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Lancashire’s Last Days of Steam by Tom Heavyside 2004


Lancashire’s Last Days of Steam

by Tom Heavyside

Lancashire’s Last Days of Steam by Tom Heavyside 2004

Publisher: Stenlake Publishing (1 Mar 2004)
ISBN-10: 1840332859
ISBN-13: 978-1840332858
Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.8 x 0.4 cm

Although not the first railway built in Britain, the George Stephenson-engineered Liverpool & Manchester railway was the catalyst for railway expansion throughout the country; it could even be argued that Lancashire was the birthplace of the national railway network. Within the county itself, the volume of traffic, even as late as 1950, was so great that it was home to 1,897 steam locomotives.

Covering the 1950s and '60s, this book not only gives an account of the last days of steam, but also the last days of an extensive rail network before the Beeching cuts took effect. The author, with his camera in hand, toured many of the county's key railway sites and spoke to the men who worked there. The story is accompanied by fifty-eight superb photographs.

Locations include: Springs Branch, Red Bank Sidings, Lostock Hall, Carnforth, Patricroft, Skew Bridge, the Central Wagon Co. yard at Wigan, Garstang, Bank Hall, Aintree, Allerton, Earlestown, Winwick Junction, Dallam Branch Sidings, Trafford Park, Manchester Central, Manchester Victoria, Manchester Exchange, Bolton Trinity Street, Horwich Works, Westhoughton, Hindley North, Wigan Wallgate, Bamfurlong Junction, Lower Ince, Wigan North Western, Euxton Junction, Farington Junction, Farington, Farington Curve Junction, Huncoat, Preston, Poulton-le-Fylde, Maudlands Junction, Lancaster Castle, and Hest Bank.

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