A vivid account of the luxury express which runs between London and Paris via Dover and Calais. This service forms one of Great Britain’s most important links with the Continent, and operates daily from Victoria Station. This is the fourth article in the series on Famous Trains.
A photo-feature, comprising the central photogravure supplement of this issue. It illustrates “head-on” views of American, Canadian, British and German locomotives. The contrasts are notable, each type having almost a strictly “national” air about it.
An account of the Whitemoor Marshalling Yards. The inside story of how freight wagons are automatically sorted and made up into trains for different destinations. The Whitemoor Yards are among the most remarkable of all centres for the sorting of wagons into trains for the distribution of goods to all parts of the country.
Click on the small image to see a short British Pathe newsreel clip called “See how they run!” showing the operation of Whitemoor Yard in 1931.
This Colossus of the Canadian National Railway
A full page illustration of CNR No.6148 (a 4-8-4 Class U-2-c).
This colossus of the Canadian National Railways, weighing, with tender, about 290 tons, has no difficulty in starting from rest with its great train of cars. When running, control of the vast load is ensured by the Westinghouse brake equipment fitted throughout the length of the train. This type of engine ranks among the most powerful in the Dominion of Canada, its eight-coupled wheels giving a maximum tractive power of 69,700 lb.
A description of the railways of the North Island. The Auckland-Wellington line, with its twenty-two viaducts varying in length from 200 ft to 1,185 ft, and its thirty tunnels of from 250 ft to 3,515 ft, provides a striking testimony of the work and vision of man. The story of the railways is, after all, the story of great difficulties overcome by engineering skill backed by faith, and New Zealand is another example that illustrates the basic soundness of human ingenuity and courage. In that country the lines of the pioneers were frequently menaced by the then war-like Maoris, who quite naturally resented the intrusion of the steel highway. The New Zealand chapter is contributed by my colleague, Mr. Cecil J. Allen. This is the third article in the series Railways of the Empire. This article is completed in part 9. There is a sequel to this chapter in part 31.