Rail Centres: No. 1 - Brighton
With Rail Centres: Bristol Ian Allan began a series that examines in considerable detail the formation and development of railways around important nodal points. Despite the appeal of the major main line terminus Britain's railway network is built around smaller concerns, and an analysis of regional centres of rail transport allows a greater depth of understanding for the system as a whole. In the second of the series Basil Cooper - one-time editor of Railway World magazine - looks at the railway history of Brighton, a town that became a major railway centre in the latter half of the 19th century. Made fashionable as a seaside resort by the Prince Regent, later King George IV, Brighton's initial importance stemmed from the huge influx of holidaymakers from London. However, the development of Brighton Works - as both a builder of locomotives for the LBSCR and later a major shed and maintenance depot for the electrified lines of the Southern Railway - ensured that Brighton's significance to the south-eastern railway system continued even as the number of tourists dropped. Today it is still a very important part of the Central Division of the Southern Region of BR.
Integrating informative text, historic and modern photographs and maps, Rail Centres: Brighton will be of interest not only to those acquainted with the town, but also to railway historians countrywide.
144 pages including appendixes and maps
Condition: Very Good
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