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Press Digest Number 41

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658Eight-Coupled LNWR Locomotives”. Article by Frederick Rogers.. A 17 page history of the eight coupled goods engines of the LNWR, with photographs.
Steam Days. Issue 231 – November 2008
659The End of Steam at Crewe Works”. A 5 page article (8 photos) about, well - the end of steam locomotive repair at Crewe.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol 18 No 2 – November 2008
660Tamworth – by pedal and post”. Article by Keith Miles. A 6 page article (7 photographs) about Tamworth – LNW and Midland – by former Willesden and Crewe railwayman Keith Miles.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol 18 No 2 – November 2008
661Finish the Bloomer”. Recycle ink cartridges and finish the Bloomer. Only £50,000 is needed to complete it.
Steam Railway. 17 October to 13 November 2008
662Oldest locomotive gives great service”. A Crewe built 133 year old tank engine - the oldest steamable locomotive in Ireland - has given exemplary service on the Downpatrick & County Down Railway over the last few months. Built in 1875, the GS&WR 0-6-0T No 90 was built in Crewe during the reign of John Ramsbottom.
Steam Railway. 17 October to 13 November 2008
663Remembering the Coal Tanks”. A 10 page article about the activities of the surviving Coal Tanks in BR days. Includes 13 photographs.
Railway Bylines. Vol 14 No 1 – December 2008
664Bolton Shed”. A 3 page article (4 photographs) about the ex-L&Y shed at Bolton which, of course, came under LNW administration for a brief period.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol 18 No 3 – December 2008
665Boxmoor & Hemel Hempstead Station”. Article by Keith Miles. An 8 page article (10 photographs) by former Willesden and Crewe railwayman Keith Miles.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol 18 No 3 – December 2008
666Stations without Rails – London’s Railway Offices”. Article by Keith Scholey. A general survey of their use and importance, with 2 pages and 4 photographs. The LNWR, with 40 offices in 1908, had the largest number of all the pre-grouping companies. Includes photographs of the LNWR's Parliament Street and Fleet Street offices.
Backtrack. Vol 22 No 12 – December 2008
667The Wonders of Wolverton Works”. Article by Phil Marsh. Two pages with 7 colour photographs. A report of a visit made in September 2008 outlining the works’ recent history, current work and future prospects.
The Railway Magazine. Vol 154 No 1,292 – December 2008
668The Last of the Coal Tanks”. This item is a one page reprint from the Railway Observer dated December 1958, under its Nostalgia Corner section, relating to the withdrawal of the last Coal Tank.
Railway Observer. Vol 78 No 958 – December 2008
669Railway Travel and the Public Health” (Part 1) . Article by Jeffrey Wells. Five pages, 6 illustrations. The author aims to give an insight into the railway scene in 1861 and the importance of public health and safety to those that came into contact with the railway. There are, inter alia, several references to the LNWR, including accidents, current building work at Manchester London Road, and innovations such as water pick up apparatus and the new royal carriage.
Backtrack. Vol 23 No 1 – January 2009
670Catching the post”. A 2-page article (4 photos) about mail pick-up apparatus alongside the main line at Harrow. Photos taken in 1959.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol 18 No 4 – January 2009
671Railway Travel and the Public Health” (Part 2) . Article by Jeffrey Wells. With 4 pages, 6 illustrations and photographs. Further analysis of the railway in 1861 with particular reference to health and safety. Again there are several references to the LNWR, including the lack of protection for the engine men on the Ramsbottom Problem class in original form, facilities for passengers at stations and in carriages, and the lack of cleanliness of closets and urinals.
Backtrack. Vol 23 No 2 – February 2009
672F.W. Webb – In the right place at the right time”. This is the Backtrack review of J.E. Chacksfield's recent book. To quote the reviewer, "Chacksfield has tried hard, and successfully, to present an objective record of the life and achievements of F.W. Webb". The book is awarded the maximum five star status – excellent – and I particularly like the reviewer's summary, "It is a well produced, most reasonably priced product, rather like a Webb locomotive, come to think of it".
Backtrack. Vol 23 No 2 – February 2009

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