire. I had 20 years on the G.N. section but I do not think I can be classed as being biased, for my father was driving on the G.C. for 44 years.
Ludlow & Clee Hill Railway . J. R.
Re article on the Ludlow & Clee Hill Railway: writer visited this line in. September, 1950, and at that time the incline from Titterstone Clee quarries to the upper yard at Bitterley was still working; the gauge of this line appeared to be 4 ft and the wagons on it were of the chaldron type, working in balanced rakes of five. There was a tarmac plant at the upper yard.
At Bitterley there was a single post for both the home and starting arms, which were G.W. type. At the junction at Ludlow the branch home was a ringed G.W arm, while the distant was a ringed' G.W. yellow arm, with no black vee, fixed to a L. & N. W. post. On the Clee Hill incline there were two brakesman's trucks, one L.M.S. (L. & Y. origin) and the other G.W. At the top, Sentinel 47183 was doing the shunting; its predecessor was an older Sentinel. four-wheel locomotive, of which I was given a photograph; the number is not visible. I was also shown a photograph of L. & N.W. 0-4-0T 3243 which worked there before the Grouping. See also letter from P.E. Tennent.
A plea for virility . R.M. Tyrrell
For the first time in my life I find myself in agreement with Dr. Tuplin. Usually I feel his dogmatic and sometimes facetious style goes ill with his high academic qualifications, but he is dead right about the average railway article. All specialists become bores and railway writers who lift the subject out of its natural environment like degutted herrings are depriving their writings of the integral background to a fascinating subject. I would go further even than Dr. Tuplin and say that many railway enthusiasts are far from being a credit to the hobby. I refer to the motley band of scruffy. dessicated, serious-looking characters of all ages whose main interest seems to be taking numbers and quoting the dates and sections of Acts of Parliament Let us have more of the vigorous pipe-smoking, beer-drinking enthusiasts who can interestingly discuss all aspects of railways and who know a little about the other fascinating things of life as well!
Distant signals as starters. D.S.M. Barrie
Re. N.E. Danger's query. "is there any other terminus on British Railways whose starter is a distant?" this situation existed at the Port Talbot (Central) terminus of the former Port Talbot Railway, where the distant signal for Tonygroes Junction occupied the position where the starting signal would have been, had these two places not been within one block section.
L & S.W. "D15s". F.J. Lane
Re. Norman Harvey article on the Southern Railway, particularly in his reference to the L. & S.W. D15. In the 1920s Nos. 463 and 465 were regular engines hauling the 08.48 ex Winchester, non-stop Waterloo. I used this train frequently and clocked many interesting runs. It was almost always early and held at Vauxhall by signals. Long stretches between Basingstoke and Clapham were covered at an average of 65 m.p.h., with top speeds of up to 75; the load was about 350 tons.
No. 241 (June1960)
Reid NBR Atlantic No. 878 Hazeldean leaving Edinburgh Waverley for
St. Pancras via Waverley route. front cover.
From a painting by V. Welch
Hull & Barnsley
Introduction to articles by D.R. Smith
A matter of inclination
Leaving Wibledon on down journeys gradient post noting change from 1 in 11000 down to 1 in 13230 up.
Two D50 class New South Wales Government Railways climbing towards Lithgow
in the Blue Moutains with a freight prior tp electrification. A.E. Reynell.
Norman Harvey. Locomotive causerie: steam working on the Mid-Sussex
Line. 163-6; 189.
An examination of the former LBSCR line from Horsham to the South Coast prior to electrification and where the main expresses were hauled by Atlantics which had to cop with steep gradients and sharp curves. The 08.15 from Bognor to London Bridge which included Pullman cars and was the main business train: it returned from Victoria at 18.15. The other Atlantic workings were the 07.48 up to Victoria and the 15.20 return. The 14.24 from Bognor to Victoria was a slow train entrusted to 0-6-2T engines, but was timed sharply between Horsham and Dorking North and "must have been an impressive" sight rushing down from Holmwood.
N.W. Newcombe. The end of the Donegal Railway.166-70
A "Lanky" locomotive symposium. 171-6.
1"Lany" survivors. R. Keeley
2The "Radials"an epilogue. A. Smith
3The "Pugs". John Gahan
Centenary in North Aberdeenshire. J. Spencer Gilks. 177.
Branch line from Inveramsey to Gellymill opended om 4 June 1850.
K. Westcott Jones. By rail to the Mountains of the Moon. 178-82.
D.R. Smith. The Hull & Barnsley Railway. 183-8.
The last steam locomotive for British Railways.
9F 2-10-0 No. 92220 Evening Star built at Swindon
L. & N.W. memories. W. A. Parker
Like J.P. Bardsley, he had been intrigued as to the reason for the great populariry enjoyed by Black Prince. He had a "standard" Bassett-Lowke steam locomotive (gauge 0), bearing that name which for the period is not. I suppose, a bad model of the original. Could the model have led to the popularity of the prototype amongst enthusiasts of the day, or was the boot. in fact. on the other foot?
The railways between Bristol and Bath. Ronald
In the third part of his article, Maggs suggests that the first G.W. 2-8-0 to make an appearance on the former L.M.S. line was No. 3804 in August. 1959. His assumption is inaccurate, as on 4 May 1957, G.W. No. 3865 arrived with a pigeon special at Green Park. Photographic record of this occurrence may be found on page 390 of the July1957, issue of Trains Illustrated.
The railways between Bristol and Bath, G.
Re signals at Kelston Station (April issue). Although he had no doubt that perhaps the signals were originally installed for the purpose that Maggs states, to stop trains for the local squire, they were part of the block post known as Kelston, the instruments for which were located in a small hut on the down platform. The levers. of the turnover type, were situated outside the hut. The arm repeaters for the distant signals were so located that they could be seen by the signalman through the window whilst he was working the levers. This block post was opened during busy periods to shorten the block section between Bitton and Weston. It was in use before the 1939-1945 war but was not used after. With reference to the squire having trains stopped in later years, the request for this would have had to been made to the control at Bath who would have then authorised the necessary stop order to be issued.
Built at Crewe. G.W. Shott
In the August, 1959, issue, F. Spencer Yeates's article on the " Precursor" class, shows that No. 412 Marquis received L.M.S. number 5188. and No. 561 Antaeus, L.M.S. number 5245. In my collection of photos of the Precursor class, I have Marquis as L.M.S. 25188 and Antaeus as L.M.S. 25245; also, I have Antaeus as L.M.S. 25188 (the same number as Marquis). The numbers are, of course, on the cab sides. Has Spencer Yeates any information that would explain the seeming duplication of the L.M.S. number 25188. Please, can we have "Built at Crewe" Part 7. in an early issue? [We hope to resume the series shortly. Ed.]
