Lost Railway Walks

Author: JULIAN. HOLLAND

Publisher: Collins

ISBN: 9780008319243

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 6729

100 selected walks across the length and breadth of Britain's lost railway lines. Each walk includes a short history of the railway before it closed, a description of what can be seen along it today, practical details such as car parking, access by public transport, a detailed route map and historical and modern day photographs. 4,500 miles of railway and 2,000 stations were closed between 1963 and the mid-1970s. While many of these still remain hidden away in the undergrowth or have been lost to road improvements and urban or industrial development, a growing number continue to be slowly reopened both as recreational footpaths and cycleways and as wildlife corridors. Some of our lost railways have also been incorporated into long distance paths, while they all form wildlife corridors in which butterflies, birds, small mammals and wild flowers flourish. They all provide a perfect setting to enjoy a day's walk in the countryside.

Collins Britain's Lost Railways

A Nostalgic Journey Along 50 Long-Lost Railway Lines

Author: Julian Holland

Publisher: Collins

ISBN: 9780008139537

Category:

Page: 304

View: 7556

Exploring Britain s Lost Railways gives the historical background to over 50 lost railway lines, along with descriptions of the route today for walking and cycling."
Transportation

Britain's Lost Railways

The Twentieth-Century Destruction of our Finest Railway Architecture

Author: John Minnis

Publisher: Aurum Press Limited

ISBN: 9781781313329

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

View: 8106

A striking photographic record of how the Beeching cuts and modernisation saw our grand terminal stations, soaring viaducts and cavernous locomotive works wiped from the landscape The current restoration of St Pancras Station and its Midland Hotel is a glorious exception to a melancholy rule – that the finer our railway architecture, the more likely it was to be demolished in the name of progress. Who would know that the ugly, low concrete bunker of Birmingham New Street station replaced a handsome glass-roofed train shed, or that until the 1960s the stupendously high Belah viaduct swept across a remote Cumbrian valley – or that the outlet mall in Swindon selling cheap designer clothing used to be he great GWR locomotive works? – or that on little bucolic branch lines in the West Country or Essex an old bus body was the waiting-room? In over 200 fascinating and often rare images John Minnis documents the remarkably rich architectural heritage of our railways, from quaint country halts to distinguished railway hotels – all of which exists now only in photographs.
Transportation

Britain's Lost Railways

A Commemoration of our finest railway architecture

Author: John Minnis

Publisher: Aurum Press

ISBN: 1781317739

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

View: 2922

The beautifully restored St Pancras Station is a magisterial example of Britain’s finest Victorian architecture. Like the viaducts at Belah and Crumlin, cathedral-like stations such as Nottingham Victoria and spectacular railway hotels like Glasgow St Enoch's, it stands proud as testament to Britain's architectural heritage. In this stunning book, John Minnis reveals Britain's finest railway architecture. From the most cavernous engine sheds, like Old Oak Common, through the eccentric country halts on the Tollesbury line and the gantries of the Liverpool Overhead Railway, to the soaring viaducts of Belah and Cumlin, Britain’s Lost Railways offers a sweeping celebration of our railway heritage. The selection of images and the removable facsimile memorabilia, including tickets, posters, timetables and maps, allows the reader to step into that past, serving as a testimony to an age of ingenuity and ambition when the pride we invested in our railways was reflected in the grandeur of the architecture we built for them.
Railroads

Mapping Britain's Lost Branch Lines

A Nostalgic Look at Britain's Branch Lines in Old Maps and Photographs

Author: Paul Atterbury

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781446302835

Category: Railroads

Page: 256

View: 8608

Today there is a nostalgia for the golden age of the railways, a period usually defined as the first half of the 20th century. Steam was king, and Britain still enjoyed a remarkably comprehensive railway network, a network whose tentacles connected towns,

Vinter's Railway Gazetteer

A Guide to Britain's Railways That You Can Walk Or Cycle

Author: Jeff Vinter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780750969765

