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From humble beginnings, Wolverhampton grew to become a significant railway town. Its success hinged upon its industrial might, which attracted several train companies to the town all hoping to profit from the area's trade and prosperity. The railways were the scene of bitter enmity, devious schemes and unlikely alliances, as rival companies fought to gain the upper hand. The legacy of this was two railway stations, numerous goods yards and the works at Stafford Road.In the twenty-first century, as Britain's heavy industry has declined, the railways are no longer central to the life of Wolverhampton as they once were. Many trains which still pass through the town, but they now carry tourists and business people rather than hauling coal. Wolverhampton Railways Through Time brings to life the intricate and fascinating story of the Black Country's rail network.
London Stansted Airport began life as a Second World War US air base. Handed back to the British government at the end of the war, the base soon became home to many of Britain's fledgling charter airlines such as Skyways, Kearsley Airways and London Aero & Motor Services. Used for trooping flights to India and the Far East, by 1964, the airfield was being touted as a third airport for London and it came under the British Airports Authority in 1966. The arrival of Ryanair and Air UK saw an expansion of the airport and a new terminal was opened by HM The Queen in 1991. Along with a new rail line to central London, the new terminal confirmed Stansted's place as London's third airport. A second runway has been proposed but plans are on hold at present.
North Yorkshire Railway Stations follows on from Peter Tuffrey's two previous publications: South Yorkshire Railway Stations and West Yorkshire Railway Stations. Like the latter two, it will aim to provide an illustrated A to Z list of railway stations in the area. Some 230 pictures are included, depicting stations in their prime as well as those which have closed and found other uses. The older pictures have been drawn from Peter's own collection, the Yorkshire Post archives and other individual collections. For the modern images, Peter has called upon a number of photographers who have released their pictures freely into the public domain via the internet. North Yorkshire possesses some fine countryside and the railway stations were often built to blend with it, like the ones on the Esk Valley and Forge Valley lines. Some have been reopened and restored like Goathland and Grosmont and they can be found on North Yorkshire's preserved lines, which are among the best in Britain. For people with an eye for unique railway architecture and a desire to reflect on the golden age of railways, this book is a must.
Unlike in the rest of the United Kingdom the pier in Scotland has always seen as functional rather than as a pleasure pier. This was certainly the case on the West Highland Coast. During the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth century shipping was the only way to transport goods and people in and out of the West Highlands and Islands. Served by paddle steamers, puffers and small coasters, the piers served a vital function for their communities. Often with stunning mountain backdrops, many settlements clustered around the piers. Some piers, like at Oban could accommodate a number of ships at once, while others, such as at Scarinish on the Island of Tiree, were built with functionality in mind, providing for the needs of the inhabitants. Alistair Deayton brings together a superb selection of images of the West Highland piers. Telling their history and showing just some of the variety of vessels that called there. Included are the piers at Oban, Ullapool, Port Askiag, Kennacriag, Malliag, Tarbet and Armadale. From Macbrayne's steamers to the working vessels of McCallum, Orme and the puffers of Glenlight, a vast array of ships are shown. Many of the piers are still an important part of life on the West Coast with Caledonian MacBrayne ferries running between the mainland and the Islands.
As a collector of old photographs, particularly those depicting railways, well-known Yorkshire writer Peter Tuffrey has always been aware of the vast photographic archive lurking in the depths of the Yorkshire Post newspaper. Renewing his contact recently with an old acquaintance, Peter Charlton, now Editor of the Yorkshire Post, Peter has been able to select some of these photographs for use in his new book Yorkshire People & Railways. Under various chapter headings - Views from the Lineside; Staff; Crashes; On Shed and Works; Preserved Railways; Railway Stations - we see the many different ways Yorkshire people have been involved with railways, particularly in the days of steam, in their own county. Some of the lineside pictures are pin-sharp, having been scanned from large format glass plate negatives. But that is not to detract from the other pictures in the book, which have been carefully composed and taken over the years by the Yorkshire Post's own reputable staff photographers. The picture captions are well researched, informative and refl ect Peter's eye for the unusual and eccentric. Yorkshire People & Railways not only provides interest for the real enthusiast but also for the social historians among us who want to look back and get a feel for how it really was in the days when steam was King.
Steam Around Sheffield, the latest work by prolific railway author Mike Hitches, documents how Yorkshire's 'Steel City' and its environs were faithfully served by steam locomotion for many years. Sheffield, for so long the source of Britain's cutlery, has a rich railway history encompassing various competing companies and a fascinating range of infrastructure and architecture. Here the reader will encounter the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway, the Midland Railway, the Great Northern Railway, and the Hull & Barnsley Railway among several others. A plethora of illustrations reveals the stations, sheds and locomotives of diverse design that contributed to Sheffield's industrial success. With authoritative captions from an acknowledged expert, a sweeping yet detailed picture is painted of a remarkable system in its prime and in its inevitable decline. Packed with facts about the services run, the engines used, and the locations transformed by these trains, Steam Around Sheffield records for posterity the now disappeared but fondly remembered age of steam in a proud northern city.
