LMS Engine Sheds Their History and Development Volume One: The London & North Western Railway - Chris Hawkins & George ReeveUpper Bucklebury: Wild Swan Publications, 1981, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little age-toned. Personal blind-stamp to front flap and corner of the title page. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; 2-column text; Appendix; Plans;
From the cover: “Volume I of LMS Engine Sheds initially examines the history and development of the company and details the extensive modernization programme of the 1930s. The series will eventually cover all the sheds operated by the LMS in 1947, with some notes on those sheds in existence at Grouping, but closed before nationalization.
E. J. H. Lemon’s brainchild, the ‘Motive Power Area Locomotive Supply, Repair, Concentration and Garage Scheme’ was inaugurated in 1933 and was to have cost over £1,000,000, affecting some 50 locomotive sheds. The unprecedented campaign carried out by the LMS saw automatic coaling and ash lifting plants installed, as well as the remodelling and rationalization of shed layouts. A large part of the modernization programme included not only the replacement of ageing decrepit roofs but the installation at numerous locations, of water softening apparatus. However, it was not only the buildings that received attention, the programme incorporated the reorganization of the departmental and divisional offices as well as the adoption of better maintenance procedures.
This first volume contains photographs, diagrams and drawings which illustrate many aspects of LMS modernization and equipment whilst the sheds covered are those that were owned by the former ‘Premier Line’, the London &: North Western Railway. Some 75 sites are dealt with using a variety of photographs and track plans together with a detailed text. An appendix deals with the 1945 allocation of these ex LNWR sheds.”