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The London & North Western Railway (Hardback)

Articles from the Railway Magazine Archives - The Victorian Era and the Early 20th Century

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By Neil Smith
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 304
Illustrations: 205 colour & black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526781376
Published: 28th May 2021
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This book is a wonderful miscellany of the London & North Western Railway, here is a delightful new illustrated history of the Premier Line, drawn from the Railway Magazine archives, which covers the close of the Victorian Era and the start of the 20th century, topics of the 27 chapters include.

Personal Interviews with F.Harrison (General Manager), F. W. Webb ( CM&EE ).

Notable Stations - Birmingham New Street, Carlisle Citadel, Crewe, Euston, Manchester London Road, Preston and Willesden.

Wolverton Carriage Works and Earlestown Wagon Works.

Engine Drivers and Their Duties by C.J. Bowen-Cooke

The Irish Mail and the 'American Special' Trains

Webb Precedent and Compound Locomotives

Royal Saloons

The Opening and Early Years of Three L N W R constituent companies, the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, the Grand Junction Railway and the London & Birmingham Railway.

The large number of photographs and illustrations, mostly from the archives of the London & North Western Railway Society, make this a very special book.

This fascinating book is recommended for all, not only for those with a particular interest in that railway.

The Railway Observer - October 2021

Let’s hope it catches on. It’s good material, and a whole lot better than spending hours trawling through a complete library of heavy bound volumes, even if you are fortunate to own one. This is a great insight into routine life of the LNWR from the mouths of the senior people who made it the Premier Line.

Steam World, October 2021

This winning format makes a change from the usual railway history books.

Best of British, September 2021 - reviewed by David Brown

Article: 'Journey back to opening of city’s new-look station as featured by

Lancashire Evening Post, 25th August 2021

At £35 for such a large and well-produced volume, the LNWR is a credit to Neil Smith and Pen & Sword and is excellent value for money. I heartily recommend it.

Martin Higginson, The Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum - Summer 2021

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Review by Bob Williams

I see this book as an essential addition to the bookshelves of all LNWR students and it will appeal to those with interests in the many different aspects of that great company.

London & North Western Railway Society

This is an essential book for those interested in the LNWR. It has the right balance between illustrations and narrative.

Well worth a read

James Simmonds

About Neil Smith

Neil Smith had a varied career with British Rail working as Relief Station Master at Bletchley and Bedford, Euston HQ and Assistant Station Manager at Oswestry. He was appointed to Freight Traffic Manager at Crewe Basford Hall Marshalling Yard and finally to Duty Manager at Crewe Area Operations Centre having overall control of 70 miles of the West Coast Main Line. Author of two previous books “Times of Our Lives” (Memories of the 20th Century) and “Inside Crewe Locomotive Works”.

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