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This is the tale of 150 years of the London Midland & Scottish Railway. Rich with detail and full of evocative images, this book lays bare what was the world's largest commercial organization. Brought into being by the 1923 Amalgamation, the LMS suffered from its sheer size and the emnity between previous rival management. Yet despite its problems, the railway built some of the world's finest locomotives and its passenger coaches set new standards, while there was romance even in the everyday business of carrying prodigious quantities of coal and serving isolated hilltop communities. This book includes accounts by a team of experts who knew, and in some cases actually worked on, the LMS. The challenge of the depression and World War II are recalled, together with the eventual division of the railway into BR's London Midland and separate Scottish Regions.
Patrick Whitehouse and David St John Thomas shared a deep love of the railways. Both authors wrote a large number of railway books, some as individuals but many in collaboration, Patrick Whitehouse was dedicated to railway preservation, his death in 1993 brought to an end a great writing partnership which sold more than a million books. David St John Thomas was the founder of David & Charles and its chairman until 1990. He lives in Nairn, Scotland.
Foreword by Cyril Bleasdale - 1. Introduction - 2. Tree of Growth - 3. Big Men for a Big Buiness - 4. Locomotive Development - LMS stock at 31 December 1947 - 5. Some LMS Stations - The wonder of Euston - 6. An Observer Remembers - Signalling & safety - 7. Passenger Business - Night mail - 8. Freight - Docks, Harbours and Piers - Control - 9. Ireland - 10. Locomotive Trials - Crewe - 11. Publicity - 12. The Finest Coaches in the Country - 13. Running Sheds and Workshops - Bangor shed's changing allocation - 14. Branch Lines and Cross Country Routes - Joint lines - 15. Easton's Ghost: Nationalisation and After - 16. Preservation - LMS Chronology - Index
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