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- Ramsbottom Safety-Valve
- A boiler safety-valve characterised by two vertical outlet tubes, which are capped by inverted cones. A single coil spring between the two outlet tubes loads down a bar onto which the cones are attached. Under Webb the two outlet tubes were concealed by a single neat casing, which became a characteristic feature of LNWR locomotives.
- Riddles, Robert Arthur (1892—1983)
- Chief Mechanical Engineer for British Railways (1948–1953). Originally trained at Crewe under the London North Western Railway, he then worked on the London Midland and Scottish Railway before being put in charge of locomotives at the Ministry of Supply during WW2.
- Right Away
- A term used in most English-speaking countries for the signal given by a guard to a driver that he is permitted to depart.
- Riverside, Liverpool
- Riverside station, Liverpool was provided by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board specifically for boat trains (in particular the LNWR American Specials). The station was only the width of a roadway from the Liverpool landing stage, in its time the largest floating structure in the world, which allowed liners to berth or sail irrespective of the state of the tide.
Because of weight restrictions on the line through Liverpool docks, the engine(s) which worked the American Specials from Euston were detached at Edge Hill (and attached at Edge Hill in the up direction). Two “Special Tanks”, rebuilt as side tanks, painted in full lined livery and named “Euston” and “Liverpool” normally worked the trains between Edge Hill and Riverside.