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Periodicals with LMS content
BackTrack which is edited by LMS Society Member, Mike Blakemore and which contains items of LMS interest in
each issue now has its own
where details of the current and past issues can be found.
Recent and Coming soon:
June and July 2015 - Vol.29/6 and 7: - The Bolton-Blackburn line 1845-1858 by Jeffrey Wells
June 2015 - Vol.29/6 - The Furness Railway 'Cleator' Tanks by Michael Peascod
July 2015 - Vol.29/7 - The 'North Atlantic' Coaches of the LMS/NCC by Colm Flanagan
April, June and August 2015 - Vol.29/4, 6 and 8 - The Development of Railways to the North West of Scotland by Peter Tatlow
October 2015 - Vol.29/10 - The Railways of Keighley by David Joy
November and December 2015 - Vol.29/11 and 12 - The Formative Years of the Lancaster & Carlisle Railway by Jeffrey Wells
An index of LMS related articles in volumes 1 to 28 of Backtrack can be found
There is also an independant
which publishes an index for BackTrack.
This new publication again edited by LMS Society Founder Member, Bob Essery, will look at all aspects of
the LMS in both prototype and model. Details can be found on the LMS Review
Publication of the LMS Journal edited by LMS Society Founder Member, Bob Essery, has ceased with Issue 38.
Details of all issues can be found on its LMS Society hosted
There are of course other periodicals which regularly carry LMS related content. Their
respective editors are more than welcome to forward details of such via the Hon. Secretary
for publication on this page.
Recent LMS Related Publications
While the Society is happy to list any book with LMS content here, such a listing cannot be construed as an
endorsement of any book by the Society. Where the author is member of the Society they are identified as such.
Peter Tatlow - an LMS Society member.
ISBN 9 781906 537 46 3 Crecy Publishing Ltd, 2016
The Dingwall and Skye Railway was in 1870 the first line, north of Glasgow, to reach the west coast of
Scotland and is still the most northerly. In the first instance it opened only to Stromeferry on Loch Carron.
In 1897 it was extended to the Kyle of Lochalsh, opposite the Isle of Skye. At over 63 miles it is the
longest branch line in Great Britain. Threatened with closure during the Beaching era, it was reprieved by
the traffic generated in connection with the construction of a concrete platform for the off-shore oil
industry. Thereafter vigorous campaigning by local government and the community has secured its ongoing
operation, thereby continuing to provide one of the most dramatic and picturesque rail journeys in the country.
With over sixty years of personal experience of the line, the author describes the difficulties of construction
through mountainous terrain and along rocky coasts, the challenges of rival and competitive schemes, and the
operation of the line over the years; together with a look at the short branch line to the spa village of
Strathpeffer. The impact on the remote scattered communities and the means of access to the Hebrides are
explored with the changes over the years.
200 photographs and around fifty drawings and diagrams provide the pictorial aspect of this most magnificent
of tourist routes.
ISBN 9 781911 038 05 4 Lightmoor Press 2016.
Designed at St Rollox to work, without assistance, the heaviest passenger trains on the company's
principal routes of Glasgow to Carlisle and Aberdeen, the '956' Class would be required to haul
425 ton loads, as well as operating at 75-80 mph to maintain the booked timetable.
For the class of four locomotives, out-shopped in 1921, three-cylinder propulsion, using a novel 2:1
derived motion for the centre cylinder was chosen, this being associated with a large boiler.
Unaccountably, a number of recognised technical imperatives, well established with earlier classes,
were neglected. Initial trials results were disappointing, difficulties being found with both the
steaming capabilities and with the novel valve gear, which was subject to two major redesigns, with
little obvious improvement.
ISBN 9 789811 038 00 9 Lightmoor Press 2015 360pp
The latest title to be published jointly by the Caledonian Railway Association and Lightmoor Press
is the long-awaited book which describes the carriages owned and operated by the Caledonian Railway
from its opening until the 1923 Grouping.
The topics covered include the CR's reaction to technological developments in railway passenger
transport and the increasing attention paid to passenger comfort and convenience. The evolution
of its carriage livery with challenges some aspects of 'received wisdom.' It also deals with
furnishing and internal decor. The classes of stock are covered by reviewing the general service
stock to the end of McIntosh's tenure in 1914, the down-rated carriages acquired from the West
Coast Joint Stock fleet, the Pullman cars and the final designs in the Pickersgill regime. The CR
ambulance train and other carriages in war-time service are described along with vehicles which
were not part of general service stock. Saloons, Invalid carriages, Post Office vehicles, the
prison van, Inchture horse bus and the Connel Ferry rail motor are all covered along with some
proposed designs that never saw service, including a steam rail motor.
The book comprises 360 pages of text and illustrations, 275 mm. by 215 mm., printed on gloss art
paper with colour laminated printed board covers and is lavishly illustrated with some 250 photographs
and over 300 drawings. Appendices give information about the number of carriages in the fleet, carriage
orders and building dates and list the available drawings of carriages and components, with their
Allan C. Baker & Mike G. Fell.
ISBN 9 781899 889 90 7 Lightmoor Press 2015 240pp.
The 121/2 mile Stafford & Uttoxeter Railway opened in 1867 and had running powers from Bromshall
Junction into the North Staffordshire Railway station at Uttoxeter. At the other end of the line
the S&UR, with the agreement of the L&NWR, accessed Stafford Station which was also used by NSR
trains. The line spent most of its independent life in receivership, eventually being acquired by
the enterprising Great Northern Railway in 1881. This book explores how that railway developed its
relationship with the NSR over whose line it had to pass in order to reach its own metals at
Egginton Junction. At the grouping of the railways in 1923, the GNR became part of the L&NER
whereas the NSR and L&NWR became part of the LM&SR and so it was that Stafford and Uttoxeter
continued to be locations where the trains and liveries of different railway companies rubbed
shoulders. The narrative describes the personalities, operation and traffic of the S&UR, and
examines the industries served by the railway, including the extensive salt works located at
Stafford Common. The former S&UR lost its passenger service in 1939 but the line survived to become
nationalised, the through link finally closing in 1951. The result of extensive and detailed primary
research, the book is profusely illustrated and will appeal to railway enthusiasts and those who
want to learn more about past commercial and industrial enterprise in the area in which they reside.
