I read this in ebook form, a Kindle compilation of British Mysteries. Except for the review cited at the end of this post, the author is new to me.
Thrilling Stories of the Railway by Victor L. Whitechurch, 1912.
“Peter Craine’s Cigars”
“The Tragedy On the London and Mid-Northern”
“The Affair of the Corridor Express”
“Sir Gilbert Murrell’s Picture”
“How the Bank Was Saved”
“The Affair of the German Dispatch-Box”
“How the Bishop Kept His Appointment”
“The Adventure of the Pilot Engine”
“The Stolen Necklace”
“The Mystery of the Boat Express”
“How the Empress Was Saved”
“A Case of Signaling”
“Winning the Race”
“The Ruse That Succeeded”
Victor Lorenzo Whitechurch (1868 – 1933) was a Church of England clergyman and author. He wrote many novels on different themes. He is probably best known for his detective stories featuring Thorpe Hazell, which appeared in the Strand Magazine, Railway Magazine, Pearson’s and Harmsworth’s Magazines. Hazell was a vegetarian railway detective, whom the author intended to be as far from Sherlock Holmes as possible. He appears in about half of these stories.
The first of these stories is about a smuggler of cigars, the second is about a passenger killed mysteriously while in his locked compartment. The rest, well, you’ll have to find out for yourself.
For a nice review of the book, see Pretty Sinister Books here. It’s where I got the cover image. Thanks, John!