Exhibition engines of 1886. Montague
Re article by Alan J. S. Paterson: No. 123 was designed by Neilson & Co. (see Edward Snowball's letter to Engineering, 14 March. 1890), obviously she was derived from Drummond's North British and Caledonian practice, and was a mixture of the two N.B. singles of 1876, and the 4-4-0 engines of the N.B. and Caledonian. Such items as boiler mountings were of Drurnmond's standard type, even his double organ whistles being fitted. On the other hand, No. 124 was definitely a Caledonian Railway design, the drawings and specification (the latter with Drummond's initials carrying the date 31/12/85) being sent from St. Rollox. Not all Drummond's engines had the slide bars supported only by the motion plate-the large 4-4-0T of the North British had the slide bars fixed in the usual manner. Vertical screw reversing gear was not by any means so unusual as Paterson assumes, for not only had Drummond used it on some of his N.B. engines, but vertical screw gear was fitted on some of Conner's engines on the Caledonian and on Matthew Kirtley's 890 Class 2-4-0 of the Midland. It was also standard on the Glasgow & South Western before James Stirling designed his splendid steam gear. In addition, Alexander Allan used a vertical rack-and- pinion reversing gear on the Scottish Central. As Paterscn remarks, No. 124 was much better suited to main line duties than No. 123, and it is indeed regrettable that, as yet, no real Caledonian engine has been preserved, the more so now that all McIntosh's fine 4-4-0s have gone. Paterson states that "there is not much accurate contemporary information available concerning their early history;" this is hardly the case. Engineering gave drawings of o. 124, while Engineering, The Engineer, and The Railway Engineer all published drawings of No. 123. I, for one, wish that every Scottish design was as fully documented!
The Talyllyn Railway. P.L. Smith
I found Mr. Rolt's article in the April issue very interesting, and no doubt so will many hundreds more readers, especially at the present moment when so many voluntary organisations are taking up steam railway preservation with gusto. It is quite true that many enthusiasts who put forward proposals really do not appear to realise that manpower and finance are very limited, and great care must be taken by all such enthusiasts, although their courage and enthusiasm must be applauded. The efforts of all concerned with the Talyllyn Railway and its counterparts are really appreciated by narrow gauge and steam railway enthusiasts and to know that these lines will live on as a memorial is a great satisfaction.
Joint lines. J.R. Batts
I was surprised to see in Mr. W. H. Bett's otherwise excellent article on joint lines the statement that "M 12345 Sc" would indicate a coach jointly allocated to the London Midland Region and Scottish Region. In fact it would indicate a painter's error. The region of allocation is indicated by the prefix letter thus:
E-Eastern & North Eastern. (The only true joint allocation)
The suffix letter indicates the origin of the vehicle thus:
W-ex-G.W. or non-standard B.R. numbered in G.W. series
S-ex-Southern Railway, etc.
M-ex-L.M. & S., etc.
E-ex-L. & N.E., etc.
No suffix-B.R. Standard
There was therefore no Sc suffix. The accidental transposition of prefix and suffix is not unknown. One example I have seen is the ex-L. & N. W. saloon used by the Western Region Signal Engineer which for some time was lettered M 45011 W. The illustration of the Severn & Wye notice board in the same article is of special interest in that the design and wording are of pure G.W. origin, and I should imagine It was cast at Swindon.
The Ryde-Cowes Line. P. Norris
Certain errors in my article on the Ryde-Cowes line have been pointed out by correspondents and I should like to comment on them The Freshwater branch and the stations at Wootton and Whippingham were in fact closed on the 21 September 1953. The Ryde-Newport line was opened in 1875 and worked in conjunction with the Newport-Cowes line by a joint committee (as I stated). The 1877 Act authorised construc- tion of the Medina Wharf and ra tified the joint committee. The line was opened to Ryde Esplanade on 5 April, and to the Pier Head on 12 July, 1880, and, as far as I know, both the Isle of Wight and Isle of Wight Central companies used it from the outset. The tramway to St. Johns Road was authorised in 1870 but not opened until 1874. The Ashey racecourse siding has been removed for at least 30 years and it would now be impossible to locate its course. Horse racing at Ashey went out of fashion many years ago but in recent years pony racing has become established there. As I stated, the Newport bridge is manually operated but it is not two separate structures. I have seen it opened on numerous occasions. At present the former Sandown line is blocked off and only the Ryde line crosses the bridge. A length of the Freshwater line remains at the Newport end and is used as a siding. Cement Mills Halt is in situ but is not in regular use as the mills have been closed for years. Once or twice a day trains call to drop or pick up platelayers and others. The halt is in an advanced state of decay.
No. 242 (July 1960)
The down Torbay Express, hauled by Castle Class 4-6-0 locomotive No.7020
Gloucester Castle leaving Greenway Tunnel on the descent from Churston
to Kingswear. front cover.
From a painting by V. Welch
Norman Harvey. Locomotive causerie: single drivers of the Midland and the Great Northern. 194-8.
Robert Keys. The Jubilee of the Trentham Park Line. 199-201.
Charles W. Reed. Memories of Newcastle 50 years ago. 202-5.
Like his father writer was a marine engineer, but was also a lifelong railway enthusiast with memories back to well before WW1 (father with his two sons travelled on the newly electrifiied Tyneside electrics on the opening day in July 1904). The family lived in Jarrow and he went to seconary school in South Shields. On Wednesday afternoons he walked to the tram terminus at Heworth and rode up to Gateshead to reach Newcastle Central station and observed railway activity including the mighty North Eastern Atlantics.
W.H. Bett. Ticket spotlight. 206.
Gillingham-Exeter 1860-1960. 207-9.
D.R. Smith. The Hull & Barnsley Railway 2. 210-15.
W.J.K. Davies. The Chiemseebahn: a Bavarian tram-train. 216-18.
Alan A. Jackson. and B.G. Wilson. Rails
on Wimbledon Common. 219-23.
William Prosser patented a railway system in which the wheels were flangeless but the vehicles were guided by wheels set at 45° to a wooden rail. The system was demonstrated on Wimbledon Common in 1845. The National Rifle Association held its annuaL meetings on Wimbledon Common from 1859 and built a tramway initially worked by horses, but in 1877 acquired a Merryweather tramway locomotive named Wharncliffe. In 1883 the tramway was experimentally electrified. The annual rifle meetings moved to Bisley in 1890 and a photograph shows the Merryweather locomotive in transit on a LSWR wagon.
