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The PANNIER PAPERS No.1

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The PANNIER PAPERS No.1

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Being a part of the Irwell Press 'The Book of the Pannier Tanks'

By Richard Derry

Intended to Make Up into a Set as a Volume in the Famous 'Book Of' Series

Something 'a little less Victorian looking'

The 94XX 0-6-0PTs were designed by F.J. Hawksworth, last Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Great Western Railway. They eventually came to 210 in number; a further hundred in the 84XX series and the final ten, 3401-3409. Though a pure GW design they were GW engines, just; only the first ten, 9400-9409, were actually constructed at Swindon and were the only ones built in GW days. The remaining two hundred were all built by outside contractors spread over a number of years, 1949-1956.

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THE BOOK OF THE COUNTY 4-6-0s

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BY IAN SIXSMITH

This is the second ‘Book Of’ to describe a Great Western class and it is a cause for rejoicing or lamentation, according to taste, that the detail variation within the class is minimal, at least compared to the devilish Castle brew. The Counties were completed in under two years, remarkably quickly for the Great Western, which rather liked to build its engines over generations. So no ‘joggled’ frames, fluted cylinder casings or a mysterious voyage through two, three, four row superheater boilers and occasionally back again. But we hope one or two revelations – the much-prized ‘nuggets’ – have emerged.



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PADDINGTON to WEYMOUTH The Route in the 1950s

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PADDINGTON to WEYMOUTH The Route in the 1950s

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By Derek Phillips

This book depicts steam locomotives at work on the route between Paddington and Weymouth as it used to be in the age of steam before the advent of mass closures of branch lines and stations and before dieselisation. The author became entranced with the railway from his first boyhood ‘skool’ trip from Paddington to the coast and later worked on the footplate at Yeovil engine shed. This is the essential (Great) Western Region of the 1950s; a journey from London to Weymouth with innumerable observations and descriptions along the way, celebrating the classic Victorian seaside holiday town with its boarding houses and donkey rides. So come on the trip, and meet Dick Emery when you get there! You are awful...

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The Railways and Locomotives of  The LILLESHALL COMPANY

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The Railways and Locomotives of The LILLESHALL COMPANY

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The area around today’s Telford, and specifically that of Coalbrookdale, is well known as the cradle of the industrial revolution. However, the story goes much further back than Abraham Darby. The Roman settlement of ‘Uscocona’ became that latterly known as Oakengates. The Romans are known to have worked outcrops of coal in this part of East Shropshire, and this mining continued on right through the Middle Ages. Locally, the ‘longwall’ technique of mining was developed, which involved excavating along the lateral face of the coal seam, rather than ‘head first’ into the seam. Such small pits were typically only 60 to 100 feet deep at the start of the industrial revolution, and many of this depth continued, even into the 20th century.

Not surprisingly, such mining activities revealed other minerals for which uses were either initially apparent, or for which the resourcefulness of the miners found a new use. The deposits of ironstone and fireclay were exploited in this way, and thus new products were developed and new markets opened throughout Britain, and eventually exported. As an example, one early blast furnace was opened in Lilleshall village in 1591. Later, and nearby, the well established Coalbrookdale Company built blast furnaces on land leased from Earl Gower at Donnington Wood in 1783.

This area was one of the most heavily industrialised in the country for many decades, and its contribution to the nation’s wealth is often under appreciated. For example, it is recorded that around one quarter of the iron produced in Britain in 1806 came from here.

The Lilleshall Company came to be the largest employer in the region, utilising the local iron, coal and limestone reserves and developing these heavy industries by the application of the accumulated skills in the area, and drawing on new technology from further afield.

Author: Bob Yate


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