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A Celebration of  LMS Coronation Pacifics

A Celebration of LMS Coronation Pacifics

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By John Jennison - DUE LATE JULY - YOU CAN PREORDER THIS NOW

978-1-911262-36-7

The first in a series which has but a simple aim, that is to use top quality photographs reproduced at the largest possible size to celebrate some of the best-loved steam classes. Full-page shots are presented in a landscape format and are backed up by comprehensive captions.

What better place to start then than the Stanier Coronation Pacifics of the LMS? The emphasis throughout is on the engines in service and the book has been arranged in chapters in chronological order starting with the four main variations of the class as built, followed by the post-war de-streamlined engines.

The final three chapters show the Coronations at work in the 1950s and 1960s on each of the principal routes where they were used, ending with the final few months of 1964.

All engines in the class are covered at least once. The pictures have been selected from the collections of Rail-Online and Brian Stephenson’s Rail Archive Stephenson and include many taken by Jim Carter and Bill Anderson. Jim was a railwayman based at Patricroft which gave him access to locations in the north west not available to other photographers. Bill Anderson took some of the finest pictures ever taken in this country as the engines worked over Shap and Beattock.



Author: John Jennison
First published: end of July 2020
Cover: Hardback
ISBN: 978-1-911262-36-7
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The Book of the IVATT CLASS 2 2-6-2Ts

The Book of the IVATT CLASS 2 2-6-2Ts

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By John Jennison - NOW IN STOCK (JUNE 2020)

ISBN 978-1-911262-34-3


The Ivatt Class 2 tanks and moguls were amongst the last new LMS designs and although intended for secondary duties to replace a variety of ancient pre-grouping specimens, they incorporated all of the refinements developed over the previous decade and honed by Ivatt on his post-war Black Fives.


The two classes were developed together, using the same boiler, sharing as many components as possible and they were very much complementary. Operationally, they worked mostly in different areas and on different duties and hence the story of the tender version is covered separately in the Book of the Ivatt 2-6-0s.


There was no class that was so immediately and universally accepted by enginemen. Not only did they welcome both the tender and tank versions with open arms, "they worshipped the very rails they stood on".


The 2-6-2Ts were really the last small tank locomotive designed for Britain’s railways; the BR Standard Class 2 in the 84000 series being merely a slightly modified version. Their light axle loading meant that they could go almost anywhere on the system and they certainly did that. They operated throughout the Southern Region, from Kent to Cornwall, as well as almost everywhere on their native LMS; the only area where they did not work at all was Scotland.


Complements the immediately preceding Book of the Ivatt 2-6-0s.

Author: John Jennison
First published: May/June 2020
Cover: Hardback
ISBN: 978-1-911262-34-3
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The Book of the IVATT CLASS 2 2-6-0s

The Book of the IVATT CLASS 2 2-6-0s

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ISBN 978-1-911262-26-8

As the LMS Press Release explained at the time, the newest LMS 2-6-0s, though of small size and light weight, incorporated ‘every modern development which has been found successful on the larger main line types.’ They had self-cleaning smokeboxes, manganese steel axlebox liners, rocking grates and hopper ashpans. Externally, the high running plate and outside cylinders contrasted with the rather ancient looking large diameter chimney. The tender cab and inset tanks were designed for tender-first operation.

The Class 2 moguls and the contemporaneous Class 2 2-6-2Ts were amongst the last new LMS designs and although intended for secondary duties, they incorporated (just like the Press Release said!) all of the refinements developed over the previous decade and honed by Ivatt on his post-war Black Fives. The two classes were designed together, sharing as many components as possible, using the same boiler, and they were very much complementary.

The Book of the Ivatt Class 2 2-6-0s as you’d expect follows the series customary format; detailed essay as to provenance, development, historical content, tables of works histories and allocations, photographs of every loco.





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The Book of the STANIER 8F 2-8-0s Part Two

The Book of the STANIER 8F 2-8-0s Part Two

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ISBN 978-1-911262-28-2

Latest in the longstanding ‘Book Of’ series, in FIVE PARTS to adequately cover the vast number of locomotives involved.

Part One detailed those 8Fs built by/for the LMS for its own use – 8000-8125 in the 1930s with no thought then of them becoming a British ‘war locomotive’ though indeed some did go abroad.

