An Illustrated History of LMS Locomotives, Volume 4 - Absorbed Pre-Group Classes, Midland Division
Volume 4 in this definitive series deals primarily with the Midland Railway loco-motive fleet absorbed by the London Midland & Scottish Railway at the Grouping of 1923. Also included are the motive power stocks inherited by the LMS from the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway (absorbed by the MR in 1912) together with those of the Somerset & Dorset joint Railway, which had traditionally gone to Derby for its locomotives. The four Midland Railway designs perpetuated and developed by the LMS are also featured: the 'Compound' and Class 2P 4-4-0s, the 4F 0-6-0 Standard goods class and the 3F 0-6-0T. The locomotive fleet of each company is covered individually and taken generally in the same order as that adopted by the LMS during the 1923 renumbering.
Bob Essery and David Jenkinson have endeavoured to illustrate each class of locomotive inherited by the LMS from the MR, LTSR and SDJR, and within each class have included as many variations as possible. Most illustrations have been chosen to depict locomotives in LMS condition and livery and although in some cases historical interest has taken precedence over pictorial quality, this has been done in the interests of providing a comprehensive overview. A limited number of photographs depicting locomotives in post-Nationalisation British Railways livery are included to complete the story.
This series, concluding with Volume 5, which is devoted to the Standard LMS locomotives of Fowler, Stanier, Fairbum and Ivatt has come to be regarded as the definitive work of reference covering the motive power fleet of the LMS.
Hardback with dust jacket, 220 pages, black & white photographs, detailed drawings.
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