Railway World Volume 30 (1969)

Number 348 (May) 

Brian Perren. East Coast carriage workings. 194-7.

The Robinson 2-8-0s. Part 2. J.W.P. Rowledge, 198-205.
Covers the post Grouping period when the LNER made substantial purchases of ex-ROD locomotives between 1923 and 1927 and the GWR made its purchase. In 1925 Armstrong Whiworth acquired 25 ROD locomotives and reconditioned them for export to China: twelve went to the Shanghai - Nanking Railway and six went to the Kailan Mining Co. In 1927 the LMS acquired 75 engines and reconditioned twenty. The tenders were re-used on other classes. Armstrong Whiworth acquired some of the LMS tranche and reconditioned them for export to China. Between 1941 and 1942 the War Department requisitioned 61 locomotives from the LNER. Six ex-ROD locomotives were acquired by the Iraqi State Railways in 1947. In 1952 British Railways supplied five for sevice in the Suez Canal Zone. The last transfer was to the South Maitland Railway. E.S. Cox had informed the author that the design was out-of gauge on the LMS (which perhaps says more about the curious LMS gauge, rather than about the locomotives).

Richard Stokes. French signalling practice. Part 1. 206-9.

C.J. Allen. A 200th anniversary round-up. Loaomotive running past and present—No. 200. 214-18.

R.A. Bowen. Simplon route centenary. 219.
Celebrations

Welcome to the Dart Valley Railway: the former GWR branch between Totnes and Buckfastleigh re-opened at Easter. 220-2.

Barrister, pseudonym. An invitation to alight: Struthers v British Railways Board. 223.
Claimant had broken his leg when he stepped out of railway carriage onto ramp at end of platform when his carriage was beyond the platform at Berkhamsted. His error was partly due to a new illuminated sign. The claimant won.

No. 355 (December)

Mr J.W. Fowler. 521
Died 15 October 1969, Chairman of Railway World Ltd from its inception in 1940 when took over Railways founded at the end of 1939. Son of W.J. Fowler & Son Ltd who owned a printing works at Cricklewood Broadway. Chairman of the Light Railway Transport League, also connnected with Model Railway Constructor.

Boocock, C.P. The paper railway. 526-31.
Bowater at Sittingbourne

Fryer, W.J. An Investiture special. 532-3.
Run in association with Investiture of the Prince of Wales on 1 July 1969 at Caernarvon Castle. The train descrbed carried the main guests including the Duke of Norfolk, the Prime Minister (Harold Wilson), Sir John Betjeman and many Ambassadors. Fryer travelled in the cab of E3112 from Euston to Crewe hauling a train formed of first class carriages and three kitchen cars. Brush No. 1713 hauled the train from Crewe to Caernarvon. The Royal Train was hauled by English Electric Nos/ 233 and 216.

Foster, C.B. Snow on the North Eastern. 540-2
Blizzard which struck Northumberland on 1 March 1886. An up express was stuck at Forest Hill, north of Newcastle and was not rescued until 08.00. The up Pullman was snowbound at Acklington for 17 hours, Soon afterwards the NER constructed large snowploughs based on the frames from six-wheel tenders. On 15 March 1888 Wilson Worsdell was travelling with a friend in a snowplough propelled by four locomotives to rescue the Flying Scotsman stuck at Longhurst when it struck a relief express at Annitsford. Worsdell was severely hurt in the colission and his friend subsequently died from his injuries.

Poulton, Kenneth. Another snowy day. 542-3.
B1 on 18.06 Marylebone to Woodford Halse became stuck without coal or water and the fire had to be dropped. Train was eventually rescued by a tank engine from woodford.

Stewart-David, David. Christmas working. 543.
V2 No. 855 working King's Cross to Leeds with nineteen coaches reached Peterborough 25 minutes late, but as line was blocked at Corby Glen the train was diverted via Lincoln where the V2 failed; the train had to be reduced in length and was worked forward by a K2. Leeds was reached 2½ hours late.

Letters. 557
Addison Road photograph. John Edgington
See No. 342: date was 1865-7: rolling stock was LNWR, not LSWR (identical stock in photograph taken at Sutton Coldfield in 1862). Train was working to Waterloo/Cannon Street or London Bridge.