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Trains & railways: general interest

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The Great Eastern Main Line: London Liverpool Street-Norwich

The Great Eastern Main Line: London Liverpool Street-Norwich

Author: Adam Head Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2019

A major main line under Abellio Greater Anglia's control connecting East Anglia to the capital, the Great Eastern Main Line opened in 1862 and for just under 115 miles passengers are immersed in the sights of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex before arriving into London. Primarily used by commuters journeying to and from London, the line is also used by leisure travellers, serving numerous seaside resorts, shopping destinations and countryside getaways. In a well-illustrated photographic journey, this book looks in detail at the entirety of this line, from London to Norwich, including all the stations and the variety of locomotives and multiple units that operate in the area.

Railways at Night: From Dusk Til Dawn

Railways at Night: From Dusk Til Dawn

Author: Robin Coombes, Taliesin Coombes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2019

Coal-black starless nights, comfort only from the weak glow of station lamps. The velvet silence broken by a series of shrill ringing bells in the signal box, a flurry of activity; levers are pulled, wires sing, signals drop, and silence returns. In the far distance a quiet rhythmic beat, the gloom pieced by a star of light, glinting off silver rails. A sudden rush of billowing white steam, gleaming paintwork, polished brass, and flying pistons. Passengers snug and warm in their carriages. All over in a fleeting moment. A disappearing tail lamp is the only evidence of an everlasting memory. Robin and Taliesin have set out to capture the drama of railways between dusk and dawn. The selection illustrates behind the scenes shots of engine sheds, wayside halts and busy city stations and the people who work the night shift; all captured in a series of beautiful photographs that will be revisited again and again.

The Times Golden Years of Rail Travel

The Times Golden Years of Rail Travel

Author: Julian Holland Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Celebrate the heyday of passenger rail travel around Britain with this beautiful Times railway book. The perfect gift for any railway enthusiasts this Christmas. Take a journey back to the boom time for Britain's railways, through a unique collection of fascinating stories, photographs, posters and railway ephemera. Leading railway author Julian Holland tells the story of an evocative period in Britain's railway history - gone forever but never forgotten. Explore a century of rail travel in Britain, covering: * Late 19th century to 1922. The zenith of Britain's railways, with 120 companies operating * 1923 to 1947. Railway companies are grouped into the `Big Four' * 1948 to 1994. Nationalization heralds the era of British Railways

Confessions of A Steam-Age Ferroequinologist Journeys on BR's London Midland Region

Confessions of A Steam-Age Ferroequinologist Journeys on BR's London Midland Region

Author: Keith Widdowson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Having detailed is search for steam-hauled trains elsewhere in Britain, Keith Widdowson turns his attention to their final habitat, the BR London Midland region. From exploratory journeys into the unknown to the dispiriting days of diesel substitutions, he describes the scenario he came across during those final years leading to the end of steam in 1968. His self-imposed mission of riding behind as many iron horses as possible led to many hours of nocturnal travel, extended periods of inactivity in waiting rooms, missed connections and fatigue. This was compensated by great camaraderie with like-minded individuals doing the same. This illustrated book will appeal to all those who witnessed the scene at the time, or who simply long for a bygone age.

Great Northern Railway Gallery

Great Northern Railway Gallery

Author: Vanns, Michael A Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2019

The Great Northern Railway was one of 120 companies that ran trains in Britain during the Victorian and Edwardian period. Formed in 1846, it traded independently for seventy-six years until absorbed into the London & North Eastern Railway on 1 January 1923\. Operating a network of nearly 700 route miles it ran trains between King's Cross, London and York, into the Eastern Counties and the East Midlands, the West Riding of Yorkshire, into Lancashire and even south of the Thames. It developed distinctive characteristics, both in the way it managed its affairs and in the appearance of its trains, stations, signals and signalboxes. Numerous photographs were taken, particularly from the 1890s onwards, by dedicated amateurs attracted to the lineside by the sight of speeding steam locomotives in apple green livery, hauling polished teak carriages. Goods trains and the endless procession of coal trains were not such popular photographic subjects, but by searching out these and images of staff, stations and signalboxes, this book aims to capture something of the spirit of a once-great organisation in the heyday of Britains steam railways.

Railwaymen of the Welsh Valleys 1914-67 Recollections of Pontypool Road Engine Shed, Shunting Yards, Fitting Staff and the Vale of Neath Line

Railwaymen of the Welsh Valleys 1914-67 Recollections of Pontypool Road Engine Shed, Shunting Yards, Fitting Staff and the Vale of Neath Line

Author: Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2019

This book, to published in two parts, is dedicated to the memories of all those people who once worked for the Great Western Railway in South Wales, at Pontypool Road loco depot, the Eastern Valley and the Vale of Neath railway, as well as to those people who worked in the industries once served by the railway in those locations. In 2016, the UK coal mining industry is extinct, and the future of the steel industry is in doubt. This book serves as a reminder to future generations as to what a fantastic place the South Wales valleys once were for heavy industry and transport infrastructure, and also as a tribute to the pioneering 19th century railway builders. Local railway enthusiast Phil Williams, is a contract structural engineer in the aerospace industry. His father's uncle, Harry Miles, was a Swindon trained locomotive fitter at Pontypool Road in the 1930s. His family have interesting links to the mining industry. His great grandfather was Thomas Williams, the Colliery Engineer at Tirpentwys Colliery from before 1902 up to 1912; and then at Crumlin Valley Colliery Hafodrynys and the Glyn Pits, from 1915 until he died in 1925 aged 76.His father's great grandfather, Joseph Harper, was one of the 1890 Llanerch Colliery disaster rescue team; he worked at the British Top Pits. His father's uncle, Williams Harper was the foreman of the wagon shop at the Big Arch Talywain.

