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The Settle and Carlisle Line A Nostalgic Trip Along the Whole Route from Hellifield to Carlisle by David, Ph.D. Williams
  

The Settle and Carlisle Line A Nostalgic Trip Along the Whole Route from Hellifield to Carlisle

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Part of the British Railways Past and Present Companion Series

Synopsis

The Settle and Carlisle Line A Nostalgic Trip Along the Whole Route from Hellifield to Carlisle by David, Ph.D. Williams

The Settle & Carlisle line has been described as 'the most spectacular in England'. Constructed by the Midland Railway to provide a third route to Scotland, the only way available was across the very roof of England, and the terrain meant that the line was the most difficult ever built over such a distance - 72 miles end to end. The long and severe gradients, the tunnels and viaducts and the wild scenery ensured that the line would become enshrined as one of the best to see steam hard at work. However, by the 1970s the intermediate stations had been closed, the last remaining long-distance passenger train ran in 1982 and the line was proposed for closure. Thanks to public outcry and the efforts of the Friends of the Settle & Carlisle Line, the route survived, being reprieved 20 years ago in 1989. Since then it has once again become a firm favourite for steam excursions, as well as providing a revitalised public train service. It is many years since the line featured in a 'Past and Present' volume, so to rectify the situation and celebrate 20 years since the threat of closure was lifted, this 'Companion' follows a journey along the entire route, and several of the 'feeder' lines, telling in words and pictures the fascinating story of this iconic railway, and illustrating its varying fortunes over more than 130 years.

About the Author

David Williams is the author of a recent 'Past and Present Companion' on the West Somerset Railway, and is editor of the WSR Journal and the Bachmann Collectors Club Magazine. He lives in Birmingham.

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Book Info

Publication date

24th February 2010

Author

David, Ph.D. Williams

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Publisher

Past & Present Publishing Ltd an imprint of Silver Link Publishing Ltd

Format

Paperback
128 pages

Categories

Trains & railways: general interest

ISBN

9781858952635

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