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Early Limestone Railways
The Newcomen Society

Early Limestone Railways

Regular price £20.00

John van Laun presents an investigation into the development of railways which served the iron furnaces of South Wales - much the largest producer of iron in Britain from the 1790s into the 1840s. This thorough and thoughtful work is essential reading for all those interested in Britain's early industrial history.

Based on documentary sources and on very extensive fieldwork, the book is illustrated with 21 maps and 117 meticulous drawings by Michael Blackmore, and by 43 photographs of present day features and recent discoveries. It examines the history of railways in the area and especially the evolution of their permanent way from about 17S6. It offers for the first time a detailed account of the earliest all-iron edge rails in the world and a provisional typology of plate rails as a contribution to an essential part of early railway history.

Hardback with dust jacket, 254 pages, black & white photographs

ISBN: 9780904685091

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