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The Campbeltown & Machrihanish Light Railway
David & Charles

The Campbeltown & Machrihanish Light Railway

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The Kintyre peninsula of Scotland is a far cry from the world of modern rail-ways, but once there was a thriving narrow-gauge railway carrying substantial quantities of coal from the local mine and also heavy passenger traffic. The story begins with coal being transported by pack-horse to the port of Campbeltown from the colliery a few miles away. A canal was then cut but fell into decay, to be re-placed by a steam-operated mineral railway in 1876. The railway was up-graded to a public company under the title of the Campbeltown & Machrihanish Light Railway, and from 1906 passenger trains of five-bogie carriages began running from Campbeltown Harbour to the shores of the Atlantic. Even then, of course, the line was remote from other railways, and it developed a character and some-what erratic mode of operation of its own - culminating in a serious accident. The coal pit closed in 1928 and four years later the last passenger train ran.

It was only a short railway, but its history was varied and colourful. The author has spent a lifetime delving in-to this history and brings the railway alive for the benefit of enthusiasts too young to remember it well.

Hardback with dust jacket, 164 pages, black & white photographs, maps, gradient profiles and more

Condition: Good/Very Good (a little wear to dust jacket)

ISBN: 9780715349199

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