Railway Memories No. 32 - The East Riding of Yorkshire
Railway Memories books use high quality photographs to illustrate the 1950s and 60s railway scene. As well as steam and early diesel trains. they are packed with pictures of stations. goods yards. engine depots and all kinds of railway structures before they were rationalised or swept away altogether Beeching and the relentless purging which followed. The whole lot is brought to life by the reminiscences of people who knew and worked on the railways at that time. Also included are track layouts. operating instructions. timetables and the ever-popular Short Memories - diary snippets about events occurring on the area's railways at the time.
In the usual Railway Memories style, this bumper book is the biggest yet in the series. It takes the reader back to a time when Yorkshire's pre-1974 East Riding was served by a comprehensive railway network. Starting with text describing the railways' growth, their place in the varied landscape, their passenger and freight services including coverage of the countless steam-hauled summer Saturday expresses going to Butlins' holiday camp at Filey, and the railways' decline, largely at the hand of Doctor Beeching, to a point where only those around the perimeter survive. Along with the 286 photographs including those on the colour cover, is a wealth of operating data, track plans, memories and anecdotes. This book does not include Hull which although in East Yorkshire is not in the East Riding - see Bellcode's other book Kingston upon Hull: Images of a Rich Transport Heritage.
Softback, 144 pages, black & white photographs
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