Category:

Page: 144

View: 6972

Vinter's Railway Gazeteer
History

Wales

Author: Jeff Vinter

Publisher: History PressLtd

ISBN: 9780752449340

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 5064

A must-have guide to explore the railways of Wales and their remarkable surroundings

Railway Day Trips

150 Classic Train Journeys Around Britain

Author: Julian Holland

Publisher: Collins

ISBN: 9780008223571

Category:

Page: 208

View: 7508

An essential guide to exploring Britain by train, Railway Day Trips is ideal for anyone planning or looking for inspiration for a rail journey. From bestselling railway author Julian Holland. This pocket companion is perfect for both casual and seasoned rail travellers. Plan adventures, follow the changing landscape through the train window and discover fascinating destinations. Each journey incorporates a location map, route diagram and descriptive text on its history and geography, plus some of the highlights awaiting you at each destination. High-quality photographs illustrate every route throughout the book. Based on his extensive knowledge of British rail travel, the author reveals appealing quirks of the various routes and provides practical tips on how to make the most of your journey. 150 day trips from all over the country are featured, departing from major towns and cities and culminating at a variety of interesting destinations. Routes include: * Penzance to St Ives * Plymouth to Exeter * Salisbury to Bath * Brighton to Hastings * London to Canterbury * London to St Albans * Norwich to Ely * Cambridge to King's Lynn * Worcester to Hereford * Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon * Derby to Ravenstor * Swansea to Llandrindod * Cardiff to Bristol * Manchester to Buxton * Leeds to York * Newcastle to Whitley Bay * Glasgow to Oban * Fort William to Mallaig * Inverness to Dunrobin Castle
Great Britain

Julia Bradbury's Railway Walks

Author: Julia Bradbury

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780711231672

Category: Great Britain

Page: 144

View: 9121

Accompanying the six-part BBC 2 series, the six walks featured in this book follow the old tracks, overgrown cuttings and ancient viaducts which are the legacy of 'The Beeching Axe'. Julia Bradbury looks at how the rise and fall of the railways has altered the lives of communities across the country. Today, many of the thousands of old branch lines which were closed in the 1960s are now the treasured stomping grounds of ramblers and hikers. This book follows six of these beautiful walks, all offering an insight into Britain's industrial heritage: the Monsal Trail in Derbyshire, Dolgellau to Barmouth in Snowdonia, Cornwall's Coast to Coast Trail, the Strathspey Railway, Weymouth to Portland, and Callander to Loch Tay in Perthshire. Fully illustrated with maps and photographs of Julia walking the routes and the spectacular surrounding landscapes, Julia Bradbury's Railway Walks will inspire you to don your walking boots and explore Britain's lost rail empire. The book covers six different walks: 1. Derbyshire- The Monsal Trail 2. Snowdonia - Dolgellau to Barmouth 3. Cornwall - Coast to Coast Trail 4. Speyside - The Strathspey Railway 5. Weymouth - Harbouring History 6. Perthshire - Callander to Loch Tay To see photos from the launch on the Ffestiniog, click here
History

Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

Author: Richard White

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393082601

Category: History

Page: 660

View: 2497

"A powerful book, crowded with telling details and shrewd observations." —Michael Kazin, New York Times Book Review This original, deeply researched history shows the transcontinentals to be pivotal actors in the making of modern America. But the triumphal myths of the golden spike, robber barons larger than life, and an innovative capitalism all die here. Instead we have a new vision of the Gilded Age, often darkly funny, that shows history to be rooted in failure as well as success.
Travel

