LMS JOURNAL

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LMSJ Issue 30

ISBN 978 1 905184 74 3

LMSJ 30 Cover

Contents

  • ST. PANCRAS TUNNEL AND THE WIDENED LINESby Keith Miles
  • LMS TIMES
  • LMS LOCOMOTIVESby Bob Essery
  • A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SIGNAL BOX CONSTRUCTION AND ORGANISATION OF THE LMSby Trevor Moseley
  • LMS GOODS STATIONSby Bob Essery
  • MANIPULATION OF PASSENGER CARRYING STOCKby C. R. Byrom
  • LMS PARCELS TRAFFICby Don Rowland
  • LMS SIGNALS No. 25by Reg Instone & L. G. Warburton
  • OBITURIES - FRED JAMES AND DENNIS MONK

EDITORIAL

Earlier this year it became clear that Fred James was not as active as in the past, but none of his friends expected him to pass away as quickly as he did. An appreciation of Fred and his role with the joint ventures between Wild Swan and the National Railway Museum appears on page 80, but I would like to add an additional note here. During the years we were sorting and listing the Derby Collection of locomotive drawings at the NRM, his deep knowledge of the subject became apparent. We used to meet at Doncaster; Fred would be waiting on the platform as the train from Derby came to a stand. I would be leaning out of the window, usually the leading coach, having reserved a seat for him. Thereafter until our paths divided at Doncaster on our homeward journey, we were engrossed with the task in hand. Without his contribution the project would not have come to fruition.

Just before Fred passed away I also lost another railway friend and David Hunt's appreciation of Dennis Monk also appears on page 80. Apart from both being 'Derby men' and members of the LMS Society, it was interesting to note that their archive material was left to the HMRS Museum and Study Centre where it will be available to researchers.

Turning to this edition, I am pleased to say that another railway friend, Keith Miles, continues to contribute to LMS Journal and we have his story of the widened lines, with more to come in a future issue. Cross London traffic is not a subject that has been widely featured in railway literature. Another railwayman's story has opened the door to signal box construction and I am very pleased to be able to include Trevor Moseley's article on the subject. Don Rowland, a longstanding friend and onetime railwayman, takes us behind the scenes to explain about parcels traffic, and finally Graham Warburton, although not an ex-railwayman, is most knowledgeable about signalling. Graham continues his story of the signalling developments that came during the LMS period.

Work on the next LMS Locomotive Profiles is well advanced and the Midland and LMS Compounds and the Class 3F shunting engines, better known as the 'Jinties', should be available later in the year.

Bob Essery

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