LB & SCR Carriages Volume 3, Bogie Stock, 1879-1907
This is the first of two volumes providing illustrated coverage of the bogie carriages of the LB&SCR, a company with a large and diverse fleet despite its limited route mileage; previous volumes (Kestrel Books, 2014, 2016) described the 4- and 6-wheeled stock. This new work makes substantial use of the HMRS drawing collection where the author is a volunteer. New drawings are provided where needed, and examples of planned but unbuilt designs are included showing that the ambitions of the designers far outstripped those of a conservative management. There is extensive photographic coverage with some previously unseen views, and extensive train formation data.
On opening, the reader is presented with a chapter describing bogie carriage structures, illustrated with new drawings and extracts from original engineering drawings, as well as photographs, some provided by carriage restorers. There are seven descriptive chapters, starting with the 8-wheeled Cleminson and bogie carriages of the Stroudley era, the main line and suburban arc roofed carriages constructed between 1894 and 1905, and the clerestory carriages of the late 1890s. In 1905 the LB&SCR embarked on a brief period of constructing elliptical roof carriages, which were of a remarkable height, closely matching the American Pullmans and earning a nickname of “balloons”. Three chapters cover these carriages, which include the City Limited corridor stock and the first LB&SCR motor trains. The latter chapter also includes the steam and petrol motors.
The final chapter describes significant discoveries made after publication of previous volumes, including an analysis of LB&SCR's pioneering use of electric lighting in the 1880s. The book is completed by a list of engineering drawings; facsimile reproduction of an 1890s carriage specification; lists of running numbers; and indices to diagrams and subjects.
The book will appeal to model makers, historians and restorers of LB&SCR, SR and other carriages, and like previous volumes, all royalties will be donated to the Bluebell Stroudley Coach Fund.
The forthcoming Volume 4 will complete the series, covering the remaining arc roofed and motor carriages, AC electric stock, saloons, and ambulance trains. Unlike any previous work on LB&SCR carriages, it will also describe the fleet of over 60 Pullman cars that were an integral part of the passenger services.
Hardback, 232 pages, black & white photographs, drawings
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