LMS JOURNAL

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LMSJ Preview Edition

ISBN 1 874103 63 1

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Contents

  • THE LMS 0-4-4T ENGINESby Fred James & Bob Essery
  • SOUTHWELL ENGINEMANby Jim Jackson
  • DIAGRAM 1667 OPEN GOODS WAGONby Bob Essery
  • THE STATION MASTERby Cyril Breeze
  • LMS TIMETABLE AND POSTER BOARDS
  • LMS CARRIAGE DIAGRAM 1701 NON-CORRIDOR COMPOSITEby Bob Essery
  • MIDLAND MIGRATIONby Keith Miles
  • SALTLEY STATIONby Bob Essery
  • ENGINE PITS
  • FIRE IRONS AND ASHPIT TOOLSby Terry Essery

EDITORIAL

Welcome to the preview edition of LMS Journal. This issue is largely made up of post-I923 material and is unashamedly biased towards the Midland Division of the LMS. It could have been an issue of Midland Record but both the publisher and I felt that the time had come to broaden our approach to the subject of recording the history of our steam railways while it is still possible to obtain first-hand accounts from retired railwaymen.

Therefore we propose to introduce a new occasional journal that will run in conjunction with the already established Midland Record. LMS Journal will be broadly similar to Midland Record and will seek to embrace the story of all the companies that became part of the LMS in 1923, encompassing all subjects relevant to them. In addition to seeking to record oral history, we propose to publish carefully researched subjects dealing with post-1923 matters, although it is often important to deal with the pre-grouping era in order to record the full story.

This will not be a modelling magazine but it is our intention to publish a wealth of material that will be of benefit to modellers, both in the construction of accurate models of what once existed and to describe how the railway was operated. With each year that passes from 1968, when the Victorian steam railway was finally replaced by a very different railway system, the number of people with first-hand experience diminishes. Therefore, while such knowledge is still available, recording all aspects of this historical railway system is vital.

LMS Journal will not replace Midland Record, but rather it will broaden the base for recording associated material. At this stage we cannot be 100% certain but we would expect LMS Journal to alternate with Midland Record and for Midland Record No. 16 to be published just prior to the end of the year, with LMS Journal No.1 in the spring of 2002. It is also worth reminding readers that 1st January 2003 is the 80th anniversary of the 1923 grouping that saw the creation of the LMS, together with the other members of the Big Four and we have some plans to commemorate this anniversary.

Finally, I would confirm that a website will be established and details will be given in the next issue. However, it will be linked to the Midland Record website at www.midlandrecord.com.

Bob Essery

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