Railways to the Coast - Britain's Seaside Lines Past and Present
Somehow a seaside terminus always multiplies one's pleasures by two,' wrote the author of a Southern Railway publication in the early 1930s, the heyday of rail travel to the seaside. Even today, in the age of the motor car. many coastal routes continue to thrive, attracting visitors both for the places they serve and for the scenery of the lines themselves.
Britain was at one time ringed by a network of seaside railway lines and branches serving a myriad of resorts, large and small. The Great Western's 'Cornish Riviera'. the dramatic North Wales coast route of the LNWR, the east coast resorts of the GER and GNR -'SO bracing' - Blackpool, queen of them all, and the spectacular 'Roads to the Isles' of the Highland and North British railways - these are just a few of the routes which carried vast numbers of holidaymakers. On a single Saturday in August 1935, a staggering 467 trains arrived and departed from Blackpool's two stations.
The railways were quick to exploit this traffic, and many early lines built to serve small fishing harbours and industrial quays found themselves transformed into popular holiday routes. The towns themselves burgeoned with the influx of trippers - indeed, many resorts were virtually created. and fed almost exclusively, by the railways.
From Penzance to Thurso. Yarmouth to Holyhead and Belfast. Michael Baker conducts us on a fascinating round-Britain tour. recounting the histories, fortunes and traffic of the railways serving more than 200 resorts.
Hardback with dust jacket, 192 pages, black & white and colour photographs
Condition: Good - loose fitting dust jacket has a little sunfading to spine and small tear (0.5 cm)
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