Main Line Railways Around Wigan
This book provides a comprehensive illustrated history of the main line railway network around the important industrial town of Wigan and fills a significant gap in the story of railways in the north-west of England.
Wigan developed rapidly as the centre of the coal mining industry in South Lancashire and railways were constructed to serve this traffic, in competition with the existing canal network. The main west coast route from London to Scotland ran through Wigan, while the large population of the area meant there was also a very busy local passenger service to places such as Manchester, Liverpool and Preston. Several pre-grouping railway companies were active around Wigan, adding to the complexity of the railway history.
Informative captions complement the profusion of photographs amassed by the author who is from the north west and knows the area well.
Hardback with dust jacket, 112 pages, black & white photographs
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