No. 17 - cover



    It has always been a source of amazement to us how identical locomotives in different guises come in for differing amounts of attention from various enthusiast bodies. Take for example the Hawthorn Leslie 040 saddle tanks. One of these spent a great many years of its working life as shed pilot at Guildford on the Southern Railway, and on its tank it proudly carried typical industrial loco name plates reading IRONSIDE. But on its bunker was painted the number 458 (latterly British Railways 30458) and, for this reason, it was a source of interest to hundreds of enthusiasts. These same enthusiasts probably gave no second glance to IRONSIDE’s brothers and sisters which they saw from the train in the sidings of gas works, quarries and collieries. We therefore offer no apologies in recommending that all industrial fans take the opportunity when in the Bristol area to visit the Yieldingtree Railway Museum at Bleadon & Uphill Station. For here they will find another of these "main line industrial" locomotives in the form of a Kitson 040 saddle tank. Although latterly running as GWR 1338, this loco (Kitson 3799 of 1893) has not been "Great Westernised" and even retains its original front buffer beam with the bolt holes for the second set of lower level buffers. The museum also contains over 3,000 items culled from main-line, light, narrow-gauge and industrial railways throughout the United Kingdom. Readers requiring further information may wish to obtain a copy of the well-illustrated catalogue which is available, price 2/6d, from the Museum Director, Yieldingtree Railway Museum, Bleadon & Uphill Station, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

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ERRATA: We regret that a few typographical errors have managed to slip through the net in recent issues – please amend your copies as follows:-

Page 74, line 3 – "trails" should read "trials"; and line 3 on page 78 – "Sharnel" should read "Sharnal". The letter from Mr C.E. Mountford on page 118 should be amended as follows:- Line 2; after "10/1949" add "for": line 3; for "went" read "was scrapped": line 4; "as" should read "is".