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Locomotive Engineers of the LMS and its major constituent companies Griffiths DJ Locomotive Engineers of the LMS and its major constituent companies by Denis Griffiths Dust Jacket 1991 184 pages Indexed.
On its formation in 1923, the London Midland & Scottish Railway was the largest of the 'Big Four' groups. As with the other three it was something of a forced marriage, and the most difficult task faced by the new company was the drawing together of the very different traditions and operating practices of its constituents.
Nowhere was this more necessary or more difficult to achieve than in the field of locomotive engineering. All the constituent companies brought their own locomotive stocks to the LMS, but three English companies predominated - the London & North Western, the Midland, and the Lancashire & Yorkshire. During the preceding 80 or so years, each had built up a fleet of engines suited to its geographical and commercial needs, and tailored to fit within the various restrictions imposed by upper management. Unification would not be easy.
Denis Griffiths looks at developments both before and after the grouping from the point of view of the characters and lives of all the Locomotive Engineers involved, rather than purely through their products, ... read more