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Press Digest Number 30

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494Via Whitchurch”. Two pages of colour photographs of the Shrewsbury – Crewe line from Eric Saunders. The photographs are from the blue diesel period, but there are a number of glimpses of previous administrations.
Backtrack. Vol. 20 No. 3 – March 2006
495Arturo Caprotti and Rotary Camshaft Valve Gear” (Part 2) . Article by David Alexander. The man, his invention, and other contributors to this field until the end of steam power. The article includes reference to Captain Hewitt Beames and the Caprotti Claughtons. 7pages, 12 photographs, references and bibliography.
Backtrack. Vol. 20 No. 3 – March 2006
496The London and Birmingham Railway”. Article by R. L. Vickers. A short history and gazetteer, with 6 pages, map, 12 photographs, references and bibliography. The photographs are from the Society’s collection and mostly from the L&NWR period.
Backtrack. Vol. 20 No. 3 – March 2006
497Railway Damage and Disruption in World War II: Merseyside” (Part 2) . Article by B.W.L. Brooksbank. A chronology of the attacks suffered by the area, including the LMS Western Division lines. 6 pages, 7 photographs, 20 references.(First part reference Press Digest no. 491).
Backtrack. Vol. 20 No. 3 – March 2006
498Mersey Docks & Harbour Board”. The second of the three-part article. This part extends to 10 pages and includes 12 photographs and ‘official’ ephemera relating to Riverside station. (First part reference Press Digest no. 488)
Railway Bylines. Vol. 11 No. 4 – March 2006
499Historic Berkhamsted”. 10-page article about – wait for it – Berkhamsted. Includes 9 photographs, mainly from the LMS period.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol. 15 No. 6 – March 2006
500Sugar Loaf platform”. One captioned photograph of Sugar Loaf platform on the Central Wales line in 1958.
Railway Bylines. Vol. 11 No. 5 – April 2006
501Cromford & High Peak”. Two captioned photographs of the workshop at Cromford Wharf in the 1950s.
Railway Bylines. Vol. 11 No. 5 – April 2006
502The Pedalling Photographer”. Four captioned photographs of industrial locos in the Salford, Trafford Park and Agecroft area in 1957. The industrial organisations concerned were served by the L&NWR.
Railway Bylines. Vol. 11 No. 5 – April 2006
503The Reality Behind the Romance”. Seven page article about locomotive development on the LNWR; includes 7 pre-Grouping photographs.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol. 15 No. 7 – April 2006
504Sojourn at Salford”. Four captioned photographs taken in the Salford area in 1959.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol. 15 No. 7 – April 2006
505Night Shapes at Preston”. Two captioned photographs taken at night at Preston in the 1960s.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol. 15 No. 7 – April 2006
506Railway Damage and Disruption in World War II: Merseyside” (Part 3) . Article by B.W.L. Brooksbank. Continuing the chronology of the attacks suffered by the area, including the LMS Western Division lines. 6 pages, 5 photographs, 16 references. (First part reference Press Digest no. 497)
Backtrack. Vol. 20 No. 4 – April 2006
507Shed Visits”. Ten pages each with 2 colour photographs of steam locomotives on shed, mostly from the 1960s. A surprising number of ex-L&NWR artefacts can be seen in the 5 photographs from the London Midland Region.
Backtrack. Vol. 20 No. 4 – April 2006
508Juice Jacks, EMUs and Bo-Bos – A Century of Electric Classification”. Article by R.A.S. Hennessey. The author explores the various ways electric railway vehicles have been classified, named and numbered over the years. He includes a glowing reference to the L&NWR electrics and a photograph of two ‘Oerlikon’ sets near Hatch End in 1953. 8 pages, 11 photographs, 3 drawings and 8 references.
Backtrack. Vol. 20 No. 4 – April 2006
509Railways and Iron & Steel Developments Around Teesside” (Part 2) . Article by Michael Rutherford. Refers briefly to the L&NWR’s aspirations in the area in the mid-19th century. 8 pages, 15 photographs, 3 tables and a map.
Backtrack. Vol. 20 No. 4 – April 2006

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