The Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway
- The Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway
- by A.J.Wrottesley
- With a main line of over 1000 miles, restaurant car expresses, heavy freight traffic, half a dozen important junction points, and its own very independent policies in technical and other matters, the Midland & Great Northern was a system of no mean importance. It was also very colourful, and as one of the three major Joint railways during the 1923-48 grouping era - it maintained much of its individuality till the end.
- This is its definitive history, based on original research carefully cross-checked, and producing fresh evidence on many aspects. It begins with the story of schemes in Railway Mania days to build lines in North Norfolk and South Lincolnshire, shows how small systems built between 1853 and 1882 were amalgamated to form the Eastern & Midlands Railway, whose expansion, financial troubles and take over by the Great Northern & Midland in 1983 is described in vivid detail - as is the working of the Norfolk & Suffolk Joint Committee, Joint Great Eastern and Midland & Great Northern. The story continues with the system under joint LMS and LNE ownership, with transfer to direct LNE administration in 1936. Most of the system closed in 1959.
- The author describes fully the holiday traffic once carried to the Sheringham, Cromer and Mundesley area (Poppyland), to the Broads, to Yarmouth and Lowestoft, and later Hunstanton, and portrays the system in two world wars. Full attention is given to locomotive and rolling stock matters. There are tables of opening dates, distances, single-line sections and locomotives, and illustrations include maps and drawings in the text as well as numerous plates.
- 207 pages, 1970, Case bound, 5¾" x 8¾"
- ISBN-10 0715343408
- Pre-Owned, very good, minor cover wear, minor page edge yellowing
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