I am delighted to be able to write in support of the second anniversary of Turniprail. Some figures in railway history have introduced new ways of communicating for a variety of reasons and I shall instance one here. What David has done is to introduce us a 21st century way of spreading our research and that seems to me to be very important.
|Pic 1) LMS Film Poster For Staff Notice Boards|
From this small beginning a yearly programme of film showings, mainly in hired halls or suitable railway premises developed. Posters (Pic 1) were distributed and as Lemon had observed at Crewe the films were very popular. However, with such a huge route mileage as that of the LMS there were still places where films needed to be shown, but because of their remoteness and lack of facilities this was difficult. Undeterred, in 1936, Lemon obtained agreement for the conversion of old sleeping carriages into mobile cinemas. (Pic 2)
|Pic 2) The Interior of the first cinema coach|
When the LMS School of Transport in Derby opened in 1938 it had a specially designed Lecture Theatre with a proper projection suite and in the development of the curriculum film was specifically mentioned as a medium of instruction. (Pic. 3)
|Pic 3) The LMS School of Transport Lecture Theatre as it was on opening|
Lemon, E.J.H. “LMS Film Propaganda” Memorandum to the President. 21st November, 1933. The Lemon Papers held in the Archive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
 Smith, H.G. “The Achievements of Mr Lemon”. The Lemon Papers held in the Archive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
1) Author's Collection
2) Railway Gazette
3) Railway Gazette