Uttoxeter To Buxton. via Ashbourne.

Uttoxeter To Buxton. via Ashbourne.

Author: Vic Mitchell Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2019

London's Underground The Story of the Tube

London's Underground The Story of the Tube

Author: Oliver Green, Benjamin Graham Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2019

It is impossible to imagine London without the Tube: the beating heart of the city, the Underground shuttles over a billion passengers each year below its busy streets and across its leafy suburbs. The distinctive roundel, colour-coded maps and Johnston typeface have become design classics, recognised and imitated worldwide. Opening in 1863, the first sections were operated by steam engines, yet throughout its long history the Tube has been at the forefront of contemporary design, pioneering building techniques, electrical trains and escalators, and business planning. Architects such as Leslie W. Green and Charles Holden developed a distinctively English version of Modernism, and the latest stations for the Jubilee line extension, Overground and Elizabeth line carry this aesthetic forward into the twenty-first century. In this major work published in association with Transport for London, Tube expert Oliver Green traces the history of the Underground, following its troubles and triumphs, its wartime and peacetime work, and the essential part it has played in shaping London's economy, geography, tourism and identity. Specially commissioned photography by Benjamin Graham (UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017) brings the story to life in vivid portraits of London Underground's stations, tunnels and trains.

The Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Through Time

The Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Through Time

Author: Steph Gillett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2019

Almost the entire network of the former Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway system closed at the end of February 1959. Some short sections of the railway were retained for passenger services until the mid-1960s and freight continued to run on a few others, one surviving into the 1980s. Only the passenger service between Cromer and Sheringham on the north Norfolk coast survives as part of the national network, which is now reached by the route of one-time competitor the Great Eastern Railway. Over sixty years after closure, interest in the M&GNJR and its predecessors remains high. The North Norfolk Railway runs its steam trains from the original station at Sheringham to a new one at Holt, a railway heritage centre has been established at Whitwell & Reepham station, and the M&GN Circle continues to research and celebrate this long-closed railway. There is much remaining evidence of the railway and sections of the trackbed provide pleasant walking and cycling routes. Utilising a range of rare and previously unpublished images, Steph Gillett offers a fascinating and nostalgic look back at this fondly remembered line.

Railways of the West of England in the 1980s

Railways of the West of England in the 1980s

Author: Kevin Redwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2019

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.

Railways Around Selby

Railways Around Selby

Author: Patrick Bennett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2019

Selby was an important location from the earliest days of the railways, with the arrival of the Leeds & Selby Railway in 1934. Over the succeeding years it became an important nodal point, with the opening of railways to Market Weighton and Driffield, to Hull, to Goole, to Leeds, northwards on the East Coast Main Line to York and south to London. Not to be forgotten, there is also the charmingly rural Cawood, Wistow & Selby Railway. Close by were the Hull & Barnsley Railway and the Derwent Valley Railway, each in their own way remarkably individual. The history of each of these lines is recounted, from planning and construction, through operation and, sadly in some cases, to closure. Selby also boasted a number of industrial lines, with perhaps the most unusual of these being the branch to the Government Gunpowder Magazine. Also covered in this book is the construction of the new East Coast Main Line, necessitated by the discovery of the Selby Coalfield; the coal traffic to the giant power stations of Eggborough and Drax; the important locomotive depot at Selby; the signalling and signal boxes of the area; and finally an in-depth look at current operations, with no fewer than five different railway companies represented at Selby, plus the important freight depot at Barlby. Illustrated throughout with numerous photographs, many never previously published, maps, plans, timetables and other material, this book is sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in the rail scene.

Trains on the Midland Main Line

Trains on the Midland Main Line

Author: John Jackson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2019

The Midland Main Line (MML) links London's St Pancras station to the East Midlands cities of Leicester, Derby and Nottingham. It then heads northwards through Chesterfield to Sheffield. Along the way, its southern section sees an extensive service of chiefly commuter services linking Bedford, Luton and St Albans both into the capital and south of it. Bedford also marks the northern end of existing electrification, although the route remains a candidate for this to be extended throughout. The iconic diesel High Speed Train fleet operates the longer distance services alongside the much newer Class 222 Meridians. With a wealth of previously unpublished photographs, John Jackson concentrates on the variety of traffic that can be seen along the MML. The branches to Corby and Matlock, which just survived the Beeching Axe, are also included. This book looks at both passenger and freight workings and the wide variety of activity on this important and busy line.