Midland Railway 4-4-0s

My latest proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was another work in the ‘Locomotive Portfolios’ series, some of which I have worked on previously. The subject matter was the famous family of 4-4-0 tender locomotives built by the Midland Railway (MR) and its successor, the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMSR). From the 1870s onwards the Midland began to create the 4-4-0 series of engines, meeting the traffic needs of its expanding network. Each batch of engines was an improvement on the previous set; changes to the boilers being used were made, amongst other things. The engines were, on the whole, a great success – so much so that more than 300 examples were built by the LMSR from 1923 up to 1932, although some of this could be put down to the fact that, following much infighting, ex-MR managers filled the senior positions in the new company. Looking at the book itself, author David Maidment has put together a fine tribute to these worthy machines, the written story being enhanced by many pictures, logs of runs made and a cross-section of relevant statistics.

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