Stations & Structures of the Settle & Carlisle Railway
Constructed almost by accident as a result of railway politics in the late 1860s — the London & North Western Railway refused to allow the Midland Railway access to Carlisle via the Sedburgh route - the Settle & Carlisle line was the last of great British main lines to be built by traditional methods. With its numerous bridges - including the famous viaduct at Ribblehead - and tunnels, the line was a masterpiece of Victorian engineering. Under both the Midland Railway and the LMS. the route saw express Anglo-Scottish services and these continued into the BR era. However, rationalisation and the withdrawal of local passenger services brought the line's future into doubt and it was only a concerted campaign amongst locals and railway enthusiasts that resulted in final closure being averted. The line opened in 1876 and thus the year 2001 marks the 125th anniversary of the completion of this highly scenic line. Few lines have captured the imagination of the public and railway enthusiasts as much as the Settle & Carlisle. Numerous books, papers and articles have been written on the subject, but none has provided a truly sequential survey of the line. This study rectifies the omission and incorporates much material from official sources and railway records to provide a comprehensive survey of the stations and structures of the route. Included are maps. diagrams and plans of the track layouts at the stations, junctions and sidings, together with signalling diagrams and detailed line drawings of the structures. In addition, the authors have included a wide selection of photographs covering station buildings. major viaducts and a representative selection of the many bridges.
Hardback with dust jacket, unpaginated, black & white photographs, track plans, drawings, signal box diagrams
Condition: Very Good
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