LMS Engine Sheds Volume Two: The Midland Railway - Chris Hawkins & George ReeveUpper Bucklebury: Wild Swan Publications, 1991, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine. Personal blind-stamp to the front flap and bottom corner of the title page. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Frontispiece; 2-column text; Appendix; Plans;
From the cover: “General LMS developments were covered in Volume One, which then went on to examine sheds of London & North Western Railway origin. This second volume covers those sheds inherited from the Midland Railway.
The spacious Midland roundhouses were a marked contrast to the claustrophobic and smoky ‘steam sheds’ of the LNWR and their treatment differed accordingly. They were, of course, part of E. J. H. Lemon’s revolution, the ‘Motive Power Area Locomotive Supply, Repair, Concentration and Garage Scheme’, and many were thus fully mechanised, but the mass rebuilding of the ‘thirties left them largely unaffected. The Midland sheds generally were found to be in better condition than those inherited from other companies and great changes did not really take place until after Nationalisation.
This book includes a detailed account of each of the ex-MR depots still operating in 1947 and brief notes on sites closed prior to that date. It is illustrated with a wide variety of photographs, together with track plans and scale elevations of various buildings. Locomotive allocations for 1920 and 1945 are also included, and in the closing pages an appendix to Volume One.”