WILD SWAN BOOKS
An issue themed around the first ten years of the LMS, highlights for me are the Standard 2Ps in Scotland, Sentinel Railcar operations and an overview of signals over this earlier period.
Highlights in this issue for me are "High Peak Tales", an article on milk traffic, carting horses and an article all about the distant signal, amongst much else to this publisher's usual high quality.
An issue featuring some of the "lesser" parts of the system, Knotty Tales and Etruria from Keith Miles and a wonderful expose of road cartage on the Somerset and Dorset from Neil Burgess, the "signalling section" covers Liverpool Exchange's colour light re-signalling in 1946.
An excellent article on snow ploughs as applied to locomotives and a really beautiful pictorial article "D.J. Norton's Scottish Trip 1951" are complemented by a detailed examination of Control Link work covering passenger work, amongst much else.
A really illuminating article on London Suburban Freight, a super article on operation and personal experiences over the Lickey and full details including drawings of the unusual 21 foot sausage and milk vans (probably not both at the same time) and part one of Wigan re-signalling.
This was the LMS Society issue, which includes the then recently deceased David Jenkinson's last article on LMS coaching stock in Scotland.
This issue includes a detailed article on the strengthening of bridges on the LMS line to Bath in the 1930 by Neil Burgess, amongst much else.
This issue includes an article on making economies on the S&D by Neil Burgess. Limited stocks available.
With a splendidly stylish cover, issue three of LMS Review has finally steamed into view, and despite a modest price increase I think readers will be pleased with the contents. Bob Essery opens the batting in a collaboration with the singular Peter Davis with an extended article describing the LNWR 0-8-0 goods engines in some detail. Mike Fenton has produced a really beautiful article on LMS camping coaches in the Lake District. Based around a striking collection of photographs by the late Roger Powell together with the recollections of his twin daughters Ann and Jill, this is one of the nicest things I have read anywhere I think. John Jennison carries on looking into LMS tenders, completing his survey by looking at Ivatt and special tenders in some detail. Operation is covered by an article on goods guards by Keith Miles while John Wood recalls his days in "Control" at Rugby in a fascinating and detailed recollection. Article-wise, Martin Nield brings up the rear with a recollection of the goods only Astley branch in Bolton, deep in "Lanky" territory of course. There are additional features, one covering all the LMS van variants that many of us have seen the inimitable Mick Moore building at shows, plus detail views of stock and locomotives of use to modellers too.