The South Shields, Marsden and Whitburn Colliery Railway (OL 120)
The SSMWCR was originally built as a mineral branch serving a coal mine on the North-East coast, and this it did successfully for almost a century. The railway had its own passenger service which boasted well-equipped termini and block signalling. Passenger trains were capable of taking the public back in time, leaving Westoe Colliery at one end of the branch, with its 20th century electric railway, and travelling down to Whitburn Colliery at the other end, firmly set in the 19th century with steam the staple power. Then there was the rolling stock. This bewildering menagerie was raked in from all corners of the land, mostly via the second-hand market and spent a twilight existence on the branch line long after similar main line stock had been dragged to the scrapyards. The locomotives (and there were 40 of them) represented a full cross-section of early mineral designs from tiny Manning, Wardle industrial tank engines up to the hefty ex-North Eastern Railway 'C' class tender engines. The original stations were demolished and rebuilt, signal boxes appeared on the railway, only to disappear again and be replaced by other boxes, while at one stage, even part of the railway itself was lifted and re-aligned. In fact so frequent were the changes that an enthusiast visiting the railway could return within a decade and find little to remind him of his previous visit. This book is an attempt to describe and encompass all the components which combined to make the SSMWCR such a fascinating subject.
Softback A5 format, 128 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Very Good
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