1950's BR Steam Operating - Manchester London Road (GC), Summer 1957
Published by Xpress, 92 pages. Large A4 size softback (N5077)
This book contains full details of BR Steam, both diesel and electric, operating in the ex-LNER section of Manchester (London Road), and describes in full the working and operation of the station and its trains on a typical day during the summe rof 1957. It includes the full working timetable, platform arrangements (for both GC and LM stations), engine diagrams, Locomotive allocations for Gorton, train formations, loadings and carriage workings.
From the front inside cover: Under British Railways and up to 1960 the passenger travelling from London to Manchester had a wide choice of routes, with express trains running from Euston, St Pancras and Marylebone. Most ordinary passengers opted automatically for Euston whilst enthusiasts agonised between having a Scot or Brittania from Euston, a 5XP Jubilee from St Pancras, or perhaps best of all, the Great Central which believed in the staging principle and changed engines at Leicester and Sheffield, giving one an A3 Pacific, a B1 4-6-0 and an EM2 electric, all on the same train....
The service depicted on this page is the afternoon Great Central service for 1957 - the high points of which are the 15.20 London-Manchester express and the 16.50 South Yorkshireman, the latter being rather an odd man out since its A3 Pacific was relived at Leicester by a Bradford based LMS Black Five 4-6-0. Both trains, it should be noted, included a full blown dining car service.
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The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Please note their are a couple of very minor scuffs and light creases to the covers, and a small price sticker on the rear side cover