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332Two photographs of LNWR signals in the Sirhowy Valley, one at Blackwood.
The Welsh Railways Archive. Volume 3 No.7 – May 2003
333Scottish West Coast Postal Services”. Article by Niall Ferguson. 6 pages and 6 photographs including 3 of WCJSExplain 'WCJS – West Coast Joint Stock' vehicles. The article outlines the history of services on the Caledonian, Highland and GSWRExplain 'Glasgow & South Western Railway' lines pre-groupingExplain 'Grouping'.
Backtrack. Vol. 17 No. 9 – September 2003
334On Track to Westminster”. Article by Keith Hill. 4 pages and 5 illustrations, 4 of which are portraits of MPs. The author describes the role of MPs in the early development of the railways, including Huskisson, Ross Donnelly Mangles (MP for Guilford and director of the LNWR and the Chester & Holyhead Railway), Locke and R. Stephenson.
Backtrack. Vol. 17 No. 9 – September 2003
335Back on the West Coast Route Through Lancaster”. Article by Ray Helm. 2-page feature of 6 colour photographs of ex. LMS and BR motive power in the early 1960s.
Backtrack. Vol. 17 No. 10 – October 2003
336Carlisle snippets in Victorian days”. Article by Fergus Gibson. A trawl through the Border City press cuttings for 1888-89, held by the GSWRExplain 'Glasgow & South Western Railway' headquarters. 7 pages and 10 photographs taken around Carlisle, including a southbound West Coast express behind ‘Waterloo’Explain 'Waterloo 2-4-0 Locomotive Class' No.36 Thalaba and a ‘Jubilee’Explain 'Jubilee 4-4-0 Locomotive Class' circa. 1900.
Backtrack. Vol. 17 No. 10 – October 2003
337Crewe Works shunting locos”. Article by Allan Baker. 12-page article about the standard and narrow gauge shunting locos employed at Crewe WorksExplain 'Crewe Works'; article is accompanied by 13 photographs from the LNWR, LMS and BR periods.
Railway Bylines. Vol. 8 No. 9 – August 2003
338Mitchells & Butlers, Birmingham”. 10 page article about the private railway serving the MBExplain 'Manchester & Birmingham Railway (MBR)' brewery at Cape Hill; the article refers to the connection with the Harborne branch at Rotton Park Road station and three of the ten photographs (and a 1914 25in OS map) which accompany the article show Rotton Park Road.
Railway Bylines. Vol. 8 No. 9 – August 2003
339A Bleak Outpost”. 2-page photo feature about Tebay; photographs taken in the 1960s.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol. 12 No. 11 – August 2003
340Peaks on the West Coast”. 4-page photo feature (8 photos) of ‘Peak’ diesels D1-D10 on the WCMLExplain 'West Coast Main Line' in the late 1950s/early 1960s.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol. 12 No. 11 – August 2003
341The Foleshill Railway”. It’s only a tenuous LNWR connection - the Foleshill Railway was a 1½-mile long industrial line which joined the LNWR’s Coventry-Nuneaton line near Foleshill station. The 5-page article looks at the history of the railway and is accompanied by five photographs and a 1938 25in OS map.
Railway Bylines. Vol. 8 No. 10 – September 2003
342Irchester Quarries”. Another tenuous LNWR connection ... Irchester Quarries were connected to the LNWR line at Wellingborough. That's the best we can do. But if you have a penchant for industrial saddle tanks and herbaceous sidings (and why not?), the article extends for 10 Pug-packedExplain 'Pug Locomotive Class' pages and includes some superb photographs of railway activities at the quarries.
Railway Bylines. Vol. 8 No. 11 – October 2003
343On the Level”. Ah! At last - this is more bona fide LNWR fare. Signal boxes and level crossings on the Northampton - Market Harborough line — four photos and extended captions.
Railway Bylines. Vol. 8 No. 11 – October 2003
344The Rugby Experience” (Part 1) . First of a two-part article about life at Rugby shed in the 1950s. 10 pages, 10 photos, one track diagram.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol. 12 No. 12 – September 2003
345Skelton Junction” (Its traffic and Environs) . Article by Eddie Johnson. 16 pages of text and pictures about this area in Cheshire abounded by various railway companies. LNWR, and GCR their subsidiaries are the main subjects and one photograph of a Coal Engine answers that perennial query from modellers “was the cab side sheet boxed in or open at the top?”. An in depth article about the area and all it’s traffic through to BR days.
Steam Days. November 2003
346The Rugby Experience” (Part 2) . An article about life at Rugby shed in the 1950s. 6 pages and 6 photos.
British Railways Illustrated. Vol. 13 No. 2 – November 2003

There is nothing of LNWR interest in the November 2003 issues of Backtrack and Railway Bylines.

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