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Trains Illustrated Magazine, July - September 1985 (Issue 55)

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Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue

he Waverley Route - Robert Leslie 125 Years of Exeter Central - Robert Ahtell Station Portrait: Torre a€ change for St Marychurch & Babbacombe - Keith M. Beck Ireland's Electric Railways a€" of 100 years ago - Ray Vickers Firing on the 'Jazz' - R. Stewart Hindley Building TPOs for the LNER in 1933 National Railway Museum photo-feature Through trains from Liverpool 1836-1959 - M. D. Greville & G. O. Holt Front cover: '94xx' 0-6-0PT No 9487 heads the Kingswear portion of an up Manchester working at Torre, in September 1960.

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THE lodging of around 20,000 objections to British Rail's proposed closure of the Settle-Carlisle line is an encouraging indication of a wider appreciation and involvement in the railway network by those who use it and by those who take an interest in its development or contraction. In this instance of course the S&C is a rather special case: it is Britain's premier main line steam route (unless of course, Marylebone-Stratford upon Avon usurps the crown) and the public attention focused on the route because of the steam excursion work is responsible to a great degree for high public awareness of its future throughout the country. It is certainly the first route closure proposal to attract such diverse and widespread opposition. In comparison, route closures of the 1960s passed relatively quietly, with perhaps only local opposition and a handful of 'last' trains to mark the solemn occasion of another railway being made extinct. Examples which come to mind include the Somerset & Dorset line (closed in March 1966) and the Carlisle-Edinburgh 'Waverley' line, which vanished in 1969. This Border country link is the subject of a major article in this issue by Carlisle-based railway photographer Robert Leslie, who spent many hours at its remote trackside. The small station has changed irrevocably over the years: sidings, goods sheds and signalboxes have gone, along with the Station Master's frequently substantial staff, to be replaced in many cases by a bare platform and spartan shelter. In Trains Illustrated 55 Keith M. Beck recounts life as a GWR ticket clerk at Torre, near Torquay on the Kingswear branch, in 1946, when more than two dozen staff were employed to handle large amounts of holiday traffic. Those who take an interest in the development of passenger services will find much to enjoy in 'Through services from Liverpool'. This article, discovered among the papers of the late Geoffrey Holt and co-written with the late M. D. Greville, is previously unpublished and covers the development of Liverpool's passenger links until 1959. Locomotive interest in TI 55 concentrates on the Great Eastern 'N7' 0-6-2Ts, probably best remembered for their work on the London suburban 'Jazz' services from Liverpool Street. As an alternative to a technical study of the design, former BR fireman R. Stewart Hindley describes life at the 'sharp end' with an account of the fireman's job on a 'Jazz' trip from Liverpool Street to Chingford, with a pair of five-vehicle 'quint-art' passenger sets. Also in the motive power field. Ray Vickers examines Ireland's pioneering work in electric traction a century ago. It will surprise many readers to learn that Ireland led the world with electric passenger services in the 1880s! Our photographic features in this issue cover carriage construction and a station anniversary. The Real Photographs Co's archives yield a look at Exeter Central with the story brought up to date by Robert Antell, while our dip into the National Railway Museum's files has produced a look at the construction of Travelling Post Office vehicles by the LNER in 1933.
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