A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain, Volume 9: East Midlands
This is the second and substantially-revised edition (1984) reflecting almost a decade of rapid railway change in the East Midlands.
The East Midlands is a richly diverse part of England stretching from the bleak High Peak district of Derbyshire eastwards to bracing Skegness and south to the lush pastures of Northamptonshire and the outer reaches of the London metropolis. Its industry is as varied as its landscape from hats at Luton to steel at Scunthorpe and coal mining in much of its central area. The railway has helped these industries to grow and in turn stimulated further rail development as rival schemes were promoted. By the turn of the century the region was traversed by the four great trunk rail routes from London to the North, bounded on the west by the LNWR and to the east by the Great Northern. There was a criss-cross tangle of secondary and branch lines, with enormous contrasts between the industrial lines of the Midland coalfield and Humberside and those of agricultural south Lincolnshire. Some lines were never successful, small companies rose and fell and some never achieved their prime objects. In recent years one of the main lines and most of the minor lines have gone, leaving empty gashes through the rolling Midland hills. Much less freight moves round the region, but there are many modern innovations, and the remaining north to south main lines carry increasingly fast passenger services. Robin Leleux places the railways in the setting of a social and economic background and analyses their impact, area by area, from the pioneer lines to the recent closure of many routes and the modernisation of those remaining.
Hardback with dust jacket, 266 pages, 31 black & white plates, 8 text illustrations, 9 area maps and large A3+ size pull out map inside rear cover.
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