Part Two concerns firstly those engines built by Crewe and North British for the LMS, 8126-8225 which never went abroad and secondly the locos built at Ministry of Supply/War Department behest and loaned to the LMS/GWR, 8226-8300. The life, times and adventures of each (sometimes quite exotic in the case of the latter) is recorded under the individual loco, as with previous ‘Books Of’..

All the usual works histories and allocations are here for every loco; liveries and tender varieties, experimental episodes and every other facet of these mightily impressive 2-8-0s, which survived to the very last days of BR steam.





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The Book of the STANIER 8F 2-8-0s Part One: Pre-War Engines 48000-48125

The Book of the STANIER 8F 2-8-0s Part One: Pre-War Engines 48000-48125

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By Ian Sixsmith Richard Derry

ISBN 978-1-911262-15-2

Latest in the longstanding ‘Book Of’ series, in FIVE PARTS to adequately cover the vast number of locomotives involved.

PART ONE describes the first 126 pre-War examples built by the LMS, 8000-8125 which became 48100-48125. Many were sent abroad and not all by any means returned. Some, dramatically, were jettisoned in storms to save the ship; some were blown up by terrorists, some were fitted with armour protection and all were worked into the ground – or rather the sand, as their work was in the Middle East, from Egypt through an arc sweeping through Persia to Iraq and Palestine. Some hauled Polish servicemen from captivity in the Soviet Union to join Allied Forces in the Invasion of Europe. How’s that for a Role in History? All these facets of their lives are recorded and illustrated, including those that ‘came home’.

All the usual works histories and allocations are here for every loco, together with THE DEVIL IN THE DETAIL down to the merest rivet; liveries and tender varieties, experimental episodes and every other facet of these mightily impressive 2-8-0s, which survived to the very last days of BR steam.





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The Book of the CRAB 2-6-0s The LMS Hughes-Fowler 2-6-0s Part Two 42810-42944

The Book of the CRAB 2-6-0s The LMS Hughes-Fowler 2-6-0s Part Two 42810-42944

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By Ian Sixsmith

Approx. 280 pages,hardback

ISBN 978-1-911262-12-1

Latest in the longstanding ‘Book Of’ series, Part 2 The story begins with the Crabs as a new concept at the time of the Grouping; a powerful modern Mixed Traffic loco intended as the precursor of a standard range and how the concept turned to dust in early LMS internal machinations. All the usual works histories and allocations are here for every loco, together with THE DEVIL IN THE DETAIL down to the merest rivet, from liveries and tender varieties, brakes and lubrication, to experimental valve gear and every other facet of these mightily impressive moguls. Part 2





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Locomotives and Railways of MERSEY DOCKS & HARBOUR BOARD

Locomotives and Railways of MERSEY DOCKS & HARBOUR BOARD

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By Dave Marden

104 pages,perfect bound

ISBN 978-1-911262-08-4

This book looks at the development of the dock railway and the large number of locomotives that worked on it. It is now over 40 years since the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Railway ceased to exist and, apart from the occasional magazine article or photo, nothing much of any consequence has appeared regarding this once famous dock system.Under the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, the Port of Liverpool stretched for seven and a half miles along the east side of the River Mersey, having been made up of some 35 docks built from 1715 until 1927. The docks ‘main line’ ran the length of its perimeter along the west side of the dock road from Herculaneum Dock in the South to Gladstone Dock at its northern limit but the docks themselves did not contain the sprawling network of tracks or any of the vast marshalling yards seen at the likes of London and Southampton. The MD&HB railway contented itself to be merely a haulier between the quaysides and the large number of railway company goods stations that had mushroomed along the east side of the dock road as the port expanded along the Mersey shore. These were, with a few exceptions, connected to the dock railway at various places along the way and became focal points of the docks traffic where freight was sorted and marshalled for onward transit.In 1904 an agreement had been reached which saw all docks traffic, between the quaysides and the railway depots, operated and administered by the Chief Traffic Manager of the MD&HB who employed a growing fleet of locomotives to convey the various railway company wagons together with its own internal stock. When this came into force the following year, it led to a highly organised and more economic system that ran until closure of the dock railway in 1973.

