- A sequel to the authors’ previous work on the LNER’s principal services.
- Coverage is from grouping to the end of the steam era.
- Heavily illustrated throughout
This book follows on from the authors’ previous successful volume which focused on the principal services operated by the LNER and its successor, the Eastern Region of British Railways.
Many of the secondary services discussed in this volume declined over time and the sometimes eclectic range of rolling stock seen on these workings in the steam era is often overlooked today. The variety of traffic they had to convey added to the wide range of vehicles that could be seen on these services. This could include passengers’ luggage in advance, mail, parcels and newspapers along with types of perishable traffic such as fruit, fish and milk. In addition to scheduled services, special trains were a regular feature of the Working Timetables. To highlight a few of these, trains were provided to cater for itinerant theatrical companies and excursions of all types to many destinations were frequently promoted by the railway operators to enhance revenue.
The book’s detailed analysis of the formations used on these services will be of great interest to those absorbed in LNER and BR(E) history. It will also be sought out by railway modellers who will find inspiration here to recreate on their layouts the interesting formations and operations detailed in the book.