RJ Essery, an LMS Society member.
ISBN 9 781899 889 37 2 Lightmoor Press 2015 240pp.
The Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway came into being in 1893, when the Eastern & Midlands
Railway, having over extended itself financially, was jointly taken over by the Midland and Great
Northern railways. The E&MR main line linked the Midlands and the North of England with the popular
Norfolk coast resorts and its acquisition enabled these two railways to reach deep in to the heart of
Great Eastern Railway territory. Following the joint takeover, the Midland assumed responsibility for
the motive power whilst the GN looked after the signalling and permanent way. The line was run by a
Joint Committee, the representatives of the MR and GNR giving way to those of the LM&'SR and
L&NER after the 1923 Grouping. It was only when the line was ceded to the L&NER in 1936,
however, that it began to lose its independent identity, with the locomotive department seeing the
M&GN and ex-Midland types replaced by those of the L&NER and constituents. The locomotive
history of the Midland Railway has been extensively covered by the author, in conjunction with the
late David Jenkinson, in a four volume series published in the 1980s. At that time, it was intended
to carry on and cover the locomotive histories of the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway, which came
in to Midland hands in 1912, and of the two Joint lines which came under Midland control, the M&GN
and the Somerset & Dorset Railway. The former came out in 2000 but the latter two lines still
remained to be covered. This detailed profusely illustrated history of the Midland & Great Northern
Railway, and in particular its motive power right from the very early days of the companies which grew
to form it, therefore fills another important gap in the locomotive history of the Midland Railway.
The text includes much new information which has come to light in the last twenty years, adding to the
research previously carried out in the 1980s, whilst much of the illustrative content, including numerous
detailed plans and a plethora of historic original photographs, has not previously been published. The
majority of the M&GN system was closed in 1959 and, today, the only surviving section is that
operated as a preserved line by the North Norfolk Railway, who do much to keep the memory of the old
company alive. This volume is therefore a timely addition to the history of this most distinctive of
railway's, which will be appreciated by enthusiasts, modellers and railway historians alike.
ISBN 9 781899 889 91 4 Lightmoor Press 2015 318pp.
The face of the Caledonian Railway was unmistakable, whether in the remote Highlands or the
bustling industrial areas of central Scotland. Hitherto, studies of the railway have concentrated
on its characteristic locomotives and rolling stock. For the first time, a volume is now devoted
to the Caledonian infrastructure, in particular the signals, the telegraph pole routes and the
signal boxes, which also distinguished the Caledonian scene. A close look with the sharp eye of
the modeller is taken at these and their associated equipment. The signalling system existed to
serve the traffic and so this book sets it in this wider context, recording how methods of
controlling traffic evolved ingeniously to meet changing needs and discussing the men who devised
and maintained it. A valuable chapter explains the organisation, and an explanation of the work of
the operating staff is supplemented by John Paton's definitive essay on the architecture of their
workplace, the signal box. Its development is charted by an unrivalled collection of photographs.
This story of how a great railway tackled safety and capacity is richly illustrated by historic
photographs, which serve to throw a new and fascinating light on the Caledonian scene. Adherents
of other railways who read this volume will find themselves looking at their own linesides with
renewed interest, while admirers of the Caledonian will find much to sustain and enrich their
Produced in association with the Caledonian Railway Association.
ISBN 9 781858 585 23 9 Brewin Books 2014 160pp
For over forty years author Pat Wallace worked the Bromsgrove line, well known for the steep
Lickey incline and the locomotives which helped the heavy trains to cope, including the famous
Big Bertha. From engine cleaner to fireman and driver, Pat carefully records his career in a
series of diaries which capture the daily routine and events of a railwayman's life as steam
hauled trains gave way to diesels. Today the line awaits a new station and electrification. The
book is complete with one hundred photographs of locomotives and rolling stock through the years.
ISBN 9 781899 889 88 4 Lightmoor Press 2014 296pp.
Sir Walter Scott once described Perthshire as 'the most varied and the most beautiful'
county in Scotland. Within Perthshire, Strathearn fully merits this accolade, with Upper
Strathearn renowned as a tourist destination, and the lower reaches being a rich agricultural
area. For over a century, the branch lines of Strathearn were an integral part of this
This comprehensive history of those lines is the culmination of research over fifty years,
drawing on many original documents and contemporary accounts. Lavishly illustrated with nearly
300 photographs, many never previously published, and over 200 other illustrations, it traces
the development of these branch lines from the opening of the Crieff Junction Railway in 1856
to the closure of the last section of line in 1967. This book also details the part these
railways played in the development of the district and the communities they served, including
a chapter on Gleneagles Hotel, all of which will be of interest to the general reader as well
as the railway enthusiast.
Produced in association with the Caledonian Railway Association.
ISBN 9 781899 889 83 9 Lightmoor Press 2014 184pp.
The third and final volume looking at what happened to the North Staffordshire Railway after it
became a part of the LM&SR in the Railway Grouping of 1923. This was a period of great social,
political and economic upheaval, from the General Strike of 1926, to the great depression of the
early 1930s and ending with the Second World War. Shortly afterwards, the railways of the United
Kingdom were Nationalised, which changed their appearance and the way they were run forever. This
third book commences with a short introduction and takes a look at the road delivery operations in
the North Staffordshire Section during the LM&SR era, as well as a brief mention of bus services.
We then travel around the Loop Line, which is followed by a journey along the Biddulph Valley Line,
both trips being interspersed with visits to the collieries and industrial concerns served en route.
The next visit is to Stoke Works, to find out what happened to it under LM&SR ownership, after
which we take a look at the fate of ex-NSR rolling stock once it had been subsumed into the LM&SR
fleet. A detailed study of Stoke Round House and shed is followed by a look at locomotive allocations
and use on the NS Section during the period and we then take a brief look at traffic control operations.
