Well, the time has come for another ‘themed’ issue, this time its a trend towards monochrome - good old black and white. Favoured by many a photographer due to its relative cheapness and possibility of ‘at home’ developing, there’s nothing can match a decent photo for providing some of the minute detail that’s lost in a colour exposure. Not that we’re avoiding colour altogether - I think our supportive advertisers might take a dim view if their wares weren’t displayed in colour. The same goes for some of Brian Penney’s photos, including the unusual shot of a ‘Warship’ with the Up ‘Cornish Riviera Limited’ taken from the cab of D601 Ark Royal. I hope you like the collection we’ve put together. As they say, ‘there’s more where that came from’ and we could produce another ‘black, white and well read’ issue in the future - it’s in your hands!
For those interested, the 2010/2011 TRACTION Annual is well underway and will be launched at the National Festival of Railway Modelling in Peterborough on October 16-17, if you’re going I’ll see you there and it will be my pleasure to sell you one; otherwise it will be available on our website the Monday after the show visit www.traction.co.uk.
Finally, can I put a ‘shout out’ to some former contributors to get in contact with me please? I’ve some material to return to them. They are: D Edwards formerly of Llandudno, Martyn Hilbert formerly of Leyland, Andrew Joyce, Ken Jones formerly of Woodley, Peter Hill formerly of Standish, R Nunn formerly of Gawthorpe, S C Spencer formerly of Edinburgh, P Durham formerly of Cheltenham, Chris Cowley formerly of Rhyl, Simon Bowler and S A Craig formerly of Worksop.
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COVER: D2060 Lion was completed in April 1962 by BRC&W, initial trials were undertaken with empty stock between Birmingham and Chester and the test train is shown passing through Shrewsbury in May 1962 en-route to Birmingham. Week commencing May 14, 1962, Lion worked on the 15:35 Wolverhampton to Paddington service and 19:10 return.
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See page 50 or call 01778 392012 The only main line diesel allocated to the area at the time (based at Hornsey), D201 awaits departure from King’s Cros with the 14:00 service to Newcastle on June 26, 1958. The Type 4 would work as far as Peterborough and return on the 17:25 semi-fast passenger train. J F Aylard
5 News and heritage update
Class 37 anniversary at the NRM, our worthy driving competition winner reports back and a look back at some recent diesel galas 8 D&E decades
Rail history snapshots 10 The career of a true railwayman
The first part of the career history of Brian Penney, former motive power inspector, by Steve Morris 16 Diesels at the ‘Cross’
A peek into David Percival’s photographic archive for some interesting working into this London terminus
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John Maund’s photographic record of the workings of the BedfordBletchley engineers’ trains 25 Lincoln Lament
Changes around Lincolnshire’s capital, captured by Tom Heavyside 30 Gallery
A selection of artistic black & whites from the camera of Robert E Jowitt 34 Railroving 1965
J Crosse is touring the country for diesel haulage in mid-sixties style 40 Robinson’s Sixties Scotland
Paul Nash brings us some period photos from the Highlands
42 Scrapheap challenged
The sad remains of some of BR’s fleet are captured by Peter Hill and John Stretton 46 TPO
Your emails and letters published 48 Reviews
The latest books and DVDs 49 Modelling news
Bachmann become a haven for Cravens, a first look at their new Class 03 and Kernow announce models of the Bulleid diesels 51 Photo diorama
Nigel Burkin shows how to build an inexpensive diorama to display and photograph your models
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