The name Gordon Weddell has been synonymous with the detailed history of the carriage stock of the London and South Western Railway for many years. His existing three volumes of carriage drawings constitute the definitive work on the subject, and this additional volume completes the series by filling the miscellaneous gaps left by his own books, and those by other authors on the subject of LSWR rolling stock. (See: LSWR Carriages, Volume 3: Non-Passenger Carriage Stock.)
This book contains detailed information about the 19th century LSWR goods and departmental vehicles, including gunpowder vans, cattle wagons, china clay wagons, brake vans, travelling gasholders and travelling cranes. In addition, it covers various other items that do not fall into any convenient single category, such as lineside structures, road vehicles, yard cranes, platform items, Pooley vans, a shunting truck and the engineers’ inspection train.
Incorporating many highly detailed scale drawings, mostly to 4mm scale, LSWR Carriages, Volume 4 includes numerous contemporary photographs, together with detailed information on build dates and renumbering.
The publication of this volume marks the conclusion of an authoritative series of books on theLondon and South Western Railway, and it is difficult to think of any other railway company whose rolling stock has been so comprehensively covered. (Please note that although all carriages have been dealt with in the preceding volumes, and none actually appears in this book, it concludes the series as "Volume 4" for consistency.)