Great Central Memories
In this excellent study of the line which ran through the heart of England from Sheffield to London Marylebone, John Healy illustrates with great skill the History of the Railway bringing to life the many villages and communities it served. With the success of the Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, the great Railway visionary, Edward Watkin, progressed with his dream of linking Manchester with Paris by way of London and the Channel Tunnel. Thus the Great Central was born. The route then served as one of England's major Railways and this book is published to coincide with the twentieth Anniversary of its ceasing to play that role. Further to this Marylebone station itself has been very much under the threat of closure, though with its recent revival due to the steam specials to Stratford-on-Avon, it looks secure for some time to come. Featured throughout the book are photographs and anecdotes of the famous (and not so famous) events and trains such as the Master Cutler, South Yorkshireman and the Annesley and Woodford 'Runner and Windcutter' freight trains which lasted along with a quite passable set of both passenger and freight services until the lin was eventually starved of all its traffic between the years 1960 and 1969. With closure many of the communities formerly served, fell back to being just sleepy villages or in the case of Woodford Halse, a ghost town and this book in a moving and effective way relates what the loss of the Great Central meant and covers in detail what has become of the line since closure. Finally with the future of the remaining parts of the line still uncertain, John Healy puts forward his own interesting solution as to how best to keep memories of the old 'Central' Great and the future hopeful.
Hardback with dust jacket, 176 pages, 196 black & white photographs
Condition: Good/Very Good
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