Another detailed chapter then looks at what happened with the NSR's smaller canals and ends with a
short synopsis of Rudyard Lake’s fall from grace under the LM&SR. Heading back out on to the rails
again, we then travel the Leek Line from Stoke to Leek, from where we go up on to the Leek, Caldon
& Waterhouses Branch and to the quarries at Caldon Low, to then finish our study of the LM&SR's
North Staffordshire Section with a journey along the narrow gauge Leek & Manifold Valley Light
Railway. Lavishly illustrated, with over 500 photographs, maps, tickets, posters, handbills, etc, much
of it not previously published. Original research has again provided much new information for the text
and captions. Basil Jeuda has written and lectured extensively on the NSR and the area it served for
more than thirty years and, together, these three volumes now form an important illustrated history of
the North Staffordshire Section of the London, Midland & Scottish Railway.
ISBN 9 780956 97 09 0 9 Barrai Books 2014 256pp.
When the Furness Railway became part of the London, Midland & Scottish system in 1923
it was a well known company serving the steelmaking and shipbuilding town and port of
Barrow-in-Furness, the industrial and mining belt of West Cumberland and the southern part
of the Lake District. Its main line ran from Carnforth on the main West Coast route of the
London & North Western Railway to Whitehaven, a distance of 74 miles. It owned the Wennington-
Carnforth line jointly with the Midland Railway and the Whitehaven to Moor Row, Rowrah and Marron
Junction lines jointly with the LNWR. It operated steamers on Windermere and Coniston lakes and a
large dock system at Barrow. In 1922 its capital exceeded £8m.
Its origin some 80 years before, was as an isolated single line of 14 route miles promoted by the
principal Furness landowners, their associates and agents to bring down to the coast the slate from
Kirkby Moor and the hematite iron ore from mines above Dalton, for shipment by sea to the Mersey,
the Dee and the Severn. The original capital in 1844 was £100,000. In 1878, after tough negotiations
with the LNWR, it obtained jointly with that company, ownership of the Whitehaven, Cleator &
Egremont Railway and in 1879 it commenced working the main line traffic of the newly opened Cleator
& Workington Junction Railway.
The story of the Furness Railway was not one of continuing prosperity as, towards the end of the
19th century, advances in steelmaking technology eliminated the supremacy of hematite iron which had
been essential for the pioneering Bessemer steel process. The iron and steel industry of Furness and
West Cumberland lurched from financial crisis to financial crisis. Barrow became more and more dependent
on the shipbuilding industry founded in 1870 by railway and steelworks proprietors. The FR itself became
increasingly expensive to operate as the Board of Trade introduced safer working practices. A second
generation of railway managers developed the tourist traffic but profits continued to decline, the 10%
dividends of the early 1870’s falling to around 3% from the turn of the century.
256 pages casebound fully illustrated with half tone and colour photographs and a range of maps and
drawings from archive sources
ISBN 9 780956 97 09 1 6 Barrai Books 2014 180pp.
This is a special edition publication to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Carnforth
Station Heritage Centre in 2003. This book provides a comprehensive history of the railways of Carnforth
from the earliest days of railway development to the present day. Carnforth grew from a wayside halt on
the L&C Railway into an important junction on the London to Glasgow main line with main lines to Leeds
and Barrow in Furness. Carnforth's role as an important railway centre ended with the closure of the motive
power depot and the exchange siding in 1969 and the removal of the mainline platforms in 1970, it eventually
became an open station in 1988.
From 1860 Carnforth gradually became a significant railway town which rapidly expanded to house the three
railway companies' workers. For nearly seventy years the Carnforth Haematite Iron Company produced high grade
pig iron until it closed in 1929. It built an industrial village in the parish of Warton to house its workers.
Parts of the classic film "Brief Encounter" were taken on the station during war time blackout and its
connection to the film has enabled the derelict station to be regenerated as the Carnforth Station Heritage
The author has carefully researched and brought together a fascinating account of the railways, the township,
and the ironworks and the making of the film at the station and in doing so drawn upon a wide range of
material much of which has not previously been published. Fully illustrated with maps and drawings from
archive sources together with half tone and colour photographs from the Cumbrian Railways Association,
Rathbone and other individuals collections.
Peter Tatlow, an LMS Society member.
ISBN 9 781909 328 13 6 Noodle Books 2014 200pp plus index.
Highland Railway Carriages and Wagons is a totally new book and the first time the rolling stock
of the HR has been subject to such close scrutiny. Written by the renowned Peter Tatlow and produced
in conjuction with the Highland Railway Society, this is a work that will appeal to all with an
interest in rolling stock - probably regardless of company or period.
200 sides, heavily illustrated with copious drawings at 4mm to the foot make it a book that will be
cherished. Casebound, 200 pages with full indexing. Printed on heavy art paper.
Camden Goods Station Through time.
ISBN 9 781445 622 04 0 Camden Railway Heritage Trust 2014.
The London & Birmingham Railway was the major project of its day, designed by Robert
Stephenson, one of the great railway pioneers, who also supervised its construction
and its opening in 1837. Camden Goods Station became the goods terminus and Euston
Station the passenger terminus. For a few years trains were hauled by rope from Euston
up the incline to Camden before the intensification of both passenger and goods services
rendered such technology obsolete.
The L&BR left a strong footprint on the landscape from Euston to Camden Town and
Primrose Hill. The story moves from rapid economic growth to eventual decline and then
to the recent regeneration. The historic features around the former Goods station are
providing the basis of Camden's transformation through its markets, media, music, food
and entertainment into a global brand. Join Peter Darley in unfolding this story from
1837 to the present day.
A fascinating selection of 200 images, photographs and drawings, published in February
2014, illustrating how some of London's most significant industrial heritage sites have
changed in the course of almost two centuries.
Peter Darley is a leading figure in the Camden Railway Heritage Trust. He is a chartered
engineer and lives in Primrose Hill. He conducts guided tours and gives talks on the
area's industrial heritage.
Available from the Trust for £12.00 including postage. Payment by cheque to Peter
Darley, 21 Oppidans Road, NW3 3AG or email Darleyp@aol.com regarding direct bank transfer
Or from all good bookshops (£14.99). All proceeds from sales go to Camden Railway
RJ Essery, an LMS Society member, and P Davis.
ISBN 9 781908 763 03 7 Wild Swan Publications 2013 160pp.
The question of what the LMS inherited from the constituent and subsidiary companies has often been considered in regular planning meetings for the LMS Journal. As far as we could see, the subject is not one to have commanded much attention from other authors and begs the question, what did the LMS inherit, how good was it and how long did it last before the new company replaced these assets?
