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Opened in 1834, the Stanhope & Tyne Railroad Company's line ran from the limestone district of Weardale, via the collieries of north-west Durham to the mouth of the River Tyne at South Shields. This extraordinary railway used horses, steam locomotives, stationary engines and gravity-worked inclines to transport lime, limestone and coal. The company soon found itself in financial trouble, and its downfall almost bankrupted Robert Stephenson, who was consulting engineer for the company. Change of ownership saw the line become profitable, one half being run by the newly formed Pontop & South Shields Railway Company, the other by the Stockton & Darlington Railway Company, with the two halves later coming under the ownership of the North Eastern Railway and later the London & North Eastern Railway and then British Railways. The story of this remarkable line and its varied ways of working are told here, accompanied by images of the route, the locomotives, equipment and men who ran it.
Among the many lines that branch all around the East of England, there are some that can be seen diverging from stations that are never used by the train operating companies. These lines head to hidden gems within the East of England known as preserved railways. These provide their own different views and panoramas across the East, and with their range of classic steam and diesel locomotives are a mecca for the railway enthusiast. In this book there are seven preserved railways that can be found in the East of England, all of which vary in length and in featured locomotives. Perfect for both local visitors and those from further afield considering a trip, this is an affectionate tribute to an important part of our national heritage.
The 1950s and 1960s was a time of profound cultural and technological transformation. With images and vivid recollections, we journey back to post-war East Anglia and the East Coast Main Line with many locations changed beyond recognition. Trackside, at busy stations, and in and around depots, an evolving mood is revealed in pictures. In the 1950s, railway pride and optimism overcame staff shortages; returning locomotives to pre-war performance and introducing modern BR standard classes. By the 1960s, fiscal efficiency and the dawning diesel era turned pride to neglect of steam. Sparkling steel, brass and tallow gave way to dust, rust and flaking paint. Heroic workhorses were lost to scrap. As the mood turned to melancholy, just a few of these great workhorses became pets - polished, loved, and cared for by dedicated railway workers and a growing band of enthusiastic volunteers. People, machines and landscapes are crystalized on film for future generations; reawakening memories for those who lived through this time of change and offering a fascinating insight for those who are too young to have been trackside during this intriguing period of railway history.
Dating back to 1965, Freightliner is still going strong today; a great success for rail freight. It started life moving shipping containers from ports to inland terminals, where specialised cranes were used to tranship from rail to road. These trains serve no fewer than nineteen intermodal terminals across the UK. With the privatisation of British Rail in 1996, Freightliner's assets were transferred to a new company called Freightliner 1995 Ltd, in readiness for sale. Then in 1999 Freightliner set up the Heavyhaul side of the business as a direct competitor to the bulk rail freight company English Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS). Today there are major maintenance depots at Crewe Basford Hall, and Leeds Midland Road, while the main marshalling yard and stabling point is at Crewe Cheshire. With a stunning collection of full-colour photography taken around the country, Dave Smith offers up a fantastic pictorial tribute to this icon of Britain's railways.
English Electric built their first diesel loco in 1936 and, before the company closed in 1968, built thousands of diesel and electric locos that saw service all over the world. They were among the companies chosen by BR to build prototype diesel locos for the Modernisation Scheme of 1955, which would see the replacement of steam traction by diesels and electrics. Locos were built to suit a wide variety of duties, some remaining in everyday service fifty years later. This book of mostly unpublished colour photographs from the collection of George Woods shows them in service all over the BR system from 1966 to 2019 working a wide variety of trains, both passenger and freight, in the great variety of liveries they wore both during their BR service and in later years under private ownership.
The Hoosac railroad tunnel in northwestern Massachusetts was a nineteenth-century engineering and construction marvel on a par with the Brooklyn Bridge, Transcontinental Railroad, and Erie Canal. Its story, however, is far less well-known than these others. In large part this is because when it was finally completed after nearly twenty-five years of work, it was deemed a failure, costing over a hundred lives and tens of millions of dollars. Andrew Black's Buried Dreams: The Hoosac Tunnel and the Demise of the Railroad Age does more than refresh the public memory of the project - it explains how a plan of such magnitude and cost came to be in the first place and what forces sustained it over more than two decades to completion. Black also describes the factors that diminished the tunnel's success, even though at the time it was the second-longest railroad tunnel in the world. To do this, Black digs into the special case of Massachusetts, a state disadvantaged by nature and forced periodically to reinvent itself to succeed economically. The Hoosac Tunnel was just one of the state's efforts in this cycle of decline and rejuvenation. However, it was certainly the strangest. Black also explores the intense rivalry between the eastern seaboard states for the spoils of western development in the post-Erie Canal era. His study interweaves the lure of the West, the competition between Massachusetts and its arch-rival New York, the magic of the railroads, and the shifting ground of state and national politics to understand the complicated story of the tunnel. Finally, Black examines how the psychic make-up of Americans before and after the Civil War weighed heavily on the tunnel's story and public perceptions of its promise. By the time it was finished, he contends, the Hoosac Tunnel was no longer the symbol it had once been. The indomitable triumphalism that had given birth to it had faded, and the economic benefits it was meant to usher in never arrived. Indeed, in the years that followed, Massachusetts sold the tunnel for only a fraction of its cost to a private railroad company. Buried Dreams is thus also the story of failure on a colossal scale.
