London's Dock Railways, Part 1 - The Isle of Dogs and Tilbury
Over two volumes, we see the growth of the dock company railways from simple sidings to a vast network under the Port of London Authority, together with full histories of over 100 locomotives that worked the various quays and sheds. Part 1 looks at the systems operating in and around the Isle of Dogs at the Millwall and India Docks, and includes various other railway wharves in the area. Also featured is Tilbury Docks which, although remote, were closely associated through company ownership and became part of the PLA network. London’s Dock Railways Part 2 chronicles the Royal Docks and their associated tracks.
The absorbing story of these industrial lines and locomotives is traced from their humble origins to what became one of the largest private railways in the country, but which are now nothing more than a memory that serves to remind us of one of the foremost periods in Britain’s industrial history.
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