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History of RCTS Publications
March 1935 saw the publication of the first RCTS booklet, the original Locomotive Stock Book. This was a momentous event , not only for the Society but also in the railway enthusiast world as hitherto no up-to-date complete list of all the locomotives running on the main line railways of Great Britain had been available. The booklet also included the locomotives of the Midland & Great Northern Joint Committee, London Passenger Transport Board and Cheshire Lines Committee. This pioneer publication not only raised the status and profile of the fledgling RCTS but also led to a growth in membership. It was issued free to members and was available at a sum of 1/- (5p) to non-members.
Following the instant success of the Stock Book, annual editions were produced up to the outbreak of World War Two in 1939.Each new edition introduced extra features, such as lists of named locomotives and the stock lists of the Irish railways , and minor companies. In addition illustrations were included of all classes of locomotives that had been rendered extinct during the year in question. The 1939 edition ran to 54 pages and cost 2/6d (12 1/2p).Wartime caused a break in the run of this publication but the 1946 edition caught up on the missing years. Following the end of the steam era on British Railways, the 1969 Stock Book was the last one produced in the original format.
Despite wartime restrictions on printing 1941 saw the issue of The Locomotives of the LNER ,1923-1937 by K. Risdon Prentice and Peter Proud, 136 pages , price 3/6d (17 1/2p).This book had first appeared as a series of articles published in The Railway Observer. This publication triggered an important extension of the RCTS’s activities.
In 1951 came the giant step of the publication of Part 1 of the renowned Locomotives of the GWR. For the first time the task was undertaken of writing a complete history of every locomotive owned by a major company. This authoritative project was rounded off in 1993 when Part 14 was published.
In 1954 the Society considered reprinting and expanding the book on LNER locomotives. By then the GWR series was already highly regarded and it was decided that the LNER stock should be dealt with in a similar fashion. Part 1 Preliminary Survey was published in 1963 and the last of 19 volumes Part 11 Supplementary Information was published in 1994 to fully cover the subject. Like the GWR series this was another team effort and lasting friendships were forged in the process of achieving the objective.
1960 saw the start of Donald Bradley’s history of Locomotives of the Southern Railway and its constituent companies.Again, these publications were a tour-de-force and like the GWR and LNER series left little else for future historians to say because of the comprehensive and detailed coverage of the subjects.
Between 1986 and 1992 the Society published a four part series covering Great Northern Locomotive History from 1847-1922 by Norman Groves and this was followed by a comprehensive survey of the BR Standard Classes in five volumes, released between 1994 and 2012. All of these are still available except Volume 4 – the 9F 2-10-0 Classes.
In 1999 the Society commenced the publication of the four parts of The Great Northern Railway in the East Midlands by Alfred Henshaw completed in 2003, which have all sold out.
Currently the LMS locomotives are receiving similar attention, with books on the Highland Locos (2 volumes in 1988 and 1990) LMS Locomotive Names (1994) the Evolution of LMS Locomotive Boilers (1999), the Jubilees (2006), Hughes and Stanier 2-6-0s (2009), two volumes on Black Fives (2013 and 2015) and Pacifics (2017) already published.
With volumes on the Royal Scots and the Patriots in the pipeline it is safe to say that RCTS publishing remains well to the fore of the history of steam power in Great Britain.
It is not only locomotives that feature in the Society’s publishing programme as many other worthy subjects have been covered down the years beginning in 1966 with Tom Routhwaite’s The Railways of Weardale. Other recent titles have been The Railways of Keynsham and Plymouth’s Railways in the 1930s both by Russell Leitch and The Birkenhead Railway (LMS & GW Joint) by T.B.Maund.
The RCTS has a lengthy history of publishing books on railway subjects. These are predominantly based on locomotives but far from entirely. For the purpose of ease of reference the publications are presented here in the following groupings:
- Locomotive Stock Books
- Coaching Stock Books
- Individual Locomotive Histories
- Series Locomotive Histories
- Company Locomotive Histories
After an initial period of shorter works, the Society turned to large-scale projects to document the history of all steam locomotives that worked for the post-grouping and nationalised main line railways. In many cases these were authored by teams, the exception being the late Don Bradley‘s herculean effort on the locomotives of the Southern Railway and its constituents. The projects covering the Great Western Railway, Southern Railway and the LNER are long since complete. The projects covering the LMS, Standard Classes and WD Austerities continue.
