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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 2 (May 1, 1937)


A typical L. M. and S. Caravan Coach.

Streamlined passenger locomotives, capable of unusually high speeds, are a feature of the locomotive-building plans of the Home railways for the current year. In all, the present programme provides for the building of some 512 new steam locomotives mostly in the railways' own shops. The exceptionally speedy six-hour service between London and Edinburgh, on the London and North Eastern Railway—to which reference was made in these Letters two months ago—is to be maintained by giant streamlined “Pacific” engines, constructed in the Doncaster shops. These follow the general lines of the famous “Silver Jubilee” locomotives, introduced last year—three-cylinder simple expansion, with boiler pressure of 250 lb. per square inch. The first completed engine has been named “Golden Eagle,” and the next four locomotives of the same class are being christened respectively “Falcon,” “Merlin,” “King-fisher” and “Kestrel.”

For London, Midland and Scottish express service, there are being constructed five new locomotives of the “Princess Royal” type. It was a locomotive of this class which set up a new world's record some time ago on the London-Glasgow route, covering the 401 1/2 miles between Euston Station, London, and Glasgow in 5 hours 53 minutes, and the return trip in 5 hours 44 minutes. The Great Western authorities still pin their faith to the “Castle” type of fast passenger loco-motive—a type which has earned fame in daily service on the “Cheltenham Flyer,” Britain's fastest daily start-to-stop express. Some 25 new engines of this class are being built in the Swindon shops.