This question could be directed to a variety of subjects ranging from fixed structures,signalling, livery, locomotives and rolling stock and even company identity, but we have chosen to begin our investigation with the largest constituent company of the LMS, the London & North Western Railway and to deal with its stock of locomotives. Self styled 'The Premier Line', it was formed in 1846 by the amalgamation of the London & Birmingham, Grand junction (an 1845 amalgamation of itself with the Liverpool & Manchester and several minor Lancashire companies) and Manchester & Birmingham Railways. When considering the L&NWR prior to the 1923 grouping, we must also consider the North London Railway, a line that was incorporated by an Act of 26th August 1846 as the East and West India Docks and Birmingham Junction Railway. In December 1908, an agreement to last twenty-one years was entered into between the North London and London & North Western Railway Companies to the effect that the North London would continue to exist as a separate corporation, but their senior officers would be retired and their places taken by the corresponding officers from the L&NWR.
There was also the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company, the origins of which lay in a number of small lines that came together in 1847 assuming the title Lancashire &; Yorkshire Railway. Terms for amalgamation were agreed between the L&NW and L&Y in December 1921 and from 1st January 1922 the combined system was operated as one railway. For the purpose of this work, the locomotives of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway are excluded, but the locomotive stock of the North London Railway are included. Although it is not possible or even desirable to ignore the pre-1923 history, it is not intended to delve into the various aspects of LNWR locomotive history so beloved by some writers. The question of the suitability of Webb's designs, in particular his compounds, will not form part of this work; indeed the publisher and I take the view that the LMS inherited all manner of mechanical items from the constituent and subsidiary companies and, that the quality varied, but they became LMS stock, and the purpose of these books is to record, as objectively as possible, what it was and how it fared during the years that followed. Therefore, in many respects, this is a 'broad brush' approach and no attempt has been made to include every minor detail that affected every class of locomotives. Nevertheless, this illustrated survey has taken many pages, so we have divided it into three manageable volumes, the first covering passenger tender classes, the second the tank engine classes, and the third the goods tender engines.
The information in this work has been compiled from a number of sources, the majority of them secondary, and when crosschecking it became clear that not all the dates and facts quoted were identical. While every effort has been made to crosscheck them, the lack of prime source material means that information given may be at variance with other published works on the subject. There are many ways of interpreting historical fact and we hope this work will be seen as accurate and comprehensive and add to our knowledge of the story of LNWR locomotives during the post-1923 period.
The final point is addressed to those readers who are also railway modellers. Experience as editor and publisher of both LMS Journal and Midland Record has shown us that many readers use these titles as a source of reference and information for modelling projects, so accurate detail information is important to them, therefore we will try to be mindful of their needs.
ISBN 9 781840 335 84 2 Stenlake 2013 252pp.
The publishers believe this will become the definitive book about this famous railway and its history. It is
the first full history of the Caledonian Railway ever to be published. Based on original source documents and
contemporary newspapers and journals and fully referenced, it traces its development, through troubles both
legal and commercial, as an operating railway and a business with its own distinctive style
Profusely illustrated, it is an essential book not only for those with an interest in the old railway companies and
their often tumultuous relationships with each other, but for the light it sheds on Scottish society and
commerce during the long high noon of industrialisation and growth.
This is a sumptuous, beautifully illustrated, hardbound volume stuffed with facts and information no railway
enthusiast can afford to be without. Charting, as it does, the impact a single transport endeavour can have on
the communities through which it passes and the industry which springs up in its wake, it is also of major
interest to historians, archaeologists, sociologists and anyone who finds the industrial heritage of the British
Isles of interest.
The book is also a work of art in itself.
ISBN 9 781899 889 74 7 Lightmoor Press 2013 320pp.
This is the first detailed history of the Caledonian Railway's wagons, from the opening of its first line
in 1847 until the Company became a part of the LM&SR at Grouping in 1923. The research is based
on Board minutes and other official sources, whilst over 250 official drawings have been examined.
The introduction details the sources of information used and a chapter on the industrial development
of Scotland outlines its influence on the size and diversity of the wagon fleet. The types of wagons
and numbers in service are tabulated and the financial pressures which hamstrung the modernisation
programme begun in the early 1900s are also described. An overview is offered of technical developments,
which discusses how two Locomotive Superintendents transformed the wagon fleet.
The liveries of wagons and Non-Passenger Coaching Stock are next described, supplemented in each case
by the systems used by the Caledonian to allocate running numbers. Photographic evidence and drawings
depict a far more complex picture than that presented previously. Eleven chapters then deal with different
types of wagons, ranging from those built by the thousand, to small numbers of wagons for special traffic.
Building dates are given for each design, whilst design developments are described and supported by
photographs and works drawings. Sample running numbers are included for modellers. A further chapter
describes the Caledonian's relationship with the private traders who ran wagons over the system.
Appendices list the construction orders undertaken by the company and outside contractors. The surviving
works drawings are listed, with their archive references, and the photographs in an official album dating from
1900 are described. A final appendix gives information about drawings for the modeller, supported by specially
commissioned drawings of details characteristic of Caledonian wagons.
Produced in association with the Caledonian Railway Association.
ISBN 9 781899 889 65 5 Lightmoor Press 2012 176pp.
The second of three volumes looking at what happened to the North Staffordshire Railway after it became a part of
the LM&SR in the Railway Grouping of 1923. This was a period of great social, political and economic change and
turmoil, which climaxed with the Second World War. Shortly afterwards, the railways of the United Kingdom were
Nationalised, which changed their appearance and the way they were run forever.
This second volume begins with a short introduction, which includes essays on the decline in milk traffic and the
promotion of Workmen's tickets in North Staffordshire. We then take a brief look at ex-NSR locomotives in Crewe
Works, before journeying from there to Harecastle, followed by trips along the Sandbach Branch and the little known
Macclesfield, Marple ∧ Bollington Railway. This is followed by a lengthy sojourn along the picturesque valley of the
River Churnet, after which we return part way up the line to Rocester, to head off along the Ashbourne Branch and
ultimately all the way to Buxton. Another long journey is then undertaken from Stoke to Derby, before returning a short
way back to Tutbury to take the branch to Burton. Along all of these routes, brief stops are made to examine various
industries and other aspects in more detail, such as the gypsum mines at Fauld, the Royal Ordnance Factory at Radway
Green, minor branch lines such as that to Cheadle, or the various ex-NSR engine sheds encountered. This volume ends
with a brief study of the operations of Railway Air Services Ltd, particularly in relation to Meir aerodrome at Stoke.
