North Midland - Portrait of a Famous Route: Part 1 Derby to Chesterfield
In the late 1830s three railway companies sought to establish a presence in Derby and one was the North Midland Railway which constructed a line to Leeds via Chesterfield and Rotherham, but bypassing Sheffield. Railway pioneer George Stephenson was heavily involved with the project. The North Midland became absorbed into the Midland Railway in the 1840s. This book traces the history, mainly during the steam era, of the North Midland route from Chesterfield to Rotherham, the 'Old Road', and the connecting lines built through Sheffield, the 'New Road', which became vital and busy arteries of the Midland Railway, later the LMS and BR. Informative captions enhance the pictures, which are not just of trains and locomotives but also cover stations, signal boxes, freight yards and tunnels, the whole giving a good account of the line's fortunes over the years. This book is the first part of a trilogy - part two covers Chesterfield to Rotherham, while part three looks at the Rotherham to Leeds section of the route. Together the books give an unrivalled comprehensive photographic coverage of steam days on this very important route.
Softback, 80 pages, black & white photographs, maps
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