The cover on the current issue shows the LMS express engine "Planet", of the "Royal Scot" class, and one of the seventy in that class. The locomotive weighs, with tender, 127 tons and has the 4-6-0 wheel arrangement. An engine of a similar type has covered 235 miles, on two consecutive days, at an average speed of 79 miles an hour.
A description of a railway system serving more than 350,000,000 people. Throughout India the Government exercises direct or indirect control over all the railways through a Railways Board. Private railways and large companies now more or less form one great unit operating over 42,000 miles of track. The article included a colour plate which is reproduced below. This is the fifth article in the series on Railways of the Empire.
Between Bombay and Delhi
BETWEEN BOMBAY AND DELHI. A striking view of the Frontier Mail passing over a viaduct on the Darah section of the Bombay Baroda & Central India Railway. Leaving Delhi, the mail train proceeds on the lines of the North Western Railway to the north-western frontier town of Peshawar. The locomotive, one of the biggest in India, is of the XC 4-6-2 type. It weighs 175 tons and has a tractive effort of 30,625 lb. The original print is credited to the Railway Gazette.
A look at one of Britain’s most famous locomotives. The photogravure supplement covers pages 403-406. The engine had recently returned from its trials on the locomotive-testing plant at Vitry. The locomotive was designed to work the East Coast day and night expresses over the heavily graded lines between Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Its three cylinders and valve chests are in one casting, which practice, although common in America, is not so frequent in this country, while the steam admission and exhaust are controlled by means of poppet valves. The double chimney is a most unusual feature.
Click on the small image to see a short newsreel clip of No. 2001 en route to Vitry.
The story of this railway company, from the world's first steam engine to the “Flying Scotsman”. The Stockton and Darlington Railway, opened in 1825, the first public railway in the world, was the nucleus of the present company. The story of the LNER is this one of the most vital of all railway stories. To-day the LNER has over 16,000 miles of single track in service. Unlike the history of the GWR (in part 9), the Editor allowed this - and the remaining histories of the “Big Four” - to overlap issues. This article therefore concludes in part 14.