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The Lincolnshire Potato Railways

The Lincolnshire Potato Railways

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2017 reprint of the much enlarged second edition.

This title presents the history of the Farm Railways of Lincolnshire. This much enlarged new edition features more railways, plans, and photographs than before. Lincolnshire and South Humberside is an area not noted for its narrow gauge railways. It is not generally appreciated that over 140 route miles of track were laid on farms in at least 50 separate locations, from Alkborough on the banks of the River Humber to Crowland in the south. They were a phenomenon of the Fenland, and, it must be said, not confined to Lincolnshire. However, their use in other counties may not have been as widespread. In agricultural terms, they were also used to serve bulb fields in the Spalding area, but this book is confined to their use mainly for the planting and the harvest of probably one of the County's best known products of the 20th century, the humble potato. It is because the railways are so little known, and because time will naturally take its toll of those who knew and worked on them, that it is appropriate that this book should be devoted to them. Many were of very short length, and used horses as their motive power. Others were longer, long enough in fact to employ the use of internal combustion engines, and even small steam engines.

Softback, 160 pages with numerous black & white photographs, drawings and plans

ISBN: 9780853616467

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