Over many years a number of diverse publications come under this heading. In some cases they are the life work of an individual whom the Society has supported with advice and publishing knowledge to enable its fruition. The Society‘s published traffic surveys from around 1960 are included under this heading.
All of these publications are available for members to peruse or borrow through the Society‘s library service. The detail below includes the library reference.
* In many cases there is more than one edition or impression. For clarity these have been omitted but are indicated by an asterisk against the library reference.
Locomotive stock books
|Locomotive Stock of Main Line Companies of Great Britain as at 31 December 1934||RO Editors||351|
|Locomotive Stock of Main Line Companies of Great Britain as at 31 December 1935||RO Editors||353|
|Locomotive Stock of Main Line Companies of GB and Ireland as at 31 December 1936||Pollock, Smith, Prentice||355|
|Locomotive Stock Book 1937||Pollock, Smith, Prentice||356|
|Locomotive Stock Book Appendix 1938||Pollock, Smith, Prentice||357|
|Locomotive Stock Book 1939||Pollock, Smith, Prentice||359|
|Locomotive Stock Alterations 1939-42||RO Editors||361|
|Locomotive Stock Book 1946||Pollock, Smith, Prentice||363|
|Locomotive Stock Book Appendix 1947||Pollock, Smith, Prentice||365|
|Locomotive Stock Book 1948||Pollock, Smith, Prentice||367|
|Locomotive Stock Book 1950||Pollock, Smith, Prentice||369|
|Locomotive Stock Book 1952||Pollock, Smith, Prentice||371|
|Locomotive Stock Alterations 1952-4||Pollock, Fry||373|
|Locomotive Stock Book 1960||Stubbs, Boddy||375|
|Locomotive Stock Book 1963||Stubbs, Boddy||377|
|Locomotive Stock Book 1966||Stubbs, Knowles, Lissenden||379|
|Locomotive Stock Book 1969 (With reprint of 1934 stock book)||Hope, Belton, Mallaband||381|
|Locomotive Stock of British Railways 1977||Wood, Mallaband||383|
|1983 Locomotive Stock Book||Wood|
Coaching stock books
|Coaching Stock Book of British Railways 1974||Bowles, Mallaband||391|
|Coaching Stock Book of British Railways 1976||Bowles, Mallaband||392|
|Coaching Stock of British Railways 1978||Mallaband, Bowles||393|
|British Rail Coaching Stock 1980||Mallaband, Bowles||394|
|British Rail Coaching Stock 1981||Mallaband, Bowles||395|
|British Rail Coaching Stock 1982||Mallaband, Bowles||396|
Individual locomotive histories
|Locomotives of the LNER (1923-1937)||Prentice, Proud||1941||1528|
|Standard Gauge Locomotives of Egyptian State and Palestinian Railways (1942-5)||RCTS Middle East branch||1946||1430|
|2-8-0/2-10-0 Locomotives of the WD (1939-45)||Pollock, White||1946||1574|
|LNWR Eight-Coupled Goods Engines||Gregory||1950||*1598|
|GJ Churchward‘s Locomotive Development||Cook||1950||1605|
|The Great Eastern 0-6-0T‘s||Proud||1954||1652|
|Great Eastern ‘Claud Hamilton‘ Class||Proud||1959||1680|
---- Reprint of The Institution of Locomotive Engineers Proceedings
|A Modern Locomotive History – Ten Years Development on the LMSR 1923-1932||Cox||8297|
|The Development of LNER Locomotive Design||Spencer||1555|
|History of SR Locomotives to 1938||Cocks||3538|
|The Late GJ Churchward‘s Locomotive Development on the Great Western Railway||Cook||1605|
Series locomotive histories