Number 243 (August 1960)
Renown class 4-4-0 No. 1919 Revolution piloting Prince of Wales class
4-6-0 No. 1704 Conqueror picking up water off Tebay troughs. front
From a painting by V. Welch
Norman Harvey. Locomotive causerie: recollections of
Driver Frank Brooker. 227-30; 253
Runs tabulated: rebuilt Scot No. 46168 The Girl Guide on 16.05 Euston to Rugby on 24 April 1949; and same locomotive with17.05 Euston to Rugby with 15 coach train on 18 October 1952. No. 46252 on 18.30 Stranraer Boat Express (as far as Crewe) on 24 August 1950; No. 46248 on 10.50 Euston to Blackpool (between Watford Junction and Rugby) on 17 December 1949 and on same stretch on 20 May 1950 with No. 46118; and between Nuneaton and Stafford with No. 45736 on 26 March 1951 and No. 46147 on 14 April 1952.
S. Rickard. The "5600" class tank locomotives. 231-3.
Paul Myatt. The Batchworth Quarries railways. 234-7
M.R. Bailey. The oil-burning locomotives of the Great Eastern. 238-41;
Development of the James Holden oil-burning apparatus initially on works locomotives used in Stratford Works. In 1888 Bromley 2-2-2 No. 251 was fitted with the apparatus. In 1890 ten T19 2-4-0s were modified amd No. 760 was named Petrolea. Non-stop running was introduced on 1 July 1897 from Liverpool Street to North Walsham to provide Cromer with a fast service and this led to the D27 class 2-2-2 beiung fitted to investigate non-stop journeys to Cromer. The P43 type 4-2-2 and Claud Hamilton 4-4-0s followed: the latter hauling the heavy restaurant car expresses demanded by the summer visitors to the elite resort. Diagram of Holden apparatus.
B.G. Wilson. By rail to victory. 242-6
The railway from Genoa to Turin then in the Kingdom of Sardinia assisted in restraing Austrian aggression.
D.R. Smith. The Hull & Barnsley Railway 3 247-252
Book reviews. 255
Monorails. Hermann S.D. Botzow, Jr. New York.
Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation, Reviewed by JRD
This book is a most useful addition to the still somewhat sparse literature of monorails. Written while the author was studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it bears the mark of the technological mind in that its object is to present facts. In this he has succeeded beyond doubt, and the book should find a place on the reference shelves of all interested in transport, especially transport in large cities, for which the monorail is now being widely advocated. In the first part of the book Mr. Botzow discourses on monorails gener- ally and their characteristics and adds his comments. On the whole, the information given is in step with the latest trends and the comments are sensible and to the point. This section does not make the mistake of over-praising monorails or implying that they can do more than they really can. The essential nature of the book is shown by the fact that nearly half of it consists of appendices. The first lists many of the more important monorails which have reached the operational stage at various times. The second lists proposed monorails and the next three give some particu- lars of monorail dimensions and types of track. Probably the most useful section of the book to students is a 28-page bibliography, part of which was supplied by the Research Information Division of the British Transport Commission. The book is illustrated by drawings and good photographs of modern monorail equipment.
The Hay Railway. C.R. Clinker. Dawlish. David Charles. 62 pp.
14 half - tone illustrations and three line drawings. Reviewed by BGW
The Hay Railway was the twelfth railway to be incorporated by Act of Parliament. Authorised on 25 May 1811, primarily to carry "coals, corn and other heavy commodities," .it was opened in 1816 -18 from Brecon to Talgarth, Hay and Eardisley. The enterprise was strongly supported, 107 persons, including bankers, landowners and ironmasters, subscribing to it. The line, worked by horses, was laid to the 3ft. 6in. gauge and the first rails were of L - section, of cast iron in 3ft. lengths, resting on stone sleepers. It served a useful purpose well into the steam railway era until, after some unpleasantness, it was acquired in 1860 by the newly-formed Hereford, Hay & Brecon Railway. Its levels and curvature made it unsuitable for wholesale conversion to standard gauge and only one-third of its 24! miles of roadbed was so used by the new owners. The most spectacular survival is the 674-yard Talyllyn Tunnel, which was enlarged by the Brecon & Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway and reopened in 1863\; a plaque at the junction station briefly records the tunnel's history. Mr. Clinker has been able to borrow important records of the first 2.2 years of the Hay Railway's life. From them and the results of other research he presents a clear and fascinating picture of a most interesting early line. The book is well printed, with a good map and varied illustrations, including Rastrick's design for a railway suspension bridge over the Wye at Whitney. For the first time the by-laws and regulations for "Government and Good Order" of an early line are reproduced in full and, on the lighter side, there are some quotations of messages sent by James James, the weighman at Brecon. One of them reads: "Battles the old fool loaded the spare Trams on this Wharf in consequence the order could not be attended t~". Latter-day wagon despatchers will sympathise with James!-
The Salisbury & Yeovil Railway (A Centenary reprint of The History
of a Railway, Louis H. Ruegg). Dawlish. David & Charles. 66 pp. Reviewed
David & Charles have done transport bibilographers a service by re-publishing in this centenary year of the completion of the narrow gauge to Exeter a rare classic whose simple original title and limited first edition have kept it undeservedly obscure. It first appeared in 1878, the work of Louis H. Ruegg, a Londoner who settled in the delectable town of Sherborne as a journalist-newspaper proprietor and became a respected townsman and Chairman of the Council. (An interesting fellow evidentlyone is somehow reminded of Farfrae in the Mayor of Casterbridge). Ruegg was an active shareholder of the Salisbury & Yeovil and, although the South Western made a fair offer for the line, he stuck out for and wrested still better terms. It is good to know that his fellow shareholders suitably acknowledged their gratitude.
The ceremony of the turning of the first sod of the railway at Gillingham the silver spade, the decorated wheelbarrow and the elegant gauntletsis one of the best-told things in the book. One can almost feel the relentless rain that even found its way into a marquee and" crowning insult of all ! mingled! our wine with water". The promoters bore the deluge with resignation - "we have had so much cold water thrown upon us before that a bucket or two extra can make no difference now". Indeed, the way of the narrow gauge to the west had been beset with difficulty, largely arising from the schism in the South Western directorate between those who were for extending "Castleman's Snake" from Dorchester to Exeter and those who favoured the inland route through Yeovil. It was further bedevilled by the machinations of the broad gauge interest, and so serious were matters at one stage that the Salisbury & Yeovil directors even considered abandoning the line they had just begun, but in the nick of time the South Western agreed to work it on favourable terms and in July, 1856, gained an Act to make a line of its own in continuation to Exeter.