This is the second half of a detailed history of sand dredging in the Bristol Channel - the result of over thirty years' research. Concentrating on the Welsh coast, A Century of Sand Dredging: Volume Two documents the sand trade from its inception in 1912 to the present day, and examines the sand dredgers employed through the years, and the Welsh companies engaged in the trade. Information has been drawn from a wide range of sources, including the author's own experiences of the trade and its ships - his own father was a master of Bristol sand dredgers for over twenty-five years. Further information from interviews with crew members, company records, shipping records and photographic records, especially the Cedric Catt collection, has been collated and presented, with a vast number of illustrations, to form a book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in maritime trade and the history of the Bristol Channel.
Well known South Yorkshire writer Peter Tuffrey has always wanted to live in a railway station - with the tracks still intact so that he could leisurely watch trains pass in the comfort on his own unique home. That in part, along with a conversation with pop artist Peter Blake who once lived in a railway station himself, has inspired Peter to amass a mine of information and a unique collection of pictures illustrating the many aspects of South Yorkshire railway station history. We not only see the unique grand architecture that stations once displayed, like those at Sheffield Victoria and Rotherham Masborough, but the armies of staff they once employed. Many staff are seen posing proudly with the stationmaster, on platforms or the rail tracks themselves. Other pictures show evacuees on the platform of Sheffield Victoria station, floods at Sheffield Midland, and the horrific pile up of carriages at the Hexthorpe platform. Being an illustrated A-Z book, it is one where the reader can pick it up at leisure and learn on each occasion some interesting facts or marvel at something in the illustrations. Sadly we see a number of stations being demolished, abandoned or lost in overgrowth. Nevertheless this adds to our understanding of local history - the railways that once criss-crossed over South Yorkshire were quickly superseded by the advent of motorised transport.
Most of the branch lines of Berkshire were offshoots of the Great Western Railway, although the company was not without its competitors: both the South Eastern Railway and the London and South Western Railway gave alternative routes to London. While many lines only provided local services, two in this area linked the industrial Midlands with the south coast - the Reading to Basingstoke line and the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway. The latter was a busy route during the Second World War, when it carried troops and supplies to the coast for the invasion of Normandy in 1944. Another branch is that from Slough to Windsor. A special royal station was built at Windsor, and the line has carried the funeral train of every British sovereign since Queen Victoria. Less well known, the Wantage Tramway was worked by ordinary steam engines and main line wagons, despite its name. All Berkshire's branch lines are described here in an entertaining and informative text that introduces the county's main railway routes before describing the branch lines in detail. Their history is outlined, together with many amusing or tragic incidents that occurred. Illustrated throughout with photographs, ephemera associated with the lines, and maps, The Branch Lines of Berkshire will be of interest to railway enthusiasts and local historians alike.
A brilliant blend of Shop Class as Soulcraft and The Orchid Thief, Earl Swift's wise, funny, and captivating Auto Biography follows an outlaw-genius auto mechanic as he painstakingly attempts to restores a classic 1957 Chevy to its former glory--all while the FBI and local law enforcement close in.
To Tommy Arney, the old cars at Moyock Muscle are archeological artifacts, twentieth-century fossils that represent a place and a people utterly devoted to the automobile and transformed by it. But to his rural North Carolina town, they're not history; they're junk. When Tommy acquires a rusted out wreck of an old Chevy and promises to return it to a shiny, chromed work of American art, he sees one last chance to salvage his respect, keep himself out of jail, and save his business. But for this folk hero who is often on the wrong side of the law, the odds of success are long, especially when the FBI, local authorities, and the bank are closing in.
Written for motor heads and automotive novices alike, Auto biography interweaves this improbable hero's journey with the story of one iconic car to chart the rise, fall, and rebirth of the American Dream. Told in words and eight pages of photos, this wise, charming, and heartbreaking true story is an indelible portrait of a man, a machine, and a nation on the road from a glorious past into an unknown future.
