The Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway (1981 edition)
A magnificent book, beautifully put together and profusely illustrated, including track and signalling diagrams and scale drawings of structures. Promoted by a fiercely independent company, the line crossed the great chalk slopes of the Berkshire and Hampshire downs and was particularly expensive to build, being laid out with shallow curves and easy gradients for high speed running. For various reasons, all covered in this book, the scheme didn't work out as intended and the line had a chequered existence up until its inevitable closure. The promoters' hopes were realised in two World Wars however, the preparations for D Day resulted in the conversion of much of the route to double track and a whole programme of other capacity improvements, all of which are detailed in this superb book.
Hardback with dust jacket, 224 pages, numerous black & white photographs, drawings, maps etc.
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