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Covering a timespan of 142 years from the GWR’s inception to closure of the diesel hydraulic era, Western Times embraces a vast and varied canvass with many aspects of the ‘Old Company’ yet to be acknowledged let alone explored. In this issue, extending the boundaries geographically continues with two essays on South Wales – to describe the complex history of Penrhos, a busy meeting place for several constituent railways, and to illustrate some Welsh pre-Grouping coaches that survived to join the BR fleet. There is an account of the experiences of an apprentice fitter/ turner who started at Reading depot in 1953 and a review of the locomotive fleet on the Midland & South Western Junction Railway at the Grouping and later. Continuing inclusion of post-steam motive power this time covers diesel multiple units, and there is a study of the Marlow Branch, home of the ‘Donkey’. The usual ‘regular’ features appear:- the latest Bulletin from the Great Western Trust, signalling matters, a further trawl of Dick Riley’s archives, and readers’ feedback in Guard’s Compartment.
The boundaries are stretched back in time to two events that helped make the GWR so different and so special. Consideration of Broad Gauge matters commences with an account of some events at almost the very beginning. On the ‘narrow’ gauge, there is a taster for a special publication in preparation to celebrate what unquestionably was the most important locomotive event of 1923 when No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle set standards for express locomotive performance that other railways could only envy.
Penrhos Junctions by Terry McCarthy
Caerphilly Castle – 100 Not Out
The Versatile Collett 2251s: From the Archives of R C Riley
Pound Green Signal Box
MSWJR Locomotives Under the GWR by Mike Barnsley
The Marlow Branch: One That Managed to Get Away
Experimental Motive Power: Broad Gauge Hurricane & Thunderer
Modern Traction: Diesel Multiple Units in Colour
Recollections of a Western Apprentice by Brian Wheeler
Reading Sand Van
Absorbed Welsh Company Coaches
The Great Western Trust (GWT) – Bulletin No.6
The Guard’s Compartment
|Dimensions||27.3 × 21.5 cm|
273 x 215 mm
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