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MRJ Issue 97
  • More memories of St. Ives

    Jack Matthews


    Jack Matthews once again takes us to Cornwall with a look at staff operations at St. Ives station, that delightful terminus overlooking St. Ives Bay on the north coast. As with many such locations, it came to life during the holiday season, and reverted to a 'sleepy backwater' status during the winter months.

    Tags: branch lines, Cornwall, personal reminiscences, stations

  • Winter arrangements for water troughs in the 1950s

    John Copsey


    Some twelve years ago (GWR Journal No. 48), David Smith produced a comprehensive article on water troughs on the system, and in this issue we expand on the subject in the sense of arrangements made in the event of a failure of water supply, primarily by weather. Usually, when low temperatures froze troughs, they could have a similar effect on neighbouring water facilities, so special arrangements were often necessary to keep columns and tanks free; keeping a trough open in such conditions was a very different matter. We have also taken the opportunity to expand on the photographic coverage of troughs, and include more views of a number of locations.

    Tags: water cranes / water tanks / water troughs

  • Traffic at Birmingham Snow Hill Part 2

    John Copsey


    The second part of the Birmingham Snow Hill traffic story concentrates on the construction of the third and final station at the site, between 1908 and 1914. Whilst no traffic details are included here - due to space limitations - we have set out this most important venue's design in reasonable detail to provide a firm backdrop for all the detailed information that will follow, and place the traffic in context to the facilities provided.

    Tags: stations, West Midlands

  • '45XX' Class 2-6-2Ts at work

    John Copsey


    The third and final part of the '45XX' article, which takes the story from 1954 until the end of the class's workings in 1965. It is fortunate that many working diagrams for the engines in this period have survived to take the story onwards from those of 1951-54 shown in GWR Journal No. 96, giving a quite comprehensive view of the utilisation of the class in England. We also include more GAs for the '4575' series (Lots 242 onwards) to add to those published in GWR Journal No. 96, and those of the early Lot 175 in issue No. 2 and Lot 226 in GWR Journal No. 16. We also include another selection of close-up views of '4575' types, to add to those in Journals 17, 31 and 39.

    Tags: 4575 / 55xx, 45xx, locomotives