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Edited by Paul Karau and Gerry Beale
'Metro' Class Tank No. 1418 at Ealing
Front cover photo
'Metro' class tank No. 1418 at Ealing. Photo by J.E. Kite
The Red Wharf Bay Branch
In 1899 and 1900 the LNWR obtained Parliamentary powers to construct a single branch line from Holland Arms on their Anglesey Central branch (Gaerwen to Amlwich) to Red Wharf Bay. It was 6 miles 60 chains in length and opened in two stages - from Holland Arms to Pentraeth (4 miles 60 chains) on 1st July 1908 and throughout on 24th May 1909. It closed to all traffic on 3rd April 1950 and never re-opened.
The Oxford 'Metros'
These 2-4-0 tanks were designed with exhaust steam condensers for working on the underground sections of the Metropolitan Railway (the name 'Metro' stuck to them) but after electrification in 1906 they could be found all over the GWR system. Following the introduction of the larger 2-6-2 tanks, the 'Metros' began to disappear, and by 1939 most had been scrapped. However, the majority of the 1899 batch Nos. 3581-99 and 3500, worked through the Second War period, and Oxford became the last 'Metro' tank stronghold.
GWR 'S' and 'T' Plates
These plates were important to the safe and efficient working of the Great Western signal box as in the days before extended telephone links, if a breakdown occurred in either the signal or telegraph equipment, these plates would indicate the fact to the crews of passing trains. The crews would then pass on the information at the next large station and the signal lineman or the telegraph lineman would be summoned to attend to the fault.
L&SWR Railmotor No. 2
Photograph of the L&SWR railmotor No. 2.
H12 class steam railcar probably at Plymouth Friary (with destination board showing Turnchapel).
More Light on the 'City of Truro'
On Tuesday 10th May 1904 two Plymouth newspapers reported that on the previous day a GWR special train travelling from Millbay Dock to Paddington had reached a top speed of 102.3mph descending the bank from Whitehall summit down towards Wellington in Somerset.
The author describes his attempts to discover the most likely composition of the train as well as the probability that 102.3mph was in fact reached.
Rare photograph with detailed description of Twyford station c. 1892.
Red and White Head and Tail Lamps
Reproduction of circular letter from C.B. Collett dated 22 December 1936 introducing white in place of red and noting that the change should made gradually, but that either white or red lamps should be used, and not combinations of both.
Common Light Railway Architecture
The first part of an examination of the known work of Arthur Pain, M. Inst.C.E., who was the Engineer of the Swindon and Highworth Light Railway, the Culm Valley Light Railway, the Southwold Railway and the Axminster and Lime Regis Light Railway.
Early days on the Selsdon-Woodside Line
Photograph and description of LB&SCR Terrier class No. 82 Boxhill with three four-wheel coaches at Woodside station, possibly in 1886.
New Cross Shed
Four photographs with descriptions of New Cross Shed taken from the original 4" x 3" celluloid negatives which are mostly likely the work of Dr. A.C. Hovendon
Modelling Brunel's Baulk Road
A description of how the prototype was constructed and an account of a method for modelling it
Lambourn Signal Box
Description of how the author built a 4mm scale model of Lambourn signal box presented with a scale drawing of the prototype