The branch lines of Warwickshire had unusually interesting and evocative station names, from the pleasant and graceful Henley-in-Arden and Salford Priors to Maxstoke, which suggests a particularly efficient locomotive fireman. The branch lines showed a great diversity of railway activity, from a horseworked line carrying passengers and goods to a railway worked on the principle of descending loaded wagons hauling up empties by means of a cable. As well as conventional types of locomotives there were a few rarities, including a standard gauge articulated Fairlie, and a bus which was capable of running on both road and rail. This was not the only innovation, as before 1914 the Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway was carrying out experiments whereby telephone conversations were made to callers aboard the train and those stationary. The branch lines were built between the early nineteenth century and the first quarter of the twentieth century. One branch line developed to main line status and then reverted back to branch line. Although many eventually became part of the GWR, some belonged to the London, Midland & Scottish Railway empire. This book describes the county's main railway routes and gives details of the branch lines serving each, and interesting incidents that occurred. In this well-researched book, Colin G. Maggs provides a marvellously wide-ranging view of over 165 years of rail travel in the county. Highly illustrated, with over 150 fascinating photographs and ephemera The Branch Lines of Warwickshire will appeal not only to railway enthusiasts but also to local historians.
This book takes an in-depth look at the small independent railway that was financed and built by the good citizens of Halstead and its surrounding villages in Essex. The CV&HR came into being in 1860 but struggled financially for a number of years before being put into receivership. However, in the late nineteenth century it made steady progress and reached its financial and traffic peak in the years leading up to the First World War. Absorbed into the LNER in 1923, and passing into state ownership in 1948, the line ceased to carry passengers from 1 January 1962 and closed completely in April 1965. Yet a small portion of the line has since been rebuilt from scratch at Castle Hedingham. The reader is invited to view the stations and locomotives of this historic railway, witnessing the line in its prime and in the years since its closure. Some stations have survived remarkably well, while others have been totally destroyed. But many artefacts from the old line survive as part of the Castle Hedingham restoration undertaken by dedicated enthusiasts. The story of this project and the railway to which it pays homage is revealed through this varied selection of images and their authoritative captions.
This fascinating selection of evocative railway photographs will delight railway enthusiasts and all those who remember the days of steam. The book shows railways in and around Nottingham in the twilight years of steam, capturing areas which have long gone and are now completely redeveloped. The bulk of this wonderful collection has been drawn from the archives of Bill Reed, whose interest in railways goes back to his early childhood when his mother used to take him to her sister's in Hucknall, travelling on Sentinel Steam Railcars. Growing up in Bulwell, Bill was always aware of the rail services with such a complicated network and so many stations. When he left school the only job he could fi nd on the railways was as a messenger lad at Nottingham Victoria station. He spent his lunch hours on the station's platforms where he met local enthusiast Freddie Guildford, who encouraged him to take photographs and showed him how to develop films and make prints. Fortunately Bill's wife Mary shares his interest in railway photography. Today, when possible, they both photograph main line steam. According to Bill: 'It is a real treat to see the locomotives in such fine condition, bringing back memories, though they were seldom so clean and shining in my early days.'
Organised transport services commenced in Bradford in 1882 and since then the streets have witnessed the passage of horse trams, steam trams, electric trams, trolleybuses and motor buses. Author David J. Croft has assembled an unrivalled collection of photographs dating from the earliest years of public transport to the present day, and this selection of around 200 takes the reader on a comprehensive tour of transportation past and present. For many years the services were under municipal control, but numerous other operators have come and gone. The city pioneered trolleybus operation in 1911 and has the distinction of being the last place in Britain to operate this environmentally friendly form of transport. Besides traditional Bradford vehicles, less well-known vehicles are depicted, plus those preserved in museum collections. Bradford Transport promises to prompt fond memories among the city's older residents, and to acquaint the younger generation with its tremendous heritage.
The branch lines of Worcestershire are especially interesting because of their variety, ranging from parts of the Severn Valley Railway, one of the country's largest preserved main lines, to former main lines, right down to lines which have always been branches. Many are now closed, yet several are still active and may be enjoyed by today's traveller. Although most branches were steam-worked until the 1960s when diesel power took over, one branch was cable-worked in its early days. Some of the lines were worked by steam railmotors - a coach and locomotive combined in the same vehicle. The Stourbridge Town branch was one of the last haunts of the GWR railmotors and less than six months after it ceased to use the line, early diesel railcars took over working the same branch. One branch has even been electrifi ed - that from Barnt Green to Redditch. Most of the stations still open have been modernised, but a few retain their nineteenth-century buildings, while the preserved Severn Valley Railway has erected a splendid terminus at Kidderminster in the GWR style of 1890. Other celebrated structures include the many timbered viaducts, as well as others in stone, brick or steel. In addition to describing the traffi c on each branch line and its history, well-known railway historian Colin G. Maggs tells of some of the mishaps which occurred on the 'Old Worse and Worse', the aptly nicknamed Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway. A lively and well-researched account of over a century's travel on the county's railways, The Branch Lines of Worcestershire is illustrated with over 180 photographs. It will appeal to railway enthusiasts and local historians alike.
