Volume 39 (1978)
Number 454 (February)
J.N. Faulkner. British railways and civil aviation 1929-48. 70-4.
C.P. Atkins.. More light on the Highland 'Rivers'
- the mystery solved? 75-7.
See HR River class
J.M. Cooper. The East Suffolk line. 78-80.
Alan Whitehead. Steam behind the Propylaeum [Euston Arch]. 81-2.
H.L. Holland. Two months under steam. 83-5.
University holiday job at Bolton mpd with the fitting staff working on Class 5 and 8F
M.D. Beckett. The North Norfolk Railway. 88-91.
100 A1 Lloyd's. 110-111.
Castle class: formation of Lloyd's Ralway Society.
Number 460 (August)
Derek Cross. Couple the Bargany. 422-7.
Horwich 2-6-0s and other types in eruption when working coal trains against the grade in the Ayrshire coalfield: the best pyrotecnics happened when the caol trains neede to be double-headed.
Alan Whitehead. The North London in the 1930s. 428-30.
Very brief notes on period when North London steam trains tended to be worked by 3F 0-6-0Ts, whilst still hauling close-coupled four-wheeled stock. The electric trains were mainly worked by the smooth riding Oerlikon stock, some of which retained LNWR livery and were well upholstered in both classes and had inter-coach gangways.
H.C.B Rogers. The riding of steam locomotives.
Mainly opinion of others received in correspondence or in conversation: correspondents included B.C. Symes, K.H. Keech, C. Read, R.A. Riddles, R.C. Bond, J.T. Van Riemsdijk, T.C.B. Miller, J.F. Harrison, K.J. Cook, H. Holcroft and R.F. Hanks. A wide range of locomotives is discussed including the LTSR 4-4-2Ts (by Leech), the Gresley Pacifics (Leech, Miller and Harrison), LNWR locomotives (Riddles), most 4-6-0s (notably Royal Scots in terms of bad riding, but the GWR types were better), the 47XX 2-8-0s (very bad), most 2-6-0s (but 43XX seemed exempt from bad riding). See also letter from A.Ll. Lambert on p. 570 who critices Holcroft's alleged comments and cosiders difference beteen D1 and E1 classes
Michael Harris. Little Wonder or much enterprise. 438-43.
Growth of the Festiuog Railway
D.G. Genzel. Permanent way practice, 446-7.
The Grantham rail crash of 1906. Harold Bonnett. Bygone Grantham. 40pp. Reviewed by DEW
Baed mainly on contemporary newspaper accounts.
Number 462 (October 1978)
Chris Leigh. Western country stations. Part 1. 534-40.
Brunel wayside stations illustrated: Wootton Bassett in mixed gauge days; Brimscombe; Ashton Keynes post-closure; Charlbury; Bradford on Avon; Mortimer;; Moretonhampstead; Chard Central; Aynho; Stonehouse (Burdett Road), and engine house at Starcross.
D. Jenkinson. Passenger vehicle preservation. 1. Carriage preservation at the National Railway Museum. 543-50
Bluebell Railway.Passenger vehicle preservation. 2. Project 820. 551-4.
Restoration of a Bulleid train in malachite green livery by Bluebell Railway.
J.M. Hodgetts. Passenger vehicle preservation. 3. Restoring GWR coaches. 535-7.
J.A. Cassells. A farewell tribute to the Pacifics of the Deutsche Reichsbahn. 558-64.
The riding of steam locomotives. A.Ll.
Original article implied that LSWR main line was electrified out to Woking in 1926 when riding tests performed on River and King Arthur classes and reason for E1 riding better than D1 was a longer wheelbase
New books. 571
Sulzer diesel locomotives of British Rail. Brian
Webb. David & Charles. 96pp. Reviewed by PNRL
Book partners Brian Webb's previous publication English Electric Locomotives oJ British Rail (also David & Charles). His latest presentation is very similar with two chapters tracing the evolution of Sulzer engines and their application to BR locomotives. In the confines of four chapters the author then surveys the technical aspects of nine individual classes discussing their development, progress, problems and solutions, and the premature fate of individual locomotives. Also included is an additional chapter on the prototypes Lion and Kestrel. These aspects have been well researched but the cold sobriety of text construction and flow project an impression of being extracted from manufacturers' handbooks. The author clearly had access to official documents but it is unfortunate that salient details of both static and running test results have not been included. Impartial analysis of each class would command great respect for this publication but clear favouritism for the Class 45 emerges. The eighth, and final chapter effectively debars this book from being a serious analysis of the design and performance of Sulzer-engined motive power. Nine logs are reproduced in an unusual form and among other runs not actually reproduced are discussed in a muddled and highly prejudiced text. Claims for locomotive power outputs up to 25% in excess of rated power are totally unfounded in the experience of the reviewer, and no evidence is presented in this book to substantiate such claims. What emerges is a clear misunderstanding of the mechanics of train resistance which in its presented form will convince only the gullible. A very disappointing conclusion to such a promising work.
London's local railways. Alan A. Jackson.
David & Charles. 384pp. Reviewed by MLH [Michael Harris]
Reviewer was lucky (or unlucky) enough to have to travel from Barnet to Shepperton each day (over two 'local railways'). The writer's approach to the relationship between London and its railways has truly added a new dimension to transport history.The pictures painted of the Northern Line beyond East Finchley and the Shepperton branch, for example, are exact and appropriate and the detail recorded of their histories no more, and no less, than what is required. In his Preface the author describes his work obliquely as dealing with 'an often disparate collection of local lines on a regional basis' noting that to date those lines built primarily for London's own traffics have received little attention. Some full, and excellent, treatment is provided of interesting stretches of railway: in the docklands (a particularly good section, this), those lines that tapped the traffic to Alexandra Palace and Crystal Palace (and were disappointments), to Uxbridge (Met and GWR) and railways that never were, such as the Southern Heights line. The photographs are a worthwhile collection and for once a study of this kind includes thoroughly satisfactory maps. All of which adds up to a book to be highly recommended - except that a price of £ 12.50 will put it well beyond the interested commuter, beset by rising fares. What a pity.