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London & North Western Railway Society

Due to the Covid 19 Emergency and following the government’s advice, the Society’s Study Centre is now closed to the public and some events have been postponed. Please see the Events and Study Centre pages for details. As soon as we know when we can open again we will make an announcement on this website.


From now until the 30th April – if you join the LNWR Society, in addition to the usual membership benefits and the normal free back journal and book you receive for joining, you will get an additional free back journal, LNWR Modelers 1, 2 and 3*and the choice of a second free book! Excellent value for just £35 per annum!

Joining now will mean that you will be able entitled to vote in the AGM in June, and you will also be a paid-up member ready for when the new online Archive officially launches, which will give society members access to our thousands of digitized drawings, documents, photographs – all from the comfort of your own home!

Joining up is easy and can be done here through the society website

The additional free book titles are: the Railway photographs of P.W. Pilcher, F. W. Webb 1836-1906 and Bill Finch – Portfolio of Locomotive Details. When completing the form, simply type in the interests box the title of the additional free book you wish to receive.

*LNWR Modelers whilst stock lasts.

Bill Finch Portfolio of Locomotive Details This updated and reprinted Edition of Bill Finch’s acclaimed Portfolio of Locomotive Details is based on about 43 pages of very detailed dimensioned sketches prepared by Bill for the construction of his prize-winning 5in gauge model of the ‘Improved Precedent’ Class loco Miranda, now housed in the National Railway Museum. There are two further pages of published engineering drawings, Crewe Works General Arrangements of the loco and the standard Webb 1800 gallon tender and several further pages of photographs of the model and of original locos. At 58 A4 sized pages inside, this bound with square back and titled spine book is the perfect book for those wishing to build an accurate model of a Jumbo, or for those wishing to read the remarkable story of the creation of this award winning locomotive.
F.W. Webb 1836-1906 - A Bibliography Too often derided for the poor performance of some of his compound locomotive designs, Webb created what was probably the greatest railway manufacturing works of the time at Crewe and oversaw the production of a fleet of locomotives that provided reliable performance and regular dividends for the shareholder’s of the Company. Originally written as a thesis for the Fellowship of the Library Association in 1965 and “rediscovered” in 2010, this bibliography comprises a vast number of sources of information on the life and work of the Premier Line’s CME. The original material is reproduced without alteration, but a separate section of notes and comments has been added to bring it up to date to the present day, along with archive and specially commissioned photographs. The extensive information on Webb’s technical achievements is of particular interest to students of Victoriana and Edwardian industrial history, as well as to historians and enthusiasts of the LNWR.
The Railway Photographs of P.W. Pilcher Percy William Pilcher was a talented musician, being the organist at the Abbey Church, Shrewsbury for some twenty seven years. Amongst other things he had an interest in photography, and was one of the pioneers in attempting to capture moving trains, with his first success being recorded in 1889. This book is presented as an album of photographs from the collections which survive. One hundred of the one hundred and fifty three plates are of LNWR locomotives, and they show large volumes of detail which is of interest to students of history and modeller’s alike. This detail is not limited to the locomotives themselves but also the settings surrounding the locomotives. The book also includes some twenty plates each of Great Western and Great Northern Railway locomotives as well as a flavouring of other companies. Included is a beautiful plate of Farlies Patent with the locomotive in steam, and a woman in full Victorian dress standing alongside. The book includes the photographic lists of the two collections located in the National Railway Museum, which contain many more plates of interest to students of the LNWR

Welcome to the home page of the LNWR Society which was formed in 1973. We aim to collect and disseminate information about the London and North Western Railway, its constituents and its successors. We are interested in the infrastructure of the railway, the men and women who made it work, as well as the engines and rolling stock which it built and used. We aim to help modellers, preservationists, historians and those with just a passing interest in the LNWR.

Since becoming an educational charity in 2005, our services are provided both for members and for non-members, so please take the time to roam around, use the links at the top and bottom of the page as well as those on the right of this page to navigate around our site.
The London & North Western Railway Company evolved over many years. The same applies to the LNWR Society and to this web site. We intend this to be a ‘living’ site and hope you will visit us again to see what has changed.

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Looking for genealogical information about your Railway ancestors? Maybe you want to find out how they lived, how much they got paid. This is the place to look.
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