The Railway Times

Welcome to a special publication drawn from the archives of The Railway Magazine.

Issue 2

MANY thanks to everyone who took the time to send in feedback on the first issue of Railway Times. We launched at the Barrow Hill Grand Reopening Gala which was a fabulous event – congratulations to Mervyn Allcock and the whole team there.

We have spent the winter months in the archive, picking out more gems to present to you in this issue.

The dramatic front page comes from 1984. British Railways and the Central Electricity Generating Board deliberately destroy a train to prove the safety of nuclear fuel flasks.

On page 4 we tell the story of British-funded ‘ambulance’ trains, in use on the continent during the First World War, originally published September and October 1915 editions of The Railway Magazine.

For fans of modern diesels, we take a look at the prototype ‘150’ from 1984 on page 9 – British Railways’ ageing fleet of diesel multiple-units were to be replaced by modern vehicles.

Originally promoted as a canal, the railway to West Croydon has had five different methods of traction. The article by Edward Treby on page 10 was first published in October 1967.

Pages 12 and 13 feature archive images from Birmingham New Street station in 1915, including the central carriage drive, the famous footbridge and a holiday crowd waiting for a Llandudno train on No. 3 platform.

Turn to page 14 for the fascinating story of the failure of Bricklayers Arms as a passenger station by Canon Reginald B Fellows. The station, on the world’s first line to be controlled by a signal box, was built partly the relieve congestion at London Bridge Station but was never popular with the public. Originally published in two parts in the July/August and September/October 1944 issues of The Railway Magazine.

We have another piece of Victorian railway fiction on page 17, from the February 1898 edition of The Railway Magazine: ‘Told in a first-class smoker – The Adventures of Plantagenet Smith’ written by T F Ridgwell, and illustrated by Scott Damant.

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As always, we welcome feedback and comments as well as suggestions for future editions –

Issue 1

In this issue of Railway Times, we have a five-page history of the Stockton and Darlington Railway – the first public railway on which locomotive traction was employed, and intended to carry both passengers and goods. In the 1850s horse dandies were still employed – these were attached at the end of a train of wagons, and the horses were trained to jump in on the down gradients, and ride as passengers until their services were again required to head the load!

On page 10, there’s a fascinating history of train indicators at Waterloo, written in 1898 and on page 12, a look at how The Railway Magazine covered World War II.

Cannon Street Station 1866 to 1966 is featured on page 20 – originally published in two parts, in the August and September 1966 issues of The Railway Magazine.

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