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Part 23

Part 23 of Railway Wonders of the World was published on Friday 5th July 1935.

This issue included a photogravure supplement featuring Wireless on German Trains, which appeared in the centre pages of the magazine.

The Cover

This week’s cover shows the "Flying Scotsman" leaving King's Cross Station, drawn by No.2563, “William Whitelaw”, one of the well-known 4-6-2, or “Pacific” three-cylinder express locomotives. In summer this train runs non-stop between King’s Cross and Edinburgh in seven and a half hours - the world’s longest non-stop run. During the rest of the year the train takes seven and three-quarter hours down, and seven and two-thirds hours up, stopping at Grantham, York, Newcastle and Berwick-upon-Tweed, and - on the up journey - at Darlington.

This cover design was later used as the colour plate issued with part 45 of the series.

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Contents of Part 23


Over River and Lake (Part 2)

Of all the aspects of railway work bridge-building is perhaps the most outstanding symbol of those things that the railway represents - permanence, safety, and precision. There can be nothing shoddy, nothing hurried nor slipshod in the building of a bridge that must eventually carry millions of passengers. A railway bridge is not built only for to-day. Although it is a permanent thing itself, allowance must be made for the fact that the types of locomotives that will use it are not permanent, and that it may have to carry heavier and faster trains. Concluded from part 22

(Pages 709-710)

The Railway Clearing House

The story of the Railway Clearing House and rail transport revenue. You can book a through ticket at Southampton on the Southern Railway to, say Princes Street, Edinburgh, on the London Midland and Scottish Railway. But how is the money paid for the ticket apportioned to the companies? This is one of the problems with which the Railway Clearing House concerns itself. If a number of parcels are sent by post to a distant destination they are, or course, carried by the railway. They may be taken over two or three systems. This is another problem that must be handled by this organization. Thus the financial adjustment of through traffic in Great Britain and some Irish lines comes within their scope. The Railway Clearing House, which has its offices in Seymour Street, London, was established in 1842. In 1845, 656 route miles of track came under its control. To-day it handles traffic receipts affecting a total length of 23,000 miles.

(Pages 711-716)

In Northern Africa

The railways of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. In Morocco, out of a total mileage of 920 miles of track recently laid, 520 are electrified. That Morocco has such a fine railway system is largely due to the famous French soldier, Marshal Lyautey. And it is the French to-day who are contemplating still further development of the railway in North Africa. They are planning a great Trans-Saharan railway, which would connect the Mediterranean and Timbuctoo.

(Pages 717-722)

Wireless on German Trains

Photogravure supplement, illustrating the use of short-wave transmitting and receiving apparatus fitted to many locomotives in Germany for use in shunting yards.

(Pages 723-726)

Italy’s Chilled Freight

The wonders of refrigerated railway transport. This chapter largely describes the operation of the cold storage warehouse at Verona, which was built in 1931, and is among the largest of its kind in Europe. This is the seventh article in the series on Design and Invention.

(Pages 727-735)

Ireland’s Railway Systems (Part 1)

A survey of Ireland’s railways, dealing with the three principal railways, the Great Southern Railways, the Great Northern Railway, and the Northern Counties Committee (LMS). This article is completed in part 24.

(Pages 736-740)