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LNER Passenger Trains and Formations - The principal services

With the arrival of DCC and with the vast amount of high-quality ready-to-run equipment now available from the major manufacturers, it is increasingly easy to replicate correctly in model form the operation of the full-size railway. This volume fulfils the need for authoritative but accessible reference material to the subject of railway operations for all those who wish to model the LNER. With the plethora of locomotives and rolling stock now available, it is increasingly practical for most modellers now to be able to recreate faithfully the actual consist of the services that they are replicating in miniature.

Little has been published however for the modeller which covers the actual composition of specific trains. This is where this carefully-researched and detailed study comes in; it provides a record of the composition of the major passenger trains operated by the LNER and its BR successors from Grouping in 1923 through to the end of main line steam in the late 1960s. It covers the expresses - such as the 'Flying Scotsman' - through coaches and portions, cross-country expresses, secondary expresses, sleeping car services, Pullman trains and later developments (such as later named trains like the 'Master Cutler' and the 'Elizabethan').

The book includes c75,000 words of text allied to c300 mono and colour photographs.
Published by Ian Allan, February 2013.

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Specimen page from Chapter 1: Expresses / Strengtheners. The illustrations show strengtheners being moved by a train loco and a station pilot.

Specimen page from Chapter 2: Through Coaches and Portions / Harrogate, where workings between Harrogate and King's Cross via Leeds Central are described and how they changed during LNER and BR days. The illustrations show two versions in the 1930s and 1950s. Details of the rosters are on adjoining pages.

Specimen page from Chapter 7: Final Developments / Master Cutler and South Yorkshireman.


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LNER Passenger Trains and Formations

The book took 12 years for me and Clive to complete and, though I say so myself, Ian Allan have made a beautiful job of it (see full description and sample pages). Vol.2 about the Secondary Services should follow in a year or so's time.

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