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A user note: I have tried to present the articles with a helpful précis. Historical and modelling aspects often overlap and search engines in a website can be limited: "Enter search string", for example, will only find the top hit per page. Running Firefox helps because keying CTR+F (and a precise word or phrase) will highlight all the hits on that page.

This is a complete LMS list. The breakdown by subcategories may help.

British Railway Modelling

Highland Railway Lavatory 1st
Brief historical notes of this 6-wheel "Chariot end" vehicle and construction of the Alan Gibson kit.
3pp, 9 illus. Aug 1995

LMS Journal

Milk Traffic - an overview
From churns to tank wagons, on small lines and main lines. Unfortunately, Wild Swan published a sample draft with unresolved aspects and errors instead of the finished item. I shall be attaching the text here as it should have been published to set the record straight.
7pp, 11 illus. No 34 (2011)

Model Rail

Patience, persistence and Prussian blue
- S&DJR 46' lavatory composite and 3rd brake.
- Based on the Blacksmith kits, reworked with parts from numerous suppliers.
4pp, 10 illus. (1 prototype). Nov 2002

Cattle traffic in LNER and BR days
- Historical overview of vehicles and train working.
The precursor to four articles with slightly haphazard titles.
3pp, 6 historical illus. Mar 2003

Cattle by Rail - LMS style
- LMS cattle trucks to D1661, two versions.
- Two David Geen kits built to the different versions, mainly the drop doors but other details too; I like kits which give you such opportunities.
3pp, 7 illus. (two prototype). May 2003

Something Fishy
- LMS 6T fishtruck with brief historical notes.
- Parkside Dundas kit souped up with several fittings, notably the AVB gear using various suppliers' parts (ABS, Masokits and MJT). Finished in BR maroon livery.
3pp, 5 illus. (1 prototype). Aug 2004.

LMS Coach Focus - 1
- Historical and modelling. Train workings include express and through coach on LNER metals.
- LMS P.1 CK and BCK.
- Two models based on reworked Comet sides, Cu-clad floorpan, Stevenson Carriages trussing, bogies from various sources, other parts from ABS and MJT.
6pp, 20 illus. (7 historical). Jul 2005

LMS Coach Focus - 2
- Historical. Train workings focus on gangwayed 4-sets.
4pp, 7 illus. Aug 2005

LMS Coach Focus - 3
- LMS P.3 TK and BTK.
- Two models based on reworked Comet sides, Cu-clad floorpan, Stevenson Carriages trussing, bogies from various sources, other parts from ABS and MJT. Separately built and painted, four-unit construction highlighted (roof, body, interior, chassis) highlighted. Roof and interior details.
5pp, 19 illus. Sep 2005

LMS & BR Inspection Saloons
- Historical; Designs, development and service.
6pp, 12 illus. Jul 2006

LMS & BR Inspection Saloons - 2
- Overview of the kits available for the LMS design.
- Model of D2046 based on sides from the 5522 Models kit married to an MJT roof and Cu-clad base as per previous article about LMS coaches, except that the underframe layout is quite different. Interior details.
A tricky build to get right but one of my favourite models.
5pp, 20 illus. Aug 2006

Saloon Inspirations
- Historical: illustrations of D2046 saloons in colour from 1993-1998 in later conditions and liveries, including ScotRail and EWS.
2pp, 10 illus. Aug 2006

LMS Inspection Saloons
- Follow-up letter illustrating prototype lining on a D2046 with recessed door handles.
1pp, 1 illus. Mar 2007

Horses by rail
- Historical: overview of general practices; race traffic; troop specials; hunt specials; theatrical specials.
2pp, 4 illus. May 2007

Parcels trains in the steam era
- A historical overview, mainly LNER/ER, LMR.
7pp, 10 historical illus. Nov 2007

Parcels trains in the steam era - 3
- Historical: Working of short trains; through vans; and the modelling options.
- LMR, ER, ex-S&DJR.
4pp, 8 historical illus.

Milking it!
- Historical: steam era milk traffic on the GWR, WR, LMS, LMR, LNER and ER.
5pp, 11 historical illus. Jul 2008

Pilot duties
- Historical: an account of pilot engines around the country in LMS, LNER, GWR, SR and BR days.
- Covering station, yard and other duties.
7pp, 16 illus. Oct 2008

The 'Lakes Express'
- Historical account of formations and working in LMS and LMR days.
- Four LMS models in brief (more detail in "LMS Coach Focus", Jul-Sep 2007.
5 pp, 7 illus (3 historical). Apr 2009

Coal trains in the steam era
- Historical overview of the traffic and workings.
- LMS, LMR, LNER, former GCR, GWR, WR, BR.
8 pp, illus. Oct 2009

Coal trains in the steam era - Part 2
- Historical overview of the traffic and workings.
- Coal Yards.
- Example photos on LNER ex-GCR, ER, LMS and LMR. RCH.
- Model examples based on kits from ABS and Slaters.
Please note that the "Anatomy of a wagon" was introduced without my knowledge: "W-iron" is not a railway term, not part of a wagon, and I have taken a fair bit of stick for this error! It is only a modeller's component. Got that, chaps? :)
6pp, 11 illus. (4 historical). Nov 2009

Railway Modeller

A West Coast Joint Stock Diner
- 7mm scale model.
- Brief historical note about the 65'6" 12-wheel Composite Dining Car.
- Based on the Modellers World kit and much reworked, especially the roof and underframe where much was scratch built. The interior, I went bananas with: have you ever tried making 140 knives, forks and spoons? It's one of my all-time favourite models.
2pp, 3 illus. Sep 1996

LMS (ex-LNWR) carriage brake
One-page piece showing the finished model in LMS P.1 livery. Constructional notes based on the Alan Gibson kit.
1pp, 2 illus. Dec 1998

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