OUR HOME RAILWAYS – CALEDONIAN AND GLASGOW & SOUTH WESTERN, by W. J. Gordon 1911, Frederick Warne & Co [ebook]


Paperback book, 8.75”x  6”. 64pp, inc covers and adverts,3 colour plates (all Caledonian), 4 whole page black and white plates, 19 black and white half tone photographs. One of the first, if not the first, “part-work” to deal with railways. Launched at 9d per copy in August 1911 (although some later issues carry paper stickers increasing the price to 1/-) It was also about the first time that a quality railway publication was within the reach of a prudent schoolboy, prepared to sacrifice sherbet dips, gobstoppers, “The Magnet” and “Chatterbox” for a couple of weeks.


Each issue included a colour frontispiece of the railway’s crest, a full page colour print of one of the company’s passenger carriages, and a stunning double page spread of a locomotive. In this case McIntosh’s 4-6-0  “Cardean” in the beautiful Caledonian blue livery. All three colour plates in this issue are of Caledonian subjects It seems that having committed to 12 issues, some of the smaller railways had to be combined into one issue.  Apart from this one, the Great Central and Lancashire and Yorkshire shared an issue, as did the North British, the Highland and the Great North of Scotland.  “Our Home Railways” was also published as a two volume set, but these, and two modern single volume reprints were less than satisfactory, in that for production reasons, the colour plates had to be “grouped” together, divorced from the text relating to their railways. One of the modern reprints even produced the colour plates in black & white… The original part work issues are worth having for the equality of  colour plates alone!

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