An Illustrated History of British Railway Hotels
Railway hotels were built in many different sizes, localities and styles for both business and pleasure. From the gothic grandeur of The Midland Grand Hotel, at St Pancras, to much smaller establishments such as The Midland Hotel at Derby, these hotels enabled the railway companies to provide their longer distance travellers with convenient overnight accommodation, or provided an opportunity for a holiday by the seaside. In any event, the result was increased business for the railway companies, and the operation of a successful hotel service became an accepted part of railway operations. The Midland Railway especially developed hotel management to a fine art, setting an example for others to follow. In England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland the railway companies extended their hotel ownership until, at their zenith, there were more than 140 examples. In the post--Grouping era the 'Big Four' companies continued to own hotels, although by the 1930s a decline was becoming noticeable, and the closures began. Even so, railway hotel ownership was maintained after Nationalisation in 1948 and through the 1960s a healthy business resulted. However, the story came to an end in the 1980s, with the progressive selling of the railway hotels to a variety of private owners, and the last railway hotel passed into private hands in 1983. Today, many of these hotels survive, and some magnificent restorations have taken place, such as The Midland Hotel, in Manchester. In Edinburgh, as this book went to press a complete restoration of the North British Hotel was under way. This book tells the railway hotel story and pays tribute to the loyal staff and management who played such a crucial role in this important part of British railway history.
Hardback, 132 pages, profusely illustrated with black & white photographs, illustrations, diagrams, drawings, appendices.
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