The London and North Western Railway: A 150th Anniversary Tribute to the Premier Line (Railway Heritage)
In July 1846 the London .1.&. Birmingham, Grand Junction and Manchester & Birmingham companies amalgamated to form the London & North Western Railway, the largest railway company in Britain; indeed, it was the largest joint stock corporation anywhere in the world.
The three constituents formed a main line linking London with Preston and Lancaster, joined later in 1846 by the Lancaster & Carlisle. Eventually comprising almost 2,000 miles of 'dustless tracks', the net-work spread as wide as Swansea, Peterborough, Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds, and Holyhead, with extensive running powers beyond. Renowned for the efficiency of its organisation and operation, the quality of its permanent way and the products of its world-Famous Crewe Works, the LNWR was happy to be dubbed by its admirers the 'Premier Line'.
Commencing beneath the famous Doric arch at Euston station, LNWR historian Edward Talbot, using a superb selection of contemporary photographs, most never before published, conducts us on a journey north via the intensively used London suburban lines, Bletchley and the famous Wolverton Carriage Works, Northampton, Rugby, Coventry and Birmingham, and by the Trent Valley route through Nuneaton and Stafford to Crewe. From there we travel along the North Wales Coast to Holyhead, then to Liverpool, Stockport, Preston and Lancaster. 'en along the way are the connecting branch lines, the North London line services, First World War ambulance trains and war memorials, the LNWR Royal Train, the 'American Specials', and much more.
Softback, 128 pages, black & white photographs
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