The Great Central in LNER Days
The image of the Great Central projected by most railway literature - especially that published between the wars - conveys in many respects a false impression of the company. Its line to London - the 'London Branch' as it was sometimes nicknamed -gained far more publicity in the railway press of the day than other, more important routes. Coverage of locomotive performance was devoted almost entirely to this line, with most of the locomotives logged coming from Leicester Loco, and when Beyer Peacock's unique LNER Garrett was unveiled in Manchester. few national publications covered this important event.
In The Great Central in LNER Days, David Jackson and Owen Russell have adopted a wider geographical approach. examining the busy routes in the vicinity of Manchester, Sheffield, Doncaster and North Lincolnshire as well as the better-known London line. and have also considered other aspects of the railway apart from locomotives alone. Access to hitherto unpublished material, and detailed research for over a decade, has enabled the authors to cover a broad perspective of rail working. operations and policy decisions.
Complemented by over 150 illustrations. mostly taken between the wars and nearly all previously unpublished. The Great Central in LNER Days is a thoughful and important contribution to railway literature that will both entertain and instruct the reader.
Hardback with dust jacket, 144 pages, over 150 black & white photographs
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