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The Book of the CRAB 2-6-0s The LMS Hughes-Fowler 2-6-0s Part One 42700-42809

The Book of the CRAB 2-6-0s The LMS Hughes-Fowler 2-6-0s Part One 42700-42809

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By Ian Sixsmith

Approx. 280 pages,hardback

ISBN 978-1-911262-11-4

Latest in the longstanding ‘Book Of’ series, in TWO PARTS to adequately cover the great number of locomotives involved (245 no less). The story begins with the Crabs as a new concept at the time of the Grouping; a powerful modern Mixed Traffic loco intended as the precursor of a standard range and how the concept turned to dust in early LMS internal machinations. All the usual works histories and allocations are here for every loco, together with THE DEVIL IN THE DETAIL down to the merest rivet, from liveries and tender varieties, brakes and lubrication, to experimental valve gear and every other facet of these mightily impressive moguls.





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FROM BRIDGES to BIG 'UNs

FROM BRIDGES to BIG 'UNs

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P.J. Coster C.Eng, MICE, MCIT

This book is a collection of memories, experiences and anecdotes from one who joined the London Midland Region (LMR) of British Railways (BR) and trained as an engineer, mainly in civil engineering, with that organisation. The book is set out chronologically and it is not intended in any way to be an exhaustive description or history, because the author’s acquaintance was far from comprehensive. Beyond Crewe that acquaintance, apart from cab riding, reduces to a handful of locations almost entirely concerned with bridgeworks or, later, photography. The author’s involvement in the electrification project work gives the narrative a southern emphasis. At one time he was responsible in the Divisional Civil Engineer’s organisation for permanent way (p.way) renewal, then maintenance on the Euston-Shilton and St.Pancras-Oakley sections, which means that he knew the routes well in the 1960s. On the other hand bridge works, new works, schemes and surveys tended to be location specific. His site experience was gained during the electrification of the West Coast main line (WCML), and the work involved with that enormous change is woven into the narrative.





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The Book of the BLACK 5s - LM Class 5 4-6-0s Part 5 44658-44799, 44997-44999

The Book of the BLACK 5s - LM Class 5 4-6-0s Part 5 44658-44799, 44997-44999

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By Ian Sixsmith

Part 5 completes this series, with the Caprottis and the final LMS and BR-built locomotives. As we’ve discovered, the Black 5s were not all the same – far from it. The story has unfolded in an approximate chronological sequence, which makes sense – at least more sense than other approaches. So the books are arranged in the order in which the locomotives were introduced, with an added twist that particularly in matters such as boilers and tenders there is a certain amount of back and forward cross-referencing. Some details are covered in more depth in the earlier books and only summarised in the later parts.





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The Book of the BLACK 5s - LM Class 5 4-6-0s Part 4 44800-44996, 45472-45499

The Book of the BLACK 5s - LM Class 5 4-6-0s Part 4 44800-44996, 45472-45499

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By Ian Sixsmith

Part 1 covered the background to the design, the first fifty locomotives from Vulcan Foundry and the 1935 engines built at Crewe, and this part deals with the similar 1935 Vulcan Foundry and Armstrong Whitworth locomotives. Part 3 will describe the ‘Mark 2’ 1936 Armstrong Whitworth locomotives and will sweep up the remaining pre-war engines. Part 4 will deal with the war-time and immediate post-war LMS batches leaving Part 5 for the Caprottis and the final LMS and BR-built locomotives. As we will discover, the Black 5s were not all the same – far from it . The story unfolds in an approximate chronological sequence, which makes sense – at least more sense than other approaches. So the books are arranged in the order in which the locomotives were introduced, with an added twist that particularly in matters such as boilers and tenders there is a certain amount of back and forward cross-referencing. Some details are covered in more depth in the earlier books and only summarised in the later parts.



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The Book of the JUBILEE 4-6-0s

The Book of the JUBILEE 4-6-0s

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By Ian Sixsmith

Picture This

Since this book was published in 2002 The ‘Book Of’ series of locomotive studies has developed into something of a library devoted to more and more of the principal BR steam classes. A number of titles have sold out over and over, and have been reprinted or are in the process of being reprinted. The Book of the JUBILEE 4-6-0s sold out in 2004 and with the growing popularity of the series the demand has been to reprint this very popular class of locomotive.





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