Caledonian Railway Carriages

Caledonian Railway Carriages, published jointly by the Caledonian Railway Association and Lightmoor Press, is the long-awaited book which describes the carriages owned and operated by the Caledonian Railway from its opening until the 1923 Grouping.

The topics covered include the CR’s reaction to technological developments in railway passenger transport and the increasing attention paid to passenger comfort and convenience. The evolution of its carriage livery with challenges some aspects of ‘received wisdom.’ It also deals with furnishing and internal décor. The classes of stock are covered by reviewing the general service stock to the end of McIntosh’s tenure in 1914, the down-rated carriages acquired from the West Coast Joint Stock fleet, the Pullman cars and the final designs in the Pickersgill regime. The CR ambulance train and other carriages in war-time service are described along with vehicles which were not part of general service stock. Saloons, Invalid carriages, Post Office vehicles, the prison van, Inchture horse bus and the Connel Ferry rail motor are all covered along with some proposed designs that never saw service, including a steam rail motor.

The book comprises 360 pages of text and illustrations, 275 mm. by 215 mm., printed on gloss art paper with colour laminated printed board covers and is lavishly illustrated with some 250 photographs and over 300 drawings. Appendices give information about the number of carriages in the fleet, carriage orders and building dates and list the available drawings of carriages and components, with their Archive location.

The book is available by Mail Order, from the CRA Stand at Exhibitions and at our Glasgow meetings.

Publishers’ usual price for the book only : £30.00 + £5.00 p&p to a UK address
Caledonian Railway Association members enjoy a special discount price of £25.00 for the Book plus £5.00 p&p to a UK address.

Mail orders can be placed using the button below for online payments or by post using the order form here.

Overseas buyers - Postage to non-UK addresses can be significant.  Please contact the Sales Officer for Postage and Packing Costs before ordering.

Caledonian Railway Carriages

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