Britain's Big Four By Horace Greenleaf The Story of the
Britain's Big Four By Horace Greenleaf The Story of the
Britain's Big Four By Horace Greenleaf The Story of the
Britain's Big Four By Horace Greenleaf The Story of the
Britain's Big Four By Horace Greenleaf The Story of the
Britain's Big Four By Horace Greenleaf The Story of the
Britain's Big Four By Horace Greenleaf The Story of the
Britain's Big Four By Horace Greenleaf The Story of the
Britain's Big Four By Horace Greenleaf The Story of the
Britain's Big Four By Horace Greenleaf The Story of the

Britain's Big Four By Horace Greenleaf The Story of the

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Britain's Big Four By Horace Greenleaf The Story of the
Britains Big Four By Horace Greenleaf The Story of the London Midland and Scottish, London & North Eastern, Great Western and Southern Railways.  
Hard Cover with dust jacket (damaged)
228 Pages
Part I    The Ceaseless Service
IThe Driver's Point Of View3
IiThe Lordly Locomotive 19
IiiThe Signalling System39
IvThe Steel Road 49
VCarriages And Wagons67
Part Ii    The Rise To Maturity
ViHistoric L.N.E.R.89
ViiThe Growth Of The L.M.S.97
ViiiThe Southern's Antecedents 105
IxGreat Western Narrative 113
XThe Story Of The Gauges 123
XiAn Epoch Of Construction127
XiiA New Regime135
Part Iii   Big Business
XivTraffic Operation157
XvThe Story Of Tickets 169
XviElectric Trains 175
XviiAncillary Services183
Xviii A Railway Rhapsody192
The Crewe train is long and shiny.2
The engine's name is Coronation2
A locomotive of the `Coronation 'class7
The Camden Locomotive Depot7
A freight train rumbles towards London10
Crewe Station awaits its visitor from London.10
An 0-8-0 goods engine shunting a passenger coach.14
The Bulldog is a G.W.R. 4-4-014
The modern locomotive is a complicated machine. 18
A 4-6-2 of the L.N.E.R..20
This locomotive is driven by electricity.20
A 2-6-6-2 L.M.S. locomotive.20
The locomotive is built up.23
The G.W.R. use 2-6-2 tankers 29
The 2-6-4 type used by the L.M.S..29
The outward appearance of a dynamometer car 30
The interior of the dynamometer car.30
London, Chatham and Dover Railway locomotives of the 1850's 32
Liverpool and Manchester Railway locomotive, 183832
Lamps or discs on engines form a code35
A fast freight train carries lamps at D and B35
An electrically-worked signal box.38
A manually-operated box 38
Tokens in use on a single line 40
Upper quadrant type signals45
Colour light signals.45
Coupled wheels of a locomotive48
Preparing the road for new track51
The old rails are lifted out51
Relaying gang52
Laying new line in lengths55
Tamping ballast with pneumatic plant55
The track is sprayed with weed-killing compound56
The bracket acts as a bridge over the joint 59
There are 2112 sleepers to a mile of railway59
Meldon Viaduct, Devon .62
Viaduct on the West Highland line .63
Carriages are given frequent baths.66
The dining car on an express train.71
The sleeping-cars were made in France. 71
Coal wagons72
Cattle are frequent travellers on the railway74
Horses travel singly in horse boxes74
A long wagon upon which timber is loaded75
Elephants are transported in `pythons  75
The main part of a marshalling yard 78
An old four wheeled rigid axle coach.80
A modern corridor coach weighs thirty-two tons ..80
Coaches on local lines.80
Coal trains are hauled by powerful locomotives.82
A ' West Country ' class locomotive 84
George Stephenson's engine Locomotion No. 1, 182588
The line to Marylebone was opened in 189988
A powerful L.N.E.R. freight train91
The first 4-4-2 engine was named Henry Oakley91
The L.N.E.R. locomotive, Sir Ralph Wedgwood. 94
The Flying Fox, a very fast locomotive95
The L.N.W.R. was Britain's premier line 98
Picking up water near Tebay, Westmorland98
A 2-2-2  passenger locomotive of 1874104
The `Schools' class locomotive Blundell's.104
The station at Woking Common, 1838.107
A cutting on the London Southampton line107