All this is the very stuff of mid-Victorian railway politics and how well Ruegg 'handles ,it! He naturally enthuses over 'the arrival of the railway at Sherborne, when bands played, bells pealed, cannons were fired, school-children sang, flags flew, the motto "Where there's a will there's a way" was flaunted and the preacher took as his text "Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased". A writer in the Sherborne 'Journal, no doubt Ruegg himself, observed that "country contended for so strongly must have within it the germ of unusual prosperity". Prophetic remark, for, the four per cent divided of 1861, the first year of working, rose to no less than 14 by 1877. What a triumph for Ruegg that after striving to improve the South Western's terms for the S. & Y. take-over he can state " ... as I write I find South Western shares negotiated at 133¾ so that the equivalents of £100 of Salisbury & Yeovil shares are A PERPETUAL PREFERENCE PAYMElNT OFTHIRTEEN PER GENT ... "
The text has been reproduced by photo-lithography from the original, complete with vignettes and decorated drop capitals, and Mr. David St John Thomas contributes a pleasant introduction. The book will be seized on by railway and Wessex historian alike.
Flat gradients. .F.D.Y. Faulkner
Referring to the editorial "A Matter of Inclination" in your June issue. I would add that the gradient of 1 in 13230 (falling towards Exeter) shown in the L. & S.W. gradient profiles extended from 7m. 63c. to 8m. 41c. and was preceded by a gradient of 1 in 11000 rising and followed by 1 in 2329 falling. These flat gradients were doubtless average gradients computed from the relative rail levels which are, of course, subject to variation due to local lifting of the track which is a normal practice when relaying or re-ballasting, and it is possible in this case that the construction of the junction to the Wimbledon and Sutton line also resulted in some local regrading. It is quite impracticable to carry out a continuous re-checking of gradients and re- positioning of gradient posts throughout the Region, but it happens that fresh levels have recently been taken on part of the main line, including the portion between Wimbledon and Raynes Park; this shows the present gradients to be as follows
7m. 27c. to 7m. 76c. 1 in 2660 rising
7m. 76c. to Srn. 21c. 1 in 1680 falling
8m. 21c. to 8m. 43c. 1 in 704 falling
An experienced surveyor using established levelling practice would have no difficulty in determining a difference in rail level at two points three-quarters-of-a-mile apart, since this does not, of course, imply a direct "sight" over the whole of this length. There is no reason to think that the levels which were used when the line was constructed were less capable of such accuracy than the instrumen ts used today, the main difference in the modern instruments being that they are less cumbersome than the old ones. Writer was Public Relations and Publicity Officer, British Railways, Southern Region
(B.S. Cooper, of Chesham Bois, points out that our arithmetic was faulty and that a gradient of 1 in 11000 is 0.48ft. (5¾ in.) per mile and one of 1 in 13230 is 0.4 ft. (approx 4¾ in.) per mile.-Ed.)
The Ravenglass & Eskdale. William J. Morrison
Must this be the last season of " T' Laal Ratty"? Miracles have been worked before by enthusiastic railway lovers. I know the arguments against too many preservation societies. As a member of both the Talyllyn and Festiniog Societies I could not agree more about the dangers of spreading the pool of enthusiastic amateur effort over too many enterprises. Here, however, we surely have something well worth an effort. I think I am right in saying that it was in Eskdale that the ultra-narrow gauge was first put to commercial use (as opposed to exhibition and fairground lines). The R. & E. is well-known and had an exceptionally good season in 1959. It lies in an area increasing in popularity with tourists and within easy reach of the Morecambe Bay and Cumberland coast resorts. I feel that it needs some covered or semi-covered coaches to combat the rain frequently met with in this part of the world and the ageing 0-4-4 tractor will need replacement before too long, but otherwise locomotives, coaches, track and buildings seemed in good condition on my last visit last Summer. The main obstacle would seem to be the £22,000 but even this difficulty may be overcome.
(Our correspondent encloses an extract from the Cumber/and News of 22 April, which refers to the efforts made by the Keswick Granite Company, owners of the R. & E., to find a buyer for it, so far, without success.-Ed.)
Ludlow & Clee Hill Railway. P.E.
Re Hollick letter in the May issue, the gauge of the Titterstone Quarry line was 3ft. This can still be measured (approximately) from grooves left in the tarmac on Bitterley Wharf and old sleepers on the incline, although having lost its rails the old incline still retains its haulage cable. This line used steam power as well as cable, there being two small locomotives at the top of the incline, one of which was a Sentinel.
On the subject of motive power I was surprised that Vickers did not mention the steam crane, used as a shunting locomotive by the quarry company, on the section of the present line beyond Clee Hill village, where the B.R. locomotive does not work. Although it was an unusual prime mover its predecessor was no less so, being an American saddle rank. Before the war there were also two narrow-gauge tanks employed in these quarries (Dhu Stone Quarries).
I saw recently the ex-S.H.T. Hudswell Clark 0-4-0ST No. 1142 (not 939 as stated by Vickers) which worked at the top of the incline. It was heading south from Stourbridge Junction as part of a freight train, presumably on its last journey, to Swindon. Perhaps one of your readers know what has replaced it in the lonely windswept shed high up on the Clees.
High speed with 4-4-0s. P.G. Johnson,
Re Locomotive Causerie appertaining to high-speed runs by 4-4-0 locomotives. I too had such a run, in the summer of 1955. The locomotive concerned was Class 2P, No. 40660. We were rostered coupled engine from Crewe to Holyhead and were to return as assistant engine to the up night Irish Mail. We had a Stanier 5 marked to us but it failed and 40660 was substituted at short notice. The run to Holyhead was not spectacular but the return trip was. The driver of the train engine (No. 70047) looked rather dubiously at 660 as she backed on to him and a few uncomplimentary remarks were passed appertaining thereto! Unfortunately I have not the passing times as, being the driver (passed fireman at 5B), I was 'otherwise occupied,' but I know we left Holyhead 22 minutes late. We stopped two minutes at Llysfaen owing to single line working and arrived in Chester one minute down, which just goes to prove that given her head a 4-4-0 will still move when required. The load, by the way, was 17 for 585 tons.
Lancashire & Yorkshire 2-4-2sand otlhers.
We are grateful to Messrs. Richard S. Greenwood, of Rochdale, and Michael J. Horrobin, of Bolton, for the information on which the following notes, bringing up to date that in the article "A 'Lanky' Locomotive Symposium" (June issue), are based.
