The Furzebrook Railway
The Pike family had been mining ball clay on Purbeck since 1760 and, although the family interest is no longer, there is still an active industry today. The author’s lifelong interest in the industry and his intimate knowledge of it, together with his friendship of miners and managers, make this a very detailed and close story. It is as much about the people and personalities as about machinery and methods.
Pikes also ran steam tugs and barges on the river and across Poole harbour, building many themselves at their wharf. This aspect of their operations is not neglected and some fascinating tales are to be told.
This book is a companion to the author’s Fayles Tramways, published in 2014, and which told of the other major railway network on Purbeck. It proved very popular and the intial hardback edition is now sought after.
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