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Part 13

Part 13 of Railway Wonders of the World was published on Friday 26th April 1935.

This issue was unusual in that it was the first since the start of the series to contain both a colour plate and a special photogravure supplement.

The colour plate was attached to page 397, or the fifth page of this issue. The photogravure supplement appeared as usual in the centre pages.

The Cover

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.

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Contents of Part 13


The Vacuum Automatic Brake (Part 2)

The fourth article in the series Design and Invention. Concluded from part 12.

(Pages 389-391)

Modern Transport in India

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.

(pages 392-399)

Between Bombay and Delhi

The Frontier Mail passing over a viaduct on the Darah section of the Bombay Baroda & Central India Railway

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.

(The plate was attached to page 397)

“Cock o’ the North”

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.

(Pages 400-406)

Click on the small image to see a short newsreel clip of No. 2001 en route to Vitry.

You can read more on “Lord President” in Wonders of World Engineering.

Railroads of Norway

An account of the railways and bold engineering in the land of the midnight sun.

(Pages 407-414)

The Romance of the LNER (Part 1)

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.

(Pages 415-420)