By May last the ranks of the 2-4-25 were down to three: No. 50721 was at Bank Hall, graced with the new design of British Railways totem. The other two, Nos. 5074.6 and 50850, were at Southport. The transfer of No. 50850 to Southport in February, leaving Bolton without a "Radial" for perhaps the first time in nearly seventy years, was brought about by the withdrawal of Southport's No. 50781 after a collision. No. 50850 was the last "Radial" to be returned to service after repair (believed to be a 'casual ') at Horwich Works, in February, 1959. The external condition of No. 50746 augured ill for its fate, as it was stored alongside the withdrawn and cannibalised Stanier Class 3MT 2-6-2s. The last working from Bolton of No. 50850 was on 2 January, when it was turned out in immaculate condition to work the last passenger train between Chorley and Blackburn. On that occasion its vacuum-operated water pick-up scoop was used on Lostock Junction troughs.
The last Barton-Wright class 2F 0-6-0 (No. 52044,) not converted into a saddletank was observed on 30 April inside the erecting shop at Horwioh (after ten months' sojourn in the yard) receiving quite extensive attention to put it into a condition fit " to make one journey, dead, from works ". George H. Barnes, of Chorley, reports that No. 52044, was last seen at Ashton Moss Sidings painted plain black en route to its new owner and asks for information about its destination.
With only one saddle tank, No. 51371, remaining on the allocation of Newton Heath the shunting duties at Royton Junction are handled by Jinties, ex-Midland condensing 0-6-0T tanks and ex-L. & Y. A Class 0-6-0s. The yards at Oldham are shunted still by the ex-L. & Y. 0-6-0s from what was in the past a North Western shed, Lees. No. 51371 received a general repair at Horwich in August, 1958, and No. 51445, at present at Edge Hill, received an intermediate in. May, 1959. Wren, the last of the 18in.-gauge shunters at Horwich Works, is also stilI in existence, although rarely in use since the diesel No. ZM32 is the normal motive power.
A final point of interest mentioned by Mr. Horrobin is that five of the Class 2F saddle tanks which shunt at Horwich Works still retain their L.M. & S. numbers; although at least one has recently been repainted and given the latest B.R. emblem the L.M. & S. number remains. [No. 11394 of this batch has been reported scrapped.-Ed.]
Number 244 (September 1960)
Up Leeds express near Welwyn Garden City hauled by No. 60029 Woodcock.
From a painting by V. Welch
Editorial. B.G. Wilson, 257
Overhead and aesthetes
Norman Harvey. A Brighton locomotive masterpiece: the
Marsh "I3" class tanks. Locomotive Causerie. 259-63.
The application of superheating is credited to Basil Field and Harvey claims that water consumption rose after the removal of the Westinghouse equipment. Claims that the design was a "masterpiece" and still capable of fine performance even into the post-WW2 period.
Jakob Würth. William Wilson and the first German
steam railway. 264-7.
Outlines William Wilson from Wallbottle in Northumberland who was sent with Robert Stephenson locomotive Der Adler to Nuremburg to establish the first real railway in Germany. He did this in response to Paul Camille Denis, the civil engineer of the Ludwigsbahn and Friedrick List and Johannes Scharrer.
A Scottish island funicular. 267.
On Eilean Mor, the largest of the Flannan Isles, a rope worked railway served the lighthouse operated by the Northern Lighthouse Board by linking it to the east and west landings. The 3ft gauge lines joined for the final ascnt: gradients were very steep and intended to convey supplies..
P. Winding. Darlington North Road scrap yard. 268
D.R. Smith. The Hull & Barnsley Railway. Part 4. 269-71.
Running powers over the Dearne Valley Railway and to Waakefield over the L&YR. The decline in coal exports, especially during the 1931-2 slump began a decline which ended in closure on 4 April 1959. Ends with an imaginery journey on the line's premier passenger train in 1914: the 17.00 from the incoveniently situated Hull Cannon Street, picked up passengers at Beverley Road and ran semi-fast to Sheffield in 115 minutes.
South African Railways 1860-1960. 272-3.
Black & white photo-feature
R.C. Riley. Stroudley tank engines in the West Country. 274-8.
R.S. McNaught. Caledonian reflections. 279-82.
R. Keys. A North Staffordshire relic. 282-3.
Two Southern museum pieces. 283+
Frances Collingwood. Joseph Locke, 1805-60. 284-5
Number 245 (October 1960)
Norman Harvey. Some G.E. runs in the 1890s. Locomotive Causerie.
Locomotive performance recorded by A.C.W. Lowe. On 3 November 1895 a D27 (GER) 2-2-2 No. 1006 was tested running non-stop to Cromer from Liverpool Street (138 miles) hauling 148 tons. Driver Herwin was in charge. The return journey failed to keep time due to priming near Ipswich. On 6 March 1899 P43 4-2-2 No. 11 hauling 190 tons was recorded on an up journey from Ipswich; and on 8 March 1899 T19 2-4-0 No. 745 was recorded on a Yarmouth South Town working where 250 tons were hauled as far as Ipswich and on an up working with No. 1025 on the 17.45 ex-Yarmouth.
P. Winding. Longhedge Works. 296-300.
Long Hedge Farm was acquired in 1860 and a works by designed by Joseph Cubitt nominally similar to those at Wolverton and built by Peto and Betts. They were Italiaanate in style. The works were reconstructed during 1880-1 as Kirtley experienced problems with the half moon roundhouse and a quadrangular straight road shed replaced it. Only 54 locomotives were there: the first being 6ft 2-4-0 Enigma. Nine C class 0-6-0s were built there after the Joint Company came into being. The Works closed in 1911 and men and machinery were moved to Ashford. Includes a drawing by Winding of the traverser. Plan of works as rrcorded by Ordnance Survey in 1869.
K. Hoole. Interesting relics in Yorkshire & Durham. 301-4.
Not illustrated: Tadcaster Viaduct. Described and illustrated: South Milford station; Grosmont old tunnel (limited to horse-drawn traffic and signal box; timber viaduct at Ushaw Moor; Hesleden Bank; Burdale Tunnel and remains of cottage and Newholm viaduct.
W.J. Thorne. A railway goes to war. 305-8.
Writer had joined LSWR in 1913 and worked at Waterloo prior to WW2. He swas a Sergeant Instructor at the LMS Staff College at Derby when sent to the Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Railway to experience a severe culture shock with the decrepid locomotives and rolling stock which included LNWR Coal Engines which only the civilian footplate crews could master; Hesperus, a Beattie Ilfracombe Goods which one of the Sapper fitters treated as a challenge to restore to working order; the King's Lynn built 2-2-2 Gazelle which was used to patrol lines from Kinnerley subjected to sabotage by non-combatant troops stationed in the area. The pleasure of working the Dean Goods and accommodation in former LMS camping coaches. Train services appear to have been linked to access to beer consumption and pubs. The last train from Shrewsbury Abbey was liable to stall on the steep gradient.
J.R. Day. "Impulsoria" at Nine Elms: locomotive-and-pair on the South
Account based on Illustrated London News of June 1850. Horse-powered motive power devised by Clemente Masserano of Pignerol in Piedmont, Italy, demonstrated at Nine Elms.