Gresley's B17s explores the career of this steam locomotive passenger class from its introduction in 1928 to withdrawal in 1960 Designed by the London & North Eastern Railway's world-renowned Chief Mechanical Engineer Sir Nigel Gresley, the engines were predominantly employed in East Anglia - an area for which the class was especially produced - and on the ex- Great Central Railway routes. The book captures the vast majority of the 73 class members at work, with over 180 superb colour and black and white images. Some of the places included are: Liverpool Street station; Stratford; Romford; Parkston; Ipswich; Norwich; Yarmouth; Neasden; Leicester; Nottingham; Sheffield; Manchester; Doncaster. Split into three sections, Gresley's B17s are illustrated in the LNER period, the immediate post-war era, with Thompson renumbering, and through to BR ownership. The photographs, which have been taken at stations, sheds, lineside and workshops, are accompanied by well-researched and informative captions. All 73 B17s ended their life in the scrapyard and with two attempts currently underway to produce new locomotives to the design, the book serves as a reminder to their importance in the history if the LNER and steam traction in Britain.
The Bakerloo is the dull brown line on London's iconic tube map. It doesn't have the multiple branches of the Northern or District Lines, the loops of the Piccadilly or the Central, or the puzzling shape of the non-circular Circle.But its nondescript appearance belies a history encompassing fraud in the boardroom and drama in the courtroom for a line first conceived by sports enthusiasts and finished by Chicago gangsters. With over 120 photographs, this book provides a history of its development from obtaining Parliamentary permission and raising finance through to geology and construction techniques. It details its operation including rolling stock, signalling, stations and signage from the beginning to the current day. The impact of the two World Wars is revealed and it remembers some of the accidents and tragedies that befell the line. Finally, the book describes its evolution up to the present day and beyond.
In the mid-1930s, eminent locomotive engineer Sir Nigel Gresley produced plans for the A4 Class Pacifics, which were specially built to work a new high-speed express, the 'Silver Jubilee'. From the start, the class caused a sensation and immediately secured the admiration of the general public. Gresley's A4s captures these worldfamous locomotives throughout their life, with over 300 excellent colour and black and white images present in this collection, which is arguably the greatest ever assembled on the class. Photographs of every locomotive in the LNER and BR periods are included. Overa dozen A4s feature in a chapter dedicated to the 1946 renumbering, which lasted only two/three years, making pictures of them particularly rare. The A4s are shown at major centres on the East Coast Main Line, such as King's Cross station, Peterborough, Grantham, Doncaster, York, Darlington, Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley. Also, images taken during the twilight years in Scotland are included. The surviving engines are seen at several locations in the country - Aberdeen, Glasgow and Perth. A number of images are from the lineside at various points, or wayside stations and water troughs. Some classmembers have been photographed at sheds when being serviced, or under repair at workshops. Many of the famous trains worked by the A4s are presented, such as the 'Silver Jubilee', 'Coronation', 'West Riding Limited' and 'Flying Scotsman', then later the 'Capitals Limited', 'Elizabethan', 'The Talisman', etc. The class were often selected to head special trains and there are several examples of this in Gresley's A4s. The pictures are accompanied by interesting and informative captions that provide details from the history of each locomotive, as well as the class.
In The End of the Woodhead Route: Electric Trains Stop Here, transport historian Stephen Heginbotham takes a fresh look at this famous and much mourned route. Perhaps the most keenly missed stretch of track in the entire country, the possibility of the Woodhead Route being reopened remains an ever present issue when the state of the nation's railways is discussed. Utilising a superb selection of previously unpublished photographs from the camera of Ian Blackburn, the true story behind this iconic part of the British landscape is told.
The two most westerly counties in England remain hugely popular for travellers looking for a break in the UK. Perhaps less well known is the fact that, against all the odds when faced by the Beeching Axe, a number of popular destinations can still be reached by today's railway. From Barnstaple to Gunnislake, Exmouth to Falmouth, John Jackson explores the variety of lines and stations that remain on the railway map in the counties of Devon and Cornwall. With much of the area's industry now consigned to history, there is little remaining freight traffic in the area. The main exception is the flow of Cornish china clay for export that is still carried by rail and centred on the area around Par and St Blazey. The author has spent countless hours chasing these somewhat elusive workings in recent years. From rolling countryside to seaside views, these two counties have it all.