Blackpool and the Fylde - 150 Years of History around Britain's Premier Resort
Without the railway there would have been no Blackpool. Its arrival in April 1846 was instrumental in turning a tiny coastal settlement into Europe's biggest resort. It was also the impetus behind an enormous social and economic revolution as factory workers from the industrial North began to take advantage of the new era '4 mass tourism. At their peak in the 1930s, on one August Saturday the two Blackpool termini handled an astonishing 190,000 passengers arriving and departing by 467 trains.
Using many fascinating historic and contemporary photographs, as well as maps, ephemera and personal reminiscence and anecdote, Barry McLoughlin recounts the story of railways on the Fylde, not only the main lines and their services and excursions, but also the area's miniature railways, and the delightful Knott End branch. He highlights the places and the personalities involved in this remarkable transport phenomenon - the early days, the prewar heyday and postwar decline, and the possible impact of privatisation into the next century.
Softback, 128 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Good with a little wear/fading to spine
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