The volume is again profusely illustrated, with nearly 500 photographs, maps, tickets, posters, handbills, timetables and
other material, much of it not previously published. Further original research has once more provided much new information
for the text and captions. Basil Jeuda has written and lectured extensively on the NSR and the subsequent history of the
area it covered for more than thirty years, and this seminal work is building into an important illustrated history of the
North Staffordshire Section of the London, Midland & Scottish Railway.
Mike Arlett & David Lockett.
ISBN 9 781899 889 31 0 Lightmoor Press 2012 192pp.
Norman Lockett began taking black & white photographs in the 1930s, using glass plate negatives, a medium he
preferred until the end of steam. A modest man, the vast majority of his output has never been published, despite its
superb quality. Here, in the first volume of a series which will feature the pick of his work, we present over 200 highly
evocative photographs of one of the best loved and most picturesque railway lines with which this country was once
blessed - the S&D. Whilst Norman had his favourite 'spots' - such as the Midford Valley and Winsor Hill - he
captured some of the lesser known parts, around Highbridge and the Bridgwater Branch, as well. He also looked for
viewpoints not appreciated by others. In order to present Norman's work at its best, the publishers have returned to
the original glass plates for the scanning process, rather than use his prints. This has revealed much extraneous detail
which had been either lost in the printing process or simply cropped out altogether. Devotees of railway photography,
S&D enthusiasts, railway historians and railway modellers will all find much to enjoy and of interest within these
pages, with Norman's pictures being accompanied by a lively and knowledgeable text and captions, written by well
known S&D authority Mike Arlett. There can be few railway photograph collections of this quality still largely
unpublished, so this is a rare chance to appreciate the work of a largely 'unknown master'.
Produced in association with the Caledonian Railway Association.
ISBN 9 781899 889 48 3 Lightmoor Press 2012 160pp.
The first of three volumes looking at what happened to the North Staffordshire Railway after it was taken
over by the LM&SR in 1923, up until 1947 when the LM&&SR was Nationalized. During this period,
the country suffered the economic downturn of 1924 and a slump that lasted from 1929 until the late
1930s, which was then followed by the Second World War and its aftermath. This first volume covers the
background to the establishment of the LM&SR and the demise of the NSR, the changing nature of industrial
activity in North Staffordshire, the competition with road transport for passenger and freight traffic, and the
impact of the Second World War. Separate chapters then follow the main line from Manchester and Macclesfield
through Stoke to Colwich, including the Talke and Chesterton branches, connections to the factories of Michelin
Tyres and Josiah Wedgwood, the Trentham Park Branch and ROF 5 Cold Meece. There is an introduction to the NSR
canal system, which then goes on to follow the whole of the Trent & Mersey Canal, and there is a short section on
the hotels of the NSR. This volume then concludes with a journey along the Stoke to Market Drayton line, which
also includes diversions off on the Pool Dam and Apedale branches, the Newcastle-under-Lyme Canal, and the
The book is profusely illustrated with over 400 pictures and several maps, whilst the author has also had access to
many previously unpublished items of ephemera, including timetables, tickets and other material. The considerable
text benefits from extensive research, that has yielded much new information. Basil Jeuda has written and lectured
extensively on the NSR and the subsequent history of the area it covered for more than thirty years, and this is the
first major work to be published on the North Staffordshire Section of the London, Midland & Scottish Railway.
T. B. Maund.
ISBN 9 781899 889 38 9 Lightmoor Press 2012 240pp.
The Wirral peninsula, which forms the top north west corner of Cheshire and sits between the rivers Dee and Mersey,
is almost an island and, in many respects, exhibits the characteristics of a region isolated from other influences. This
was undoubtedly even more pronounced in times gone past and is a feature that was particularly well illustrated in
the development and 'look' of the railway company which served the most northerly and populated part of the
peninsula - the Wirral Railway. The railway itself began in splendid isolation, with a branch from Birkenhead Docks to
Hoylake, opened in 1866. From impecunious beginnings - the company was in receivership by the late 1860s and
services ran only between Hoylake and Leasowe until 1872 - the Wirral system grew to become a busy commuter
railway for the many people travelling over the Mersey to Liverpool, its tentacles eventually extending to West Kirby,
New Brighton and Seacombe. Today, with the exception of the Seacombe Branch, the line remains in service as part
of Merseyrail, carrying out the job it has always done.
This is the first comprehensive study of the railway's origins and its history as the Wirral Railway, followed by its later
years under the LM&SR and British Railways, its operations, stations, locomotives, shed and works, and rolling stock.
Its small locomotive fleet comprised entirely of tank engines and its independent nature is reflected in the fact that it
was the first railway company in mainland Great Britain to run engines of the unusual 4-4-4 wheel arrangement. The
goods traffic using the Wirral Railway is also studied in detail, including the industries, private sidings and wagons which
connected to the system. Of particular note here is the highly lucrative working arrangement with the Great Central
Railway, which allowed GC traffic to pass the short distance over Wirral metals from Bidston to Birkenhead Docks and
which for many years generated a significant portion of the Company's profits. Wirral residents, both past and present,
will obviously find much to enjoy here, whilst students of railway history will delight in delving into the machinations of
one of the lesser lights of the British railway scene. Modellers, too, will find much to inspire them.
T.B. Maund has compiled what will now become the definitive history of the busy, independent minded Wirral Railway.
The Late Geoff. Holt.
ISBN 9 781908 763 05 1 Wild Swan Publications Ltd. 2013 136pp in full colour.
In view of Geoff's failing health, Wild Swan pulled out all the stops to publish this book as soon
as possible but very sadly Geoff passed away before he saw the book. He was one of the country's
finest loco modellers and this book, together with Volume One, will stand as a memorial to his
Geoff. Holt, an LMS Society member.
ISBN 9 781908 763 01 3 Wild Swan Publications Ltd. 2012 107pp in full colour.
