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Volume 122 (1976)
Webb, Brian. British achievements in diesel traction. 16-19.
Volume 124 (1978)
"Fury" on trial. C.P. Atkins. 579-81.
Brief acount of the development of the high pressure compound locomotive and the fatal accident which occurred at Carstairs on 10 February 1930 when a water tube burst in the firebox. Between July 1932 and 25 March 1934 the locomotive made a number of test runs from Derby but the boiler failed to provide adequate quantities of steam. The article was based on Derby Drawing Office reports and dynamometer records stored in the NRM Library. Illus includes annotated photograph of footplate crew's controls in cab..
Volume 128 (1982)
Carling. Difficult deliveries 478-80.
Together with Russell Cropper, an erector with Beyer Peacock, travelled with the new Beyer Garratts to the LMS at Derby, completed their erection and introduced them into service and in the process experienced incidents which might have been serious due to the lack of experience by the footplate crews. Cropper had experience of erecting Garratts in Ecuador on the Guayaquil & Quito Railway where conditions were primitive and improvisation was necessary to maintain services.
Volume 129 (1983)
Stratford then & now. John Farmer.
Writer had been a Premium Apprentice at Straford Works from 1933. When he was a novice on the bolt lathe Gresley made one of his relatively rare visits to the Works the writer had the misfortune to be observed by the Works Manger, Mr Baister, and by Gresley, but after what seemed like an eternity the party moved on and he heard Gresley chuckle. Eighteen months later Farmer had to be interviewed by Gresley as he was to be awarded an LNER Railway Scholarship. At the end of Gresley's introduction he said "I hope, Farmer, that by now, you have acquired more skill in turning". Whilst the writer was at Stratford, he subsequently moved to Doncaster, he attended classes at the Great Eastern Mechanics Institution (the "Germy") under A.E. English who subsequently became Edward Thompson's Senior Technical Assistant.
Tom Middlemass. Tram traction from Wisbech.
Includes both the four- and six-coupled Great Eastern tram locomotives, the Sentinel Y10 and the diesel replacements. Written at the end of the Wisbech & Upwell Tramway.
Volume 131 (1985)
Wright, Ian and Cocks, John Somers. Puzzles for publicity.
43 jigsaw puzzles issued by the GWR issue between 1924 and 1939. The list in some cases includes sales. Cites Roger Burdett Wilson's Go Great Western (Ottley 10998) and notes errors in it..
Volume 133 (1987)
Winship, Ian R. Some nineteenth century brakes.
Attempts to use sledge brakes by John G. Bodmer of Manchester in 1844 and by Daniel Gooch at about the same time on a tank engine. W. Bridges Adams also experimented with a sledge brake in 1851. J.E. McConnell attempted to use a steam-operated sledge brake on locomotives in the late 1850s, but William Fairbairn showed that it was not very effective in 1858. Counter pressure braking on locomotives was developed by F. Holt on the South Staffordshire Railwy in about 1855 and by Alexander Allen on the SCR in about 1859. Louis Le Chatelier developed counter-pressure braking for Spanish railways in 1865-6. In 1869 Williams Siemens descibed the system in a paper presented to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and this stimulated interest. The Edward Barker hydraulic brake was evaluated on the GER, but freezing was a problem in winter and sodium chloride (salt) prevented freezing but led to damage of the leather seals. It was tested at the Newark brake trials.
Volume 135 (1989)
No. 1056 (April)
Richard D. Harding. St. Peter's School York,
A.D. 627. 250-1, illus.
Ceremony on 3 April 1939 opened by A.H. Peppercorn: actual naming performed by C.M. Jenkin-Jones Divisional General Manager in York Station
Clark, E.F. A very special family birthday. 292-6.
No. 1060 August
Atkins, Philip. Locos from scratch. 516-17.
Locomotives built within a limited time scale: in February 1878 Crewe Works constructed a Webb Coal Engine in 25½ hours and in December 1891 Stratford Works constructed another 0-6-0 No. 930 within ten hours. These have a sort of Olympic Games quality. Technically more interesting was the output of new designs within a very limited period: the Author cites the 4-2-2 constructed by Neilsons for the Edinburgh International Exhibition in 1886; the supply of five 4-4-2s by Beyer Peacock to the Great Central Railway in 1904; the supply of fifty Highland Castle type 4-6-0s to the French State Railways by NBL in 1910. The design and construction of two British classes (the Royal Scot and the A4 Pacifics) are also considered in some detail.