From Gridiron to Grassland: The Rise and Fall of Britain's Railway Marshalling Yards
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Marshalling yards have been a pivotal part of the railways for nearly two centuries. From the opening of the first purpose-built yard - the Edge Hill Gridiron in Liverpool in 1882 - yard design has evolved into the now familiar layout of the modern hump marshalling yard.
This book traces the development of the marshalling yard and examines British Railways' policy towards marshalling yards in light of the 1955 Modernisation Plan and afterwards. It then goes on to look at individual yards in detail; from the earliest yards to the first mechanised hump yards, the Modernisation Plan yards and finally Britain's last, fully automated, hump yard
It is the result of over three decades of research by well-known railway author, Michael Rhodes. In the 28 years since his earlier work "The Illustrated History of British Marshalling Yards" was published, numerous crucial documents have been released allowing a much more detailed understanding of the rise and fall of Britain's marshalling yards.
In 288 pages with 500 photographs, 50 plans and 80,000 words, the author has put together a definitive history of Britain's marshalling yards to serve as an important and invaluable reference work. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in Britain's railways.
Hardback, 288 pages, over 500 black & white and colour photographs
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