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The drastic railway closures of the 1960s led to the slow decay and re-purposing of hundreds of miles of railway infrastructure. Though these buildings and apparatus are now ghosts of their former selves, countless clues to our railway heritage still remain in the form of embankments, cuttings, tunnels, converted or tumbledown wayside buildings, and old railway furniture such as signal posts. Many disused routes are preserved in the form of cycle tracks and footpaths. This colourfully illustrated book helps you to decipher the fascinating features that remain today and to understand their original functions, demonstrating how old routes can be traced on maps, outlining their permanent stamp on the landscape, and teaching you how to form a mental picture of a line in its heyday.
Scotland has always been an attractive destination for rail enthusiasts - a place with picturesque scenery and a variety of traction scattered across the country, with the BR Blue era offering a wonderful juxtaposition between the grit of the hardworking locos and their more serene surroundings. With a variety of previously unpublished photographs capturing the Scottish rail scene during the 1970s and 1980s, Andy Gibbs offers up a wonderfully evocative and nostalgic look back on an interesting period of British railway history.
With the effects of the Beeching Axe beginning to be felt, British Railways employee Keith Widdowson set out to photograph as many scenes and locations as he could before they slipped away into the history books. As steam-powered locomotives became increasingly endangered, Widdowson journeyed across the UK seeking out doomed lines and stations, as well as motive power depots that have also long since disappeared from the landscape. With a wealth of photographs, many of which are previously unpublished, this is a nostalgic trip back to the halcyon days of Britain's railways and an important record of what we have lost.
Since their introduction in 1984, the Class 150 series of 'Sprinter' diesel multiple units have plied their trade across the UK - from Cornwall to Scotland and many places in between - replacing large numbers of aging 1950s-built rolling stock. The backbone of many regional and rural services in the UK, the 'Sprinters' are a common sight on the modern railway network. Lifelong railway enthusiast and photographer Andrew Cole takes a look at the 135-strong fleet and the routes they operate in a series of rare and unpublished images, covering a broad geographical area.
Formed in 1999, GB Railfreight was one of several new rail freight operators to appear after the privatisation and break-up of British Rail in the 1990s. After winning a contract to operate infrastructure trains for Railtrack in 2000 the company enjoyed a long period of rapid growth to become one of the UK's principal rail freight companies, later expanding into passenger operations. Today, with a fleet of over 100 locomotives, the company operates a wide and varied range of services across the UK. This book aims to take a look at the operations and fleet of this successful rail business.
The railways of France present a uniquely interesting picture, consisting as they once did of two entirely separate but overlapping systems: the standard-gauge network of the great railway companies and the mostly metre-gauge network of the local rural railways. This book attempts to provide a comprehensive picture of this fascinating diversity. Featuring a variety of locations throughout France, subjects covered include the seven pre-nationalisation railway companies; locomotives of all types, including both the successful and the spectacular failures; freight and passenger trains; the great railway engineers; famous lines, as well as the not so famous; tourist railways; some of the great engineering marvels, such as the Viaduc du Garabit; accidents and disasters; railways in wartime; and even railways which were built but never saw a train. Using the author's own photographs as well as historic postcard views, this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in railways.
The 'British' period in the Middle East began with Lawrence of Arabia's attacks on the Hedjaz Railway in the First World War and the eventual defeat of the Ottoman Empire. It ended with the creation of the state of Israel after the stormy British mandate in Palestine. New international routes were established into Egypt and western Lebanon. There was also a powerful British influence on the railways of Iraq, Egypt and Sudan. This book is divided into chronological periods: pre-1918, the interwar years, and 1939 to the present day. All manner of British-built locomotives and rolling stock, whether purpose-built or hastily requisitioned in wartime, saw service all over this fascinating region, and this book attempts to show that variety.
The Manningtree to Harwich railway branch linked the Great Eastern Main line to the ports of Harwich and, later, Harwich Parkeston Quay. From the early days of the railways the management encouraged boat train services to the continent. These peaked in the 1980s. This book is a journey along the line, visiting all the open and closed stations passed on the route of the line. Contained within are older pictures, from the GER and LNER era, plus steam views from the 1950s and shots of the diesel era and post-electrification era that followed. Although much rationalised, the branch is very much still with us and enjoys frequent electric train services to Manningtree, Colchester and London Liverpool Street.
The South Wales Division was one of the three operating divisions of the Western Region. The division included the South Wales Main Line from Severn Tunnel Junction to Fishguard Harbour, as well as numerous branches in the Valleys and West Wales. The division also controlled the Central Wales Line and the North and West route via Hereford as far as the regional border at Craven Arms. The South Wales Main Line was very busy, particularly the four-track section between Severn Tunnel Junction and Cardiff, and saw InterCity HSTs and loco-hauled services to Cardiff and Swansea. DMUs were used on local services in the Cardiff Valleys and in West Wales. Freight traffic was very important on the division. Steel traffic moved between the various BSC works, and petroleum trains were dispatched from refineries at Milford Haven. Meanwhile, coal was forwarded from numerous collieries, many on branches that were still controlled by semaphore signalling. This book contains an evocative selection of images from the railways of South Wales.
Opened in 1960, the Bluebell Railway was the very first standard gauge former British Railways line in Britain to be taken over by volunteers, having seen the success already achieved at the narrow gauge Talyllyn and Ffestiniog Railways in Wales. Starting with a leased line of just under 5 miles and one steam locomotive and two coaches, the railway has grown over its sixty years of operating to amass 32 steam locomotives; 89 carriages; 83 wagons; 750 volunteers; 10,500 supporting members and an annual turnover of GBP3.6m, being one of the top tourist attractions in the South East. This book charts sixty years of progress as the railway celebrates its diamond anniversary in 2020. The 1960s were dominated by raising funds to purchase the freehold of the line from British Railways, after which it never looked back. The 1970s to 1990s saw growth in supporting infrastructure and tentative steps to extend the line north a further 6 miles to join the national rail network at East Grinstead - an ambitious project successfully completed in 2013. Recent developments have included more undercover accommodation for its heritage assets and secondary railway-themed attractions to continue its appeal to families and enthusiasts alike. Author Colin Tyson is the editor of the railway's house journal Bluebell News.