A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain, Volume 8: South and West Yorkshire
2nd, substantially revised edition (1984)
David & Charles published hardback book complete with dust wrapper. Volume 8 of 16 South and West Yorkshire. An outstanding history of the railways of this region from Harrogate and York Southwards to Sheffield and Retford.
South and West Yorkshire, the post-1974 administrative name for the urban portion of the former West Riding, had in its heyday perhaps the most complex railway network in Britain. Crowded into the relatively small area of 1,800 square miles were about 850 route miles of railway, with seven major companies vying with one another for supremacy. Attracted by the rich rewards of the coal, steel and textile industries, but constrained by the often harsh topography and fragmented settlement pattern, they formed a uniquely interwoven maze of lines. Here for the first time in a single volume is the full and detailed story of this railway network. Its development is traced from primitive waggonways through the 'hectic years of the Railway Mania to the era of consolidation, the decline during the motoring age and finally the recent attempts at revival under the aegis of Passenger Transport Executives. This is no dull chronicle, but a lively and humorous account which includes many references to the horrendous early stations, tragi-comic accidents, colourful local personalities and the bizarre results of inter-company rivalry. It includes much previously unpublished information and takes care to portray the railways against their economic and social background
Hardback with dust jacket, 304 pages, 33 black & white plates, 7 text illustrations, 9 area maps and large A3+ size pull out map inside rear cover.
Condition: Good - ex library with no front endpaper
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