LMS Branch Lines - England and Wales
he London, Midland & Scottish Railway existed from 1923 until 1947 and during that time was the largest company in Great Britain. The railway even claimed to be the largest company in the world, employing nearly 3 million people and with a capital value of more than £400 million.
The LMS had the most amazing collection of minor railways, with some of its branch lines dating back to the dawn of the railway age. The Bolton & Leigh and the Cromford & High Peak railways. for example, were built by canal engineers and had steep. cable-worked inclines. On another line there was a busy passenger terminus with a frequent train service which was never featured in a public timetable or shown on a map. Closures of branch lines started during the twentieth century. some ceasing to function during World War One and others during the 1930s. Many cross-country lines disappeared for ever during the 1950-1970 period and today few traditional rural branch lines exist. although several do survive, having been re-opened as preserved railways.
Many of the closed lines have been converted to footpaths or cycleways and a number of stations have been purchased and restored to their former glory but are now used as private residences or for other, non-railway purposes.
Previously published in 1988 by the author, this title is now re-issued for wider distribution as it is a comprehensive study of all the branch lines of the LMS with each line described and the majority illustrated, including details of what remains to be seen today. It is therefore a useful reference for the railway historian, modeller, rail traveller and walker.
Hardback with dust jacket, 128 pages, black & white photographs
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