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LMSJ Issue 11

ISBN 1 905184 01 8

Contents

  • COACH PAINTING AT DERBY CARRIAGE & WAGON WORKS 1955-63by John Gavin
  • LMS TIMES
  • THE LANCASHIRE & YORKSHIRE RAILWAY SOCIETY No. 6202 - A NOTABLE LMS EXPERIMENT Part 2by David Hunt
  • UTTOXETERby Bob Essery
  • LMS SIGNALS No. 11by L. G. Warburton
  • CARLISLE PETTERIL BRIDGEby Bob Essery
  • IN THE HIGHLANDS
  • HOW SERIOUS WERE F. G. SMITH'S MISDEMEANOURSby Peter Tatlow
  • MEMORANDUMS TO S. J. SYMES FROM E. S. COX - HORWICH CLASS 8 ENGINES
  • ONCE A MIDLAND MAN, ALWAYS A MIDLAND MAN Part 3by Ted Harrison
  • ST. ALBANS ABBEY AND THE WATFORD BRANCHby Bob Essery
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EDITORIAL

In my view, one of the main functions of the editorial page is to act as a notice board advising readers of developments to the publication, as well as offering comment on a wider range of related subjects. I am rather pleased with this edition; it includes articles covering the four LMS operating divisions together with the 'fifth division', namely standard LMS practice, and what I regard as the 'sixth division', British Railways policy and practice on the old LMS Railway in the post-1948 era. Striking a balance between the various subjects is proving to be an interesting exercise, but since no letters have been received from 'Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells', I assume we are 'hoping the twig', an expression that requires an explanation.

One of my drivers was Charles Smith, a Londoner, who came to Saltley in order to achieve promotion and to become a driver. When we were running well, no shortage of steam and the boiler level where it should be, that is what he would say. I have never forgotten the expression and often wonder where it came from, so if any readers have any ideas about the origin of the term, I shall be pleased to hear from them.

When the HMRS Museum and Study Centre at Butterley opened on 19th March, a project started several years ago became a reality. I have invited the Society to make use of the Line Society page in a future edition in order to explain what will be available to members and non-members as it comes on stream.

WEBSITE:
A few years ago my son-in-law Ben White, who lives in the USA, offered to set up a website for Midland Record. Being totally ignorant about these matters, I was delighted, and later he included LMS Journal on the same site. During the past three years his workload has increased considerably and our daughter now has a young family, which has further reduced the time he has to deal with such matters. As a result, the service we gave was less than I wanted to offer readers, but fortunately help was to hand. I am delighted to say that the LMS and Midland Railway Societies have come to my rescue and have undertaken to maintain the site for the respective journals. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to those concerned for their help.

At the time this editorial went to press there were still some details to be finalised, so further information about the precise links will be given in the next edition, which should appear in September. In the meantime I can confirm that the LMS Journal indexes (there will be two versions, one in groups of five, the other ongoing) that have been compiled by members of the LMS Society, can be reached via www.lmssociety.org.uk. There will be a separate link to the LMS Journal site as well as a link to the Midland Record site, which is part of the Midland Railway Society website at www.midlandrailwaysociety.org.uk. The precise details of all the links will be given in the next edition of both LMS Journal and Midland Record. For example, we also plan a link between both sites and the two locomotive series that are edited by David Hunt. Therefore, when it is all in place, readers will be able to enjoy a first-class service, which I could not offer without the help of the respective society web masters, to whom I am deeply indebted.

By the way, don't forget to make a note in your diaries that LMS Journal and Midland Record will have stands at the Warley Model Railway Exhibition on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December 2005. Other stands will include the Midland Railway and LMS Societies and I look forward to seeing readers at this show.

Bob Essery

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