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May 2009 Journal

Descended from the Premier Line - colour spread of former London & North Western Railway locomotives.BackTrack Cover May 2009

'A Very Elaborate Closing' - A.J. Mullay explains how Scottish railways experienced a Beeching-style approach to closures between 1947 and 1959.

A Brisk Run - Robert Emblin describes the building of the East Leake to Rugby section of the Great Central main line.

Shakespeare Land - colour feature by Alan Bennett looking at the Great Western Railway's internationally inspired promotion of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Swansong and Last Rites of Steam at King's Cross - Alistair F. Nisbet recorded activities during the last months of steam at the London terminus.

Crewe in the 1980s - colour spread by Eric Saunders of diesel and electric traction at the great railway centre.

Charles Dickens and the Staplehurst Disaster - J.D. Bennett describes how the great novelist was caught up in an 1865 tragedy.

Western Prairies - four pages of colour of the GWR '5101', '61XX and '81XX' 2-6-2T Classes.

St. Pancras: From Redundancy to Jewel in the Crown - Part One - Geoffrey Skelsey plots the rise, fall and rebirth of one of London's most famous and controversial stations.

Aspects of Rail and Cross-Channel Services: Part Two 1923-1930 - Jeffrey Wells reviews progress during the first years of the Southern Railway.

Light and Shade - a colour spread of photos of stations and depots caught in the shadows of sunny days, inc. Carlisle, Brighton and Euston.

An Introduction to Steam Locomotive Testing - Part Two of Adrian Tester's survey.

The World of Worcester - three colour photos by David Idle of different steam classes at Worcester Shrub Hill station.


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