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The railways did more than link India - they brought its people together, changing histories, forging destinies, and leaving a lasting legacy. This sumptuously illustrated book traces that history from the early plans of the 1830s - from the laying of the first line, and the expansion of the train network into the heart of the country, to the role of the railways in India's momentous freedom movement and the high-speed Diamond Quadrilateral project. Indian Railways does more than celebrate the awe-inspiring bridges, stations, tunnels, and locomotives of the railway system. It traces the development of technology, explores the operational and commercial aspects of train travel, and documents the railways' transition from a colonial tool of expansion and trade to an intricate system with a distinct national identity. Most of all, it tells the story of the people who built and planned the railways and the locomotives that ran on them - their vision, their triumphs and tragedies, and their legacy.
South Wales has a dense network of railway lines, many of which have only been used by freight trains. Of around 500 route miles in South Wales thirty years ago, half were for freight only. These lines have served collieries as well as numerous oil and chemical refineries, cement works, quarries and power stations. In comparison, the passenger service is quite simple, based on the main line from Fishguard to Severn Tunnel Junction and its branches. This book combines a comprehensive collection of photographs covering the railways of South Wales with a detailed description of the varied freight and passenger train workings in the area.
The Fifteen Guinea Special was the last steam-hauled British Rail passenger service on 11 August 1968. A day later, the once living and breathing steam locomotives fell silent, some never to run again. Hardman begins with an in-depth look into the Fifteen Guinea Special with first-hand accounts, and explores how the train has developed to become a cornerstone of British history. Barry Scrapyard, Dai Woodham and the world-famous Flying Scotsman then played a huge part in inspiring the resurrection of steam and the saving hundreds of locomotives from certain demise. Fifty years on, steam is alive and well and there is a re-kindled flame in the hearts of the British public. We take a step-by-step journey into the twenty-first century following the highs and lows of the business of steam-hauled mainline charters, bringing the story fully up to date.
While Brighton is synonymous with EMUs and commuter trains, over the years there has also been some limited freight and parcels traffic and, eventually, the reintroduced direct services to the Midlands and North West introduced further variety to the scene. Andy Gibbs, as a former employee of British Rail and a local to the area, has been able to document the changing rail scene around Brighton over many years. These previously photographs will delight local enthusiasts and offer a tantalising glimpse into times gone by for those from further afield.
John Carlson takes a new look at the north-western rail scene. Focusing mainly on the years 1975 to 1985, this collection of around 180 colour and black-and white-images, almost all previously unpublished, takes a look the regions railways in the 1970s and 1980s. Captured here are images that encapsulate intercity expresses at speed and rest, show freight being shunted and hauled in yards and on main lines, and portray the enthusiasts and passengers that photograph and ride them. Although focusing on the region's major railway centres, such as Carlisle, Preston and Manchester, branch lines and out of the way vantage points have not been neglected.
This book focuses on steam on the Scottish Lowlands and Borders, which broadly covers the area north of the line from Carlisle to Newcastle and south of the line from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Written by author and rail enthusiast Michael Clemens, this volume provides a pictorial tribute of this area's final years of steam operation. The volume provides a large selection of photographs which were taken by the author and his father during their travels around the UK. The book also includes photographs from other collections the author has access to. As with the earlier books in the series, the volume includes a brief introduction accompanied by c140 mono and colour photographs with highly detailed and informative captions. This will be sought after by railway enthusiasts nationwide.
From coal trains in South Wales to clay trains in Cornwall, there were still large numbers of unfitted and vacuum-braked wagons of various types in use across the Western Region at the start of the 1980s. However changes were taking place, and by 1984 the traditional wagon-load freight network had disappeared, and with it many yards were closed or rationalised. The replacement Speedlink Network conveyed modern air-braked wagons, many of them privately owned. Company block trains also connected freight customers across the Region, hauled by a variety of loco classes. Between 1980 and 1986 Kevin Redwood was working in the Area Freight Centre at Bristol with a particular interest in freight traffic. On his days off he frequently travelled across the region to photograph the changing scene. His journeys took him to busy mainline locations like Didcot, as well as more obscure locations in South Wales and the West Country.
The A4 Pacific locomotive No. 60009 Union of South Africa has recently been retired and put into a museum; here, this famous loco's support crew share their memories and anecdotes of working to keep it running for the enjoyment of thousands of railway enthusiasts over the years. With experiences stretching back to 1966, when the loco was first purchased from British Railway, these stories are sometimes funny and sometimes serious; all offer a fascinating insight into what it takes to keep a magnificent machine on the rails. Supported by a range of previously unpublished images, this is a wonderful tribute to a terrific locomotive.
Swindon played an important role in the railway industry from its Victorian roots up to the sound of the final works hooter in 1986. This was without doubt the end of an era; today the works site is a shadow of its former past - gone is the mighty 'A' Shop, along with the carriage and wagon shops east of the Gloucester line. With electrification now through the town, the railway landscape has been totally transformed. Covering two decades between the late 1960s to the late 1980s, the images in this book represent not just the works, station and yards during this period, but also the main line and local area to Stratton St Margaret in the east, Wootton Bassett to the west and Purton on the Gloucester line to the north. This is a period of transition when Western Region hydraulics were giving way to diesel electric power, with HSTS eventually arriving in the area.
August 2020 marks the fortieth anniversary of the opening of the first section of the Tyne & Wear Metro between Haymarket and Tynemouth. It is an exciting time for the system, with a new fleet of trains about to be ordered, and proposed extensions to the network. This book explores the decline of the BR suburban lines that were replaced, the phased opening of the new system from 1980 and subsequent extensions, as well as those being considered in the future. It looks at the successful integration of the Metro with bus and ferry services, and the inclusivity of the railway's design, allowing disabled people unprecedented access to public transport. It also illustrates Metro's unique combination of brand new tunnels, spectacular viaducts and underground stations; with the magnificent Victorian infrastructure of the former North Eastern Railway and Blyth & Tyne Railway.
This book covers the railway and industrial history of the lines that once operated in the Sirhowy valley in South Wales. Railways and Industry in the Sirhowy Valley, is the first full history of the railways that served this important area of Welsh industry, covering all aspects of its rail transport and manufacturing history. Being the latest volume in an ongoing series of books, covering the history and development of rail transport in the South Wales valleys. The area once boasted some very important industrial manufacturers, including the Tredegar Iron Works and numerous other iron smelting companies. This volume covers the industrial, economic and social history of this fascinating area of the South Wales valleys and the railway that once served the area.