The Midland & South Western Junction Railway
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
Most orders are dispatched within two-three working days of receipt of cleared payment. If there is going to be a significant delay (more than 10 working days), we will contact you and, where possible, give you an estimated dispatch time.
Please be aware that advance orders will be sent as soon as the relevant book has been published.
When placing your order, please ensure that you add the correct full shipping address to your order. This includes house number, street name, zip code/post code. If parcels are returned on account of an incorrect shipping address we will contact you to seek the correct address and also ask that you pay a contribution towards posting the parcel to you a second time.
All orders over £20.00 are post free to all UK addresses. For orders of £20 or less, a £1.50 postage fee will be added. These are normally sent via Royal Mail 48 Hour (the business equivalent of 2nd class mail) which is not tracked. If you require tracking for your, tracking options are available for a small fee. If the service that you require is not shown, please get in touch with us and we can quote for your desired service.
Large, bulky or high value orders may be split in to multiple consignments or sent via courier. There is no additional charge for this and you will be advised at the order fulfillment stage if this happens.
Overseas orders are charged based on weight, and postage will be automatically calculated at checkout. For a postage quotation, please add the items you want to your cart and proceed to the checkout. All orders are usually sent via Air Mail - this is not tracked. If you required your order to be tracked or sent by a different service, please contact us, preferably before checkout.
Royal Mail will only accept parcels up to 5kg in weight (2kg for Canada). If you are ordering multiple items that exceed these limits, please contact us first so that we can advise you of the appropriate shipping rate.
Due to the high volume of parcels going missing, we are no longer able to send untracked orders via third party mail handling services such as Parcel Motel. We are able to send untracked parcels to bona fide PO Box addresses, friends and family members and to work addresses.
Some countries charge import taxes and we suggest that in these cases, you asked for your order to be tracked so the local taxation authorities can trace your parcel.
Please note that courier services are unable to deliver to PO Box addresses. If you usually use a PO Box address, you will need to supply an alternative address if you require shipping by courier.
Updated: 1 June 2020