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Midland Line Memories
Bloomsbury Books

Midland Line Memories

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The Midland was a magnificent railway, standing head and shoulders above its rival railway companies in many areas of activity. Its main traffic artery was the line south of the Trent to London, along which flowed a constant stream of passenger, goods and mineral traffic of all kinds.

This book seeks to recapture the spirit and flavour of the Midland Railway Company line in times gone by. It reflects on the effect on the countryside as the new railway forged a route through largely untouched areas of land, and the changes which it brought to those quiet market towns and villages that it passed through, and records the difficulties it had to face before the construction of its own magnificent Gothic terminus at St Pancras.

The book is basically a lineside picture album and anthology of the route between London (St Pancras) and Derby, where the Midland had its headquarters. It includes a large number of superb photographs dating from those halcyon Midland days before the turn of the century, with graceful Johnson locomotives at the head of trains of immaculately turned out carriages, local stopping trains and branch line trains, down to the humble freight and coal trains that were the mainstay of the Midland's freight operations between the Notts and Derby coalfields and the massive sidings near Cricklewood. Also included are topographical views, photographs of people at work and play, reminders of those gay excursions of days gone by, and a collection of more modern views depicting the railway today, including several by veteran photographer Andrew Fleming (who unhappily died while this book was under discussion).

This is a book that will appeal to all true railway enthusiasts, to the social historian, and also to all those who like an occasional dip into nostalgia to recall the leisurely, less hurried days of yesteryear.

Hardback with dust jacket, 144 pages, black & white photographs

Condition: Very Good

ISBN: 9781870630214

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Updated: 29 December 2021