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JOURNAL No. 173, Vol.13 No.5 February 2020
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A quick check on the membership list showed that out of the 500 members we have on the books, 234 have post codes within the county of Cumbria and a simple bit of mathematics shows us that almost 47 percent (or nearly half) of the members live within the stated boundaries of our interest. Nothing surprising in that you may say, but it is the fact that the remaining 53 and bit percent of the membership is spread far and wide is an equally happy cause for rejoicing. Yes, we have a number of overseas members but the majority can be found right across the rest of the British Isles.

What has induced these members to join us? Perhaps they are Cumbrians exiled from their home turf, or are those that have a love of the railways that serve the stunning Lake District that we are so proud of, or is it simply an interest in the wonderful railways that did and do grace the County?

With this in mind, do we do justice to this group of members in what is offered within these pages? Continued membership does, for certain, confirm this, but to be sure, I ask a simple question of them — are they getting what appeals to them when the latest Journal hits the doormat?

I know it is a hackneyed phrase, but we exist, in the main, to make the membership a happy one and if there is anything that you would like to see in Cumbrian Railways, which is not currently covered, the Editorial Elves would be pleased to hear from you. We cannot promise to be able to fulfil every request but as long as we can find someone that is able to help, we will see what we can do. However, I will not be fulfilling the post of Editor, if I didn’t ask that if you have something that you think that might be of interest to your fellow members, and can produce an article on a subject that has so far escaped us, then please let me know. We would be very happy to extend our collective knowledge on the railways of the County as well as being pleased to publish it.

EditorialMike Peascod166
Jack Gainford — An AppreciationMike Peascod166
In My ViewAllan Jones167
The Railways Around LindalAlan Postlethwaite
The Line to Lindal that didn’t make it 168
The Line to Lindal that did make it 171
Book Review ‚ The Settle–Carlisle RailwayGraham Worsnop179
From Castle to Citadel — The Lancaster & Carlisle Railway; Part 2 — Grayrigg to PenrithIain Parsons180
A Spectacular Derailment near PenrithKen Harper189
Moving Pictures of Cockermouth station in 1899 192
Aw Maks o’ Crak; M&C Chaldron Wagon; A Slogan PostmarkJohn Peel193
Further To...The War Department ‘Austerity’ ClassesChatline194
Book News — The Story of LowtherMike Peascod197
Farewell Virgin, Welcome Avanti West CoastA John Peel Special198
The Electronic TelegraphDavid Hunter200
Aw Maks o’ SpecialsJohn Peel202
Letters ( Sandside Block Post, 50 Years ago..., Special Journal: Railways at War, Brewery sidings )204
The November MeetingCopperas Hill206
Cumbrian Railways Today John Peel207
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