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WEST COUNTRY RAILWAY
by Robert Penrose Prance £15.95
This book is not
really so much about the trains themselves, but rather more about the
stations, signal boxes, railway staff and places by which, and through
which, the lines passed. The lines covered include some Great Western lines
in Devon and Cornwall and much of the Southern’s ‘Withered Arm’. The last
days of the Bridport branch in Dorset are also included, and there is a
quick scamper into Wiltshire for the Salisbury-Exeter line.
CAERSWS - The Cambrian
by Brian Poole £16.95
Brian Poole tells the story of
the vibrant railway community of Caersws and Moat Lane. He has collected
information and illustrations from many local people, with the aim of
recording the social and economic effect of the railway in the area so
that local people would have a record of what was once a very important
source of employment. Brian’s proximity to the community that he writes
about enables him to really bring the story to life.
by Peter Paye £11.95
The publication of this
book coincides with the 50th anniversary of the closure of the erstwhile
Hayling Railway linking Havant in east Hampshire with Hayling Island.
Before the coming of the railway Hayling Island was sparsely populated by
fishermen, agricultural workers and gentry. The establishment of holiday
camps both before and after World War II and paid holidays encouraged many
to the coast and increased passenger traffic receipts.
THE LEVEN & EAST OF FIFE
Hajducki, Mike Jodeluk & Alan Simpson £19.95
This book recounts the history
of the railway that once served the northern shores of the Firth of Forth
and carried coal, fish, farmers and tourists along the 20 or so miles of
line between Thornton Junction and Anstruther. Built in stages, the Leven
& East of Fife Railway started life as a locally promoted link the
Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee main line and the expanding town of Leven and
the beautiful fishing ports and seaside villages of the East Neuk.
Alasdair Wham £15.95
By the mid-nineteenth century
blessed with rich coal deposits, fertile fields and with traditional
industries like textile and weaving Ayrshire’s industry was ready to take
advantage of the railway era and flourish. With an expanding railway
network Ayrshire's goods could reach new markets and in return it also
became a destination for people wanting to go for a day 'doon the watter'
or for a game of golf on one of the famous links courses.
THE INDUSTRIAL TRAMWAYS OF
THE VALE OF LLANGOLLEN
by J.R. Thomas &
D. Southern £9.95
This book began some 10 years
ago when J.R. Thomas was given a series of short articles about minor
industrial tramways in and around Llangollen. Wanting to find out more
about what seemed to be some old and obscure tramways, all in close
proximity, he began to try and record the different lines and their
workings. He researched local records and papers, and best of all, walked
all of the remaining sites making notes as he went.
by Colin G. Maggs £18.95
Initially coal was at the heart
of it; now stone provides the only traffic. The apparently simple line from
Frome to Radstock and Bristol had a fairly complex history: first just a
broad gauge mineral branch from Frome to Radstock; then a standard gauge
passenger/goods/mineral railway linking Radstock with Bristol. The whole
line was closed to passengers in 1959, but the profitable goods and
mineral traffic continued.
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