Heavy `collar work ' for the locomotives110
The S.R. is closely associated with Southampton110
A G.W.R. locomotive112
The G.W.R. terminus at Paddington, 1850 114
The Bristol terminus in the 1840's 117
Lord of the Isles, 1851118
The locomotive North Star, 1838118
Sections of the line had to be laid with a mixed gauge 121
The famous Cornish Riviera Limited express. 121
George Stephenson 124
Isambard Kingdom Brunel. 124
The Royal Albert Bridge at Saltash 128
The Forth Bridge. 131
Railway Coats of Arms.136, 139, 142
A  Merchant Navy ' class locomotive. 146
The Engineer's Department maintains the track .. 149
Packing the track with ballast . 149
The hopper train in operation .. 150
Testing for gauge and grade. 150
Cartage services are part of railway traffic  153
Road motor horse boxes carry valuable ' passengers 153
The Traffic Department controls all services156
The mail bag is soon with the letter sorters 159
A Travelling Post Office of the L.M.S.159
The apparatus for receiving the mails161
Travelling Post Office on the Irish Mail161
Compressed air operates the brakes of electric trains  163
Some early railway tickets171
The main line to Portsmouth was electrified in 1937 174
The Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham line 178
An electric locomotive on the S.R.  178
Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool  182
Charing Cross Hotel, London 182
S.S. St. Andrew, G.W.R. 185
S.S. Duke of Lancaster, L.M.S.185
L.N.E.R. train ferries sail from Harwich186
S.S. Arnhem, L.N.E.R..186
Cross-Channel steamer of the 1860's 187
S.S. Falaise, S.R.187
The liners Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth at Southampton190
The Golden Arrow glides out of Victoria Station 194
The train steams through the countryside 196
The train halts at Dover Marine Station. 198
One of the S.R.'s ships waits at the quayside. 201
L.M.S. `Jubilee,' `Ben,' and `Patriot 'classes2O4
L.N.E.R. ` Hunt,' 2-6-4 tank and 2-6-2 mixed types210
G.W.R. `Hall,' `King,' and `Castle' classes.214
S R.  Battle of Britain ' class.218
S.R. ` Schools,'  Lord Nelson' and `Merchant Navy' classes 220
L.N.E.R. Class A4 4-6-2 Locomotive Frontispiece
Four Modern Locomotivesfacing 37
A Century of Locomotive Designfacing 68
Channel Train Ferryfacing 133
Railway Flags and Funnelsfacing 164

In an introductory note to The Permanent Way, the story of the making of Britain's railways, by Horace Greenleaf and Guy Tyers, I made no apology for having gone beyond what may or may not be regarded as the proper function of a Publisher, and for having given the reader an insight into the conception of that book. Nor, again, do I feel that any further explanation of this present Foreword is necessary other than that of the fact that Railway Wonders of the World was issued under my Editorship (with Mr. Cecil J. Allen as Consulting Editor) some years before World War II.
Correspondence from readers continues to reach me because Railway Wonders of the World is still much used by railway enthusiasts, many of whom have from time to time asked if I intended to issue further volumes on railway activities. The result was firstly the publishing of The Permanent Way, by Horace Greenleaf and Guy Tyers, and secondly the issuing of the present volume, Britain's Big Four, by Mr. Greenleaf.
The nationalization of the railways, it may be contended, makes Britain's Big Four less apt as a title than it would have been before the railways became State controlled ; but to the genuine enthusiast the Big Four will always remain a romantic memory, and neither the authors nor I could favour any title that did not include recognition of that fact.
I commend this volume to the reader because of my own interest and because that interest led to the writing of Mr. Greenleaf's book. In this instance I take the role of publisher and not that of editor or author, and I do so with confidence and pleasure.

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