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The Society is pleased to announce the publication of a new book
“Changing Engines”
tells the story of the transition from steam power to diesel and electric traction in the Birmingham and Rugby Districts of the London Midland Region, encompassing the former London and North Western Lines, and those of other companies subsumed into the Birmingham Division in the 1960s. Starting with the early prototypes diesel locomotives, it then covers the introduction of diesel shunters and multiple units during the 1950s, working through to the final elimination of steam in 1967 and the changes made to the end of the decade.
The book covers the organisation of the changes, ordering and allocation of locomotives, development of diesel and electric depots, reliability issues with the new traction, and the final rundown of steam duties. It is based on extensive research into surviving official records as well as contemporary reports and the reminisces of some of those involved, backed up with a comprehensive selection of colour and black and white photographs.
Retail price £30 plus £3 postage
LNWRS Members £25 including postage
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THE DIARY OF THOMAS BARON, 1855-1862. A London and North Western Engineman at Work.

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Edward Talbot Thomas Baron kept a daily diary from the time that he started on the LNWR as a cleaner for a period of seven years and documents the locomotives that he worked upon and the places he travelled to. It not only provides information on the workings he participated in, but also provides an insight into the working conditions and long hours that employees of the time worked. The publication is illustrated by many period photographs and by several superb paintings by the renowned artist Gerald Broom. Period maps and photographs of models of period stock are also used to supplement the text. 136 £20


The 42ft Carriages of Richard Bore

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Richard Ball and Peter Chatham Based on meticulous research, mainly into LNWR original company documents, Richard Ball has produced a highly detailed history of these distinctive carriages, as they were originally built on F W Webb’s radial underframes, and as in many cases subsequently rebuilt to run on bogies. Almost 50 photographs are included, many of them from the Society’s collection, with company diagrams and drawings of most of the types described. Because of the paucity of official carriage drawings from this period, many of them have been specially produced for the book by Peter Chatham. The side and end views are reproduced at a scale of 6mm to 1 foot, which is as large as allows the side views to be fitted across a page. over 50 £15


War Record of the London & North Western Railway

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Edwin A. Pratt Reprinted from a book originally published in 1922 by Selwyn and Blount – a description of the LNWR’s contribution to the War effort, reflecting contemporary pride, appreciation and gratitude for what had been done, and offering a fascinating account of how they did it. 33 £4.95


Crewe Locomotive Works

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LNWR Reprinted from the original LNWR publication of 1903 – a description of the London & North Western Railway Company’s Locomotive works at Crewe. (Note: not A4 but approx 19cm x 25cm.) 33 £4.95


Carriage Works – Wolverton

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LNWR Reprinted from the original LNWR publication of 1906 – a description of the London & North Western Railway Company’s Carriage Works at Wolverton. (Note: not A4 but approx 19cm x 25cm.) 38 £4.95


The Railway Photographs of P.W. Pilcher

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David J. Patrick A soft-back book published in 2007 containing a selection of photographs, with commentary, of LNWR, GWR, GNR and other companies’ trains taken between the 1880s and the 1930s, many in the Shrewsbury area. 96 £9.95


L&NWR Non-Corridor Carriages

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LNWR A hard-back book, published in 2006. A definitive account of L&NWR non-corridor carriage stock from 1886 to 1923. 60 £29.95


Crewe Works Narrow Gauge System

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Edward Talbot and Clive Taylor Second edition, published September 2005, of a book originally published as Portfolio No. 5 in 1986. It includes a number of photographs and plans of the Works. 64 £8.95


L&NWR – Programme of Excursion Bookings for the Summer Holidays, from Euston and other London stations (1914)

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LNWR Reprinted from the original LNWR publication of June 1914: a comprehensive guide to holiday travel opportunities in the last summer before the Great War 35 £3.00


Garston Docks

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Mike G. Fell A reprint of the LNWR Souvenir Brochure from the opening of the LNWR’s Stalbridge Dock, Garston and a new Portfolio describing the construction and operation of this important part of the Company’s goods operations. 50 (combined) £15.00


F.W. Webb 1836-1906 – A Bibliography

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John E. Spink A new and interesting look at the man, his reputation and his extensive achievements. Originally written in 1965, now reproduced by the Society to further our understanding of a great Victorian engineer. 104 £15.00


LNWR Wagons – Supplement no.1

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Peter Ellis A supplement to the LNWR Wagons books from Wild Swan Publications, covering rare and unusual wagons and trolleys. 60 £7.50