LNER Branch Lines
The London & North Eastern Railway, one of Britain's 'Big Four' railway companies, served the public for 25 years, from 1923 to the end of 1947. The railway was formed under the Grouping act of 1921 and consisted of the main East Coast companies, including the Great Eastern, Great Northern, Great Central. North Eastern, North British and the Great North of Scotland railways. The amalgamation produced a mammoth sized railway system, stretching from Essex to the North of Scotland. and even, perhaps surprisingly, into Wales. It was second in size only to the rival London, Midland & Scottish Railway. Upon Nationalisation on 1st January 1948 the LNER was split between the Eastern, North Eastern and Scottish regions. The LNER was famous for the high speed trains that ran on the East Coast Main Line from London to Edinburgh, but it had many backwaters in rural Eastern England, where ancient locomotives and rolling stock pottered along quiet branch lines. Patronage of minor railways in rural areas became light after the advent of the motor bus in the 1920s and 1930s and the depression in the 1930s meant that the Big Four had little money to subsidise such lines, and so economies were implemented. Many branch lines that survived into the 1950s were closed by the economy-minded BR and the continuing rise in car ownership has seen more once-busy lines abandoned. A number of closed railways have been converted into footpaths and cycle ways, and stations adapted for use as business premises or as houses, some purchased by enthusiasts who have done a marvellous job in restoring them to their former splendour, albeit without their tracks. This book covers all the branch lines that came under the control of the LNER in England (and Wales) and includes a brief description of each line, complete with opening and closing dates for passenger and goods traffic. The fate of the infrastructure is detailed, with particular emphasis on what remains to be seen today, including some lines where a steam-hauled passenger service can once again be experienced. A comprehensive selection of photographs and maps places this fascinating aspect of railway operation on record for the railway historian and modeller. The author is well known for his specialised study of Britain's branch lines and has many books on the subject to his credit.
Hardback with dust jacket, 192 pages, black & white photographs, maps
Condition: Very Good
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