Railway Correspondence and Travel Society: Locomotives of the LNER - 19 Volumes from Vol 1 to Vol 11
Book Number: 013326
RCTS (Railway Correspondence and Travel Society) Cheam, Surrey, England 1984 volumes 1, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4, 5, 6a, 6b, 6c, 7, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, and 11- The Railway Correspondence & Travel Society has been the compiler and publisher of several seminal series of works which cover in order of completeness the histories of locomotives of (1) the London & North Eastern Railway in some 19 separate parts (all of which have volume numbers and some of which are divided into parts); (2) the Great Western Railway (with similar bibliographical complexity); (3) the Southern Railway (2 volumes for the Southern Railway as such, plus further volumes for its constituents); (4) British Railways on an almost class by class basis; and (5) the London Midland & Scottish Railway which is work in progress on two fronts: (a) volumes on specific aspects of design between 1923 and 1947, such as boilers, non-steam motive power, etc and (b) the locomotives of specific pre-grouping railways, notably the Highland. Each locomotive type is described in considerable depth, and all significant modifications are recorded. Numbers, including changes, names, dates of completion and withdrawal are all tabulated. Details of where the locomotives were allocated and worked are recorded to varying degrees. Most possible variants are illustrated, although the quality of reproduction is sometimes barely adequate. It is, however, worth stressing that the bulk of this effort has been performed on a voluntary basis. Needless to say, much has been culled to form the backbone of works of far less stature. Most conform to a common style which has tended to be upgraded with time: the GWR series is dominated by centre-stapled booklets; the LNER by thin card covered volumes and the later series by (mainly thin) bound volumes.