W.J.K. Davies. Little-known railways in North-East France. 310-16.
Around Lilles and Vallenciennes
No. 246 (November 1960)
Stroudley 2-2-2 No. 333 Ventnor on Victoria to Portsmouth train
near Mitcham Junction. front cover
From a painting by V. Welch
Norman Harvey. Bricklayers Arms and the Southern Region
light Pacifics. Locomotive Causerie. 323-5; 346
Drivers Todd, Nebbs and Kennett of Bricklayers Arms and their work on the rebuilt light Pacifics on trains on the South Eastern route to Ashford
Reginald B. Fellows. Rival routes to Bristol. Part 1
John L. Macadam surveyed a route for a turnpike and railway from Bristol to Wallingford and thence to Brentford. The turnpike would have gone through the towns encountered; the railway would have remained on the edge. The route went through Wallingford and Brentford. The Macadam route formed the basis for further proposals in 1832 notably the Basing and Bath Railway (see Ottley 5620/1). Surveys were conducted by William Brunton and Henry H. Price on a route through Bradford-on-Avon, Trowbridge, Hungerford, Newbury, Reading, near Dat\chet, Colnbrook and Southall to a terminus near the site of Marble Arch. Francis Fortune was the banker involved. The London & Southampton Railway prompted suggestions for a branch off on the Basing route. In 1865 the Bristol & South Western Railway was proposed which branched off the LSWR west of Gillingham and followed the route of the Somerset & Dorset Railway. In 1883 the Bristol & London & South Western Junction Railway was proposed to run from Grateley via Amesbury, Shrewton and Westbury to near Radstock and then reach Bristol via the North Somerset and Somerset & Dorset routes. Initially the Midland Railway opposed the scheme, but became in favour once a central terminus in Bristol was abandoned. The Bill was defeated, but it did lead to the Great Western admitting third class passengers to more trains, extra and faster trains
N.W. Newcombe. Two Irish idylls. 332-5.
1. Evening train from Enniskillen: 19.20 to Sligo hauled by 0-6-4T Enniskillen on 13 April 1957. In the darkness there were signs of exertion by the lumbering steam locomotive such as sparks from the exhaust. Those were the days of Customs Officers. Eventually Sligo wass reached nearly an hour behind schedule. 2. Diesel over Dingle Bay: 14.30 from Cahirciveen to Farranfore notable for the fantastic views across Dingle Bay.
The last slip coach. 335
Paragraph states that took place on 9 September 1959 from 17.10 Paddington to Wiolverhampton, but does not state at Banbury!
Alan A. Jackson. The "Left Bank" electrics of Paris. Part 1. 336-42
Operated out of Gare d'Orsay to Versailles. Third rail system 550v DC. Initially with a locomotive at each end of the train, but later multiple units. Compressed air locomotives used for shunting. Severe floods from Seine in 1900 and 1924.
A.G. Williamson. Orphans of a Brighton storm. 343-5
M.R. Bailey. An early railway photograph. 347
Taken in 1849 either by Llewellyn (a Swansea man) or by Nevil Maskelyn who were both asociated with Fox Talbot. The locomotives visible were Pyracmon class 0-6-0, Star class 2-2-2 either Rising Star or Bright Star and Sun class 2-2-2
No. 247 (December 1960)
Down Royal Scot passing Bushey in winter of 1927 with Royal Scot
No. 6109 Royal Enginneer in original livery. front cover
From a painting by V. Welch
About ourselves. 353.
Editorial comment on one year of Ian Allan ownership under B.G Wilson's editorship
Norman Harvey. The old and the new in North Wales. Locomotive Causerie.
Includes Driver Hoole with Prince on the Festiniog Railway (includes illustration)
Reginald B. Fellows. Rivel routes to Bristol. Part 2
The Bristol, London & Southern Counties Railway. Charles Wills was a persistent advocate for a new line. The 1903 proposal started from a junction with the LSWR at Overton, had a junction with the M&SWJR at Collingbourne to provide for Briston the Southampton traffic, with a branch from the Bristol direction onto the Somerset & Dorset at Midford to obviate reversal in Bath and the steep climb, a connection to the Midland near Keynsham and a new Central staion in Bristol and a direct line to Avonmouth. Illustrations: map (Bristol area); George Wills (portrait); projected line: Avonmouth to Overton; cartoon; No. 4077 Chepstow Castle arriving Bath Spa station with a Paddington to Plymouth express; Christmas Steps, Bristol; No. 5942 Doldowlod Hall at Limpley Stoke with a Bristol to Westbury local train
Alan A. Jackson. The "Left Bank" electrics of Paris. Part 2. The Orsay line since 1910. 362-5.
B.G. Wilson. The Invalides-Versailles line described. 365-7.
Includes some extraordinary photographs of Paris floods, early electric trains and compressed air loocomotive.
H.C. Towers. The City & South London Railway: its origins and
early years. 368-73.
An Act was obtained on 28 July 1884 for a twin tunnel cable-worked railway between King William Street in the City of London and Elephant & Castle. Greathead was the Engineer with Benjamin Baker and Sir John Fowler as consultants. Charles Grey Mott was the Chairman. The first contrctor Edmund Gabbutt of Liverpool died, and was then awarded to Walter Scott & Co. In 1887 approval fo an extension to Stockwell was obtained. The tunnels were arranged to be above each other in places to ensure that the line did not run under buildings. arrangements were made with Mather & Platt to supply electric locomotives and these were designed by Edward Hopkinson. The rolling stok was obtained from Ashbury Railway Carriage & Wagon and lacked windows. An electricity generating station was built at Stockwell and used Edison Hopkinson dynamos. The stations were gas lit. The line opened with improved locomotives. Five million passengers were carried in the first year. The King William Street terminus was abandoned in favour of an extension to Bank and Moorgate, reached in 1900. Later the line was extendded in stages to Euston. When absorbed into the Underground Group the route was modernised by enlarging the tunnels: this work was performed in the early 1920s. Interesting illustrations include the locomotives, carriages, stations and plans and diagrams of stations.,
Alan Williams. Day trip on the Derwent Valley Light [Railway].
From York Layerthorpe to Cliff Common with J25 0-6-0 No. 65714.
Hugh B. Oliver. A wartime Midlands branch: the heyday of the Cold
Meece line and its services. 376-81.
Built during WW2 to serve the Royal Ordnance Factory ay Swynnnerton in Staffordshire and capable of handling an intensive passenger service to and from several stations in the Stoke area incliuding Cobridge and Newchapel.
