Our Home Railways Part 3 The London & South Western, by W.J. Gordon, 1911[ebook]


Paper back book, 8.75”x  6”. 40pp, 3 color plates, 4 whole page black and white plates,  17 black and white photographs. One of the first, if not the first, “part-work” to deal with railways.


Launched at 9d per copy in August 1911 (although later issues carry paper stickers increasing 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 a Drummond 4-4-0 no 415. “Our Home Railways” was also issued 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… Worth having for the colour plates alone!

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