Lost Lines: British Narrow Gauge
Throughout the length and breadth of the British Isles there were numerous narrow gauge railway lines. Some of these – such as many of those serving the North Wales slate industry - were primarily constructed for industry, with passenger traffic very much a secondary consideration. Other lines - such as the Leek & Manifold, the Lynton & Barnstaple, and many of the Irish lines - represented smaller versions of the main line railways, with passenger and freight traffic. The heyday of the narrow gauge lines was probably in the period before World War I and, thereafter, financial pressures led to retrenchment and, in many cases, closure. Interest, however, in the narrow gauge lines was, and remains, intense. It was the Talyllyn Railway in Wales that became Britain's first preserved railway and, since then, many routes have been preserved. Elsewhere, with schemes for the Welsh Highland and Lynton & Barnstaple, even lines that have been closed for decades may yet be resurrected.
In this addition to the highly successful 'Lost Lines' series, Nigel Welbourn retraces some 30 of the narrow gauge railways that once operated in the British Isles. Revisiting many of the lines examined, he provides a fascinating survey of the routes concerned. As with the earlier volumes in this popular series, each chapter provides the reader with a history of the line and its current status. The well-researched and meticulous text is supplemented by an excellent selection of sonic 250 images. These include maps, contemporary and historic photographs, tickets and other items of ephemera.
There is an almost endless interest in the narrow gauge railways of the British Isles as evinced by the number of preservation schemes and by the number of model railways based on narrow gauge prototypes. This new addition to the highly successful 'Lost Lines' series will be of interest to all those fascinated with the history of the British narrow gauge.
Softback, 128 pages, illustrated with black & white photos
Condition: Good with a little discolouration to extreme edges of some pages
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