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Press Digest Number 37

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600LMS Special Issue”. The November 2007 issue of The Railway Magazine is an LMS special issue. To put the history in context it looks back to the constituent companies and at the inter company strife that troubled the LMS early years. There are a number of photographs of LNWR locomotives in LNWR and LMS liveries, including some in colour.
The Railway Magazine. Vol 153 No 1,279 – November 2007
601Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway” (Part One) . Not exactly LNWR, but the December 2007 issue of Railway Bylines includes a 12-page article about the Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway which, of course, connected with the LNWR at Blisworth and Cockley Brake Junction. Two of the sixteen photographs accompanying the article were taken at Blisworth in 1952.
Railway Bylines. Vol 13 No 1 – December 2007
602Patricroft”. A five page feature about Patricroft, concentrating on the railway infrastructure. The feature includes eight photographs (all early 1950s) of bridges, signal boxes, station details etc.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol 17 No 3 – December 2007
603100 Years Ago”. The Railway Magazine looks back to its content of December 1907 which included correspondence from readers about the then recent Shrewsbury disaster. There had been conjecture that the accident was caused by the failure of the regulator in an open position, and if so, why the reverser could not be used to stop. The magazine submitted the letters to Mr George Whale and printed his reply.
The Railway Magazine. Vol 153 No 1,280 – December 2007
604The Railway Journeys of Sherlock Holmes”. Article by Nigel J.L. Digby. Six pages, 8 photographs/illustrations and 9 references. Our author tests the validity of the railway journeys undertaken by Holmes and Watson against Bradshaw and finds a good correlation. Conan Doyle appears to favour Paddington or Waterloo, but the heroes travelled from Euston to Birmingham in The Stockbroker’s Clerk and to Mackleton in The Priory School.
Backtrack. Vol 21 No 12 – December 2007
605The Night Scot and Associated Sleeping Car Trains”. Article by Peter Tatlow. Ten pages, 11 photographs, 10 tables and 14 references. This is primarily a study of the LMS services commencing from Autumn/Winter 1928. The tables analyse train make up and timetables over the LMS period. The author references the start of sleeping car services to Edinburgh and Glasgow in 1874 by the LNW and Caledonian Railways, and includes a photograph of a WCJS 50ft composite sleeping car to D28.
Backtrack. Vol 21 No 12 – December 2007
606Good and Faithful Servant: Thoughts on the Development of the British 0-6-0” (Part Three) . Article by Michael Rutherford. Ten pages, 14 photographs with 6 in colour, and 3 tables. This continuation article has a short analysis of the locomotives inherited by the LMS from constituent companies. (Part 1 is Press Digest reference 589 and Part 2 reference 598).
Backtrack. Vol 21 No 12 – December 2007
607Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway” (Part Two) . Not exactly LNWR, but following on from the December issue, the January issue of Bylines includes a 14-page article about the Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway which, of course, connected with the LNWR at Blisworth and Cockley Brake Junction. Two of the fourteen photographs accompanying the article were taken at Blisworth.
Railway Bylines. Vol 13 No 2 – January 2008
608Barton Swing Aqueduct”. Still not exactly LNWR – and not really railway at all – but a 3 page article about Barton Swing Aqueduct over the Manchester Ship Canal. It’s very close to the LNWR – is that good enough?
Railway Bylines. Vol 13 No 2 – January 2008
609Signalling Days”. A four page feature about signal boxes includes 1960s pictures of Colwyn Bay No 1 and Batley West boxes.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol 17 No 4 – January 2008
610Further Information on the Claughtons”. Article by Bob Essery. Seven pages, 5 photographs and copies of 4 letters. This article publishes information that has come to light since the publication of Historical Locomotive Monograph No 3, The Claughton and Patriot 4-6-0s. The letters include two from Bowen Cooke to Sir Gilbert Claughton in 1913, regarding trials of the first engine (in passing, he signed his letters C. J. B. Cooke). The third letter is from George Hughes in 1923, commenting on locomotive performance in reply to a letter received by the company chairman. The fourth is from Henry Fowler to the Locomotive Committee in 1929, seeking approval to rebuild two Claughtons to Patriots.
LMS Journal. No 18
611Coal Traffic in the Birmingham Area” (Part 1 – Introduction) . Article by Keith Turton. Twelve pages, 5 photographs. This article is a very detailed analysis of precisely what the title says – types, customers, suppliers, tonnages etc. It has the usual excellent LMS Journal photographic reproduction, some full page, including a 'Super D' with coal train at Dudley and an 0-8-2T (LMS 7885) in Bescot yard.
LMS Journal. No 18
612LMS Signals, No 17 – An Introduction to Colour Light and Power Signalling”. Article by L.G. Warburton. Fifteen pages with 15 photographs and 4 diagrams. The article includes a short description of the Crewe 'All-Electric' system and a full page photograph of a LNWR single-post electrically operated semaphore at Camden.
LMS Journal. No 19
613The Portpatrick & Wigtownshire Joint Line”. Article by Stanley C. Jenkins MA. Eight pages, 4 photographs and a map. This first instalment is a history of the line, jointly owned by an alliance of the Caledonian, Glasgow & South Western, LNW and Midland Railways. It includes details of the line’s operation and motive power.
LMS Journal. No 19
614Goods, Parcels, Cartage and the Railway Horse c1900”. Article by John L. Flann. Six pages, 7 photographs and a page from the General Railway Classification of Goods, 1904. The article describes how the railway companies developed their goods services in their role as common carriers, the classification of goods and parcels, the role of the Railway Clearing House, dealing with special traffic and the role of the horse. There is considerable reference to statistical information from the railway companies, particularly the LNWR.
Backtrack. Vol 22 No 2 – February 2008
615Some Early Railway Artists”. Article by J.D. Bennett. Three pages with 4 illustrations. We are indebted to the documentary artists who illustrated the early railways before the advent of photography. This article documents some of them and their publications, including coloured views on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, of 1831, by Thomas Talbot Bury and drawings of the London and Birmingham Railway, of 1838-39, by John Cooke Bourne.
Backtrack. Vol 22 No 2 – February 2008

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