London's Lost Rivers

Author: Paul Talling

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 184794597X

Category: Travel

Page: 190

View: 1823

From the sources of the Fleet in Hampstead's ponds to the mouth of the Effra in Vauxhall, via the meander of the Westbourne through 'Knight's Bridge' and the Tyburn's curve along Marylebone Lane, London's Lost Rivers unearths the hidden waterways that flow beneath the streets of the capital. Paul Talling investigates how these rivers shaped the city - forming borough boundaries and transport networks, fashionable spas and stagnant slums - and how they all eventually gave way to railways, roads and sewers. Armed with his camera, he traces their routes and reveals their often overlooked remains: riverside pubs on the Old Kent Road, healing wells in King's Cross, 'stink pipes' in Hammersmith and gurgling gutters on streets across the city. Packed with maps and over 100 colour photographs, London's Lost Rivers uncovers the watery history of the city's most famous sights, bringing to life the very different London that lies beneath our feet.
Railroads

Mapping the Railways

The Journey of Britain's Railways Through Maps from 1819 to the Present Day

Author: Julian Holland,David L. Spaven

Publisher: Collins

ISBN: 9780007506491

Category: Railroads

Page: 304

View: 7097

Throughout this engaging book is a series of 'milepost' features on key events, eras and personalities in the history of Britain's railways. From the enormous role the railways played in the World Wars to modern events, like the opening of the Channel Tunnel, this extensive book shows you how British history is firmly tied to the railways. The story is traced from early 'waggonways', through the steam era to today's diesel and electric railways.Mapping the Railways will appeal to railway enthusiasts, historians and general interest readers alike.Over 100 railway maps:,*Historical and modern rail network maps,*Extracts from Ordnance Survey sheets,*Plans for proposed railway schemesPivotal events in railway history:,*The nineteenth century saw the foundations laid for our modern railway network, with huge building projects constructing thousands of miles of track, bridges and tunnels,*Expansion slowed in the early twentieth century as competition from the car and the lorry began to bite,*Railways made an enormous contribution to the World Wars, then underwent massive re-equipment after nationalization
History

The Lost Tommies

Author: Ross Coulthart

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008110395

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 2688

‘Lost Tommies’ brings together never-before-seen images of Western Front tommies and their amazing stories in a beautiful collection that is part thriller, part family history and part national archive.
Transportation

Railway Days Out

A Visitor's Guide to Britain's Railway Heritage

Author: Julian Holland

Publisher: Aa Pub

ISBN: 9780749573379

Category: Transportation

Page: 256

View: 7908

A handy practical guide to more than 340 days out at Britain's heritage railways, museums, narrow gauge lines, and miniature railways. The recent growth of preserved railways, railway museums, and main line steam activity has been phenomenal. Railway Days Out is a practical guide to more than 340 restored railways, museums, and steam events enjoyed by millions of people—an important part of Britain's heritage and tourism industry. The book's handy format and clear layout make it an ideal traveling companion and reference book for the families and railway enthusiasts alike.
Transportation

The Railways

Nation, Network and People

Author: Simon Bradley

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847653529

Category: Transportation

Page: 516

View: 5373

Sunday Times History Book of the Year 2015 Currently filming for BBC programme Full Steam Ahead Britain's railways have been a vital part of national life for nearly 200 years. Transforming lives and landscapes, they have left their mark on everything from timekeeping to tourism. As a self-contained world governed by distinctive rules and traditions, the network also exerts a fascination all its own. From the classical grandeur of Newcastle station to the ceaseless traffic of Clapham Junction, from the mysteries of Brunel's atmospheric railway to the lost routines of the great marshalling yards, Simon Bradley explores the world of Britain's railways, the evolution of the trains, and the changing experiences of passengers and workers. The Victorians' private compartments, railway rugs and footwarmers have made way for air-conditioned carriages with airline-type seating, but the railways remain a giant and diverse anthology of structures from every period, and parts of the system are the oldest in the world. Using fresh research, keen observation and a wealth of cultural references, Bradley weaves from this network a remarkable story of technological achievement, of architecture and engineering, of shifting social classes and gender relations, of safety and crime, of tourism and the changing world of work. The Railways shows us that to travel through Britain by train is to journey through time as well as space.
Railroad stations