---- Locomotives of the Great Western Railway and its constituents
|Part 1||Preliminary Survey||1951||*1719|
|Part 2||Broad Gauge||1952||*1720|
|Part 3||Absorbed Engines 1854-1921||1956||*1721|
|Part 4||Six-wheeled Tender Engines||1956||*1722|
|Part 5||Six coupled Tank Engines||1958||*1723|
|Part 6||Four coupled Tank Engines||1959||*1724|
|Part 7||Dean‘s Larger Tender Engines||1954||*1725|
|Part 8||Modern Passenger Classes||1953||*1726|
|Part 9||Standard Two-cylinder Classes||1962||*1727|
|Part 10||Absorbed Engines 1922-1947||1966||1728|
|Part 11||Rail Motor Vehicles and Internal Combustion Locomotives||1952||*1729|
|Part 12||A Chronological and Statistical Survey||1974||1730|
|Part 13||Addendum and Corrigenda||1983||1730A|
|Part 14||Names, War Service and Preservation||1993||1730B|
---- Locomotives of the London and North Eastern Railway
|Part 1||Preliminary Survey||1963||*1741|
|Part 2A||Tender Engines – Classes A1 to A10||1975||*1742A|
|Part 2B||Tender Engines – Classes B1 to B19||1975||*1742B|
|Part 3A||Tender Engines – Classes C1 to C11||1979||1743A|
|Part 3B||Tender Engines – Classes D1 to D12||1981||1743B|
|Part 3C||Tender Engines – Classes D13 to D24||1981||1743C|
|Part 4||Tender Engines – Classes D25 to E7||1968||*1744|
|Part 5||Tender Engines – Classes J1 to J37||1966||*1745|
|Part 6A||Tender Engines – Classes J38 to K5||1982||1746A|
|Part 6B||Tender Engines – Classes O1 to P2||1983||*1746B|
|Part 6C||Tender Engines – Classes Q1 to Y10||1984||*1746C|
|Part 7||Tank Engines – Classes A5 to H2||1964||*1747|
|Part 8A||Tank Engines – Classes J50 to J70||1970||*1748|
|Part 8B||Tank Engines – Classes J71 to J94||1971||*1749|
|Part 9A||Tank Engines – Classes L1 to N19||1977||*1750A|
|Part 9B||Tank Engines – Classes Q1 to Z5||1977||*1750B|
|Part 10A||Departmental Stock, Locomotive Sheds, Boiler and Tender Numbering||1988||*1751A|
|Part 10B||Railcars and Electric Stock||1990||1751B|
|Part 11||Supplementary Information||1994||1751C|
---- British Railways standard steam locomotives
|Volume 1||Background and Pacific Classes||Chancellor, Gilbert||1994||3949A|
|Volume 2||The 4-6-0 and 2-6-0 Classes||Walford||2003||3949B|
|Volume 3||The Tank Engine Classes||Chancellor||1997||3949C|
|Volume 4||The 9F 2-10-0 Class||Walford, Harrison||2008|
|Volume 5||The End of an Era||Walford||2012|
Company locomotive histories
---- Great Northern Locomotive History
|2||1867-95 The Stirling Era||Groves||1987||*8476|
---- Locomotives of the Southern Railway and its constituents
|L&SWR Volume 1||Beatties, North Devon Broad Gauge and misc||Bradley||1965||1717|
|L&SWR Volume 2||Adams, Drummond, Urie||Bradley||1966||1718|
|Locomotives of the London, Chatham & Dover Railway||Bradley||1960||1681|
|Locomotives of the London, Chatham & Dover Railway [2nd Edition]||Bradley||1979||3535|
|Locomotives of the South Eastern Railway||Bradley||1963||1682|
|Locomotives of the South Eastern Railway [2nd Edition]||Bradley||1985|
|Locomotives of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway||Bradley||1961||1683|
|Locomotives of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway [2nd Edition]||Bradley||1980||3536|
|LB&SCR Volume 1||London & Brighton, Craven, Stroudley||Bradley||1969||1789|
|LB&SCR Volume 2||Stroudley, RJ Billinton||Bradley||1972||1788|
