Volume 107 (1961)

No. 727

Dunn, J.M. F.W. Webb, Crewe. Part 1. 756-62.

No. 728

Dunn, J.M. F.W. Webb, Crewe. Part 2. 840-4.

Euston Portico Condemned. 844 + 2 illus. on p. 845.
DEMOLITION of the Doric portico at Euston Station has begun. The Prime Minister rejected a plea made to him to prevent its destruction. He gave his decision in a letter sent to Sir Charles Wheeler, President of the Royal Academy, who had led a deputation to the Prime Minister. In his letter, Mr. Macmillan stated he had considered with his colleagues the suggestions that were then put forward for preserving the Doric portico, but they had regretfully concluded that they ought not to adopt the suggestions. If the main-line and Underground stations at Euston were to be reconstructed to meet traffic requirements, it was inevitable that the portico should be moved. Mr. Macmillan pointed out that the only' practicahle way of preserving the portico would be to move it to another part of the Euston site. The Transport Commission had estimated that the cost of dismantling and re-erecting it would be about £190,000. Even if it had been thought right to incur such expenditure, it was doubtful whether there was any suitable place on the site to which it could be moved. The new station, including access roads, would extend as far as Euston Road. It would be inappropriate for the portico to be incorporated in the front of the new building. The only alternative, to put it in the middle of a traffic roundabout, was considered unsuitable by consultants whom the London County Council appointed to examine the reconstruction plans. The deputation had suggested it might be possible to move the portico on rollers to a nearby site at a cost of about [90,000. "You asked that demolition should be delayed while this estimate was examined and a public appeal for funds was being launched," wrote Mr. Macmillan. "This course would, I fear, delay substantially the reconstruction of the station." Even if this could be accepted the problem would still remain of finding a suitable alternative site. "And I am afraid that I can see little or no prospect of finding any other position on the Euston site in which the portico would not look incongruous."

Volume 108 (1963)

No. 732 (April)

Dunn, J.M. The Rugby locomotive. 241-2. diagr. (s. el.).
Drawing by R.A. McLellan, design by C.J. Bowen Cooke. Both were at Rugby between 1886 and 1895, and it is surmised that the locomotive was designed for a competition associated with an exhibition. The proposed locomotive was similar to an enlarged Precedent 2-4-0, but had 7ft coupled wheels and 18in x 22in cylinders. The grate area was 20 ft2 and the total heating surface would have been 1314.15ft2. The design incorporated Webb features: radial axlebox and Joy valve gear. McLellan claimed that formed basis for the Precursor design, but Dunn states that this was designed by T.E. Sackfield.

Nock, O.S. British locomotive practice and performance. 245-74.
Includes logs of some very fast runs with Stanier Class 5 locomotives, mainly on very short trains, between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Exchange. Two were timed in January 1939 on non-stop workings when No. 5209 reached 90 mile/h at Kirkby on a four-coach westbound express and No. 5204 maintained the 45 minute schedule with 9 coaches on the 10.40 ex-Liverpool. Under British Railways No. 44767 (fitted with Stephenson link motion) achieved 80 mile/h at Rainford; 44987 achieved 84 mile/h at Rainford: both on 14.40 ex Manchester Victoria which stopped at Wigan Wallgate. No. 44782 reached 80 mile/h at Parbold between Wigan Wallgate and Southport St Lukes.

Letters. 281
F.W. Webb, Crewe. J.M. Dunn
Had been informed that Webb had a high-pitched voice.

Volume 111 (1965)

British locomotive design, 1923-1947. Part 6. The imaginative and controversial designs of O.V.S. Bulleid. F.G. Glover, F.G.. 222-5. 6 illus. incl. port.
An introductory account.


Skeat, W.O.
Holden's patented system. 371-
of oil firing.