The Railway Station

A Social History

Author: Jeffrey Richards,John M. MacKenzie

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571269037

Category: Railroad stations

Page: 440

View: 4120

In the preface the authors describe their approach, 'In examining the social history of railway stations we were concerned to treat them not as inanimate objects, but as living, breathing places which, better than any other building type of the last 150 years, reflected the societies around them, public buildings which people used in all sorts of ways and whose significance they instantly recognized when depicted in the theatre, the cinema, paintings, photographs, poetry, novels, and travel works. For this reason we have chosen to allow other voices to tell part of the story, to illustrate through quotation the central, but often differing, role of the station in so many societies and so many lives.'They succeed triumphantly in this aim. After the introduction aptly called 'The Mystique of the Railway Station' there are fifteen absorbing chapters covering: The Station in Architecture (three chapters); The Station and Society; The Station in Politics; Class, Race, and Sex; Some Station Types; The Station in the Economy (two chapters); The Station as Place of Work; The Station in Wartime (two chapters); The Usual Offices; The Station in Painting and Poetry, Postcard and Poster; and The Station in Literature and Film. The scope is comprehensive, the achievement magnificent.'written with great enthusiasm . . . packed with rich detail. This is real social history.' Asa Briggs'full of good quotations, and (the authors) write with the infectious enthusiasm of addicts, captivated by the romance of railways' Times Literary Supplement'remarkable . . . the railway station in all its aspects' A. N. Wilson.
Transportation

The Trains Now Departed

Sixteen Excursions into the Lost Delights of Britain's Railways

Author: Michael Williams

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409052346

Category: Transportation

Page: 352

View: 2122

SOMETIMES you come across a lofty railway viaduct, marooned in the middle of a remote country landscape. Or a crumbling platform from some once-bustling junction buried under the buddleia. If you are lucky you might be able to follow some rusting tracks, or explore an old tunnel leading to...well, who knows where? Listen hard. Is that the wind in the undergrowth? Or the spectre of a train from a golden era of the past panting up the embankment? These are the ghosts of The Trains Now Departed. They are the railway lines, and services that ran on them that have disappeared and gone forever. Our lost legacy includes lines prematurely axed, often with a gripping and colourful tale of their own, as well as marvels of locomotive engineering sent to the scrapyard, and grand termini felled by the wrecker's ball. Then there are the lost delights of train travel, such as haute cuisine in the dining car, the grand expresses with their evocative names, and continental boat trains to romantic far-off places. The Trains Now Departed tells the stories of some of the most fascinating lost trains of Britain, vividly evoking the glories of a bygone age. In his personal odyssey around Britain Michael Williams tells the tales of the pioneers who built the tracks, the yarns of the men and women who operated them and the colourful trains that ran on them. It is a journey into the soul of our railways, summoning up a magic which, although mired in time, is fortunately not lost for ever. THIS EDITION REVISED AND UPDATED TO INCLUDE MAPS.
Great Britain

The Lost Lines of Britain

Author: Julian Holland

Publisher: AA Publishing

ISBN: 9780749566302

Category: Great Britain

Page: 256

View: 9092

A nostalgic trip along Britain's lost railways. Retracing Britain's lost railway history, this comprehensive book explores many of Britain's more popular routes that have now been converted to footpaths and cycleways.
Transportation

Discovering Britain's Lost Railways

Author: Paul Atterbury

Publisher: Aa Pub

ISBN: 9780749563707

Category: Transportation

Page: 159

View: 8415

Written by best-selling railway author Paul Atterbury, this updated second edition explores the closed lines of Britain's vanished railway heritage. Paul has uncovered the most interesting of these lines, retraced their routes, explored their relics, and looked back with nostalgia to the days when the railway was an essential part of country life. The text is accompanied by high-quality black and white photographs taken in the heyday of these lines, along with specially commissioned color photography of what remains today. There are also detailed route maps and information panels on recognized footpaths, cycleways, and nearby attractions of interest to railway enthusiasts.