W.H. Bett. Ticket spotlight. 381-2
Great Northern issued ticket for child (aged under 12 years) between Acworth and Pontefract for travel by Great Northern train. Neither station, nor the route between, was on the GNR, but on the Swinton & Knottingley Joint owned by the North Eastern and Midland Railways.
Book reviews. 382-3
Diesel locomotives. London. Ian Allan Ltd. 38 pp. 82 illustrations.
The popularity of this work has justified a fifth edition, in which the text has been brought into line with the latest developments at home and abroad and a number of new illustrations has been included.
More uunusual railways. John R. Day. London.
Frederick Muller. 214 pp. Reviewed by B.G.W.
When Unusual Railways appeared in 1957, it might have been thought that the two authors, of whom Mr. Day was one, had covered the subject so thoroughly that little more remained to be said. This was at first the view of Mr. Day when asked to write a second work, but further research proved so fruitful that he has had no difficulty in packing 200 pages with new and fascinating material. So intensive is the search for new means of alleviating the alarming growth of urban congestion that even in the three years since the original book was published, whole crops of new monorail or similar schemes have appeared. To them the author naturally pays much attention. Much of the revived interest in monorails springs from America and the similarities and contrasts between new ventures and the usually short-lived monorail schemes in the States half a century or more ago make an absorbing study for the student of urban transit. His quest has led the author into many transport byways of the past, such as the use of horses and sails on ordinary railwaysthe classic use of sail on rail by Phileas Fogg might have been worth a line or two here.
The guide-rail systems described include that proposed for the Victoria- London Airport link and those for road vehicles experimented with in Germany and Italy. As moving platforms may be considered a railway variant, the new Trav-o-Iator at the Bank is legitimately included. The remarkable system serving the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, the little Post Office Railway in Brussels, and lines which were laid over ice in North America and Russia also find adequate description. If proof were needed that not a few of today's concepts owe much to the work of forgotten inventors whose brilliant ideas outran the technology of their time, one may cite the invention of the ingenious Mr. William H. Reinholz, who aims to run jet-propelled trains at up to 500 m.p.h. on ice contained in troughs; readers of Unusual Railways will at once recall Girard and his chemin de fer glissant. The world's rail speed record is generally held to be the 206 rn.p.h. reached by a French electric locomotive in 1955, but speeds of over 2,000 m.p.h. are achieved on what are certainly "railways," the rocket sled tracks used to test aircraft and missile components. It may be news to many that these sled tracks have already taught much about building high-speed railway track formations. While in Britain unorthodox forms of transport seem still to be regarded with suspicion in some quarters, in Germany, France and Japan, for instance, new forms of monorail are already in operation, making use of the new lightweight materials that were not available to the pioneers of the past. More Unusual Railways is a notable contribution to transport bibliography and though the author wisely does not take sides, the book may cause some of our transport blimps to think that there may be something in this unorthodox railway business after all.
The Handbook of the Bluebell Line. Bluebell Railway Preservation
Society. 20 pp. 10 illustrations.
Although Lewes and East Grinstead were not connected directly by rail until 1882 there had been plans for railways traversing the district as early as 1835, and in the mid-Victorian era the L.B. & S.C. was hard put to it to fight off intrusions from the South Eastern and the Chatharn companies, which promoted rival routes to Brighton through the area. Eventually, in the 1870s the Lewes, East Grinstead & London Railway was locally promoted and was soon snapped up by the Brighton as a means of conserving its hard-won monopoly in East Sussex. In this pleasant booklet, the B.lue- bell Railway Preservation Society, which has taken over the Horsted Keynes-Sheffield Park section of the line, describes the history of the whole route under Brighton and Southern ownershIp, concluding with a short account of its own takeover. There is an interesting selection of half-tone illustrations of the line at various stages of its career.
Telegraphs in Victorian London. John Durham. Cambridge. The
Golden Head Press. 32 pp. Reviewed by B.G.W.
The electric telegraph and the railway grew up together. By 1857 the major towns of the country had been linked by the telegraph, whose wires were strung on poles alongside the trunk railways, leaving them at the outskirts of towns to run beneath the streets to centrally-placed telegraph offices. But underground work was costly, particularly for private telegraphs for business houses, and for a venture of their own the City firm of Sydney and Alfred Waterlow sought to carry the wires over the roof tops instead of below ground. They succeeded, the Chief Commissioner of Police was at length won over, and the up-shot was the formation in 1859 of the London District Telegraph Company, to provide a public telegraph service by means of a hundred offices within four miles of Charing Cross, and, a year later, of the Universal Private Telegraph Company, to provide direct private telegraph facilities between business establishments or private premises. Names well known in railway circles were connected with these ventures, Samuel Gurney, Edward Tyer, William Fairburn and Professor Charles Wheatstone himself among them. When the Metropolitan Railway opened, the L.D.T. Company opened telegraph offices on it and was able to make use of its "convenient corri- dor," as Mr. Durham puts it, to run surface cables into expanding West London. In 1870, like all other telegraph undertakings, those of London were transferred to the Post Office and the pioneering period was over. This pleasantly written monograph on a little-known enterprise is a valuable contribution to the history of communications. One would have welcomed more illustrations than the single cartoon from Punch which forms the frontispiece. A map would have been useful, too.
The Boys' Book of World Railways.. Ernest F.
Carter. London. Burke Publishing Co. Ltd. 144 pp. Illustrated. Reviewed
An attractive jacket, with a reproduction of a striking colour photograph by Yves Broncard, the well-known French railway photographer, gives promise of good things within. The promise Iis alas, not sustained. What is one to say of a book in which one reads that at Quintinhill [sic] two 100-ton locomotives met head-on on a single line, that the standard gauge is used, inter alia, in "most of our colonies" and that "a train must not be considered to have entered a ' block' until it is at least a quarter of a mile within the limit of that 'block.''' These are three examples picked at random and there are numerous other errors of fact in text and caption. Then, Portugal has an admirable railway system but it hardly justifies the inordinate photographic coverage given it, and British cliff railways have no place in a book of this sort, when many interesting aspects of orthodox railways are not touched on. Such haphazard work where there are many rehable and accessible sources of reference is indefensible.
Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry. 383
Opened in May, 1951, and has proved remarkably popular. Because of shortage of accommodation for displaying exhibits and for storage, it has been decided to rebuild the museum on the existing site, at a total cost of £588,000. The new Locomotive Hall, which, incidentally, will house Coronation Class 4-6-2 locomotive No. 46235 City of Birmingham, will extend from Fleet Street to Charlotte Street and will be on three levels, and the new Engineering Hall will be sited on the Fleet Street frontage. Work is expected to begin on the first part of the rebuilding, that of the Locomotive Hall, at the end of 1962.
