An unexpected purchase last week included volumes 3 & 4 of ‘Modern Railway Working’ dated 1913. The in depth and diverse articles included civil engineering subjucts such as tunnelling, bridges etc and station lighting, along with motive power, workshop practice etc. Here’s the article on Rail Motor cars. At the time they were a new… Read More Rail Motor Cars
Doing a workshop clearance of a late model engineer’s workshop last week I found a few photos, from his days as a loco fitter at Stafford Road works. Most are uncaptioned, but date from 1950 to the early 1960’s when it closed. The works was the northernmost workshop of the Great Western Railway. Originally locos… Read More Steam at Stafford Road
A short clip of The Scarborough Spa Express leaving York on Thursday 24th September. A slightly unconventional angle from the footbridge north of the station as LMS Jubilee class 5699 Galatea (renumbered as 45562 ‘Alberta’) leave for Scarborough. The tour is operated by West Coast Railways as a regular trip. For a list of most… Read More Steam at York
Just found some excellent images of Leominster’s Elevated Signal Box. The station is now a shadow of its former self, with just 2 platforms, and a part time ticket office. It once had 5 platforms – 2 mainline & 3 branchline – for the East & West bound branch lines lines to Bromyard, Worcester &… Read More Leominster’s elevated signal box
If you’re interested in the civil engineering aspect of railways there is a wealth of material out there about the construction process. Some of this has been captured on film. Going back to the 1950’s & 60’s there were British Transport films covering the regular maintenance work such as “Making Tracks” and moving into the… Read More Rail Construction films
On Saturday 1st August the Severn Valley Railway, one of the UK’s premier heritage railways, reopened, after over 4 months closed due to the coronavirus shutdown.
Another extract from “The Railway Engineer”, this is from the 1925 edition. The 4 page article gives an in depth report on the reconstruction of the City and South London Railway – known today as The Northern Line of London Underground.
Another extract from The Railway Engineer 1920 volume. This is from the May edition, an article about the newly built Midland Railway 0-10-0 No. 2290. Built specifically for one job, banking (pushing) trains up the Lickey incline, just outside birmingham. It is the steepest climb on a mainline railway in the UK, with a gradient… Read More The Lickey Banker, aka “Big Bertha”
I have several copies of “The Railway Engineer” from the 1920’s. It was a monthly railway technical paper, I have the annual bound volume versions. Here’s a few samples. Yes that big U shaped thing is a pneumatic boiler riveter, suspended off the overhead crane. The other item of interest is the article on the… Read More The Railway Engineer, 1920
Here’s a few samples of pages from the 1961/62 “World Railways” published by Sampson Low. The directory was published from the early 1950’s until the late 1060’s when it was taken over by Jane’s publishing, and still continues as Jane’s World Railways. This copy is from the British Rail Technical Library in London. The directory… Read More World Railways 1961