|LB&SCR Volume 3||RJ Billinton, Marsh, LB Billinton||Bradley||1974||1790|
|A Locomotive History of Railways on the Isle of Wight||Bradley||1982||3518|
|Southern Railway Volume 1||Maunsell and Bulleid||Bradley||1975||3501|
|Southern Railway Volume 2||Bulleid Pacifics||Bradley||1976||3502|
---- Locomotives of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and its constituents
|Locomotives of the LNWR Southern Division||Jack||2001|
|L&NWR Locomotive Names · Sequel to LMS Locomotive Names||Goodman||2002|
|LMS Locomotive Design and Construction||Cook||1990||3951|
|LMS Locomotive Names||Goodman||1994||3952|
|LMS Diesel Locomotives and Railcars||Richards||1996||3953|
|Raising Steam on the LMS · The Evolution of the LMS Boiler||Cook||1999||3954|
|The Jubilee 4-6-0‘s||Ray Townsin||2006|
|The Hughes and Stanier 2-6-0s||John Young and David Tyreman||2009|
|The Stanier Class Five 4-6-0s Volume 1 · Nos. 5000-5471||John Jennison||2013|
|The Stanier Class Five 4-6-0s Volume 2 · Nos. 45472-45499 and 44658-44999||John Jennison||2015|
|The Stanier Pacifics||John Jennison||2017|
|The LMS Patriot 4-6-0s||John Jennison||2018|
|The Royal Scots 4-6-0s||John Jennison||2022|
---- Highland Railway locomotives
|1||Early days to the ‘Lochs‘||Cormack, Stevenson||1988||3998|
|2||Drummond, Smith & Cummings Classes||Cormack, Stevenson||1990||3999|
---- Armstrong Whitworth
|Armstrong Whitworth - A Pioneer of World Diesel Traction||Brian Webb||2010|
|Midland Traffic Survey 7th August 1956||2513|
|Fylde Coast Traffic Survey 5th September 1959||2534|
|North Eastern Region Traffic Survey 6th August 1960||2530|
|Traffic Survey on Southern Region 6th August 1960||2650|
|Sheffield Traffic Survey 11th August 1960||2531|
|North Wales Rail Traffic Survey 4th August 1962||2505|
|Railways of Weardale||Rounthwaite||1965||2776|
|Longmoor Military Railway||Bagnall||1966||3088|
|Railways of Dorset (Joint with the Dorset History and Archaeology Society)||Lucking||1968||2789|
|Railways of Nottingham||RCTS East Midlands||1969||2793|
|Lord Carlisle‘s Railways||Webb, Gordon||1978||2999|
|Yesterday’s Railway Edinburgh||Scottish Branch||1983|
|Railways of the South Yorkshire Coalfield from 1880||Barnett||1984||2998|
|Shildon-Newport in Retrospect||Appleby||1990||3773|
|Western Change Summer Saturdays in the West 1957 – 1995||Chancellor||1995|
|A Traveller‘s Guide to the Robin Hood Line||Hitchens||*1996||4918|
|The Railways of Keynsham||Leitch||1998|
|The Birkenhead Railway||Maund||2001|
|Plymouth‘s Railways in the 1930‘s||Leitch||2002|
---- Great Northern in the East Midlands
|1||Colwick Yards, Nottingham L Road – Gedling – Basford||Henshaw||1999||4299A|
|2||Nottingham Victoria, GC, Leen Valley Network||Henshaw||2000||4299B|
|3||The Erewash Valley Lines, Pinxton Branch, Awsworth – Ilkeston, Heanor & Stanton Branches||Henshaw||2000||4299C|
|4||Nottingham – Grantham, Bottesford – Newark, Melton Mowbray, The Leicester Line and Ironstone Branches||Henshaw||2000|
---- Photographic books
|The Journey||Stuart Warr||2021|
|Michael Mensing – Railway Photographer Volume 1||Michael Mensing||2022|
|A Photographic Journey from 1980 to 2020||John Cowlishaw||2023|
---- Modern Traction
|Brush Diesel & Electric Locomotives 1980-2020||George Toms||2021|