Nulli Secundus. A.G. Aspell
A short while ago you published correspondence in which some writers deplored the ,preservation of locomotives by amateurs. Since then I visited, on successive days, three preserved engines in two locations. What I saw left me in no doubt as to who made the best job of preserving locomotives. At Towyn, George Henry and Guinness No. 13,. both beautifully restored, are d isptaved In such a manner that one can mspect them closely from every aspect and photograph them with ease. Clearly a display for enthusiasts by enthusiasts.
At Birmingham Science Museum, however, the picture is different. Although a new hall has just been opened, the only locomotive exhibit, the unique Secundus, is relegated to a coffin-like cub by hole which is too small to enter even if it were not roped off. I was overjoyed when I first heard that this delightful old engine had been saved from the scrap heap, but it was a great disappointment to see that it was easily the worst displayed exhibit in the place. Even the opening through which one views Secundus' sepulchre is about four feet less in width than the locomotive is long. As the rails are a foot below the level of the feet of the would-be viewer all that can be closely inspected is the side of the boiler and the dome. The three features to which a notice draws attention, i.e. the cowcatcher, the launch-type firebox and the outside Stephenson motion, are all out of sight. One almost feels that the museum authorities must have been embarrassed by the initiative of the Birmingham Locomotive Club and the generosity of Abelson Ltd. in ensuring the preservation of Secundus. Perhaps worst of all, while the museum sells postcards of the various stationary engines, e tc., on view, which are excellently exhibited, none is available of Secundus. In her restored condition, minus that atrocious "cab" and without skirting boards, she would make a lovely picture, but no lens yet devised could photograph her now. Perhaps the same could be said of Fire Queen, the unphotographable treasure of Llanberis, but at least she can be seen! I sincerely hope that time will prove that Secundus has not yet made her last journey and will soon achieve the position she deserves.
The Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry is handicapped by shortage of accommodation and much machinery and equipment cannot be shown because of lack of space. A rebuilding plan has been authorised (see page 383).-Ed.]
The Hull & Barnsley Railway. J.B. Stork. 384
The Hull & Barnsley Railway was now a shadow of its former self. What the gallant little H. & B. did for industry in general and for the city of Hull in particular cannot be fully realised by those who have not been in close contact with it. One is indebted to Mr. Smith and his co-operators for the amount of research they have put in to portray some of the history of the line, which in those peak exporting years was studded from end to end with black diamonds in transit.
Though essentially a mineral line, it carried very much merchandise of one sort and another. including rhubarb, which reminds me that the rhubarb traffic conveyed from Eastrington to London via the H. & B. was from a market garden at Portington Hall, hence the item in the 1898 Working Book which says: "The 1.30 p.m. Fast Goods from Alex. Dock to Stairfoot Sidings stops at Eastrington when required to attach rhubarb traffic for London." In those days of keen competition, the H. & B. and N.E. vied to get the local traffic, and Christmas trees from the same market garden were loaded at the N.E. side at Caville Bridge Siding, at that time a very busy place handling coal, grain, hay, potatoes and other produce in those years before road haulage. At Portington Hall in the early 1920s, a coal-boring plant was started and hopes rose between the two competing railway companies of still more traffic, but for various reasons given this never materialised. Had it done so, another chapter might have been added to Mr. Smith's account.
While the passenger traffic on the H. & B. may have been a little disappointing west of Howden, it was good in the early 1920s between Hull and Howden, and sometimes it was difficult to get a seat, especially on the Sunday trains when joining at intermediate stations.
In 1910, the 17.30 up ran the 16 miles between North Cave and Carlton in 20 rnin., and averaged 48 m.p.h.; it figured among the fastest runs columns of the year book. In 1911, the 21.07 down between Hemsworth and Howden ran the 25 miles in 30 min., average 50 m.p.h. By the way, R. Pawley and not Matthew was the H. & B. Engineer.
The Hull & Barnsley Railway. Thomas E. Rounthwaite.
Having lived with the H. & B. for many years, I would like to make a couple of non-derogatory remarks. I regret that the decade of magnificent work carried out by the ex-G.C. R.O.D.s received a bare two lines of recognition and no photographs. Almost since its inception the line was continually being threatened with closure, and the fact that most of the Hull-bound minerals in L. & N.E. days were powered by a pair of H. & B. 0-6-0s did nothing to allay fears of the economy axe; it was only the introduction of the R.O.D.s that saved the line in the early 1930s. These engines revitalised the line and were held in the highest esteem by all H. & B. staff until displaced by N.E. and W.D. types in the war. Little has been said about the dispersal of the H. & B. locomotives away from their parent line during the 1930s. All the existing H. & B. classes except N11 saw service over a wide area, although their capabilities were not often recognised. In one week in 1935 no fewer than 20 different 0-6-0s were noted at Doncaster, whilst others, including Q10s, J75s, N12s and N13s ventured as far away as Melton Constable, Peterborough, Cambridge, Frodingham. Boston, Newcastle, Whitby and Walton (Liverpool), giving rail enthusiasts of those days a touch of the bizarre.
Overhead and Aesthetes. P. Johnson. 384
Following your recent Editorial comments on overhead electrification structures, I am enclosing two photographs which provide ample comparison between the type used in Switzerland and in this country. Structures throughout Switzerland are generally of light construction and somehow manage to "belong" to the countryside. The accompanying photograph of Lucerne shows the simple supports which span several tracks and although the layout here cannot be compared with Crewe, it is, nevertheless, extremely complex; the two main line approach tracks fan out into 14 platform lines (including bays) and an extensive goods depot, with additional tracks to carriage sidings and locomotive depot converging at the station throat.
With thoughts of Switzerland fresh in mind, I was appalled when I visited Manchester Piccadilly Station on the first day of public electric services and saw the " tunnel" of heavy, complicated, trussed girder supports. A similar state of affairs exists on open line of no more than double track. Here on the L.T. & S. system, although single masts are used on parts of the line, they vary from section to section between heavy pol.es and H-section girders, while over some lengths, trussed girders spanning both tracks are used, although there are no track junctions or contact wire overlaps in the vicinity.
We were assured by the B.T.C. that the adoption of 25 kV. a.c. would permit the USe of light catenary and supporting structure with considerable saving in cost compared with a relatively low voltage d.c. system.
Presumably safety regulations are more rigorous in this country and demand the use of stronger supports than are found elsewhere, for which We should be grateful, but I cannot help thinking that the ugly monstrosities with which we have been afflicted are not entirely necessary. particularly as the Swiss structures carrying a lower voltage, 15 kV. and therefore higher currents, should in theory demand a larger section contact wire and consequently heavier supports.