A very user friendly, straightforward and encouraging book in which the
author guides the reader through the techniques necesary for loco
building, covering the two disciplines of kit- and scratch-building. As he
doesn't feel there has been any appreciable difference in his approach
from modelling in 4mm to 7mm and 10mm scales, the book should
prove useful to everyone, but 7mm is the focus throughout these pages.
Ingeniously, Geoff has supported his text with a pair of signature
rnodels whereby he tackles two engines of the same class, one
scratchbuilt and the other kitbuilt, in order that the differing processes
can be seen in direct comparison.
L. G. Warburton, an LMS Society member.
ISBN 9 781906 419 95 0 Noodle Books 2012 184pp plus index.
WARTIME LMS takes the story of the company from the build up and preparation to WW2, through the days
of conflict and back to the difficult times that followed.
This is a learned tome, well illustrated of course, but one where the text carries the true story of
each department of the railway including the men in charge of each, and how they prepared for and dealt
with the running of the railway during the period.
Illustrated with contemporary material including fold out maps contained within a pocket at the rear.
ISBN 9 780954 278 75 5 Edward Talbot 2011 104pp.
The streamlined Pacifics of the London Midland & Scottish Railway were
amongst the most outstanding of all British steam locomotives. Their style and
design captured the imagination and set them apart from everyday engines. In
the public mind they ranked equally with the streamlined 'A4' class of the
London & North Eastern Railway, and when one was displayed at the New York
World's Fair in 1939, they became famous all over the world, as one of a small
number of elite streamlined designs along with the New York Central Rail
Road's 'J3a' class Hudsons, and the Milwaukee Road's 'Hiawatha' Atlantics and
Hudsons in the USA.
This new book is a celebration in photographs of these magnificent machines
and will give pleasure to all their many admirers. It contains 96 pages with 160 black
and white photographs, and 8 pages of colour, featuring superb paintings by Gerald
Broom, Tom Connell and Barry G. Price.
It is a companion volume to The Coronation Scot, the Streamlined Era on the
LMS, published in 2002, which described the train, the locomotives and the
carriages, and the whole venture of the LMS into streamlining.
The Story of Steam Breakdown Cranes on the Railways of Britain - Volume 1
Peter Tatlow, an LMS Society member.
ISBN 9 781906 419 69 1 Noodle Books 2012 256pp.
There are few railways subjects that have not been the subject of any number of books - but Breakdown Cranes
is certainly one.
Renowned railway writer Peter Tatlow has spend several decades researching the history, origins, allocations,
and work of these marvels of the mechanical age.
Part 1 in the series takes the story of the steam crane through from its earliest days to the start of the
'long-jib' variant, although many of the examples featured in this book were still active into the 1970s.
Illustrated in both b/w and colour complete with numerous drawings.
H. J. Campbell Cornwell.
ISBN 9 781899 889 56 3 Lightmoor Press 2011 192pp.
This is a detailed study of the Caledonian Railway's 'Jumbo' 0-6-0s, officially the '18in x
26in x 5ft 0in Goods Engine', which were not only the workhorses of the Company but also
formed the largest class of locomotives in Scotland. The 244 members of the class were built
over a fourteen year period between 1883 and 1897, and many were also Westinghouse braked,
whilst some were vacuum fitted as well, which thus allowed their extensive use on passenger
With the aid of official plans and drawings, along with numerous mostly previously
unpublished photographs, and in conjunction with technical specifications and other data, the
author has faithfully documented the history, work, performance and allocations of these iconic
little engines for posterity.
The entire class was taken over by the LM&SR at Grouping and most of them survived into the BR
era, with the last four only being withdrawn in 1963, giving the 'Jumbo's a history of 80 years
The book comprises 192 pages, 8 in colour, 275 mm. by 215 mm., printed on
gloss art paper with colour laminated printed board covers and is lavishly illustrated
with over 150 colour and B&W photographs covering the full life history of the
class. The 50 plus official drawings and diagrams will prove invaluable to both
modellers and historians and the many tables of analysis covering work and
performance will allow many aspects to be studied in depth by the reader.
The Appendices include the full specification supplied to Neilson for their Works
Order E561 and T56l, and individual engine histories, as extracted from the record
cards, along with a full bibliography.
Published in conjunction with the Caledonian Railway Association.
The production engineer who modernised the LMS railway and equipped the RAF for war
ISBN 9 780901 461 58 2 The Railway & Canal Historical Society 2011 272pp.
Ernest John Hutchings Lemon rose from the humblest beginnings to become a Vice-President of the LMS Railway.
He was born in 1874, the son of a labourer in an obscure Dorset village, and a fortunate set of circumstances
led to his apprenticeship at the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow. In 1914 he joined the Midland
Railway as Chief Wagon Inspector, soon rising to become Works Manager at Derby in the Carriage & Wagon
Department. In association with 'Bob' Reid, he revolutionised the way wagons, and later carriages, were
constructed, by introducing assembly-line techniques. Further promotions followed after 'grouping' in 1923,
and in 1931 he was appointed Chief Mechanical Engineer of the LMS Railway - a post he held for less than a
year before his appointment as Vice-President in 1932.
Throughout the 1930s he continued to overhaul the way the railway worked, seeking to eliminate old and
inefficient practices. Lemon was one of the first proponents in this country of 'Scientific Management',
a business philosophy first developed in the USA, and he introduced the principles to all phases of railway
working and management.
In the summer of 1938, Lemon was seconded to the Air Ministry, as Director-General of Production, when the
Government finally reacted to the charges of incompetence in the re-armament of the RAF. The programme had
been dogged by controversy, monetary restrictions and delays, and the defence of this country still rested
largely on obsolete aircraft. Production of the much-vaunted new generation of fighters had stagnated and was
months behind schedule. The aggressive behaviour of Germany lent an even greater urgency to the situation,
and Lemon was charged with the task of expediting and reorganising production. His reforms successfully
enabled the programme to be completed ahead of schedule, and it was for this work that he was knighted.
When this country had to face the full might of German air attacks in the summer of 1940, the RAF was ready.
The Battle of Britain was a close-fought affair, but the RAF did have sufficient aircraft - just! The story of
the war in the air has been told in innumerable books. What is not so well-known is how the aircraft were
produced in the quantities required - and the dynamism and urgency brought to the project by one man.
