With the passage of time it is easy to forget the prominence of goods traffic and its economic impotance in the days when railways were able genuinely to pay their way. Much has been written about passenger services, but little has appeared on the subject of goods services.Although the various classes of goods locomotives are well known, the use to which they were put has received little attention. The main part of this account describes the freight services on some typical LNER routes. The coverage of a system which required 4, 000 goods and shunting engines and a quarter of a million wagons is neccessarily selective rather than comprehensive. Nevertheless, this account gives a fair impression of the variety and extent of goods services on the LNER and their practical operation.
Softback, 120 pages, 118 b/w illustrations, 12 maps and diagrams.