The branch lines of Oxfordshire were not so numerous as those of some other counties, but they carried a wide variety of locomotives and rolling stock, and included specialist lines such as those for Morris Cowley, as well as branches of the Great Western Railway. Many of the lines centred on the county town, Oxford, and though a number were short, some, such as those to Fairford and Bletchley, were longer. Most of the lines were rural, but some formed part of a through route, such as the Cheltenham-Banbury, Paddington-Thame-Oxford, Paddington-Birmingham and Oxford-Cambridge lines. Among those lines which have rarely been reviewed in publications are the Bicester Military Railway, the Wroxton Quarry Railway and the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway. All Oxfordshire's branch lines are described here in an entertaining and informative text that brings their history to life. A brief account is given of the county's main railway routes before each branch is looked at in detail. The book is illustrated with over 190 black and white photographs, maps and ephemera which capture the history of Oxfordshire's railways. Carefully researched and attractively presented, The Branch Lines of Oxfordshire will appeal to railway enthusiasts, modellers, local historians and anyone interested in Britain's industrial heritage.
In 1796 the 6-mile Peak Forest Tramway opened linking the Derbyshire quarries to the canal system at Bugsworth, near Whaley Bridge, in Derbyshire. Over the next ten years, great engineers and entrepreneurs like Benjamin Outram and Samuel Oldknow developed a vision of bringing limestone and other goods over 20 miles from the heart of the Peak District into the centre of industrial Manchester and beyond. Great feats of engineering, such as the construction of Marple Locks and Aqueduct, allowed the Peak Forest Canal to meet with the Ashton Canal at Portland Basin and establish a trade route unique to the developing canal system. Today, the route is still used by canal enthusiasts, walkers and cyclists who can embark on a nostalgic journey through the stunning beauty of the Peak District, industrial East Manchester and, eventually, via the Rochdale Canal, through the centre of Manchester itself. Many of the original buildings and structures of the route can still be found along its length and are a fitting reminder of the ingenuity, skill and vision of the industrialists of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The London & Birmingham Railway was the first major line in Britain and it was the greatest achievement of its engineer, Robert Stephenson, the man who, together with his father George, had set the age of the railway in motion with their pioneering achievements. The route presented a number of significant challenges, starting with the Camden Incline leading out of Euston up to the Primrose Hill Tunnel, followed by a number of other works including the Watford Tunnel, the Tring Cutting, Wolverton Viaduct and the notoriously troublesome Kilsby Tunnel. It is the first section of today's West Coast Main Line. 'Seldom has the gigantic intellect of man been employed upon a work of greater utility.' Punch, in praise of Bradshaw's publications. Bradshaw's guide was published in 1863, not that long after most of the railway network had been completed. It gives the reader a unique insight into the world of the Victorian railways and goes beyond the engineering aspects to record the sights to be seen in the towns and cities encountered along the way. John and Jay Christopher present Bradshaw's original text accompanied by contemporary images and many new colour photographs of the same journey today.
Travelling around the Eastern Region in the 1970s and 1980s meant Deltics and then HSTs on the East Coast Main Line; long and slow freight trains crawling across an industrial landscape; rattling DMUs running between large grey cities or picturesque villages. It meant locomotives and stations alike covered in a layer of brake dust and grime. For author Andy Gibbs, travel on the Eastern Region at first involved trips to London's Liverpool Street and King's Cross stations; a Student Railcard allowed trips to Peterborough; British Rail staff tickets and passes meant travel even further afield - York, Doncaster and Leeds, among many other places. With a range of evocative and previously unpublished photographs taken during the 1970s and 1980s, Andy Gibbs offers a portrait of the Eastern Region during this time, allowing the reader to enjoy this interesting period in British railway history in all its grubbiness.
The manufacture of woollen products was one of the foremost industries in Leeds and the West Riding of Yorkshire. The railway companies were keen to gain a foothold in the region to profit from the movement of raw wool and finished products which had been transported along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and River Aire since the eighteenth century. The discovery of coal in the south of the county, which was to power the mills and factories within the West Riding and further afield, was another attraction for the railways. Several railway companies competed for freight and passenger traffic, including the York and North Midland Railway, controlled by 'The Railway King', George Hudson. Indeed, he also had influence in other railways serving the locality, including the North Midland Railway, and was responsible for the formation of the Midland Railway, which also served the area. Before the 1923 'grouping', five railway companies competed for traffic in the West Riding: the Midland Railway, the Great Northern Railway, the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, the North Eastern Railway, and the London and North Western Railway. Each company had their own stations, locosheds, and warehouses in Leeds and the West Riding, creating a diverse pattern of architectural styles. With each company producing their own engines, there was also a great variety of locomotive design. The independence of and competition between the railway companies combined to form an intriguing background to the story of the railway systems in Leeds and the West Riding.
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