This book is the story of his life, both professional and private. The author has been fortunate to have had
access to Lemon's own personal papers, and these - together with hitherto unknown archives discovered during
research - shed new light on the management of the LMS at the time. This is especially true of the
circumstances surrounding both Lemon's, and then Stanier's, appointments as CME and the importance of Sir
Harold Hartley in the affair, which will cause many long-held views to be reassessed.
'The London Midland and Scottish Railway was one of the most important companies in Britain from its creation
in 1923 to nationalisation in 1947. Lord Stamp, the President, is rightly cited as a key player in British
business, but he was supported by very able managers. Ernest Lemon was one of the most capable engineer/managers
of his generation, as evidenced by his role in the LMS as Vice-President; and, later, in the Air Ministry as
Director-General of Production supporting Sir Wilfrid Freeman. This biography of Lemon is an important
contribution to business and political history and tells the story of Lemon's career in both railways and
aviation. It sheds light on an important player in British engineering, using important new archival material,
to reveal a complex personality and the very human face of business and policy.' - Dr Roy Edwards, Southampton
University School of Management, 2011
ISBN 9 781899 889 52 5 Lightmoor Press 2011 160pp.
The Cathcart Railway was opened in 1886, before most of the homes it now serves were built.
With a length of eight miles from Glasgow Central to Glasgow Central, it was operated by the
Caledonian Railway from opening until grouping. Jack Kernahan provides a history of the line from
the first plans until the present day, including motive power and rolling stock, electrification,
track layout and signalling, and the role of the line in popular folklore. The text has been
thoroughly updated for this second edition, with additional appendices, photographs and plans.
The book comprises 160 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, casebound with printed board
Published in conjunction with the Caledonian Railway Association.
Barry C. Lane, an LMS Society Member.
ISBN 9 781899 816 17 0 7 Pendragon Publishing 2010 182pp, 70 line drawings, 283 b/w and 13 colour photos. Hardback
While not being one of the major main lines in the country and never gaining a foothold in the capital, the
Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway led the way with many developments in the design and construction of
locomotives. Indeed, its final CME went on to occupy the same position in the LMS and the influences continued
through to the standard steam locomotives of British Railways. The book catalogues the classes of all steam
locomotives built at the railway's own works at Horwich and includes those bought in from manufacturers before
Profusely illustrated with photographs, many of which have never previously been published, along with
engineering drawings and diagrams. This promises to be the definitive history of LYR locomotives.
L. G. Warburton, an LMS Society Member.
ISBN 9 781906 419 41 7 Noddle Books 2010 58pp. Softback
First published in 1972, this reference work on L.M.S. Signals is still held in high regard by all railway historians
today and remains the definitive book on the subject. Up to that time, few books of this type had ever been produced,
yet it set the scene for what would become the now expected detailed work on specific examples of railway history.
Only 800 copies of the original book were produced and it has never been reprinted. Those few copies that do come on
the market today command a high price, not just because of rarity value, but because of the expertise clearly
demonstrated in its compilation. 38 years later, and long overdue, this is the very first paperback reprint of the
original edition. With only a few minor corrections, the book remains 99% as per the original. It will be welcomed
by those with an interest in signalling as well as anyone who appreciated a comprehensive and detailed railway work.
As per the original, it also contains a section on LMS Signal Boxes by the late V. R. Anderson who was also a Member
of the LMS Society.
R. J. Essery, ex-LMS Society President.
ISBN 9 781906 419 33 2 7 Noddle Books 2010 180pp, 174 line drawings, 349 b/w photos. Softback
The name Bob Essery will be familiar to nearly all railway enthusiasts and certainly anyone with an interest in
either the LMS or rolling stock in general. Amongst the many classic works he has compiled is the popular series
on LMS Wagons. First published in the 1980s and unavailable for some time, this new reprint is certain to take
the market by storm. The book remains completely unchanged from the original; it comprises 188 pages on art paper
with many hundreds of photographs and drawings examining this important subject. The depth and quality of the
information included makes this one book no serious railway enthusiast will want to miss out on!
Antony M Ford.
ISBN 9 781906 419 22 6 Noddle Books 2010 200pp inc. 24 page colour section.
For the second book in the 'Pullman Profile' series, Antony Ford takes as his theme the 'K-Type' Cars
built in the 1920s. (Excluding the 'all-steel'veheicles.)
In this new volume Each inidividual car is described, its history, renamings (and there were often several)
and demise are all examined in detail.
Interior and exterior views of numerous cars compliment a readable text split into individual chapters dealing
with the varius batches of vehicles built, in the main, by just two specific manufacturers.
Tabular information and a section on the works at Preston Park are included.
200 pages on high quality art paper, casebound - landscape format, with copious illustations and plans.
R. J. Essery, ex-LMS Society President.
ISBN 9 781899 889 37 2 Lightmoor Press 2009 192pp.
The Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway came into being in 1893, when the Eastern & Midlands Railway,
having over extended itself financially, was jointly taken over by the Midland and Great Northern railways.
The E&MR main line linked the Midlands and the North of England with the popular Norfolk coast resorts and
its acquisition enabled these two railways to reach deep in to the heart of Great Eastern Railway territory.
Following the joint takeover, the Midland assumed responsibility for the motive power whilst the GN looked
after the signalling and permanent way. The line was run by a Joint Committee, the representatives of the MR
and GNR giving way to those of the LM&SR and L&NER after the 1923 Grouping. It was only when the line was
ceded to the L&NER in 1936, however, that it began to lose its independent identity, with the locomotive
department seeing the M&GN and ex-Midland types replaced by those of the L&NER and constituents. The
locomotive history of the Midland Railway has been extensively covered by the author, in conjunction with the
late David Jenkinson, in a four volume series published in the 1980s. At that time, it was intended to carry
on and cover the locomotive histories of the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway, which came in to Midland
hands in 1912, and of the two Joint lines which came under Midland control, the M&GN and the Somerset &
Dorset Railway. The former came out in 2000 but the latter two lines still remained to be covered. This
detailed profusely illustrated history of the Midland & Great Northern Railway, and in particular its
motive power right from the very early days of the companies which grew to form it, therefore fills another
important gap in the locomotive history of the Midland Railway. The text includes much new information which
has come to light in the last twenty years, adding to the research previously carried out in the 1980s, whilst
much of the illustrative content, including numerous detailed plans and a plethora of historic original
photographs, has not previously been published. The majority of the M&GN system was closed in 1959 and, today,
the only surviving section is that operated as a preserved line by the North Norfolk Railway, who do much to
keep the memory of the old company alive. This volume is therefore a timely addition to the history of this
most distinctive of railway's, which will be appreciated by enthusiasts, modellers and railway historians alike.
