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Railways of the West of England in the 1980s

by Kevin Redwood

Railways of the West of England in the 1980s Synopsis

The West of England Division stretched from Penzance in the west to Blackwell Summit at the top of the Lickey Incline to the north of Bromsgrove. Geographically it was the largest of the three operating divisions of the Western Region, and in many ways the most varied. Bristol was the headquarters, and the hub of the division, with a complex network of local lines and a major locomotive depot at Bath Road. There were InterCity services to London Paddington and on the Cross Country route to the West Country. By contrast, some of the DMU-worked branch lines in Devon and Cornwall were much more rural in nature. Summer Saturdays saw a large number of extra trains head west along the sea wall at Dawlish. Freight traffic, though generally in decline, included china clay from the west and stone from the Mendips, as well as the new Speedlink services. This book contains a selection of images from across this part of the country.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781445689173
Publication date: 15th September 2019
Author: Kevin Redwood
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 96 pages
Categories: Trains & railways: general interest,

About Kevin Redwood

Kevin Redwood was born into a railway family in Exeter within sight of Exmouth Junction Steam shed, close enough to hear the shunting, which started a lifelong love of trains. His thirty year railway career started at Bristol in 1977 and over the years he travelled the network extensively, taking many photographs.

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