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Press Digest Number 33

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542The Bombing of Britain’s Railways – A War Diary Round One 1914 – 1918”. Article by John W. E. Helm. Part 3 has 5 pages, 6 photographs, 14 references, and footnotes on sources, bibliography and photographs. It appears that our railway did emerge relatively unscathed, apart from own goals. On 19/20 May 1918, 84 glass squares and 62 roof tiles were broken by falling AA shrapnel. Previous parts are Press Digest items 530 and 536.
Backtrack. Vol 20 No 11 – November 2006
543Lancashire Hot-Pot”. A four page photo feature with 10 photographs, mostly from the mid 1960s. Little visible of direct LNWR interest.
Backtrack. Vol 20 No 11 – November 2006
544Sharp’s of Manchester”. Article by Michael Rutherford. In Part 2, Michael Rutherford continues his description of the personalities and products of the Manchester manufacturing school, with 8 pages, 18 photographs and 59 references. Of LNWR interest are Charles Beyer’s association with James McConnell in forming the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and production of the Large Bloomers, and Cambrian Railways No. 18 Orleton which was built for the Denbigh, Ruthin and Corwen Railway and passed through LNWR hands to the Cambrian. The previous part is Press Digest item 538.
Backtrack. Vol 20 No 11 – November 2006
545Letters on Jellicoe Specials”. Letters commenting on the ‘Jellicoe’ Specials article in Backtrack - Press Digest item 523. That from John Adams relates his experience in learning to fire a ‘Super D’.
Backtrack. Vol 20 No 11 – November 2006
546Littleton Colliery”. A 4-page photo feature about Littleton Colliery which was connected to the LNWR's Wolverhampton-Stafford line.
Railway Bylines. Vol 12 No1 – December 2006
547Willesden No.1”. Two photos of the interior of LNWR Type 4 Willesden No1 signal box.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol 16 No 3 – December 2006
548Riding The Royal Scot”. A three page colour photo feature with 7 photographs, all but one of ex LMS Coronation Pacifics from the 1950s (the other is of an English Electric Type 4). Little visible of direct LNWR interest.
Backtrack. Vol 20 No 12 – December 2006
549The Parcels Office”. Article by Arthur R Nicholls.. A two page article describing the development of railway parcels traffic from the earliest days. It is illustrated by 10 examples of parcels stamps, 3 of which are of LNWR origin.
Backtrack. Vol 20 No 12 – December 2006
550Alexandra Docks no 7 Pontypridd and the development of Webb’s radial axle ”. A letter from Peter Davis providing more information on Alexandra Docks no 7 Pontypridd and the development of Webb’s radial axle (Reference Press Digest item 538, Sharp’s of Manchester: Part 1 by Michael Rutherford).
Backtrack. Vol 20 No 12 – December 2006
551Stockport Viaduct”. Article by Ron Simpson.. A 5-page article about the building of the Manchester & Birmingham Railway's 26-arch viaduct in 1839-40, its widening by the LNWR to double its capacity to four tracks in 1887-9, repairs in 1929 and later accidents. Illustrated by four photographs taken during the 1880s widening.
The Mancunian (magazine of the MLS). No 256 – January 2007
552The Photographs of E. Pouteau - Part 13: The L&NWR”. Article by John Alsop. A listing in two installments of the LNW photographs sold by Pouteau, with notes about the subjects and locations, illustrated by 52 well-reproduced photographs of LNW locos, trains, stations etc: 32 in the first installment, 20 in the second.
Railway Archive. Nos 13 and 14 – July and November 2006
553Steam at the Peak.”. A two page feature of the Cromfield and High Peak line, with 5 colour photographs taken between 1955 and the early 1960s. There are fine LNWR signals and a North London tank on show.
Backtrack. Vol 21 No 1 – January 2007
554Railways on Stage”. Article by J D Bennett. Two pages, two adverts from The Times and an illustration of Euston across the Euston Road. The author illustrates the dramatic possibilities of the railways, particularly recognised by Nineteenth century playwrights. There are appearances by Euston, Rugby and 'The London terminus of the Birmingham Railway.
Backtrack. Vol 21 No 1 – January 2007
555Lost in Leicestershire”. A three page article on the GNR & LNWR Joint Line between Market Harborough and Saxondale Junction, featuring the colour photographs of Tommy Tomalin. There are no obvious LNWR artefacts.
Backtrack. Vol 21 No 1 – January 2007
556Railways and the Empire Exhibition 1924 – 1925”. Article by Jeffrey Wells. Seven pages, 9 photographs, a site map and 17 references. A description of the exhibition and the railway exhibits, which included the Grand Junction 2-2-2 Columbine, and models of the ferries Anglia and Duke of Sutherland and 'Claughton' Sir Gilbert Claughton in LMS livery.
Backtrack. Vol 21 No 1 – January 2007
557Calling At These Stations”. A two page colour photo feature which includes a picture of the station building at Llanfair PG on Anglesey taken in May 1975.
Backtrack. Vol 21 No 1 – January 2007
558Preston Panorama”. Photo feature (5 photos) of Preston; all photos taken in July 1961.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol 16 No 4 – January 2007
559A hut”. Photographs of 'Hut 144' and associated structure at Stott Lane sidings between Cross Lane and Eccles.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol 16 No 4 – January 2007
560David Jones of the Highland Railway and the Writers: The Forerunners of the 'Big Goods' 4-6-0”. Article by Michael Rutherford. Ten pages, 17 photographs and a book list. Our author traces the lineage back to the 'Crewe type' and debunks some myths published by popular authors in past times. David Jones was apprenticed to John Ramsbottom at Longsight, and several of his associates also had LNWR links.
Backtrack. Vol 21 No 2 – February 2007
561Stanier's Lame Ducks”. Yes – we do know that the Stanier 2-6-2Ts were not LNWR locos, but several of the photographs in this article show the locos at ex-LNWR locations. The article extends to 8 pages and includes 13 photos.
Railway Bylines. Vol 12 No 3 – February 2007
562Around the Works”. Article by Allan C. Baker. Photo feature comprising 2 photos of Crewe Works yard circa 1963.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol 16 No 5 – February 2007
563An LNW South Wales Adventure”. An 8 page article about the Heads of the Valleys Line. Includes 14 photographs, mainly from the LMS period.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol 16 No 5 – February 2007

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