|THE INDUSTRIAL RAILWAY RECORD||
© APRIL 1971
35mm COLOUR SLIDES,produced by CCQ Color Slides. 13½p each (USA 33c) for 1−6 slides: 12½p each (USA 30c) for 7 or more slides, plus postage. List 1 (10p, or 20p with sample slide) from R. M. Quinn, 68 Kings Road, BERKHAMSTED, Herts; lists 2−5 (5p. or 12½p with sample slide) from P. H. Colebourn. Apple Tree Cottage, Easton. WINCHESTER. Hants.
Since we last mentioned CCQ Color Slides (RECORD 21, page 336) the range has been extended considerably in all five sections—British Railways (List 1), Overseas Railways (2), Trams & Trolleybuses (3), Ships (4) and Industrial Railways (5)– so much so that 421 industrials are offered compared with only 68 in 1968. With almost 1,000 titles the Overseas section gives an extensive coverage of Europe, and in all no less than 35 countries are represented. The method of producing duplicate transparencies usually results in an objectionable overall increase in contrast. The two dozen slides sent for review are very good in this respect although a few, notably those taken from contrasty originals, are rather indifferent. Grain is the other major problem associated with the production of duplicates but the quality here is above average. The acid test of quality, however, is whether it is possible to specify the duplicates when they are mixed with originals; more than a quarter of the slides were able to pass this very stringent test with flying colours. An audience of some thirty enthusiasts at a Christmas slide show confirmed our impressions when they found it difficult to accept that some of the projected CCQ slides were in fact duplicates. Particularly impressive to our eyes, when one considers the vintage of the originals, were the action shots of American and Canadian steam power. Some of the industrial slides were a little ordinary; others were magnificent (10047 – NANCY at Eastwell Ironstone Pits) or very good (10044 – CAMBRAI at Eaton Ironstone Pits; 10664 - No. 5 at NCB Philadelphia, and 10670 – LINHOPE at NCB Beamish). We ourselves would never purchase duplicate slides before first assessing their quality on projection. But an intending purchaser has little to lose with CCQ since their products are offered on a ‘money refunded if not delighted’ basis. Recommended. (KPP/LAN)
INDUSTRIAL STEAM ALBUM, by M. J. Fox and G. D. King. 144pp. 9.5in x 7.2in, 233 photographs. Published by lan Allan Ltd on 20th October 1970. Price £2.50. (IRS funds will benefit if copies are ordered - post free - from Mr F. Jux, 18 Cedar Terrace. RICHMOND, Surrey.)
The veritable spate of albums on main and branch line subjects which have appeared during the last few years must have made our readers wonder when some enterprising publisher would cater for their tastes. Now, at last, an album has appeared that is exclusive to the industrial scene— and an excellent one at that, with well chosen subjects and a striking jacket in full colour of a train on the recently closed Wemyss Private Railway. "Steam Locomotives in Industry", an album compiled in 1967 by our friends in the ILS, was essentially an erudite textbook study of the various industrial locomotive types produced by numerous British builders. In direct contrast the present volume is more concerned with the aesthetic appeal of the industrial railway – with the locomotive in its setting, with atmosphere, and with what the visitor sees on a working day rather than at the weekend when often all is still and the shed doors closed. That it succeeds is due in no small measure to the careful selection of some pictorial gems from 32 creative photographers: more than a third, including the authors, are Society members. Both block-maker and printer have done a first class job and the layout is commendable, although more whole-page pictures would have been welcome. Short reviews of industrial railways and locomotives have been included and whilst a few errors have crept into the informative captions (e.g. ‘yellow’ and ‘green’ are transposed on page 22, and ‘1965’ on page 23 should read ‘1955’), the text takes second place to the pictures anyway. This is a relatively expensive book – present day inflation resulted in the price being increased from £2.25 to £2.50 after the jacket was printed – but one that merits a place on your bookshelf. A predominantly main line photographer whose railway library consists mainly of albums, was with difficulty persuaded to give this one a glance. When he eventually looked up it was to exclaim: "Yes, it is good." Praise indeed! (KPP)
CONTRACTORS’ LOCOMOTIVES PART IV. by F. D. Smith and D. Cole. iii+50pp, 8.2in x 6.4in, duplicated with thin card covers. Published by Union Publications, 30 Scarsdale Villas, LONDON W8. Price £1.00. post free.
Part Ill in this series was reviewed on page 236 of Volume 2 (RECORD 18) and the present booklet follows the same pattern of listing first all contracts on which locomotives are known/thought to have been used. The locomotive lists which follow include data on former and later owners as well as an indication of the contracts on which each locomotive worked. Details are given of 12 contractors (C. Baker, Braddock & Matthews, Easton Gibb, Kirk & Parry, Lucas & Aird, T. Nelson, L. P. Nott, T. Oliver, S. Pearson. Scott & Best, Walter Scott & Middleton, and Shanks & McEwan), who operated 720 locos on 543 contracts. Pearson alone accounted for 149 locos on 71 contracts. Our only criticism is that the information is abbreviated to the extent of uncertainty by the use of too small a page or too large a type face. One might question the accuracy of a few items, but the bulk of the information is not available elsewhere and the publishers must be congratulated for persevering in this restricted and specialised field. (KPP)
THE LOCOMOTIVES OF CROYDON GAS & ELECTRICITY WORKS, by J. B. Latham. 24 pages. 8¾in x 5½in, card covers, 21 illustrations (including 1 line drawing) and 2 maps. Published by the author at 5 Church Path, Woking, Surrey, and distributed by Lens of Sutton. 50 Carshalton Road, Sutton, Surrey. Price 37½p.
The author, Hon Secretary of the Industrial Locomotive Society, gives a fairly comprehensive historical account of the steam locomotives, of which three have been preserved, but virtually ignores the electrics. A pleasing feature is the large number of illustrations which has enabled all but two of the steam locomotives mentioned to be illustrated. Unfortunately, however, the quality of the photographs varies considerably, There are a few printer’s errors and, whilst most readers will know the meaning of "ST". some will no doubt be stumped by an abbreviation such as "the G.K.B. contract" on page 19. Certain basic information from the locomotive builders’ files does not appear, but details are given of the interesting modifications made to MOSS BAY and ELIZABETH whereby live steam from the works supply was admitted to the boiler in order to raise steam pressure rapidly. Despite its shortcomings this booklet is a welcome, albeit expensive, addition to the literature on the industrial locomotive. (KPP)