The book comprises 192 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper with colour laminated board covers.
ISBN 9 781899 889 01 3 Lightmoor Press 2009 128pp.
A comprehensive photographic album of the North Staffordshire Railway with many previously unseen images and
captions compiled by one of the recognised experts on the company. Sections on the locomotives, rolling stock,
stations, canals, collieries, staff, signal boxes and other structures, provide a good overall picture of the NSR system.
V.R. Anderson & H.N. Twells, both LMS Society Members.
ISBN 9 781905 184 63 7 Wild Swan Publications 2009 104pp
An LMS Journal Handbook
This second look at the LMS lineside contains the following sections:
- Railway signage
- Timetable and Poster Boards
- Platform Numbering
- Station Seats
- Barrows and Trolleys
Packed with illustrations this survey should prove invaluable to modellers.
Adrian Tester, an LMS Society Member.
Published by the author 2008 102pp Spiral bound with numerous
diagrams and tables, including one separate fold-out diagram. Paper covers.
In the complex field of valves and valve gears, one of the less discussed areas is that of short or long-lap valves.
In Britain, the Midland Railway's engineers had used short-lap valves, and were regarded as incompetent by no less
an authority than the late E.S. Cox for adhering to them. But Cox and others within the LMS/Crewe establishment were
long-lap valve men and used them. In this interesting and technical review of LMS practice, Adrian Tester comes to
some interesting conclusions on the subject.
D.J.Norton's Pictorial Survey of Railways in the West Midlands
Bob Essery with contributions from John Edgington, both LMS Society members.
The idea for these books emerged when the number and quality of pictures taken by D.J.Norton between 1947-1965
became apparent. However, it soon became clear that we could not confine the work to a single book so we have
presented the story in three parts as a celebration of the work of D.J.Norton using pictures taken between 1947-1962
in the Midlands area centred upon his home city of Birmingham. I am delighted to have been able to edit the story and
to acknowledge the considerable assistance I received from John Edgington who said, its only right this book should be
put together by a couple of Brummies, although neither of us now live in Birmingham, whose motto is, once a Brummie
always a Brummie.
D.J.Norton - Dennis John Norton - was born in Birmingham in March 1930. He developed an interest in railways early in his
life and started photographing locos, stations and lines at the age of 17, just as British Railways were taking over from
the 'Big Four'. His interest continued right up to his premature death as the result of an asthma attack in August 1965.
Throughout this time his camera was primarily pointed at subjects related to the LMS Company. He held a lineside pass but
his concept of 'lineside' seems at odds with what the authorities intended. Standing in the middle of main lines, walking
through tunnels and even climbing signal posts were frequent activities. The result of all this disobedience is a collection
of photographs containing many unique and unusual views.
He was a friend of many railwaymen, especially those working in signal boxes, places his wife recalls being taken whilst
courting. Clearly he was recording the railway system for posterity.
Peter Robinson, an LMS Society Member.
ISBN 978 0 9540232 6 3 Cumbrian Railways Association 2008 48pp
Cumbrian Railways Association publishes a Roll of Honour in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the service of their country
during the Great War 1914-1918
The Cumbrian Railways Association has published a Roll of Honour to commemorate the railwaymen from Cumbria who gave
their lives in the Great War between 1914 and 1918. Extensive research from war memorials, original documents, local
newspapers and websites has revealed the names and service details of 234 men who died in the service of their country,
mostly serving in the Army on the Western Front in France and Belgium, and others in many other parts of the world.
The men are listed under the names of the twelve railway companies which operated in Cumbria at that time.
The Roll of Honour also reproduces moving reports from local newspapers of the Memorial Service to railwaymen held in
Carlisle Cathedral in May 1919, and of the unveiling of railway company war memorials at Barrow-in-Furness and Maryport.
Illustrated with contemporary and recent images and photographs, the Roll of Honour has been researched by the President
of the Cumbrian Railways Association, Peter Robinson.
The Roll of Honour has been produced to mark the 90th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the great conflict of the
First World War.
Available from selected local outlets (cost £5), or by post from CRA Publications, 19 Windsor Drive, Miskin,
Pontyclun CF22 8SH (add £1 for post and packing).
Antony M Ford.
ISBN 9 781906 419 00 4 Noddle Books 2008 192pp inc. 16 page colour section
In this lavishly illustrated book, No. 1 in a series, here for the first time is the full record of the luxury British 12
Wheel Pullman cars (built between 1908-1923) which graced such celebrated pre-war trains as the 'Southern Belle' 'Harrogate
Pullman' and 'Eastern Belle', and post-war the 'Bournemouth Belle' and Ocean Liner express.
"PULLMAN PROFILE NO. 1 The 12-WHEEL CARS" presents a fascinating, comprehensive and nostalgic record to the reader
and captures an era when the familiar umber and cream Pullman cars flourished at a time when quality really did matter.
Nowadays, the Pullman Car Co is an enterprise that continues to attract a widespread following, not only from railway
enthusiasts but also from those with a more general interest in by-gone luxury travel. This is scarcely surprising as Pullman
was synonymous for superior accommodation and a high level of service.
Pullman recognised and appreciated the value of publicity - the inauguration of new services or even new vehicles provided
them with opportunities to impress the media of the day. In these and other respects Pullman was unrivalled, yet in other ways
it was conservative and restrained.
The 12 wheels cars introduced by the Caledonian Railway in 1914 and run under contract by Pullman on the LMS until 1934 (at which
time they were incorporated into the LMS fleet of dining cars) are covered in some detail.
Authors and/or publishers of other LMS related books are welcome to forward details of such via the Hon. Secretary
for publication on this page. .
A copy (preferably a scan) of the dust jacket/front cover and the blurb would be appreciated.
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