The District Controller's View - The North London Railway (London Broad Street, Willesden, Richmond & all East West cross London Goods Services), subtitled 'Train and Traffic Operations over the North London Railway during the 1950's - including Full Working Timetable (Passenger, Goods and Trip Workings), Engine Diagrams, Carriage Workings and Locomotive Allocations'
Published by Xpress, 104 pages. Large A4 size softback (N5445)
From the rear side cover: The railway press of the pre-Beeching era often waxed lyrical about the extent of congestion suffered by crossLondon traffic - the problem became so acute that British Railways almost spent a fortune on upgrading the Cambridge - Bletchley - Oxford line to take some of the pressure from the North London - yet no detail has ever been published before describing this congestion or the operations behind it.
This book illustrates in considerable detail the nature of the problem and the various operational components that came together to form such a complex system of trains.
It is generally thought that the North London was a line worked almost solely by Standard LMS 3F 0-6-0T shunting engines
from Devons Road. In fact, the North London was probably the most cosmopolitan route in the country and although Devons Road and its 0-6-0T's did a prodigious amount of work, so did the engines of other regions with exLNER J6, J15 and J17 0-6-0's frequently rubbing shoulders with Q1, '700' and Q 0-6-O's from the Southern.
For the first time the operational detail of this most colourful system has been placed between the covers of one book with every train - passenger and goods - that operated on the North London receiving a mention.
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There are two fundamental that underpin our editorial policy - firstly all matter must be written by writers who were permenantly engaged in British Rail railway operations prior to the Beeching era, and secondly the book must be original content and completely independent of anything written on the subject elsewhere.
The condition of the book is generally very good. 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 is some 'waving' to the inside pages throughout, and a small price sticker on the rear side cover