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The Midland & South Western Junction Railway
David & Charles

The Midland & South Western Junction Railway

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The Midland & South Western Junction Railway had one of the most fascinating careers of any cross-country line in Britain. It ran from Andoversford, near Cheltenham, to Andover. It began humbly, and it quickly went bankrupt; but though a rural line, it was transformed by its general manager, Sam Fay, into a thriving concern with modern locomotives, comfortable rolling stock and a good personal service for its customers. For many years this was the quickest route from the Midlands to Southampton and there were frequent special trains for emigrants.

In both world wars, the 'Tiddley Dyke' served its country well and proved to be a vital lifeline in the nation's transport system. So intense was the traffic that locomotives had to be borrowed from other companies.

The MSW was the biggest subsidiary company absorbed by the Great Western Railway in 1923. A thorn in the GWR's side since its inception, it was now quietly relegated. Through trains of the pre-1914 era were not restored and a gradual decline set in. After a decade of BR rule, the decline became more rapid, resulting in final closure.

In this volume Mr Maggs describes the system in vivid detail. He deals with the line's troublesome inception, its engineering features, its method of working in peace and war, its accidents, locomotives, rolling stock and staff. Here is not merely the story of a railway system, but the chronicle of an age in a colourful part of rural England.

Hardback with dust jacket, 160 pages, black & white photos, maps

Condition: Good with some foxing to end paper and page edges

ISBN: 9780715379783

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